Newcastle University Business School

Operations and Supply Chain Management (Dual) MSc

Operations and Supply Chain Management Dual Award MSc/MSc

Click through the tabs below to discover useful information about your degree programme, assessment arrangements and who to go to for support.

Your Programme

This section aims to provide you with some key information on your degree programme. Generic information relating to postgraduate degrees can be found on the Business School Postgraduate Blackboard Community and in the Postgraduate Study Guide.

About the programme

The Operations and Supply Chain Management (Dual Award) MSc is a 17-month, full-time, intensive modular programme. The programme consists of two parts: a taught component that runs during the first and second semesters, the first semester is undertaken at Newcastle University Business School and the second semester is undertaken at Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Groningen; and a research project that runs during the third semester, for which a dissertation is submitted.

This innovative programme provides the opportunity to study for a Master’s award at two highly respected European universities – Newcastle and Groningen. The programme aims to produce graduates with the necessary specialist knowledge and skills appropriate to pursue careers in operations management, technology management, supply chain management, general management, and consulting.

Induction week

There will be an induction week for your Master’s programme at the start of Semester 1, including sessions with your programme director, your designated personal tutor, group activities and social events. This week is also your opportunity to familiarise yourself with the University, the facilities available such as the Robinson Library, and check details such as your timetable. A full schedule for the week will be included in your welcome pack on the first day of induction week and will also be published in the ‘Student Life’ section of the Business School website.


The assessment will depend on the individual module. You can expect to be assessed by a variety of means including:

  • examinations
  • assignments both individual and group
  • presentations
  • dissertation

The mix of assessment methods is to allow you to demonstrate your understanding of the knowledge outcomes of the programme and also your assimilation of the skills developed during your Master’s programme.

The assessment methods used in individual modules are included in the module outlines. The assessments for the taught modules are summarised in the table below.

Details of assessment deadlines will be provided on the Postgraduate Blackboard Community within the first two weeks of term to allow you to plan your workload. You should familiarise yourself with the assignment submission procedures available on the Postgraduate Blackboard Community. 

Most assignment deadlines are set at 10.00 on a Monday morning. This timing was decided upon following feedback from students in previous years as it allows you to make full use of the weekend for working on your assessment but doesn’t overlap with classes on a Monday. Please note that work submitted after the specified deadline, even by just a few minutes, will be treated as a late submission in line with University policy. Please see further details in the Postgraduate Study Guide on late submission of assessed work.

Occasionally, a module leader may change an assignment deadline (almost always to a later date). You will be notified of this in advance by e-mail by either the module leader or the relevant programme secretary. For all assignment deadlines, you should receive your marks and feedback within 20 working days. There may be certain exceptions to this turnaround time, but you will be notified of this at the time the deadline is set. For Semester 1 exams, generic feedback will be provided for the module early in Semester 2 to help you prepare for Semester 2 exams. For any students required to resit any exam, as a minimum generic feedback will be provided at least four weeks before the resit exam. Individual feedback for any exam can be provided on request after exam boards have met.


Compulsory/              Individual
core                             assignment(s)

Group                       Examination assessment

Purchasing and Supply Chain Management





Advanced Management Accounting





Technology Change and Innovation Management





Option A


Compulsory/ core

Individual assignment(s)

Group assessment


Operations Management





Option B

Module                                                    Compulsory/      Individual

Group                        Examination assessment

Optimisation Models for Supply Chain and

Operations Management





Understanding Organisations





Project Management





Market Analysis





International Business Environment





Award of Dual Degree

Upon successful completion of all elements of the programme, you will be awarded an Operations and Supply Chain Management MSc from Newcastle University and a Technology Operations Management MSc from the University of Groningen.

How Groningen resits translate

The regulations regarding resit assessments differ between institutions. You will be able to resit/ resubmit assessments for the modules taken in Groningen as outlined in their regulations. However, the following rules will apply for the recognition of these marks towards the Newcastle award:

  1. If you resit/resubmit an assessment (or part thereof) after failing your first attempt, the grade for the resit/resubmission will be capped at 50 in line with the regulations at Newcastle.
  2. In line with the Newcastle regulations, if you have passed an assessment in Groningen but choose to resit/resubmit, the grade from the first attempt will appear on the Newcastle transcript and will be used to calculate the overall average for the Newcastle award.

Please note that for Newcastle modules, you cannot be reassessed a module which you have already passed.

Your contacts

Degree Programme Director

The degree programme director (DPD) oversees your Masters programme and can help you with questions about the programme as a whole.

Please note, during Semester 1, Dr Jingxin Dong will cover the role of DPD.

His contact details are 0191 208 1692.

Dr Ying Yang
Senior Lecturer in Operations Management DPD for Dual Degree in Operations Management

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1593

Programme Secretary

The programme secretary is your main point of contact for administrative queries relating to your programme, such as information about procedures or deadlines.

Contact via Student Enquiries, The Hub (room 5.07), Business School @ Barrack Road or on 0191 208 1587.

Aaron Winder
Postgraduate Clerical Officer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1586

Director of pre-experience postgraduate programmes

Dr Maioli oversees all pre-experience postgraduate programmes in the Business School

Dr Sara Maioli
Lecturer in Economics, Director of Postgraduate Studies

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1665

Senior Tutor

You will be allocated your own personal tutor who is there to help you with matters of a more personal nature. In addition, you can contact the senior tutor who has overall responsibility for pastoral matters and is chair of the staff–student committee for your programme.

Dr Graeme Heron
Lecturer in Operations Management

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1739

Business School careers adviser

Our careers adviser can help you with information and guidance on careers and employment, both during and after your studies.

Ailsa McCleod


Details on the teaching team will be provided in the first lecture for each module. 

A complete list of Business School academic and professional support staff, along with contact details, can be found online. Staff profiles are also available via this link illustrating the research and teaching interests of academic members of staff.