Pursuant to Act 960 of 14 August 2014 on Universities (the University Act) with subsequent changes, the following curriculum for the Master's programme in Operations and Supply Chain Management is stipulated. The program also follows the Framework Provisions and the Examination Policies and Procedures for the Faculties of Engineering, Science and Medicine.
The Master’s programme is organised in accordance with the Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s Order no. 1328 of November 15, 2016 on Bachelor’s and Master’s Programmes at Universities (the Ministerial Order of the Study Programmes) and Ministerial Order no. 1062 of June 30, 2016 on University Examinations (the Examination Order). Further reference is made to Ministerial Order no. 111 of January 30, 2017 (the Admission Order) and Ministerial Order no. 114 of February 3, 2015 (the Grading Scale Order) with subsequent changes.
The programme is offered in Aalborg.
The Master’s programme falls under the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University.
The Master’s programme falls under the Study Board of Materials and Production.
The Master’s programme is associated with the external examiners corps on Nationwide engineering examiners/Machine.
Admission to the Master’s programme in Operations and Supply Chain
Management requires a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering degree in Global Business Engineering (GBE) or the like. (Production Management, Operations Management, Logistics Management, Supply Chain Management).
Students with another Bachelor's degree can be admitted after a specific academic assessment if the applicant is deemed to have comparable educational prerequisites. The University can stipulate requirements concerning conducting additional exams prior to the start of study.
Further, applicants shall document English skills corresponding to a B level.
The Master’s programme entitles the graduate to the Danish designation Civilingeniør, cand.polyt. i virksomhedssystemer. The English designation is: Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Operations and Supply Chain Management).
The Master’s programme is a 2-year, research-based, full-time study programme. The programme is set to 120 ECTS credits.
The Study Board can approve successfully completed (passed) programme elements from other Master’s programmes in lieu of programme elements in this programme (credit transfer). The Study Board can also approve successfully completed (passed) programme elements from another Danish programme or a programme outside of Denmark at the same level in lieu of programme elements within this curriculum. Decisions on credit transfer are made by the Study Board based on an academic assessment. See the Joint Programme Regulations for the rules on credit transfer.
In exceptional circumstances, the Study Board study can grant exemption from those parts of the curriculum that are not stipulated by law or ministerial order. Exemption regarding an examination applies to the immediate examination.
The rules for examinations are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures published by the faculty on their website.
In the assessment of all written work, regardless of the language it is written in, weight is also given to the student's formulation and spelling ability, in addition to the academic content. Orthographic and grammatical correctness as well as stylistic proficiency are taken as a basis for the evaluation of language performance. Language performance must always be included as an independent dimension of the total evaluation. However, no examination can be assessed as ‘Pass’ on the basis of good language performance alone; similarly, an examination normally cannot be assessed as ‘Fail’ on the basis of poor language performance alone.
The Study Board can grant exemption from this in special cases (e.g., dyslexia or a native language other than Danish).
The Master’s Thesis must include an English summary (or another foreign language: French, Spanish or German upon approval by the Study Board). If the project is written in English, the summary must be in Danish (The Study Board can grant exemption from this). The summary must be at least 1 page and not more than 2 pages (this is not included in any fixed minimum and maximum number of pages per student). The summary is included in the evaluation of the project as a whole.
It is assumed that the student can read academic texts in modern Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and English and use reference works, etc., in other European languages.
The following competence profile will appear on the diploma:
A Candidatus graduate has the following competency profile:
A Candidatus graduate has competencies that have been acquired via a course of study that has taken place in a research environment.
A Candidatus graduate is qualified for employment on the labour market based on his or her academic discipline as well as for further research (PhD programmes). A Candidatus graduate has, compared to a Bachelor, developed his or her academic knowledge and independence so as to be able to apply scientific theory and method on an independent basis within both an academic and a professional context.
The graduate of the Master’s programme:
The MSc programme in Operations and Supply Chain Management aims at providing the graduates with competences to solve complex operational problems. Furthermore, the graduates are expected to be able to develop and construct managerial control systems which can be used in preparation and implementation in an industrial production context. The learned methods and principles are also applicable to a number of service trades. The fields of work are addressed from different perspectives; systems, operations, economics, organisation and management. Moreover, relevant technological methods, including the use of information technology, are included in the programme.
The course of study may, dependent on the choice of project, be designed individually within the framework of the programme.
The programme is structured in modules and organised as a problem-based study. A module is a programme element or a group of programme elements which aims to give students a set of professional skills within a fixed time frame specified in ECTS credits, and concluding with one or more examinations within specific exam periods defined in the curriculum.
The programme is based on a combination of academic, problem-oriented and interdisciplinary approaches and organised based on the following work and evaluation methods that combine skills and reflection:
All modules are assessed through individual grading according to the 7-point scale. All modules are assessed by external examination (external grading) or internal examination (internal grading or by assessment by the supervisor only).
|Module name||Course type||ECTS||Applied grading scale||Evaluation method||Assessment method|
|Operations Management||Project||15||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Oral exam based on a project|
|Advanced Operations Management||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam|
|Flexible Manufacturing||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam|
|Development of Quality, Risk, and Project Management Systems 1||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam|
|Supply Chain Operations||Project||15||7-point grading scale||External examination||Oral exam based on a project|
|Manufacturing and Supply Chain Systems||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam|
|Business Intelligence and Analytics||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam|
|Development of Quality, Risk, and Project Management Systems 2||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam|
|Global Manufacturing Management||Project||30||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Oral exam based on a project|
|Master’s Thesis||Project||30||7-point grading scale||External examination||Master's thesis/final project|
Dependent on student’s choice of content and organisation of the semester; the student may choose between project work at Aalborg University or a voluntary traineeship at a company in Denmark or abroad. The total work load of the semester has to be equivalent to 30 ECTS. If carried out at Aalborg University, the project may be finalised with a project report or in the form of a scientific paper. If continued at the 4th semester, the project is evaluated with a midterm evaluation. For further information about the organisation of the module please see the Framework Provisions.
The current version of the curriculum is published on the Board of Studies’ website, including more detailed information about the program, including exams.
All students who have not participated in Aalborg University’s PBL introductory course during their Bachelor’s degree must attend the introductory course “Problem-based Learning and Project Management”. The introductory course must be approved before the student can participate in the project exam.
The curriculum is approved by the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Science or The Faculty of Medicine and enters into force as of September 2015.
Students who wish to complete their studies under the previous curriculum from 2013 must conclude their education by the summer examination period 2016 at the latest, since examinations under the previous curriculum are not offered after this time.
In accordance with the Framework Provisions for the Faculty of Engineering and Science and The Faculty of Medicine at Aalborg University, the curriculum must be revised no later than 5 years after its entry into force.
Minor editorial changes have been made in connection with digitisation of the study curriculum.