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Procurement and Supply Chain Management (MSc)

Course Description

Course Description

This course has been developed to produce expert procurement professionals and will provide you with the specialist knowledge and skills to further your career in supply chain management. The Cranfield MSc in Procurement and Supply Chain Management is a full-time one-year programme that begins in September each year. The course will develop your knowledge and skills in procurement and teaches you how to apply them through a number of specialist modules, an international study tour, visiting industry speakers and the option to complete a company-based project.

The programme also places emphasis on your personal and professional development, helping you to manage yourself, collaborate with others, operate effectively within organisations and progress your career. You will have the opportunity to use psychometric tests and self-assessment tools to understand more about how you work and what you value, and you will have support to improve your resilience, teamwork and communication skills.

Course overview

The MSc in Procurement and Supply Chain Management has been developed to produce expert procurement and supply chain professionals who can take the skills they develop here at Cranfield and make a significant difference in the marketplace.

As a student on the programme, you will complete 12 core modules and then select 2 elective modules designed to help you realise your personal career plan. The programme includes a personal element, which will focus on your improvement of effective communication skills. There is also the opportunity to complete an optional procurement consultancy project, undertaken with a company, and culminates in a thesis which may be company-based or research-based.

English Language Requirements

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:

IELTS - 6.5 overall and 6.5 in the writing component
TOEFL - 92 and a writing score 21
Pearson PTE Academic - 65
Cambridge English Scale - 180
Cambridge English: Advanced - C
Cambridge English: Proficiency - C

In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).


As a student on the programme, you will complete 12 core modules and then select 2 elective modules.

- Supplier Selection and Evaluation
- Supply Chain Strategy and Sustainability
- Principles of Strategic Procurement
- Accounting and Finance
- Analytical Techniques for Supply Chain Management
- Freight Transport
- Inventory and Operations Management
- Information Systems and eBusiness
- Project Management
- Negotiation and Contract Management
- Business Process Outsourcing
- Designing and Managing Resilient Supply Chains

- Performance Measurement in the Supply Chain
- Sales and Operations Planning
- Master Data and Data Standards in the Supply Chain
- Humanitarian Logistics
- Six Sigma in the Supply Chain

Individual Project

At the end of the programme, you will write a thesis which will be either company-based or research-based.

A company-based thesis takes place within a real organisation. You will undertake a relevant individual project, identified through our close links with industry and commerce. You will have an academic advisor at Cranfield, but will also work closely with the sponsoring organisation.

A research-based thesis allows you to develop a topic that is practical, innovative and of particular interest to you. You will be supported by faculty whose expertise lies in your chosen area, and will be assisted in developing and following a research plan. This will enable you to formulate the problem, undertake the necessary empirical analysis and draw appropriate conclusions.


Learning is assessed through a combination of assignments and written exams. Modules containing a high theoretical content are assessed by examination, and written assignments are used where practical application is more relevant, or where knowledge and understanding may be demonstrated through discussion or critique of a particular topic.

Why this course

Cranfield’s expertise in procurement and supply chain management is brought to bear in our teaching. This means that, as a student on the MSc in Procurement and Supply Chain Management, you learn about the key issues shaping today's procurement and supply chain environment. Our close connection with companies and the current challenges they are facing will help you deliver real competitive advantage in your future roles.

As an international management school we attract students from around the world and we place great emphasis on facilitating a diverse learning environment. Encouraging the exchange of ideas and opinions between people of different ages, cultures, nationalities and backgrounds is fundamental to the Cranfield learning experience.

Career opportunities

Our Career Development Service will help you to plan an effective strategy for your personal and professional development, and to develop a set of career management skills that will remain with you throughout your career.

Services available to students include: interview skills workshops; career planning workshops; CV and cover letter workshops; searchable online CV service; job matching service; networking opportunities; on-campus company presentations; careers fair; sector events; individual career consultations.

The Cranfield MSc in Procurement and Supply Chain Management will run for the first time in 2015/16. Companies that have recently recruited graduates from our other full-time programmes to logistics roles include:
- Amazon
- AT Kearney
- Cadbury Schweppes
- Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
- COSCO Logistics
- Deloitte
- Diageo
- GlaxoSmithKline
- Jaguar Land Rover
- Kuehne & Nagel
- Hewlett Packard
- Johnson & Johnson
- LEGO Systems
- London Underground
- Maersk
- Microsoft
- Nestlé
- Nike
- Polo Ralph Lauren
- Proctor & Gamble
- Rolls-Royce
- Shell
- Travis Perkins
- Unilever
- Vodafone.

For further information

On this course, please visit our course webpage - https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/procurement-and-supply-chain-management

Visit the Procurement and Supply Chain Management (MSc) page on the Cranfield University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) ideally in a related subject. Other recognised professional qualifications or several years relevant industrial experience may be accepted as equivalent; subject to approval by the Course Director. For further and specific information please visit the course page.

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