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Supply Chain Management

This Masters course 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 course has been designed in collaboration with industry to address those needs.

This specialist MSc course is relevant to individuals who wish to pursue careers in management consulting, managing information systems, product management and supply chain management. Graduates of this course will be well prepared to work as supply chain analysts, project managers, logistics managers, operations consultants, manufacturing or service operations managers.

Exit Award - Yes.

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 course modules and advanced entry.

All applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The Department reserves the right to require applicants to attend for an interview to determine their suitability for the course.


1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
In light of current skills shortages in industry in the area of Supply Chain Management, this Masters course will provide participants seeking jobs in this sector with a competitive edge. For those participants currently working in the area, the course 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 course 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.

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

A postgraduate diploma in Science in Supply Chain Management is an Embedded Exit Award (Level 9 - 60 credits).

Further enquiries

Full-time applicants may contact:
Michael O’Fearghail MA, FCCA
Course Director
P: 059 9175355


Martin Meagher BComm, MBA, MA, FCA
Head of Department-Business
P: 059 9175303

Part-time applicants may contact:
Faculty of LifeLong Learning
P: 059 917 5280

International (Non-EU) applicants may contact:
P: 00353- 59-9175205

Subjects taught

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


Postgraduate Opportunities - Institute of Technology Carlow. Institute of Technology Carlow has a range of high-quality courses that offer suitably qualified primary degree holders (NFQ Level 8) exciting opportunities to progress to higher awards (Masters and Doctoral degrees). These opportunities are by research and thesis or taught courses, with many available on a full-time or part-time basis across our three campuses in Carlow, Wicklow and Wexford.

Higher Degrees by research are normally obtained by undertaking a research project, guided by an experienced supervisor. The average duration of a research Masters degree (NFQ Level 9) is 2 years full-time study. A PhD (NFQ Level 10) should take from 3 to 4 years (full-time) to complete.

Taught courses are available at three levels: Higher Diploma (NFQ Level 8); Postgraduate Diploma - NFQ Level 9 (60 credits); and Masters - NFQ Level 9 (90 credits). Individual full-time postgraduate courses are described in the forthcoming sections. Details of part-time taught courses are available in the Lifelong Learning prospectus.

Research Masters and Doctoral Degrees
Institute of Technology Carlow offers postgraduate research supervision for both Research Masters and Doctoral Degree candidates (NFQ Levels 9 and 10). Research supervision is closely tied to the priorities and expertise of staff attached to specialist research centres at Institute of Technology Carlow. Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) is an integral part of Institute of Technology Carlow’s activities and a vital aspect of its interaction with industry and other research centres, both nationally and internationally.

Application date

How to apply
1. Research & choose your course from our wide range of postgraduate offerings on our website or in our prospectus.

2. Check out all of the relevant entry requirements, course code and closing dates, taking time to read IT Carlows FAQs and application instructions on the Admissions section of the website.

3. Get started on your postgraduate journey at IT Carlow!

For admissions queries from Irish or European applicants, please email:

All Non-EU international applicants may refer to the International section of the website for further details or email:

Course fee

This course is not eligible for Free Fees. Course Fees 2017/18 €5,500. Fees under review for 2018/19.

Enrolment and start dates

Postgraduate application procedure
Postgraduate applicants should refer to the Study/Postgraduate section of the website for more information:

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