Supply Chain Management
The concentration is relatively small, which means it is easy to get to know each other and there is a close dialogue with teachers. Roughly a third of the students are international.
SCM organises events and study trips, and ensures that students get a touch of real life.
What to consider?
To international students there are generally two challenges; the first is the oral exams that many international students are not used to. The other is the Scandinavian way of studying which encourages students to be independent, and take initiative beyond teachers´ explicit directions.
The concentration does not have a strong math profile, and students with a particular focus on math may find it difficult constantly using their language skills to make conceptual analyses, oral presentations and written reports.
A collaborative and international mindset plus social skills are an advantage.
The SCM has a high degree of student involvement, in part because it is a small and tight-knit group. You will have student presentations, exercises, class discussions, lectures and real life cases.
The SCM highly recommends that students group up with different people on projects to learn from each other’s strengths and knowledge – group work is good practice for the inter-organisational, intercultural and interpersonal skills you will need to manage your future supply chain networks.
At CBS each course is concluded with an examination. This means that you will have examinations after each semester in December/January and May/June respectively.
24 hour take-home assignments, four hours written exam, projects with oral defence.
Work, life, study balance
Students are usually in high demand and quick to find relevant student jobs in planning, procurement, distribution and management control etc., generally with bigger companies or consultancies.
However, as interesting as the work may be, it is a full-time programme, requiring a full workload. Students often underestimate the time it takes to properly prepare for exams, and should be aware not to take on too much work alongside the programme.
Studying in English
Before studying a programme taught in English you might want to consider the following:
- All literature, lectures, exams, projects and group work are in English
- Academic English differs from the English used in everyday language – so it might be a challenge even if you are used to speaking English in other situations.
- You may have to spend more time on reading and understanding the material in English
- You may find it challenging to express yourself with the same ease as you would in your mother tongue.
- Some will feel uncomfortable and shy when speaking English – especially when in a crowd or among native speakers.
Practice makes perfect
There is a big difference between reading and understanding texts and expressing yourself in English both orally and in writing. This is a challenge for some students. Even if you are used to reading English texts on your bachelor programme, it is still a good idea to practice your English. Try to speak it on a regular basis, watch the news, movies and TV series in English. You should also read books and newspapers in English, as this will help you read faster and increase your vocabulary. A good command of English is essential for getting the maximum learning outcome of your programme.
SCM students and alumni have a created a “SCM Network” where a group of people share their interest in global supply chain management. At the annual conference, the Copenhagen Supply Chain Management Summit, organised by the programme, they have the opportunity to network across different years of students and with practitioners and invited speakers.