Supply Chain Leadership & Management MSc

Develop your leadership and management knowledge and experience to take your skills to the next level and continue to build your supply chain career.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Work-based degree

Course format

No placements


2.5 years

UCAS code(s)


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Supply Chain Leadership & Management MSc

The Supply Chain Leadership and Management MSc course helps emerging engineering leaders to build on their previous specialist skills, training and experiences required to fit your company's goals.

Course outline and modules

Our part-time masters course gives managers who are already working in the supply chain the knowledge and experience to continue to build their careers.

The leadership and management course is delivered in partnership by the triple-accredited Aston Business School and the School of Engineering and Applied Science, combining the knowledge and expertise of both schools.

We already work with a wide range of trailblazer companies, adapting and tailoring the content of the course to meet the specific needs of the organisation. The course is designed to develop future leaders, with a focus on boosting your performance, increasing your agility and building your resilience.

“You’ll struggle to find a University in Britain more keenly attuned to the needs of business and industry.”(Sunday Times)

What you'll learn

During the course you’ll gain a range of leadership knowledge and skills, enabling you to build your career further with the potential to become the senior leaders of the future.

You’ll study a number of core modules to enable you to gain an understanding of strategy and how it’s applied to business every day. You’ll also have the opportunity to take optional modules, enabling you to tailor your studies to your interests as well as completing a major project on a subject of your choice.


Our course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).

When you successfully complete the course you’ll receive an ILM Level 7 Certificate in Leadership and Management and a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership. Graduation from this course also provides a route to Chartered Manager status.

Real-world learning

Students spend most of their time doing a full-time job as well as studying for their degree part-time. Everything is structured to fit around the job and is designed in partnership with employers.

Entry requirements

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. Learn more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your future webpage.
  • 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.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the course please contact us on the details below.

Aston Professional Education Centre
School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Aston University
Aston Triangle
Birmingham, B4 7ET

Room: MB133
Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 3409

Learning, teaching and assessment

The course is taught in eight short periods of intensive study throughout the year. These are usually two or three days in length and take place from Friday to Sunday.

Learning will be delivered in a range of ways including interactive lectures, tutorials, site visits, guest lectures and class debate.


  • Supply Chain Management
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Research Methods
  • Developing Leadership and Management Capability through Enquiry*
  • Engineering Programme Management
  • The Business Landscape
  • Mastering Strategy

Option (select 1)

  • Customer Engagement
  • Human Resources Management
  • Operational Effectivness
  • Logistics and Transport
  • Procurement and Supply Management
Dissertation stage
  • Major Employer Project

*On successful completion of module Developing Leadership and Management Capability through Enquiry (SL), students will be eligible to receive an ILM Level 7 Certificate in Leadership and Management.


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


Fees and scholarship

£16,850 for UK, EU and international students

Career prospects

This programme is for you if you're already working in the world of supply chain management and would like to develop your career further - our aim is to develop the engineering leaders of the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why study Supply Chain Leadership and Management at Aston?

This course will give you the knowledge, skills and experience you need to take your career to the next level and move into a senior role in supply chain management.

What will I be doing on the Supply Chain Leadership and Management course at Aston?

You'll be covering a number of key fundamentals surrounding strategic management, including the management of finances and resources, project management and supply chain management. You'll be working on projects that are of direct relevance to your business, including a major project over the fix six months of the course.


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