MSc Digital Supply Chain Management

Digital Supply Chain Management

MSc

Summary

Study level
Award
Part time
1 year+
Location
Online

Course Overview

Whatever the product or service, there is a supply chain of systems, organisations, people, activities, resources, and information that are all vital in delivering the product to a customer. If Covid-19 has shown us anything it is the importance of these systems and what happens when they break down. Shortages in our supermarkets are a perfect example of an ill-prepared supply chain. So now, more than ever, it is vital for companies to invest in their supply chains, and to embrace the digital revolution to optimise these systems. 

Arden’s Digital Supply Chain master’s degree will enable you to take on greater challenges and increase your competitive edge. During this course, you’ll develop strategic operations skills that are highly sought after in any sector offering a product or service. 

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Course details and modules

For any business looking to make their supply chain more efficient, digitising is a key improvement. Our MSc in Digital Supply Chain Management focuses on hands-on, real-world experience with relevant software applications so that you will have the practical experience you can apply to the workplace. By providing you with the skills you need, and teaching you how an organisation at this level works, we’re preparing you to become a well-rounded leader who can take on all manner of challenges. 

Here at Arden we know the decision to undertake postgraduate study is a major one for all students.

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  • Designing global network distribution & fulfilment systems  
  • Designing sustainable supply chain strategies  
  • Introduction to the digital supply chain 
  • Managing the digital supply chain 
  • Digital procurement 
  • Analysing big data
  • Digital finance and ledger systems 
  • Leading and working in the digital business environment 
  • Managing cloud-based business solutions 
  • Digital business transformation project 

*The order and availability of the optional modules within each level may vary depending on intake and subject to demand.

How do we assess you?

The assessment strategy centres on a strong alignment with real-world supply chain issues and embraces a range of group and individual-based assessment types including: 

  • Reflective analyses
  • Supply chain plans
  • Stakeholder engagement plans
  • Supply chain models and engines
  • Software appraisals
  • Supply chain transformation strategies. 
  • Digital business transformation project (as above)

Students are expected to apply knowledge and theory explored in the modules and produce assessments that simultaneously focus on real business situations and demonstrate the high levels of critical and diagnostic thinking required to meet the standards of a Level 7 business qualification.  

The programme culminates in the submission of the independent study assessment (Business Transformation Project) that builds upon content examined in the other modules and requires students to develop an innovative supply chain plan.
 

Study options

This course is available to students as a fully online programme, which gives you the convenience of being able to study from anywhere worldwide. 

Abdulrahaman Usman

As a mature student the key factors that I wanted when deciding which university was best for me was quality content, a flexible learning schedule, and programme accreditation. During my research I found that Arden really stood out, and I could study without having to give up my job.

Abdulrahaman Usman
Master of Business Administration

Online learning

How does it work?

Studying this course online gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location. 
 
Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud.  ilearn provides everything you need to study at University. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and online library (which when used along with our supplementary library, Perlego, gives you access to almost half a million books and journals – yours for free while you study with us).

ilearn is also integrated with Zoom, making it easier to chat with your course tutor during your scheduled seminar sessions. You can even integrate our study materials into your Kindle, making it possible to study wherever you have you Kindle handy.
 
Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with likeminded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. We’ve even set up community boards embedded into each of the course modules so you can have discussions with your tutor and classmates on the topics you’re currently learning. 

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Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this MSc in Digital Supply Chain Management course at Arden University, you must normally have:

  • A UK Honours Degree at a minimum of second class (2.2) or equivalent

Some students decide to join us straight after they complete their undergraduate studies. For those joining us after time in the workplace, recommend they have five years of experience as a manager of people or projects. 

English proficiency

  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 90; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, evidence you have previously studied in English; a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English can be accepted

We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide an English Proficiency letter. More information on this can be found here.

We are happy to consider an application from you if you can show us you have the motivation to study this supply chain management degree.
 

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

Dilshad Sheikh

Here at Arden University we strive to provide a fresh and unique approach to your business and management education. With ideas and experiences taken from employers and thought leaders across the world, we give you the opportunity to put proven business skills and techniques into practice during your studies. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.

Dilshad Sheikh
Dean of the Faculty of Business

Career prospects

Supply chain management is a key skill for any business that offers a service or product, so the career opportunities are vast. Our master’s degree will give you the skills you need to demonstrate senior-level management expertise, enhancing your CV for future employers. So, wherever you want to take your career next, the choice is yours.

What will a master’s in Digital Supply Chain Management do for my career?

Understanding how to digitise, economise, and optimise a supply chain is a highly desirable skill, which is why this programme focuses on real life opportunities so that students can apply what they learn to real business scenarios. Guest speakers, and lecturers from industry will also be able to inform you of the latest developments, so you know what career pathway you’d like to take. Whilst studying, you’ll:

  • Develop a variety of transferable skills suited to an extensive range of supply chain and operations roles.
  • Evaluate and apply options for enhancing supply chain efficiency in the digital business environment  
  • Analyse “big data” sets to identify supply chain forecasts, trends and plans.  
  • Design and evaluate agile, sustainable and flexible supply chain engines for success in the digital business environment.
  • Evaluate the contribution of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics in contemporary supply chain management.
  • Explore and evaluate the various digital technologies, software applications and business models that might be employed to maximise supply chain efficiency and sustainability in the global business environment.   
  • Evaluate methodologies for data analysis and modelling, develop and evaluate supply chain plans and explore the importance of people management when building effective supply chain relationships.    
  • Analyse relevant theory, case material and the enabling technologies that might be deployed to optimise supply chain performance.
  • Gain multifunctional skills that will maximise your employability and career potential.

What can I do after Arden University?

This course will help you develop the right skills and knowledge to accelerate your career to a role in supply chain management. Whether you want to join an already established business, start your own company or become a consultant, this degree can give you everything you need to explore any avenue. Some roles you might want to consider are: 

  • Procurement manager
  • Content operations executive
  • Supply chain manager 
  • Planning strategist
  • Fulfilment specialist

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Career Development Resources

Prepare for the next step in your career

Achieving your MSc in Digital Supply Chain will help you to accelerate your progression into your dream career. But there’s more - beyond the core MSc itself, Arden students can also benefit from 1-2-1 support and online learning resources, enhancing their CVs even further.

Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to student support advisors who are here for you 24/7. They’ll help you to enhance your academic skills, guide you with your orientation and offer tailored career support. You’ll also have guidance at every stage of your degree from our extensive community of students and fellow alumni, who can offer 1-2-1 advice for your future beyond Arden University.

Outside of this, you’ll also have unlimited access to our online platform, ilearn – providing you with all the learning resources and tools needed to excel in your studies. 
 

Career development resources

Once you’ve enrolled with Arden, our careers centre is easily accessible directly from inside our online platform, ilearn. The careers centre is here to help you discover the areas of your academic and professional life that you find most meaningful and rewarding, and then apply this to your career pathway. 
Just a few of the career tools you’ll find in the careers centre include:

  • CV360, which analyses your CV and provides instant feedback for improvement
  • Interview360, helping you practise your interview technique in a stress-free environment and tackle some of the most common interview questions - as many times as you need to
  • Aptitude tests to help your improve your critical thinking, numeric, and logical reasoning skills
  • 100s of interactive courses focused on giving you the skills and confidence you need to excel in your professional life. 
  • My Jobs, where you can search employment vacancies, browse employer profiles by location and, or connect with other employees on LinkedIn.