MSc Supply Chain Leadership and Management

Aston University APEC
Designed in close partnership with industrial organisations, our programmes help employees to develop their roles in industry."

Dr Trevor Oliver 

Deputy Executive Dean
Chair of APEC Management Board

Entry requirements

Applicants must be working in the industry, hold a good second class UK honours degreee, and have the required experience

 This course helps emerging engineering leaders to build on their previous specialist skills, experiences and training to acquire the skills required to fit your company's goals.

Earn a living whilst you complete your studies
Develop leadership and management skills
6th in the UK and Top 30 in Europe in the subject area of Postgraduate Engineering and Project Management
Gain specialist knowledge required to further your career

Course information

Course starts in October each year.

Taught part time over 3 years (minimum) up to 5 years (maximum).

The course is taught at Aston University. Each module is taught over 2 three-day weekends (Friday - Sunday), each 5 - 6 weeks apart. 4 modules taught per year, a total of eight study weekends per year.

Year one provides core modules, year 2 provides for 4 from several options available. Options and content of several specific modules will be demand-led by employers. Year 3 is major project (employer based).

For direct enrolment onto the MSc in Supply Chain Leadership and Management, you will need one of the following:

  • A good UK honours degree
  • An equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston
  • A degree-level professional qualification.


  • At least FIVE years relevant work experience
  • An official academic transcript of your grades (in English) where relevant
  • Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements 
  • Two professional references, each of which should reflect your leadership and management potential.

Admission outside of these guidelines is possible for exceptional students. If you have extensive work experience but no graduate qualifications, you may be considered for admission to the programme.

All candidates will be invited to interview with the course director or his/her nominee prior to a formal offer being made.

Course Fee:

£16,150 (2018/19)

You may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,280 towards the cost of studying a Masters degree at Aston University. Postgraduate loans are administered by Student Finance England and there are restrictions - so please do check.

This programme aims to help emerging engineering leaders to build on their previous specialist skills, experiences and training to acquire those management and leadership skills required to meet their own and their company goals. To this end the programme will be, in part, demand led, by working with a number of first adopter/trailblazer firms on their specific content needs, in the form of optional modules or modules they may wish to deliver themselves.




  • Supply Chain Management (EM4038)
  • Strategic Management & Finance (EM4032)
  • Research Methods (EM4045)
  • Developing Leadership & Management Capability through Enquiry (also achieves the ILM level 7 certificate in Leadership & Management) (EM4035)


  • Commercial Engagement (EM4036)
  • Human Resources Management (EM4037)
  • Project Management (EM4044)
  • Operational Effectiveness (EM4039)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Governance (EM4041)
  • Procurement & Supply Management (EM4046)
  • Logistics and Transport (EM4047)

Dissertation stage

  • Major Employer Project (EM4042)

The programme will be delivered using a range of methods including interactive lectures, tutorials, site visits, guest lectures and class debate.

Assessment methods are chosen in relation to the particular requirements of a module. Assessment methods employed include group and individual assignments, and class participation.

Are you on the cusp of your engineering/management career, wondering what comes next? Here are a few comments and thoughts from our Alumni about how this programme will help:

"My experience so far has shown that leadership is a rare quality in the industry. I strongly believe that it is a quality that an individual either has it or not, but techniques and best practices could be learned in a University programme. Honestly the programme seems very interesting.”

"Very flexible delivery; sounds like it is tailored to engineers, rather than a generic management programme”

"Additional Leadership experience would give a great addition to my current work experience”

"Sounds like a good way to bridge the gap between engineering  and business qualifications."

Dr Jack Carnell

A highly successful CEO, Chairman, Coach and Board Director with both public and private sector experience. Currently Chairman of a National Sector Skills Council.

Also a Senior Teaching Fellow and Programme Director at Aston University, Chairman of a Charity for adults with learning disabilities and an Executive Coach.


  • PhD
  • BSc Honours (First Class) in Civil Engineering
  • MBA
  • MSc Mathematics
  • PMD in Management (Harvard Business School)
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice
  • Advanced Certificate in Executive Coaching (level 7)
  • ILM level 7 certificate in Leadership
  • British Psychological Society registered as a qualified personality and ability tester.

Dr John Daniel Park,BAMA PhD

Dr Daniel Park graduated in economics at the University of Glasgow. He has worked in business strategy and strategic management for the whole of his career.  His early experience was in logistics and strategic planning with Esso UK Oil.  He entered the management consulting profession in a senior managerial position with Pricewaterhouse Coopers.  He subsequently co-founded his own strategic planning consultancy and has practiced for over 30 years in total as a consultant in the fields of business strategy, organisational development and global supply chain management.

Additionally he has acted as economic adviser to the United Kingdom Cabinet Office and the Department of Trade and Industry on industrial development policy.  

He has recently been appointed to the Editorial Advisory Council of the “Harvard Business Review".

Dr Shan Rajegopal

Dr Rajegopal is a respected business advisor and one of the leading authorities on innovation and project portfolio management. He has worked with clients globally in both public and private sectors for over twenty years.

Shan provides advice and support in Innovation, Portfolio Investments, and Delivery Management with Value Realization for companies looking to radically improve their performance. Shan also teaches Project Management on Aston's MSc Engineering Leadership and Management course.

He is a much sought-after international speaker, inviting his audience to embark on a journey of discovery to uncover the most successful practices and the best ideas from the world's leading global players. He is retained as an advisor for companies and also sits on the board of Aberystwyth University (Wales). He is the author of Project Portfolio Management: Leading the Corporate Vision and Sun Tzu and the Project Battleground: Creating Project Strategy from the Art of War.

It is recommended that applicants contact us directly before applying. Please email eas_apec@aston.ac.uk attaching a copy of your CV detailing your work experience and qualifications, along with a paragraph explaining why you wish to study this course.

To apply for October 2018 please click here.

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