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OPERATIONS AND SUPPLY CHAIN

ANALYTICS

About the programme 
Language: English  (See language requirements)  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September (no winter intake)

Introduction

The Master’s degree programme in Operations and Supply Chain Analytics replaces the current Master's degree programme in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.  

The programme in Operations and Supply Chain Analytics focuses on the management of Operations and Supply Chains by the use of Analytics. Operations and Supply Chain Management (O&SCM) is about planning and controlling the activities of a company as well as coordination between companies, in order to secure that the right product is delivered in the right quantities, to the right customer, at the right time, and at the right price. Analytics refers to the scientific process of transforming data into insights for making better decisions.

In this programme, the main focus is to give you a theoretical foundation within O&SCM, and the specialisation will have a high focus on quantitative and analytical skills. As an Operations and Supply Chain Analyst, you need insight into digital tools for analytics to be able to handle and transform data and afterwards model and solve problems within O&SCM.

The programme provides you with an in-depth knowledge about

  • How to design strategies in O&SCM.
  • Methods for planning and controlling flows of goods and information in a supply chain.
  • IT-based tools and how to work with data, matching the increased focus on big data, business analytics, and decision science.

The courses of the programme will provide you with analytical skills that enable you to appraise, systematically structure and analyse the possible solutions to complex problems in operations and supply chains, so that well motivated decisions can be made. The teaching form of the programme encourages student participation and in combination with the Master's thesis, this will provide you with self-management and communication skills.

Admission Requirements

Students that hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration (HA) or variants hereof from Aarhus University can pursue direct admission to the MSc programmes in Economics and Business Administration after they complete their Bachelor’s degree programme.

If you hold a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration, Bsc (HA) from one of the Danish universities, you fulfill the specific admission requirement for the Master’s degree programmes in Economics and Business Administration (cand.merc.).

If you hold a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (HD), you can also pursue admission to the MSc programmes in Economics and Business Administration. However, it is required that you complete supplementary courses corresponding to 20 ECTS. For information on which supplementary courses you should take please check the overview of supplementary courses for HD (available only in Danish).   

Students that hold a degree from another university

If you hold a degree from another university, your qualifications will be assessed once you have applied for admission. You can also have your qualifications pre-assessed by Aarhus University, Admission between 1 September and 31 October in order to find out if you meet the admission requirements. Please contact ma.admission@au.dk for further information about pre-assessments between 1 September and 31 October.  The assessment will prioritize the sufficient content of the following subjects and ECTS-points:  

Quantitative and Qualitative Methods

15 ECTS

Managerial Economics and Operations Management

15 ECTS

Marketing

7,5 ECTS

Finance and Accounting

15 ECTS

Organisation- and Leadership Theory

7,5 ECTS

Microeconomics

5 ECTS

Additional ECTS points within the abovementioned areas

15 ECTS

Total ECTS within Economics and Business Administration

80 ECTS

Admission to the MSc in Economics and Business Administration for applicants with a professional bachelor’s degree (professionsbachelorer) in 2020

To be eligible for admission to the MSc programmes, applicants with a specific professional bachelor’s degree must either have completed specific elective courses as part of their qualifying exam or pass supplementary courses of 20-30 ECTS from the BSc in Economics and Business Administration. In this table, the requirements for elective courses and supplementary courses are laid out. All supplementary courses are offered during the spring semester in both Danish and English.

The possibility of taking supplementary courses depends on your specific professional bachelor’s degree. Supplementary course(s) must be completed before commencement of study. You can find further information about the rules on supplementary Bachelor’s courses here.

Language requirements

Since English is the language of instruction in all subjects, all applicants are required to provide evidence of their English language proficiency.
Please see the page on language requirements.

Programme Structure

Academic Regulations

The study programme consists of two semesters in the first year which cover the compulsory courses in the programme specialisation and two semesters in the last year which are reserved for the student's own specialisation.

In the first semester you follow the prerequisite courses that form the methodological and academic basis for the further study programme.

In the second semester you follow the specialisation courses of the programme.

In the third semester you can choose elective courses within your areas of interest. The courses can either be taken at Aarhus BSS during the semester, at the Summer University or at one of our more than 300 partner universities abroad. You can also participate in project-based internship programmes either in Denmark or abroad.

The fourth semester is devoted to the final thesis. You may choose the topic of the thesis freely and so get a chance to concentrate on and specialise in a specific field of interest. The thesis may be written in collaboration with another student or it may be the result of your individual effort. 

Preliminary programme structure:

Student Life

 

Learning in an International Context

At Aarhus BSS we conduct research at the highest academic level.

All researchers employed are engaged in research projects covering a wide range of different subjects and focusing on knowledge and skills considered essential for professional business activities in the global marketplace. All faculty have both research and teaching responsibilities, which means that our teaching is continually based on the latest research results.

Aarhus BSS is very internationally oriented. The broad scope of our research activities and educational programmes enable us to attract researchers, teachers, and students from all over the world, and this creates an international environment for research and learning in which academic views are exchanged, experiences are gathered and friendships are formed.

Aarhus University is a leading university in Denmark in building student exchange opportunities. The university encourages all students to spend time studying abroad. Every year, more than 700 students from Aarhus BSS go abroad to participate in exchange programmes around the world at our more than 300 partner universities. About the same number of students from all over the world come to participate in the exchange programme in Aarhus, and this contributes to a truly international learning atmosphere.

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Career

A graduate with an MSc degree in Operations and Supply Chain Analytics will in the first job typically be working on analysis of operations and supply chain performance for the purpose of providing improved solutions. To accomplish these tasks, the graduate will be equipped with the necessary skills in data analysis and the development of decision support systems. In addition, the graduate will have an integrated understanding of analytics and soft management, which is essential in modern operations and supply chain management.

This is typically done under the supervision of more experienced colleagues. One possible career path might be to start out as an analyst, progress to a project manager position and then further progress to an executive position with the overall responsibility for business development.