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Supply Chain Leadership and Management Executive Apprenticeship - MSc

Through this innovative Executive Apprenticeship you can study for a masters degree funded by your employer while working full time. The programme is focused on shaping future supply chain leaders and will develop your leadership and management skills as well as enhancing your supply chain strategy and execution capabilities.

Course outline

Programme overview

The Supply Chain Leadership and Management Executive Apprenticeship is made up of seven core modules, plus one elective taught over a 24 month period. It concludes with a major business project undertaken over a further six months of study.

Who is this apprenticeship for?

Executive apprentices will be supply chain specialists or managers within a logistics function or business with a desire to further their knowledge, develop their careers and to progress to leadership positions.

Apprentices can range from new employees (with prior work experience) to existing staff who have grown into their role. Responsibilities can include leading people, projects, operations and/or services to deliver long term results. 

Programme content

Modules are taught at postgraduate level and have been structured to contribute towards achievement of the Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship Standard as well as to enhance knowledge and skills specific to logistics and supply chain management. Your employer will benefit from your increased capability to perform more challenging work as you gain knowledge, skills and experience throughout the programme.

Core topics

Topics on offer include:

  • Mastering strategy
  • Strategic financial management
  • Developing leadership and management capability through enquiry
  • Engineering programme management
  • The business landscape
  • Research methods.

Elective modules

You will select one elective module to deepen your knowledge of a key business area further. Below is a list of the types of modules that may be available for you to choose from:

  • Operational effectiveness
  • Customer engagement
  • Supply chain management
  • Sustainable engineering
  • Human resource management.

Employer project

The course concludes with a major employer project focused on a particular area of your employer’s business. The output is a workable solution or approach to a current issue your company is facing.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning and teaching

The first two years of the programme are delivered through a block teaching approach, and you will study four modules each year. Teaching is based at the University and will be in small blocks, totalling approximately 24 days per year, and using around half of the 20 per cent off the job training time that employers should allocate apprentices when studying for a degree apprenticeship. 

While at the University, you will learn through formal lectures, tutorials and interactive workshops led by our industrially experienced teaching staff. We work in small cohorts that will enable you to study with fellow specialists, network and learn through discussion of current industry issues. Through our experiential learning approach, you will be able to apply your new skills and knowledge straight away in the workplace.

Teaching will be supported through our virtual learning environment, Blackboard, where you can engage with module content, participate in live seminars and communicate with your peers. There is also an extensive online library of content to support your studies. 

For the final six months of their programme, you will undertake a major project based on a current challenge in your work place. 


Modules are assessed by the University through individual coursework for each module and the major employer project. Assessments have an emphasis on application of taught material within the workplace setting to deepen learning.

Throughout the programme, you will amass a portfolio designed to evidence development of your skills, knowledge and behaviours. On achievement of the MSc award you will undergo an end-point assessment with an external assessment organisation to demonstrate achievement of the Institute for Apprenticeships approved Standard for a Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship.

Visit the Supply Chain Leadership and Management Executive Apprenticeship - MSc page on the Aston University website for more details!




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