MSc Supply Chain Management

The programme 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.

Why choose this course?

Professional recognitionThe course is professionally recognised and accredited by the relevant professional bodies.

International focusStrong international content will teach you about industry abroad and enhance your global employability.

Industry relevant: Course content is developed in close collaboration with industry and delivered by academics who work closely with senior (engineering / supply chain as appropriate) business managers.

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

  • Students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements with one of the following:

    • Standard TOEFL requirement is IBT 93 overall (minimum of 23 in writing, 19 in listening and speaking and 18 in reading) accept SCM – 93 overall (minimum 26 in writing, 22 speaking, 19 listening, 18 reading.

    • An overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and speaking and 6.0 in listening and reading)

    • A PEARSON score of 61 overall with a minimum score of 61 in writing and speaking and 53 in reading and listening

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

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 10 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.


  • BNM802 Simulation for Managerial Decision Making *
  • BNM808 Managing Projects*
  • EM4001 Strategic Finance

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

Professional Development Programme Module

Business skills for life: the essential Aston Professional Development Programme

The Aston Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integral module that forms part of your MSc taught course from day one.This compulsory module runs throughout the academic year. We have designed it around knowledge through practice - to enhance your employability as you customise the PDP experience to suit your own learning goals and skills development needs.

We take a multidimensional, qualitative and individually tailored approach. Using reflective models, we integrate a competency-based framework into our existing academic programmes.  You will engage with different kinds of experiential learning, such as skills workshops, work-based experience, study abroad and develop your own unique skillset.  

This pathway between theory and the world of work brings together Aston’s faculty, careers practitioners and business and academic partnerships teams to help you step into your future careers as culturally aware, global professionals

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

Dr Jane Andrews 
Jane's background is in Management Education; her PhD is from Aston Business School. She has several years' experience working in the UK Public Sector. Her research interests focus on Engineering Education, Education Policy and the Management of Higher Education.

Teaching staff

Dr Louise Knight
Senior Lecturer in Management, Engineering Systems and Management Subject Group

Dr Knight joined the ESM team in late 2007 to teach strategic management and strategic purchasing. She came to Aston from the University of Bath where she was Deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Strategic Purchasing and Supply, and before that held various roles in human resource management and purchasing and supply at London Underground Ltd.  Her research interests include supply networks, network learning and leadership, collaboration and public procurement. 

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

This programme is suitable for candidates seeking a career in the Supply Chain Management sector, particularly those who aspire to a senior management role.

Aston Business School has a network of ‘Career Champions’ - MSc alumni who are working in a range of sectors globally or running their own business. To find out more about Career Champions click here.  

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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