Key Information

Part-time

2 years

Campus

Holbeach

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

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Course Code

FDSOSCMS

MSc Strategic Leadership for the Food and Drink Industry (Operations and Supply Chain Management)

This MSc programme is mapped to the MSc in Strategic Leadership for the Food and Drink Industry standard to enable employers to utilise the apprenticeship levy to develop their senior leadership teams and provide progression opportunities for employees who have completed Degree Apprenticeships. The programme is also available as a stand-alone MSc to provide access to non-levy funded or self-funded students.

Key Information

Part-time

2 years

Campus

Holbeach

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

Course Code

FDSOSCMS

Teaching and Learning During COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has meant that at Lincoln we are making changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience here at Lincoln.

From autumn 2020 our aim is to provide an on-campus learning experience. Our intention is that teaching will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions. There will be social activities in place for students - all in line with appropriate social distancing and fully adhering to any changes in government guidance as our students' safety is our primary concern.

We want to ensure that your Lincoln experience is as positive, exciting and enjoyable as possible as you embark on the next phase of your life. COVID-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the Lincoln experience. It has challenged us to find innovative new approaches to supporting students' learning and social interactions. These learning experiences, which blend digital and face-to-face, will be vital in helping to prepare our students for a 21st Century workplace.

Of course at Lincoln, personal tutoring is key to our delivery, providing every student with a dedicated tutor to support them throughout their time here at the University. Smaller class sizes mean our academic staff can engage with each student as an individual, and work with them to enhance their strengths. In this environment we hope that students have more opportunities for discussion and engagement and get to know each other better.

Course learning outcomes are vital to prepare you for your future and we aim to utilise this mix of face-to-face and online teaching to deliver these. Students benefit from and enjoy fieldtrips and placements and, whilst it is currently hard to predict the availability of these, we are working hard and with partners and will aspire to offer these wherever possible - obviously in compliance with whatever government guidance is in place at the time.

We are utilising a range of different digital tools for teaching including our dedicated online managed learning environment. All lectures for larger groups will be delivered online using interactive software and a range of different formats. We aim to make every contact count and seminars and small group sessions will maximise face-to-face interaction. Practicals, workshops, studio sessions and performance-based sessions are planned to be delivered face-to-face, in a socially distanced way with appropriate PPE.

The University of Lincoln is a top 20 TEF Gold University and we have won awards for our approach to teaching and learning, our partnerships and industry links, and the opportunities these provide for our students. Our aim is that our online and socially distanced delivery during this COVID-19 pandemic is engaging and that students can interact with their tutors and each other and contribute to our academic community.

As and when restrictions start to lift, we aim to deliver an increasing amount of face-to-face teaching and external engagements, depending on each course. Safety will continue to be our primary focus and we will respond to any changing circumstances as they arise to ensure our community is supported. More information about the specific approaches for each course will be shared when teaching starts.

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Welcome to MSc Strategic Leadership for the Food and Drink Industry (Operations and Supply Chain Management)

The MSc in Strategic Leadership for the Food and Drink Industry is aimed at food industry professionals who are in or are progressing into senior leadership roles in operations; supply chain, or technical functions.

The programme is suitable for senior leaders in organisations of all sizes in the private, public, or third sector. They are designed for anyone who leads, organises, and directs organisations, but specific job roles may include: General Manager, Senior Manager, Executive Director, COO, CFO, CEO, and CIO. It also provides employers with a useful tool to further develop and retain staff who have completed their graduate programme, providing a leadership pipeline for the future.

A strategic leader is someone who has senior management responsibility, which may include formal governance or director responsibilities. They are responsible for setting strategy, direction and vision, for providing a clear sense of purpose, and driving strategic intent.

Applications should be made direct to the University using the part-time application form:

http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/apply

We welcome visitors to the NCFM, to organise a visit contact us on 01406 493000 or email: ncfm@lincoln.ac.uk

How You Study

The MSc in Strategic Leadership for the Food and Drink Industry is a programme taught through blended part-time distance learning and three study blocks per year at the University of Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) based in Holbeach.

Distance learning is achieved through the delivery of engaging digitally-enhanced learning materials produced by experienced research-led academic and support staff. In addition, module seminars and tutorials are typically planned to give students the opportunity to apply, investigate, assimilate, and evaluate issues around the core lecture topics.

Practical sessions, where applicable, for experimentation and/or illustration of principles, practices and techniques are timetabled for the appropriate modules and typically delivered through attendance at campus during the study weeks.

For the science-based modules these practical sessions usually take place in research laboratories where there is full technician support for timetabled activities and for students’ project works.

For those students undertaking this course as an apprentice, an End Point Assessment is required.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.

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An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

This module uses appropriate theories and models to analyse and evaluate the impact of the organisation on the external environment and the impact that this has on the organisational structure and strategy. Students will be challenged to build on their leadership responsibilities and accountabilities within the global environment in order to minimise risk and maximise opportunities for their organisation.

Module Overview

This module is designed to develop knowledge related to leadership of corporate strategy, finance, and business in the food industry. Typically, students will already have responsibilities for the setting of strategy, direction, and vision, and this module provides contemporary theories and models for them to use as a framework. The module is also intended to allow them to demonstrate their leadership competence through their skills and behaviours in the workplace.

Module Overview

Effective leadership of people in the food industry can create a genuine competitive advantage. Students will be expected to demonstrate that they can set goals and accountabilities for their teams and individuals. Through the application of appropriate theories and models, they will be required to critically assess their own leadership and influencing skills and demonstrate how they could build effective relationships across teams, including in multi-site or international organisations.

Module Overview

The Strategic Leadership for Food and Drink Industry Work-based Project forms the final part of the programme and allows students to demonstrate their leadership competence in strategic business management and leadership within an organisation. The project is intended as a practical learning experience and students will be expected to take the initiative in planning and executing the project under the guidance of a dedicated supervisor with specialist knowledge of the specific chosen discipline.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

How you are assessed

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year.

The assessment timetable is planned, as far as is reasonably practical, to take account of busy periods within the industry. For those students undertaking this programme as part of an apprenticeship 20% off-the-job is required in agreement with the employer.

Assessment Feedback:

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Further guidance is available for the assessment strategy as part of the End Point Assessment.

Fees and Scholarships

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Entry Requirements 2020-21

A minimum second class degree in Management or Food Science and Technology, or a recognised professional qualification at an equivalent level.

OR

For students with a non-related undergraduate degree, a minimum second class degree is required, additionally applicants must have a minimum of 2 years of experience of management development within the food and drink sector.

OR

10 years or more food and drink sector experience, of which 3 years will have been spent in a managerial role within technical management or operations and supply chain management.

There is also the requirement to have either GCSE or Level 2 passes for both English and maths.

Career Opportunities

This course is designed to prepare students for roles in many aspects of food operations and supply chain management. Graduates may also pursue roles in production management and planning. The course aims to equip students with the practical and professional skills to enable them to reach their potential within the food sector as well as academic, industrial, commercial, government, and environmental settings.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.
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