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Birmingham City University: Global Business Operations

Institution Birmingham City University
Department Birmingham City Business School View department profile
Telephone 0121 331 6295
Study type Taught


Business Operations Management is a very popular management subject and leads to highly valued roles within the global job market due to the increasingly high value placed on it by industry.

It exists in every business no matter the size and industry, and it plays a key role directly affecting business performance and global economics. For example, as retail businesses transform their practices in the digital era with online shopping, the logistics industry is currently experiencing huge growth which is forecast to continue well into the future.

What's covered in the course?

The MSc in Global Business Operations course will provide you with the academic and practical expertise to help you develop an exciting professional future in this high demand industry. Combining theory and practical application this course follows a "practice-oriented" approach to equip you with the most up-to-date knowledge and tools currently used in business practice, by covering multiple aspects such as operations management, supply network, finance management, procurement, warehousing, outsourcing, transportation, strategy, digital supply chains, ethics, governance and sustainability.

The course will enable you to develop your personal capabilities and competencies of critical thinking, creativity, professional communication, presentation and teamwork. Industry speakers, field trips, live projects in collaboration with real businesses and skills in leading edge business software tools will be embedded in the course to enable you to create a robust and competitive CV that will allow you to apply for the job or role you aspire to.

Your future career could be in areas such as operations, supply chain management and logistics leading to jobs such as Supply Chain Manager, Operations Manager, Warehouse/Inventory Manager, Logistics Clerk, Purchasing Officer, Supply Chain Analyst to name but a few. Graduates have the potential to attain very senior positions in this industry such as CSCO (Chief Supply Chain Officer) and COO (Chief Operating Officer) which receive very attractive salaries.

Significant evidence identifies operations, supply chain and logistics specialists as important future roles which are in high demand by industries, yet there is still significant shortage of these skills and talents in the market. This course provides an opportunity for you to join the industry at an exciting time, with a practice-based qualification that gives you the skills and competencies to perform successfully.

Why Choose Us?

  • Guest speakers from industry

  • Access to real world business-based case studies

  • Field trips to businesses (for example Jaguar Land Rover, John Lewis, ASDA) available to give you experience of global business operations

  • Working with the Business School’s Business Advice Centre (BAC) to work on live projects with real businesses to help solve issues and problems they face as part of your major project

  • Practice based teaching principles will give you insights and experience of real businesses to learn exactly what their needs are and what methods and techniques they are currently using

  • Research informed teaching principles will ensure you learn the most up to date knowledge

  • You will study in our state-of-the-art City Centre Campus in the UK’s second city.

  • You will work alongside other international students giving a real experience of what it is like to work and collaborate with your peers.

  • You’ll be taught by highly qualified module tutors with significant professional practice experience of a range of management and global business roles.


Birmingham City University
Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences 

A postgraduate qualification is an opportunity to be introduced to new ideas, gain expertise in your specialist subject and give your career a real edge. The Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences, based at our City Centre Campus, has approximately 6,500 students and offers an innovative learning environment, as well as outstanding facilities and resources. The Faculty is split up into three schools: Birmingham City Business School, School of Law, and School of Social Sciences.

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