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MSc Supply Chain Management

Course Description

The MSc Supply Chain Management is designed to meet the needs of recent graduates and those already in employment who wish to acquire specialist skills and knowledge in Supply Chain Management, in order that they may embark or progress successfully on their chosen careers.

On successful completion of this programme, students are expected to have knowledge and understanding of:

Strategic decision-making/policy and practice in the context of the business environment locally, nationally and internationally
The contribution of wider aspects of business areas, to be able to integrate Supply Chain strategy/policy and practice with business and organisational strategy
Theoretical and applied perspectives of Supply Chain Management and Logistics
Specific areas of supply chain management through the study of specialist modules. These areas include: relationships, partnering, ERP, simulation, purchasing, contracts, planning and optimisation.

This MSc requires the student to undertake 10 taught modules, together with the completion of a major project of up to 20,000 words. Each taught module involves 22 teaching hours, which may include tutorials, case studies, and guest lectures. The programme runs from October to September with examination weeks in December and March/April. The project occupies the final six months, being submitted in September.

Professional Accreditation

The programme is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). On completion of the degree, successful students will also be awarded a CMI Diploma in Management.


BNM810 Operations Management *
BNM830 Multi - Organisational Enterprises and Enterprise Systems
BNM802 Simulation for Managerial Decision Making *
BNM808 Managing Projects*
EM4001 Strategic Finance
EM4002 Strategic Management
EM4019 Research Methods
EM4020 Major Project
EM4030 Supply Management
EM4031 Logistics and Transportation

Modules are complemented with a substantial piece of independent research leading to a 60 credit dissertation. Students are allowed to decide on the particular topic for their dissertation. The dissertation allows students the opportunity for extended application of the knowledge and skills acquired in the taught part of the course.
* Module delivered by Aston Business School

Course Director

Dr Jane Andrews
Jane's background is in Management Education; her PhD is from Aston Business School. She has several years' experience working in the UK Public Sector. Her research interests focus on Engineering Education, Education Policy and the Management of Higher Education.

Career Opportunities

This programme is suitable for candidates seeking a career in the Supply Chain Management sector, particularly those who aspire to a senior management role.

Visit the MSc Supply Chain Management page on the Aston University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Aston Excellence Scholarships (All MSc Programmes) - No. of awards TBC

Our MSc scholarships are designed to support talented applicants wishing to develop their skills and knowledge with one of our MSc programmes. For 2015/16 we have a variety of scholarship awards available.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000 - £1,500


Applicants wishing to apply for one of the Aston MSc scholarships must meet the following criteria:Have been offered a place on one of our MSc courses
Be a self-funded student

Application Procedure

Applicants must download and complete the scholarship application form which can be found on the website. The completed form must then be emailed to . Please note that all forms must be completed in full those recived with missing information will not be assessed.

Applicants make only one general scholarship application for all of the above scholarships and are not required to specify which scholarship they wish to be considered for. This decision will be made by the scholarship panel.

Please note that all scholarships are specific to the degree programme and point of entry indicated in any scholarship offer confirmation and are not transferable.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

One of the following: a good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class), equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University. As well as: two professional references, at least one must be from an academic referee, an official academic transcript of your university grades to date, a completed application form. For International Students: an official academic transcript, with an official English translation, of your university grades to date, students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements. Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants whose English qualification falls short of these requirements.

Course Fees

UK and EU students: £8,250 (2015/16 fee) International students: £17,000 (2015/16 fee)

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