Overview

Course start dates

There are six start dates every academic year, providing maximum flexibility for our students.

January | March | May | July | September | October

Length

Two years part time, or up to four years with study breaks.

Fees

Course fee: £12,660
Cost per module: £1,055

More information on fees, scholarships and funding can be found below.

Course overview

Navigate the challenges of our changing world

By taking a contemporary approach, our Global Supply Chain Management MSc (online) will equip you with the knowledge and specialist skills you need to address emerging challenges around analytics, automation and sustainability.

You’ll explore current global issues that businesses are facing today to prepare you for managing and modernising highly complex supply chains.

Delivered 100% online, this course draws on expertise from Sussex’s double accredited (EQUIS and AMBA) Business School.

During the course, you will become a member of two professional accreditation bodies: Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)*. This, combined with the practical skills developed on the course, will enhance your career prospects and extend your professional networks.

View the on-campus course. 

What our students say

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Why did I choose the University of Sussex? I think because they offered a programme that was number one, part-time, and number two, online. And it was just easy to balance with my job and other commitments I have.

The faculty have been extremely accommodating given the way the course is structured on a very flexible basis. People are not necessarily flowing from one module automatically to the next.

What I’ve really felt on this online course is that the learning materials are such a high quality. They prepare, kind of, really consumable content for us on what we should be learning.

The course is flexible in the way it allows you to study. So, I have control of when I can do certain things. If, for example, at work I have lots of deadlines coming up, I could block out a module and then re-join it in the next module.

A couple of the anxieties I had before I started the course was – how does it all work? But it was all very simple. Within the first week, you go on there, it’s all very easy to use and navigate. Any questions I have had, I was able to ask the Student Success team and they get back to you very promptly.

The flexibility of having an app, having a website, having all the materials you need, just makes life a lot easier.

Different methods of learning definitely helped. I found that podcasts for me were really helpful to get the information in.

I found it great if I’m watching videos and lectures to be able to fast forward them, pause them, rewind them.

The reading list has actually been something that I’ve really enjoyed because I was a bit, kind of, worried about not having access to the library, but the reading list has been carefully, like, selected and it’s so easy to get onto the books and also for me it’s been great because you can download them as PDFs.

So, people connected really well. We did lots of sharing online and actually, we feel really connected so there’s lots of people that I met on the course that I’ll now stay in touch with.

I think it’s really great that the cohort is international for the online course. So I’ve made amazing professional connections with people working in Canada, Asia, all over Europe, as well as all over the UK.

I’d like to end up working in the field. I’m going to take my time now I’ve finished the course and again make sure I end up somewhere I really want to. I think the most important thing for me would be somewhere I feel like I’m actually making a difference for the future.

Modules

Each module lasts seven weeks and is delivered via Canvas, a state-of-the-art online learning platform, which can be accessed by a computer, tablet or smartphone alike so you can truly study whenever and wherever you like. You can take control of your schedule by fitting the recommended 20 hours study time per week around your existing commitments and lifestyle.

In order to graduate the course, all of the below modules must be successfully completed.

This course is part-time and can be completed in a minimum of two years. You have the opportunity to step on and off the course, pausing your studies if your work or life commitments require, providing you complete the course within four years from enrolment.

The course uses multiple assessments methods to assess students’ knowledge, competence development and engagement through individual and groupwork exercises, such as written reports, simulations, essays, project reports, MCQs, and portfolios. An indication for the likely assessment methods of this module is given, though this may be subject to change.

Entry requirements

A second-class (2:2) undergraduate honours degree or above from any UK university or international equivalent. You could also be considered for entry to this course with relevant professional experience and may be required to submit a portfolio of work as part of your application.

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English (and whose first degree was not taught in English) need to supply evidence of IELTS (Academic) High level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component). 

Fees and funding

Course fee: £12,660
Cost per module: £1,055

Flexibility is at the heart of our online courses: fees can be paid on a module-by-module basis, or as a single fee at the start of the course. You are required to pay the first module fee of £1,055 to secure your place on the course. You may also consider corporate sponsorship and employer funding. Our Admissions Team will be able to assist you with next steps. 

Course fees will remain fixed for 24 months from your initial course start date. Thereafter, the course fee will rise at a rate of 2.5% per calendar year (subject to rounding for administration purposes).

20% alumni discount

If you have previously graduated from an undergraduate, postgraduate or PhD course with the University of Sussex you will be eligible* for a 20% discount on this online course.

Find out more about the alumni discount and eligibility criteria.

*T&Cs apply.

Please visit our Fees and Funding page for more information.

PG Cert and PG Dip

You also have the option to study for a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) or Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip).

PG Cert

The Foundations of Contemporary Supply Chain Management PG Cert (online) is made up of the first four modules of the Masters course:

  • Agile Operations Planning and Innovative Supply Chains
  • Supply Chain Finance
  • Digitised and Responsible Procurement
  • Transformational Supply Chain and Leadership Skills

If PG Cert students want to progress onto a full Masters, they will be accepted on the course following successful completion of all four modules*.

Course fees

PG Cert cost: £4,220
PG Cert module cost: £1,055

Fees can be paid on a module-by-module basis, or as a single fee at the start of the course.

Course duration

The PG Cert can be completed in a minimum of 8 months or a maximum of 20 months if you choose to take a break from study.

*Providing the University is offering the Masters at the time of transfer

 

PG Dip

The Advanced Topics in Digital and Sustainable Supply Chain Management PG Dip (online) is made up of the first eight modules of the Masters course:

  • Agile Operations Planning and Innovative Supply Chains
  • Supply Chain Finance
  • Digitised and Responsible Procurement
  • Transformational Supply Chain and Leadership Skills
  • Circular and Sustainable Logistics
  • Supply Chain Governance for Sustainability
  • Supply Chain Digitisation
  • Supply Chain Analytics

If PG Dip students want to progress onto a full Masters, they will be accepted on the course following successful completion of all eight modules*.

Course fees

PG Dip cost: £8,440
PG Dip module cost: £1,055

Fees can be paid on a module-by-module basis, or as a single fee at the start of the course.

Course duration

The PG Dip can be completed in a minimum of 1 year and 4 months or a maximum of 2 years and 4 months if you choose to take a break from study.

*Providing the University is offering the Masters at the time of transfer

Careers

Equip yourself with the skills, knowledge and qualification needed for career progression

This course is designed for busy professionals looking to launch or progress their career in supply chain management without compromising on existing professional or personal commitments. Delivered 100% online, you will have the opportunity learn from research-active academics and peers around the world, and expand your global network.

Studying a Masters in Global Supply Chain Management will prepare you for careers in a range of different companies, sectors and positions. Roles available to graduates of this course include: supply chain consultant, business sustainability consultant, logistics officer, operations manager, procurement officer, supply chain analyst, procurement and investment manager, demand planner and supply chain operations manager.

Why study this course?

The world around us is rapidly changing, and the management of global supply chains must keep up. By choosing this course, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills the sector needs. You will:

  • develop supply chain knowledge and skills to address contemporary challenges such as sustainability, blockchain, AI, and ethical supply
  • explore current global challenges that businesses are facing today to equip you with the knowledge to manage and modernise highly complex supply chains
  • learn practical skills such as such as building supply chain resilience and transformational leadership, which can be translated to current and future job roles
  • develop theoretical knowledge in digitalisation, supply chain analytics and supply chain governance and learn how to apply these theories to practical case study examples
  • become a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)*.
*Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) for the purpose of exemptions from some professional examinations.

Academics

Professor Nachiappan Subramanian

Professor of Operations & Logistics Management and Supply Chains
University of Sussex Business School

Professor Martin Schleper

Professor of Supply Chain Management and Sustainability
University of Sussex Business School

Dr Kamala Dawar

Reader in Commercial Law 
School of Law, Politics and Sociology

Professor Sam Roscoe

Professor in Operations and Supply Chain Chain Management 
University of Sussex Business School

Dr Malgorzata Sulimierska

Senior Lecturer in Banking and FinTech (Accounting and Finance)
University of Sussex Business School

Dr Biao Yang

Senior Lecturer in Operations Management (Management)
University of Sussex Business School

About Sussex

Delivered by the double accredited (EQUIS and AMBA) University of Sussex Business School

The University of Sussex is ranked in the top 15 in the UK for Business and Economics (Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2023), and top 10 in the UK and top 50 globally for Supply Chain Management (QS Masters in Supply Chain Management Ranking 2022).

This course is delivered by the University of Sussex Business School where our vision is to be a leading provider that collaborates across disciplines to shape global issues in business, management and society, making an impact on policy, practice and people. Our mission is to:

  • carry out high-quality research that addresses real-world issues, pressing global policy agendas and business practices
  • develop current and aspiring leaders who will champion critical and original thinking
  • work internationally with businesses, governments, and others to deliver innovative approaches to management.

This draws on Sussex’s tradition of interdisciplinary research and exploring subject areas within a wider global, social and political context. We understand that no business or sector works in isolation; we give our students the skills and knowledge to look beyond their ‘local’ environment and understand how and why external factors affect and influence.

All our courses have a distinct, socially responsible thread running through them, looking at the world and seeing where we can make a difference. We aim to equip you with the knowledge and awareness to become a leader for tomorrow, gaining the necessary skills to innovate and improve business practice throughout your career.

At Sussex, we collaborate with and advise governments and organisations to improve policy and practice in this area.

The Business School is a member of the United Nations Global Compact, a network of companies across the world who work towards the Global Compact’s vision of creating a sustainable and inclusive global economy that delivers lasting benefits to people, communities and markets.

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