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Course content

With multiple study modes, this CIPS accredited course enables you to explore the dynamic discipline of Procurement and Supply Chain Management at your choice of pace. It will develop your knowledge, understanding and business skills for professional practice in procurement and supply chain management at middle and higher levels of management.

You will learn the strategies, best practices and tools and techniques to enable you to better comprehend how this field of management can contribute to the competitive advantage and effectiveness of an organisation and its partners.

You will develop the problem-solving, learning and research skills, within a procurement and supply chain context, that are necessary for employment in any sector.

At Aberdeen Business School, we are in the business of changing your tomorrow.

What you will study

Please note this study breakdown is for full-time on campus study mode, other delivery modes may vary

STAGE 1

You will develop knowledge and understanding in the key areas of general management and procurement including economics, supply chain management and quality management and excellence models. Transferable skills for postgraduate study and professional practice will be established.

STAGE 2

You will continue to develop your knowledge in further key areas of the specialism including strategic purchasing, purchasing principles and the law, finance for managers and operations management. You are expected to become increasingly self-supporting and embark on more independent study.

STAGE 3

The Capstone module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to integrate Masters level knowledge and skills by independently working on an applied academic study, a professional dissertation or, where appropriate, business consultancy project from a degree related discipline. Personal and professional skills such as research, oral presentation and teamwork will be developed.

Please note this study breakdown is for full-time on campus study mode, other delivery modes may vary.

Teaching and assessment

On Campus Study

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. You will work as an individual and also as part of a team on case studies, team activities, presentations and discussions. 

On Campus Day Release Part-time courses are delivered in parallel with the On Campus Full-time cohort but you will only study 2 modules (30 credits) per semester.

Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).

Online Distance Learning

Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers you flexibility of where and when you can study, offering full and open access to tutors and other class members. You have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. The online campus provides you with lectures and course materials, discussion forums and live chat. 

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

The options represents full-time on-campus delivery, distance learning and part-time delivery may  

  • Lectures - 15-30 students per group, 96 hours per semester
  • Tutorial - 15-30 students per group, 48 hours per semester
  • Project Supervision - 1-4 students per group, 12 hours per semester
  • Independent Study - 456 hours per semester

INDEPENDENT STUDY

The course encourages you to work autonomously and to take responsibility for your own learning and professional development. The main vehicle for independent learning is the Capstone Project where you will develop your learning in many aspects: the nature of research, writing a proposal, sourcing relevant information, data collection and analysis, research ethics and presenting work.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

Academic staff who teach on this course have worked in a range of professional backgrounds, are ‘business-connected’ and use professional networks and their academic research to ensure teaching is professionally relevant.

Our staff have either achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this. This is a professional recognition of lecturer practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning. In addition, many have featured in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.

We have a proactive Industry Liaison Group who provide input to course redesign and may contribute to classes through guest lectures and masterclasses.

ASSESSMENT

Please note the below represent full-time on-campus delivery, distance learning and part-time delivery will differ. 

Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 5 written assignments, including essays
  • 2 reports
  • 1 Capstone project
  • 1 practical skills assessment
  • 2 presentations/posters

Job prospects 

This course aims to transform individuals within, or aspiring to be within, the supply chain management profession. Career options are broad and varied, with opportunities in public and private organisations across industries ranging from energy to retail, and aerospace to construction.

Previous graduates have progressed into specialist procurement and supply chain management roles across the globe including Supply Chain Manager (Retail), Logistics Manager (Oil and Gas) and Buyer (Aerospace).

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.


Visit the Procurement & Supply Chain Management (MSc) page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!

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