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Why I chose Durham

MSc Finance graduate Ernest Akatue tells us why he chose Durham, and reveals his plans for the future.

MSc in Supply Chain Management

Laura Seeliger

MSc Management (Supply Chain Logistics), 2014-15

Coming from a law background, I only had a vague idea about what SCM is. At Durham University, SCM is taught in three different classes: Operations & Supply Chain Management, Green Supply Chain & Logistics Systems and Global Supply Chain Leadership. These courses link to each other to enable students to understand and analyse the field from a broader perspective.

The main personal benefits of taking these courses were, on the one hand, getting an insight into an area that I had little knowledge of, and, on the other, gaining the competence to write my dissertation in the field of procurement.

The classes are designed to be truly interactive. Case studies had to be prepared each week, which is a chance to get insights into the “real business world”. In each class or seminar we would come back to these cases and relate them to the academic background.

My lecturers were very dynamic, which allowed for a true exchange during class. Instead of simply giving students facts, lecturers challenged students to come up with innovative ideas and think one step further. In my opinion this approach is especially brought to life in the class of Green SCM & Logistic Systems as it connects SCM and sustainability, a young yet important factor for future supply chains.

Assignments were always very practical, which was challenging but important and rewarding. The knowledge gained in all SCM classes did not only benefit my dissertation but eventually also helped me to secure a job in the SCM world. I would take all of the classes again and can recommend the module to everyone who is looking for a broad, practical and interactive insight into the topic of SCM.