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Supply Chain Management

Programme Overview

Supply chain management is the management of all activities in business networks. This means managing the flow of products, services, and information not just within your own company but also through suppliers and customers. Supply chain management extends beyond traditional purchasing and logistics to the design and management of the complex web of relationships that is required to deliver products and services to the final customers.

Supply chain management is varied and exciting and is a growing area of management increasingly recognised as key to competitive advantage. This course will teach you the skills, theory and knowledge you need to become a leader in the supply chain management profession as well as connect you to our vibrant and growing community of global supply chain professionals and companies.

Students from all disciplines targeting the supply chain management profession can apply to take this course, especially those with a background in business, social science, economics and engineering.

How will I benefit?

The course has been structured to ensure that students simultaneously learn the theories and practices integral to the profession whilst also boosting their suitability for recruitment by the very companies that employ supply chain management techniques.

1.The combination of cutting-edge theory and knowledge dispensed by leading academics in the field and real experience of supply chain issues via corporate involvement in the course.
2.Opportunities for students to showcase their knowledge and employability are boosted by the dedicated supply chain careers fair held during the course.
3.Diverse, international job opportunities with multinational firms from a variety of countries and industries, including Accenture, Apple, Facebook

Entry requirements

A minimum second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in any discipline.


A primary degree with a minimum of three years' work experience in Supply Chain Management.

Where an applicant has a good GMAT or GRE test score, this should be submitted with the application as it will be considered and will add weight to that application. Having a GMAT or GRE is not a requirement for admission to this programme and not having one does not therefore preclude someone from applying.


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

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Programme have gone on to work in a variety of different industries, including consulting, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, retail, logistics, internet and technology-related companies. We run a dedicated supply chain careers fair and leverage job opportunities through our corporate partners.

In 2016, 75% of our graduates from this programme were employed after 6 months across a range of industry sectors. (Source: First Destination Report 2016)

Potential careers for our graduates include:
•Purchasing Manager/Director
•Supply Chain Manager/Director
•Supply Chain Planner/Buyer
•Project Manager
•Logistics Coordinator
•Supply Chain Analyst

Further enquiries

The Admissions Office can be contacted at:
T: 01) 716 8885

Subjects taught


Whether taking the course on a full-time basis or part-time via classes during the working day, students must complete a wide-ranging combination of core and option modules (5 + 2), as well as a consulting project with a client company.

Conducted over the summer term in groups of students supervised by leading companies, the consulting project offers the ultimate bridge between the theory learnt and the realities of the supply chain profession.

Semester 1
•Supply Chain Sustainability
•Supply Chain Operations
•Procurement & Supplier Management

Semester 2
•Negotiation for Supply Chain Managers
•Supply Chain Analytics
•Business Logistics

Summer Term
•Supply Chain Consulting Report + 1 option module
•Managing Leading and Coaching
•Cross Cultural Management
•Global Operations Simulations

Note: option modules listed are indicative of what has been delivered in previous years. What is offered each academic year is subject to change.


Course features
Consulting Project – conducted over the summer term in groups of students supervised by leading companies, the project offers the ultimate bridge between the theory learnt and the realities of the supply chain profession.

CIPS accreditation - the MSc in Supply Chain Management is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, the UK professional body for purchasing and supply.

Academic prizes – the James Crowley Memorial Medal is awarded to the best student on the course, whilst the IPICS Supply Chain Institute offers €500 to the top consulting project.

Enrolment and start dates

Starting: September 2018

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