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Supply Chain Management - Conversion Programme

Please note due to the great demand for our programmes early applications are assessed when received and dealt with promptly. Therefore it is advisable to make early applications for an early response. If you do not yet have your final degree results this will not hinder your application as we are happy to issue conditional offer letters in such circumstances.

Supply chain management (SCM) and logistics are critical success factors as Ireland attempts to build an export-driven economic recovery. Despite the continuing economic challenges, there continues to be strong demand in the market place for suitably qualified SCM professionals. NITL's full-time and executive postgraduate programme provide an ideal opportunity for graduates from a wide variety of disciplines to acquire the necessary skills, knowledge and competencies to build a career in this exciting and rapidly developing field. Supply chain managers play a critical role in all main sectors in the economy including life sciences, electronics and IT, food and drink, third-party logistics (3PL) and retail, as well as in many parts of the public sector. NITL's programmes provide a solid grounding in all aspects of SCM based on the principles of world class practice and relevant to the evolving needs of business in Ireland.

There is a growing recognition of the importance of logistics and Supply Chain management issues in companies in Ireland. The necessary improvements cannot be achieved without properly educated and trained "supply chain professionals". There is a prime need for the best young brains to provide a fresh, innovative impetus. In support of this need the MSc in Supply Chain Management provides training and education of a high academic standard and relevant to modern industry. This full-time programme allows graduates, often with limited practical experience, to gain an MSc in Supply Chain Management by following a structured programme of modules which address both the theoretical and applied aspects of the subject. The M.Sc. in Supply Chain Management is aimed at the "high-flyers" who will be the world-class managers of the future.

The aim of the full-time M.Sc. programme is to develop these professionals - the leaders of change and business improvement in manufacturing, process, retail, transport and logistics service companies. IT achieves this through broad-based vocational postgraduate education, providing the student with a thorough knowledge of and competence in the key elements of logistics and Supply Chain Management. The overall learning outcomes of the programme are to:

•provide participants with a detailed knowledge of the theory and practice of SCM
•develop graduates to contribute effectively to multi-discipline teamwork aimed at radical improvements in supply chain capability
•prepare graduates of all disciplines for a variety of roles in SCM; and
•provide personal development opportunities for students in parallel with their meeting career development objectives.

Entry requirements

Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview for specific programmes.

CONVERSION PROGRAMME

Participants are graduates of Level 8 Bachelor Degree programmes (or equivalent) in any relevant discipline. The programme is ideal for either graduates of supply chain specific programmes (e.g. DIT's B.Sc. in Logistics and SCM, IIPMM's BBus in Business, Procurement and Supply Management) who wish to build upon the knowledge acquired at undergraduate level or as a conversion programme for graduates from other relevant disciplines. There is an exceptional entry mechanism for individuals who do not hold the necessary academic entry requirements but who have extensive relevant practical experience in one or more aspects of SCM. Participants following the programme will generally aspire to a career in the logistics/supply chain management field in the sectors mentioned above.

Duration

Full Time 1 year

Full Time - 1 Year
September intake: September through to September the following year

January intake: January through to February the following year

Part Time - 2 Years
3 days per week or on a modular basis

Careers or further progression

Participants following the programme will generally aspire to a career in the logistics/supply chain management field in manufacturing, process, retail, transport and logistics service companies. Supply chain management (SCM) and logistics are critical success factors as Ireland attempts to build an export-driven economic recovery. Despite the continuing economic challenges, there continues to be strong demand in the market place for suitably qualified SCM professionals. NITL's full-time and executive postgraduate programme provide an ideal opportunity for graduates from a wide variety of disciplines to acquire the necessary skills, knowledge and competencies to build a career in this exciting and rapidly developing field. Supply chain managers play a critical role in all main sectors in the economy including life sciences, electronics and IT, food and drink, third-party logistics (3PL) and retail, as well as in many parts of the public sector. NITL's programmes provide a solid grounding in all aspects of SCM based on the principles of world class practice and relevant to the evolving needs of business in Ireland.

Further enquiries

For Further Information

Eoin Plant
Mechanical and Transport Engineering
College of Engineering & Built Environment
NITL,
Henrietta Place,
Bolton Street,
Dublin 1.

Phone number: +353 1 402 2962
Email: eoin.plant@dit.ie

Deirdre Staunton
Programme Manager
National Institute for Logistics and Transport
Room 336,
DIT, Bolton Street, Dublin 1.

Phone number: +353 1 402 4665
Email: deirdre.staunton@dit.ie

Subjects taught

Compulsory Modules:
•Introduction to Supply Chain Management
•Understanding Customer Service
•Manufacturing Strategy and Operations
•Physical Distribution Management
•Purchasing
•Information Technology in the Supply Chain
•International Supply Chain Design
•Introduction to Business Strategy

Optional Modules:
•Managing People
•Management of Information Systems

All students will also participate in Research Methods which will assist them in the development of their dissertation

Comment

Award
Master of Science (MSc) degree in Supply Chain Management.

Location
The full-time MSc in Supply Chain Management takes place in Dublin.

Award
Master of Science (MSc) degree in Supply Chain Management.

Timetable / Hours
Participants register for a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Supply Chain Management. The programme is modular in format. Each module consists of 40 hours of tuition, which will take place over one week, and 60 hours self directed learning, which includes further research and the writing up of the related assignment. The standard registration period is one year. To be considered for the award of the M.Sc. participants are required to complete a minimum of 9 modules and a major project and associated dissertation in accordance with the course regulations.

NITL's approach to Supply Chain Management is based on the need for integration between the key supply chain activities of buy/make/move/store/sell. To achieve this requires that the management of material, financial and information flows is carried out in a holistic manner. Key enablers in this management process are technology, people and the tools which have been developed to support supply chain modelling and project management. The programme has been designed to expose students to all these elements.

Assessment method

Assessment is based on post-module assignments and the major project and associated dissertation. After attendance at each module, participants undertake a related assignment aimed at demonstrating both theoretical knowledge and industry best practice, and the resulting reports are marked and assessed by the NITL tutor. Each M.Sc. candidate also undertakes a major Project which accounts for 50% of the credit towards the Masters degree. The project will be based on either,

1. a piece of relevant research carried out by the student
2. a relevant company-based supply chain improvement initiative.

To achieve a Masters degree, participants must complete 9 assessed modules (i.e. fully attend and submit satisfactory post module assignments). M.Sc. candidates must also satisfy the examiners in their project, dissertation and an associated oral examination. The DIT Examination Board ensures that the course achieves the high academic standards expected of a post-graduate course at an Irish University.

Application date

Closing Date: Open for Sept and Jan 2017 intakes. Closing date for Jan intake is 1st Jan 2017

Enrolment and start dates

Start date: September/October

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