Supply Chain Management

What is the programme about?
This Masters programme offers a robust understanding of the concepts and best practices in Supply Chain Management for application in today's global economy. Supply chain management and sourcing have become a central focus for companies due to the rapid changes in demand for products and services, globalisation and technology. With operations becoming more complex, companies in the manufacturing, retail and technological sectors are searching for individuals with supply chain expertise. This programme has been designed in collaboration with industry to address those needs.

The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs Statement of Activity 2014

'The EGFSN forecasts that, due to an anticipated expansion in the sector, and the replacement demand arising from the retirement/exiting of those employed in core Freight, Transport, Distribution and Logistics occupations, some 13,500 to 15,500 job vacancies could become available over the period 2015-2020.

There is a need for a consistent supply of suitably trained staff, as well as a need to retain and upskill those currently working in the sector. As staff progress through their careers, there is a requirement for training in additional skills for both operations and management roles.'

Exit award
Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Supply Chain Management is an Embedded Exit Award.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are a Level 8 degree with a minimum of Second Class Honours, Grade 2 in a related discipline or equivalent. IT Carlow operates a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPL) scheme whereby applicants may be considered, based on relevant work and other experience, for exemptions from programme modules and advanced entry. All applicants will be considered on a casebycase basis. The Department reserves the right to require applicants to attend for an interview to determine their suitability for the programme.

Subjects taught

What subjects will I study?
Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma
Communications for Supply Chain
Research Project SCM
Performance Management
Supply Chain Financial Management
Sustainable Supply Chains
Research Methods
Strategic Supply Management
Global Logistics and Technology


CWB11 Master of Science in Supply Chain Management CARLOW Full-time NFQ Level 9 Credits 90
CWL15 Master of Science in Supply Chain Management CARLOW Part-time NFQ Level 9 Credits 90

CWL16 Postgraduate Diploma in Supply Chain Management CARLOW Part-time NFQ Level 9 Credits 60


Carlow - 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.


CWB11 Master of Science in Supply Chain Management CARLOW Full-time €5,500
CWL15 Master of Science in Supply Chain Management CARLOW Part-time €7,400

CWL16 Postgraduate Diploma in Supply Chain Management CARLOW Part-time €5,500

Programme Fees for Non-EU Students
Masters Programme Fee – €11,250

Post Course Info

What will I be able to do when I finish the programme?
On completion, graduates of the programme will be able to:

• Apply comprehensive knowledge of theory and practice of Supply Chain Management to a variety of industry operations;

• Build and develop multi-disciplinary teams across all functions to bring about radical improvements in supply chain capability;

• Effectively plan and manage resources at each stage of the supply chain;

• Use critical thinking and research skills to design/redesign, implement and improve more sustainable, competitive and quality led supply chains from supplier to customer;

• Communicate effectively with teams at all levels internally and build more sustainable, beneficial relationships along all stages of the supply chain from supplier to customer.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?
Graduates may pursue Level 10 (PhD) study opportunities upon successful completion of this programme.

Potential employment opportunities
In light of current skills shortages in industry in the area of Supply Chain Management, this Masters programme will provide participants seeking jobs in this sector with a competitive edge. For those participants currently working in the area, the programme will enhance existing roles both on a professional and personal level by building on the practical skills and techniques required to succeed. It will also develop critical skills in areas such as process improvement, resource management, analytical and critical thinking, communication and sourcing and managing quality-led sustainable supply chains from supplier to customer.

This Masters programme will prepare graduates to work in a number of job roles:

• Supply Chain Analyst or Manager
• Project Managers
• Logistics Managers
• Operations consultants/ Manufacturing or Service Operations Managers
• Warehouse/Inventory Manager
• Purchasing Manager/Buyer/Planner.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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