MSc Supply Chain Management

Key benefits

  • Develop specialist skills and knowledge to embark on a career or progress in supply chain management and logistics
  • Gain a qualification accredited by the CIPS and CMI
  • Deepen your understanding of strategic decision-making, policy and practice in the context of the business environment globally
  • Study the wider aspects of business areas, to be able to integrate supply chain strategy, policy and practice with business and organisational strategy.


Duration of programme: 1 year full-time: six months of taught modules on campus and a six month individual project.
Start date:
Intake: Up to 25 per year

One of the following:
  • A first or good second class Honours Degree from a UK academic organisation.

  • Equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University.

As well as:

  • Two professional references – at least one must be from an academic referee

  • A completed application form.

For International Students:

  • An official academic transcript, with an official English translation, of your university grades to date

  • 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 

Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants whose English qualification falls just short of these requirements.

Information on visas for international students

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

A limited number of scholarships may be available for this programme, subject to the fulfilment of academic and other eligibility criteria.  For up-to-date information please visit the EAS Fees & Scholarships page

MSc Supply Chain Management is delivered in conjunction with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences*, Aston University. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and applied perspectives of supply chain management and logistics, along with specific areas of supply chain management by studying specialist modules. These areas include: relationships, partnering, ERP, simulation, purchasing, contracts, planning and optimisation.

This programme requires you to study nine taught modules, plus the completion of a major project with a dissertation of up to 20,000 words. Each taught module involves up to 22 teaching hours including tutorials, case studies and guest lectures. The programme runs from October to September with examinations and assessments held in December, March/April and June. The major project occupies the final six months, being submitted in September.


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
Assessment methods are designed to meet the particular requirements of each module. These methods vary from 100% examination to 100% continuous assessment. Currently the balance for the taught element of the Programme is approximately 65% examination and 35% continuous assessment. The major project accounts for 60 of the 180 credits required for successful completion of the degree.

Course Director

David J Carpenter 

After his first degree, David qualified as a Chartered Accountant, subsequently specialising in acquisitions, mergers and takeovers. He has many years’ experience in teaching Supply Chain and Engineering Management subjects at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels. David’s research interests lie in the fields of financial mathematics and jurisprudential aspects of the accounting-legal interface. He is published in several international journals.


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

This programme is suitable if you are seeking a career in the supply chain management sector, particularly if you aspire to senior management positions. 

Our International Alumni Ambassadors share their experiences of studying at Aston Business School with students all over the world who consider applying for a course at Aston. Feel free to contact our ambassadors if you have any questions about 'Aston Life', the Campus, the courses or living in the UK/Birmingham.

Contact  Us

MSc Programmes Admissions Officer
Tel: +44 (0)121 204 3668
Fax: +44 (0)121 204 3676
Email: seaspgtaught@aston.ac.uk

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