The MSc Business with Operations Management course combines core and optional modules across the three terms of your one-year course, covering both key business areas and specific content relating to operations management. You'll then have the opportunity to choose between the Dissertation or Business in Practice route to complete your MSc year.
In your three terms at WBS you will study eight compulsory core modules, and one or two optional elective modules, based on your choice of the Business in Practice or Dissertation route.
You'll be assessed by a mixture of individual and group assignments, and examination.
This is the introductory core Operations Management module for MSc Business with Operations Management. It establishes the basic principles and theories in Operations Management.Full details
This is the introductory core Operations Management module for MSc Business with Operations Management. It establishes the basic principles and theories in Operations Management. The module aims to introduce core Operations Management topics across production/ service and hybrid operations and demonstrate Operations Management concepts across for profit, not for profit and 3rd sector organisations. The module will help students develop an understanding of the relationship between the Operation and the Strategy, highlighting the role of emergent strategy, and competitive advantage developed through operational capability.
Get an introduction to the ideas of quantitative modelling and analysis for management.Full details
This module is designed to introduce you to the ideas of modelling and analysis, and to the relevance of modelling for management. The emphasis is upon the student being a critical consumer of quantitative information and quantitative modelling. It is not intended that the module will turn you into an experienced modeller but that it will teach you to understand the importance of, and benefits to be gained from, modelling for management. Therefore the module is concerned with the context and process of modelling rather than with the technicalities underlying specific modelling approaches.
To become a critical consumer of modelling it is necessary to consider some of the modelling approaches in some detail. This module considers a variety of approaches that are commonly used in a business and management environment. The focus will not solely be on the mechanics of those approaches but upon the interpretations to be placed upon the output of the models and upon the usefulness of such output to management.
As a further guide to the situations where such models may be used, and how they may be employed, you will consider a number of case studies based on applying the techniques in actual business situations.
This module will provide a holistic strategic view of supply chain management as a source of competitive advantage.Full details
This module sets out to provide a holistic strategic view of supply chain management as a source of
competitive advantage and examines five core questions:
- Where does supply chain management fit within the business decision making strategies?
- How do supply chains behave?
- Why are supply chain relationships important?
- What coordinating mechanisms exist to manage commercial, NGO and humanitarian supply chains?
- What are the critical supply chain issues pertaining to performance, risk, strategy and sustainability?
The module will equip you with an understanding of descriptive/inferential statistics and data presentation and enable you to apply the major tools needed for MSc level study and for the use of data analysis in the workplace.Full details
The module aims to provide an introduction to quantitative methods to students from non-numerical backgrounds. The module will equip you with an understanding of descriptive/inferential statistics and data presentation and enable you to apply the major tools needed for MSc level study and for the use of data analysis in the workplace.
You will learn to:
- Describe a data set in a way that highlights what is important, by drawing the client directly to relevant comparisons.
- Choose which statistical method is most appropriate for each kind of data, and each kind of research question.
- Conduct basic inferential statistical tests, such as t- tests and Chi-square tests
- Conduct and interpret a multiple regression analysis
- Conduct and interpret a logistic regression analysis
- Demonstrate the ability to think quantitatively about data and determine what data can tell us, and what it cannot.
Look at project management methods in a modern context, spanning a range of sectors and applications.Full details
There are two specific features about project management theory which make it a slightly different type of subject to most other academic modules. Firstly, the subject has its origins in large-scale, complex operations. This means that a large proportion of the published theory concerns the planning and control aspects of the management of such processes. Secondly, most of the concepts were developed in the heyday of the 1960s, where a lot of activity was taking place in the aerospace, defence and construction sectors. This means that most of the basic literature is reasonably old and technically focused.
In the modern context, project management methods are now used for a much wider variety of applications including change management, Third World development programmes and IT-based projects. As a consequence, this module aims to span a range of sectors and be as multi-disciplinary as possible. The planning and control aspects of the module occupy only about 20% of the total time available.
- Develop an understanding of current project and programme management approaches and to make comparisons with your own organisation.
- Develop sensitivity to different project environments and to make comparisons and conclusions about them.
- Increase your understanding of commercial and behavioural issues in the management of projects.
- Provide experience of handling project management problems in a simulation setting.
This module will provide you with a foundation for, and a critical assessment of, theoretical and empirical approaches to strategy.Full details
This module will provide you with a foundation for, and a critical assessment of, theoretical and empirical approaches to strategy.
You will also understand the historical and academic roots of the field of strategy, and provide frameworks and models for the interrogation and development of strategy in a variety of industries, and illustrate links between Strategy and Performance.
Gain a comprehensive introduction to financial reporting and management accounting.Full details
The module aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to financial reporting and management accounting.
By the end of the module, you will be able to prepare simple versions of the main Financial statements: use financial statement information to analyse the performance of Firms over time and across industries, and demonstrate an understanding of the role and the importance of the auditor and corporate governance in ensuring the quality of financial statement information and user confidence in this information.
Get an introduction to fundamental economic concepts.Full details
The module aims to introduce fundamental economic concepts to non-economists. It will familiarise you with conventional assumptions about the behaviour of individuals and firms, their interactions in markets and the role of government with respect to market failures of various kinds. It will alert you to some basic questions and doubts about the conventional assumptions.
Understand the wider institutional location of business activity within the polity and the society.Full details
Understand the wider institutional location of business activity within the polity and the society. The module puts particular emphasis on corporations’ responsibilities in global society and discusses key governance issues related to this agenda. Firms will be seen as both 'takers' and 'givers' of governance and regulation in a variety of formal and informal ways. The module is not a traditional course in business ethics but explores the influence of the non-market environment on businesses’ strategies and operational practices and will confront some 'critical issues' topics.
This module introduces you to the theory and practice of conducting business analytics projects.Full details
This module introduces you to the theory and practice of conducting business analytics projects. It adopts a business analytics methodology which enables you to (a) analyse a complex business situation, (b) identify high value opportunities for business analytics and (c) deliver an effective business analytics project. The module adopts an experiential learning philosophy by giving you a guided and mentored experience of conducting a realistic consulting project.
This module will train you in the key methods that aid decision making when managers face an uncertain future.Full details
The module aims to provide training on methods that aid decision making when managers face an uncertain future. The module covers methods for short-term and long-term forecasting of product demand and macroeconomic variables. The module discusses how forecasting aids decision-making.
Focus on how digital technologies enable organisations to offer digital services that aim at improving customer experience as well as firm performance. You'll be prepared to engage with technology-related conversations in the modern workplace.Full details
This module focuses on how digital technologies enable organisations to offer digital services that aim at improving customer experience as well as firm performance. The module assumes no prior knowledge of technology and prepares students to engage with technology-related conversations (e.g., designing a new digital service) at the modern workplace.
The module has three themes. The first theme is gaining competitive advantage using a digital business strategy and covers concepts such as motivations for digital transformation. The second theme provides an overview of what today’s managers need to know about the advantages and disadvantages of cutting-edge technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality, internet of things (IoT), cloud computing, social media, and data analytics. The last theme focuses on the lifecycle of digital service provision, covering key concepts such as technology selection and sourcing, agile implementation, and risk management
Get an introduction into the principles, theories and research underlying the academic disciplines concerning the behaviour, leadership and management of people and organisations.Full details
The aims of the module are to:
1) Introduce students to the principles, theories and research underlying the academic disciplines concerning the behaviour, leadership and management of people and organisations (Organisational Behaviour, OB and Human Resource Management, HRM) at four levels of analysis: individual, group, organisational and societal.
2) Develop a critical appreciation of the behavioural and social sciences as they relate to the study of behaviour in organisations.
3) Introduce students to a critical understanding of the practice of management, leadership and people management in particular.
4) Provide students with structured opportunities to practice applying OB and HRM principles, theories and research to analyse and solve organisational problems.
Build on your knowledge of the global economic and business environment and link this to strategies for managing in changing global contexts.Full details
The main module aim is to build on your knowledge of the global economic and business environment and link this to strategies for managing in changing global contexts. Key questions are: How do changes in this environment affect the ways in which companies do business and managers manage across borders: How should firms and individual managers respond (in theory)? How can they respond (in practice)?
Topics will include: the drivers and processes of internationalisation, cross-cultural management challenges, the assessment of overseas investment opportunities and the specific challenges of emerging markets.
If you select the Dissertation route you will work with an allocated academic supervisor and research a topic relating to Operations Management.Full details
If you select the dissertation route you will work with an allocated academic supervisor and research a topic relating to Operations Management. The module is assessed by a 6,000 word formal dissertation.
If you select the dissertation route, Research Methodology becomes a compulsory module for you and it gives you the academic skills to confidently approach your dissertation topic.Full details
If you select the dissertation route, Research Methodology becomes a compulsory module for you and it gives you the academic skills to confidently approach your dissertation topic. The focus is on epistemological foundations, the design of a research project, the preparation for and execution of valid and reliable business research (whether qualitative or quantitative), and on the writing up and presentation of research results.
Our online platform
Our unique online learning platform my.wbs will act as the hub for your learning experience, hosting all of your teaching materials, key information from your CareersPlus and Programme Teams, and our online classroom: wbsLive.
Your learning experience
Your course will be taught through an exciting mix of face-to-face and online learning, utilising the format most suitable to the content, and in a way that helps you balance your workload and make the most of opportunities for extra-curricular activities.
Teaching and assessment will vary to fit the subject being studied. Our faculty have designed your learning experience to fit the subject being studied, with a variety of teaching and assessment styles.
Your teaching will take the form of lectures and webinars, supported, where relevant, by guest speakers from industry to balance theory and practice.
Your learning will be assessed by a mix of exams, group work, project work, and tests. Group and project work will enable you to collaborate and gain new perspectives from your international cohort, preparing you for working in teams within a global work environment.
Choice of Dissertation or Business in Practice route
If you are considering further academic study (PhD) and you would like the opportunity to research a topic relating to operations management, the 6,000 word dissertation will enable you to test and apply the techniques and theories you have gained. You will be supervised and supported throughout and will usually submit your dissertation in early September.
In total you will study eight core modules and one optional module, and complete a dissertation and a Research Methodology module.
Business in Practice route
If you would like to develop further applied skills and specialist knowledge to suit your career aspirations, you can complete your studies with our applied Business in Practice module. You will develop deep functional and industry expertise with practical insights from our faculty and industry experts.
In total you will study eight core modules, two optional modules and also complete the compulsory Business in Practice capstone module.
You will have access to our outstanding learning facilities, including a Postgraduate-only Learning Space and IT suite, as well as all other University facilities.
Foreign Language Study
One of the great benefits of this course is that it offers optional free foreign language study in the evenings across all three terms. This is an opportunity to develop the basics of a new language. There is a choice of six different languages, all at beginner-level (please note we are not able to offer classes at intermediate/advanced level).