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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.

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 and Zara.

Vision/Values Statement
The MSc in Supply Chain Management is a comprehensive programme that helps students gain the knowledge, theory and skills behind the management of resources, relationships, suppliers and customers within business networks. Prospective students from all disciplines targeting the Supply Chain Management profession can apply to take this programme. The programme will provide students with a 360-degree view of the profession, from supplier development and management, through to innovation generation, customer relationship management and sustainability.

We value interactive and collaborative learning and a diverse and engaged classroom. We strive to graduate informed, agile, critical thinkers and doers. Our graduates will possess cutting-edge knowledge in the field of supply chain management and operations (education and subject/discipline/professional values).

We aim to provide a learning environment that encourages students to deeply engage with the material covered in each module and to actively draw on the collective experiences of their fellow students. Seminars, workshops and application-based activities are key elements in the programme design (the nature of the learning environment for students).

In addition to lectures and workshops, students work individually and in small groups on projects, case studies, simulations and class presentations. Students will gain market-relevant experience and the benefit of professional know-how via a consulting project conducted with a leading MNC. Assessment is through a blend of continuous assessment and end-of-semester examinations. Continuous assessment includes both individual and group work (key approaches to teaching, learning and assessment).

Entry requirements

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

Or

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

If English is not your first language, an English language qualification is required for admission to all of our programmes. the exception to this rule is if you have completed your primary degree or an entire third level qualification through English, in an English speaking country.

Duration

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
E: smurfit.admissions@ucd.ie

Subjects taught

Curriculum
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
• Project and Supply Chain Management

Summer Term
• Supply Chain Consulting Report + 1 option module
• Cross Cultural Management
• Leadership & Team Management
• Technology & Innovation Strategy

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

Comment

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.

Application date

You must apply online using our dedicated student information portal. You will be required to enter contact details, upload your documents and answer two essay questions (each approximately 300 words). We would ask that you seriously consider both essays and answer these in the context of the programme you are applying to. Try to not replicate your CV and demonstrate what makes you different from other applicants. There are no right or wrong ways to complete these essays.

Course fee

Fees Full-Time EU: €13,950 (academic year 2019/2020)
Full-Time Non-EU: €19,200 (academic year 2019/2020)

Part-Time Non-EU: €9,600 per year (academic year 2019/2020)
Part-Time EU: €7,580 per year (academic year 2019/2020)

Important Note: Tuition fees and other charges are subject to change each year.

Enrolment and start dates

Starting: September 2019

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