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MScPurchasing and Supply Chain Management

Tuition fee £12,000 per year
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Purchasing and Supply Chain Management MSc addresses the strategic role of purchasing and supply chain management. It also examines the impact of changes in the regulatory and policy environment, and the effect of new technologies and techniques on current and future problems within the supply chain.

During the course, you will develop your knowledge of best practice purchasing and supply chain management, and enhance your understanding of the importance of business process and activity integration through our range of modules.

The sectors of purchasing and supply chain are expanding, leaving our Master’s graduates attractive on the job market. Depending on your interests and desired career path, you will have the opportunity to specialise in international law or project management as part of this course.

Our range of core and option modules on this course equips you with the specialist knowledge to identify problems and develop solutions within both purchasing and the wider supply chain. Our lecturers combine traditional lectures with games to illustrate logistics and supply chain and talks by external speakers from the industry.

A highlight for many students are the field trips and social events organised throughout the course which provide an opportunity for networking and extending your learning in new environments. Read about a recent field trip to the Siemens Urban Sustainability Centre on our blog.

As part of this course, you have the opportunity to obtain a PRINCE2 Foundation certification in project management. You will also be eligible for a Professional SAP Certification discount and benefit from free access to part of the material on the course reading list.

Programme structure

Core modules

Purchasing Management

You will develop a range of knowledge about purchasing management, including the purchasing management process, negotiation techniques, supplier appraisal and the buyer’s role.

Logistics and the External Environment

With this module you will increase your awareness of the external influences that companies must take into account in the design and operation of their logistics systems.

Sustainable Supply and Procurement

You will examine topics related to green logistics, procurement and supply chain management.

Research Methods and Project Preparation

These modules will increase your knowledge and competence of the research process and the application of research methods.

Financial Analysis for Managers

This module aims to develop your analytical skills and understanding of corporate financial reports.

Business Process Integration with SAP

You will consider the role of information and process integration within organisations, focusing on enterprise-wide software and business process integration. Opportunities to study for SAP-accredited courses are offered in association with this module.

Retail Supply Chain Management

By examining retail markets (by country and sector), this module investigates developments in the control of the supply chain between retailers and manufacturers.

Supply Chain Management Project

Students use their workplace and wider professional experience together with the skills and abilities developed in their academic studies to undertake a serious research investigation into a topic related to Purchasing and/or Supply Chain Management. The topic chosen may be relevant to their work or be of interest to the student. They develop their analysis in partnership with a supervisor who advises and guides them throughout. The project is a very important part of the study programme. Its aims, content and the manner of execution reflect the integrative nature of projects at Master’s level.

Career opportunities

As a purchasing and supply chain management postgraduate, you can look forward to excellent career prospects in purchasing and contract management, supply chain planning and development and operations management.

With the MSc Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, you’ll be particularly well-placed to pursue opportunities within organisations that require senior business people to have sound judgement, as well as taking personal responsibility and initiative.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States