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Purchasing and Supply Chain Management (MSc)

Course Description

Through an advanced programme of study and research, this course equips you with the specialist knowledge and skills to identify problems and develop solutions within both purchasing and the wider supply chain.

Course content

The course 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. The course will develop your knowledge of best practice in this field, and enhance your understanding of the importance of business process and activity integration.

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.

Option modules

- Project Management
You will examine the importance of the project in modern organisations, with particular reference to managing projects.

- International Aspects of Business Law
You will gain a greater understanding of different aspects of international law, and be able to apply them to business.

Accredited internship

All students on our full-time business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme Reflective Practitioner Module. This is an 8 week unpaid accredited internship, which can be taken in addition to option modules and will help students to gain invaluable work experience. The internships, which are with London-based organisations, take place during the summer period. To apply, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV to the Business Experience Team; the team then shortlist from the applications and conduct group meetings with the applicants.

Ultimately it is up to our internship employers to decide whether they would like to interview the candidate(s) and offer him/her an internship. We have received very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Associated careers

Past students of the course have developed successful careers in both supply chain management and procurement. Course graduates work in both large and small to medium companies all over the world. Examples include Unilever, Puma, and Sony. In today's complex and demanding environment where sound judgement, personal responsibility and initiative are sought, this course will help you acquire the qualities to either advance in your current role, or gain new employment. Areas of work you could consider include purchasing and contract management, supply chain management, operations/logistics management and supply chain planning and development. Alternatively, you might want to continue onto research or further study. On successful completion of the course, if you have three years' relevant work experience you may be awarded Member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS) status. Alternatively, you can apply to CIPS for MCIPS status at a later date, once you have acquired the necessary work experience.


At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. Today’s organisations need graduates with both good degrees and employability skills, and we are committed to enhancing your graduate employability by ensuring that career development skills are embedded in all courses.

Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available, and can provide you with extra cash and help you to demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for. In London there is a plentiful supply of part-time work – most students at the University of Westminster work part time (or full time during vacations) to help support their studies.

We continue to widen and strengthen our links with employers, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of career education and guidance. Staff take into account the latest data on labour market trends and employers’ requirements to continually improve the service delivered to students.

Visit the Purchasing and Supply Chain Management (MSc) page on the University of Westminster website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a first degree from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second Class Honours) or international equivalent, and demonstrate interest and motivation in the subject area. Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years’ relevant professional experience will also be considered. Directly relevant degree disciplines include business studies, economics, geography, management, and operations research. However students with qualifications in other disciplines such as engineering, environmental sciences, the humanities and languages are also encouraged to apply.

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