Supply Chain Management

What is the programme about?
This one-year graduate diploma programme has been designed for graduates of business and nonbusiness disciplines in order to equip them with the necessary knowledge and competencies in Supply Chain Management and business. Supply Chain Management is concerned with the management of the flow of goods and information through the value chain, from materials acquisition to final consumption. Put more simply, SCM is about being right: it is about getting the right product, in the right quantity, at the right quality, in the right place at the right time, for the right consumer at the right cost. In achieving all of this, supply chain management takes on many of the functions of a business including: forecasting, inventory management, purchasing management, warehouse management, information technology and transport management. Management professionals in logistics and supply chain management functions also work closely with other areas of the business including human resource management, manufacturing, marketing and finance.

Entry requirements

Applicants require an NFQ Level 8 Award or equivalent, for entry to this programme. Other applicants will be considered on an individual basis in accordance with the Institute policy on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). The department reserves the right to require applicants to attend for interview to determine their suitability for the programme.

• Jobseekers
• Returners
• Those in employment


1 year full-time
1 year part-time

Careers or further progression

What will I be able to do when I finish this programme? Graduates of this programme will find employment opportunities in all manufacturing sectors including: electronics; pharmaceuticals and food processing - as buyers and material planners. Many opportunities also exist in logistics and distribution. This work involves using sophisticated computerised planning tools such as MRP/ERP, interacting and negotiating with external suppliers and internal customers and contributing to project management as members of crossfunctional teams.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?
This qualification will allow the participant to apply for the MBA or MB, depending on his/her business experience, and continue to develop and extend his/her skills base and knowledge at NFQ Level 9. Potential employment opportunities

• Supply Chain/Warehouse/InventoryControl Manager
• Purchasing Manager
• Operations Manager
• Production Manager
• Procurement Manager
• Business Development Manager
• Supply Chain/Logistics Consultant.

Further enquiries

Lifelong Learning
Joseph Collins

Head Of Department - Business
Dr Martin Meagher
BComm, MBA, MA, FCA, PhD

Subjects taught

What subjects will I study?
Purchasing and Supplier Management
Strategic Management
Supply Chain Planning and Control
Global Logistics and Supply Chain
Strategic Procurement

Elective Subjects
Work Based Research Project



Course fee

CWB16 Higher Diploma in Business in Supply Chain Management CARLOW Full-time 8 60 €3,000

CWL27 Higher Diploma in Business in Supply Chain Management CARLOW Part-time 8 60 €2,500

CWX11 Higher Diploma in Business in Supply Chain Management WEXFORD Part-time 8 60 €2,500

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