Postgraduate opportunities

MSc Supply Chain Management

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 9 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.

MSc by Research Degree Programme

About the course

The MSc by Research Degree Programme (2 years part-time) is targeted at supply chain/procurement/project management experts working in the West Midlands region who wish to acquire specialist skills and knowledge in Supply Chain Management and starts in October 2014. The Group has a long record of working closely with companies (both large and SMEs) through student placements, Knowledge Transfer Projects (KTP) and other similar initiatives. The award is an MSc by Research from Aston University. In exceptional cases, students could switch into the PhD programme towards the end of the first year.

Students are expected to:

  • develop their research proposals, and receive research skills training through compulsory short workshops between October and Easter (next year)
  • undertake a unique research based project part-time over two years. Each project/student will be supervised by a Lead and an Associate Supervisor from Aston’s Project and Supply Chain Management Research Group.
  • attend research methods training ( three day course plus a series of workshops). Further training may be needed depending on the student and project.

There is a formal application process, but in the first instance potential applicants should initiate a discussion with member(s) of the team whose expertise and interests best align with their own idea for a research project (as soon as possible and ideally by July 31st).

The tuition fees for the MSc starting October 2014 are  ~£4000 total (UK/EU fees). Other direct costs applicants should consider include those related to data collection and analysis (e.g. travel expenses)


We also welcome enquiries from employers, which should be directed to Louise Knight or Aris Matopoulos.