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Supply Chain Management MSc

If you want to build a career in an area that’s critical to societal wellbeing, this course could be for you.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time

Course format

No placements

Duration

12 months full-time

UCAS code(s)

n/a

Start date

Overview
Why explore Supply Chain Management at Aston University

Teaching staff from supply chain management talk about what first interested them in their respective fields.

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“All of the lecturers were outstanding, they became like friends with great support on the topics studied. The culture and diversity of Aston plays a huge part too. Teamwork is a great way to learn and with such a varied student background you learn a lot off each other.”

John O Sullivan, Design and Development Engineer

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“All of the lecturers were outstanding, they became like friends with great support on the topics studied. The culture and diversity of Aston plays a huge part too. Teamwork is a great way to learn and with such a varied student background you learn a lot off each other.”

John O Sullivan, Design and Development Engineer

Course outline and modules

The words ‘supply chain’ have never been more in the news than in 2020. The world-wide Covid-19 pandemic had presidents and prime ministers across the world talking about the importance of effective supply chains, to ensure essential equipment was available to key workers everywhere.  
 
This crisis demonstrated how important the different aspects of the supply chain are, from procurement, through manufacturing and transportation, to storage and delivery to the front line.  
 
Our Supply Chain Management masters 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 have very close links with business, with many of the team coming to the university from industry themselves, combining practical knowledge and experience with academic rigour. 
 
What you’ll learn 

You’ll gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and applied perspectives of supply chain management and logistics. The programme has a particular focus on the effective deployment of advanced technology in environmentally sustainable and globally connected supply chains. You'll also have the opportunity to develop your areas of interest through a range of specialist modules and completion of a major project. 
 
You’ll undertake real-life projects throughout your course with modules taught using industry-related case studies and current research in the field. We're uniquely positioned, in the heart of the UK supply chain, to be able to welcome guest speakers from leading companies to share their experiences with you. Field trips to local businesses such as Jaguar Land Rover will give you a real insight into industry. 

Accreditation 

Our Engineering Management masters course is professionally recognized and accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). On successful completion of the degree, you’ll also be awarded a CMI Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership. 

Entry requirements

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.
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
  • For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your future webpage.
  • Postgraduate masters students enrolling with Aston Business School with a 5.5 in one of the four IELTS sections will be required to engage with English language tuition as part of the Professional Development Programme (PDP).  There will be no extra cost to the student
  • 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


Applicants with extensive work experience:

We recognise the value of extensive professional experience. If you do not have the academic qualifications, but have extensive and relevant professional experience and a proven ability to succeed, we would welcome your application.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning will be through a combination of lectures and practical projects. 

•    Strategic Management and Finance
•    Supply Chain Management
•    Human Resources and Change Management
•    Operational Effectiveness, Lean and Agile Manufacturing
•    Simulation for Managerial Decision-Making*
•    Supply Management
•    Logistics and Transportation
•    Research Methods
•    Dissertation

Taught modules are complemented by a substantial piece of independent research leading to a 60 credit business projects. Students are allowed to decide on the particular topic for their business project.

The business project 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

You’ll be assessed by exam and assignments with your major project accounting for a third of the total credits required to complete the course successfully. 
 
Aston Business School is in the 1% of business schools globally with triple accreditation from the leading accreditation bodies in the UK, Europe and USA - AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS. This means you’ll have an edge over graduates from other universities that don’t hold these accreditations. 

Fees and scholarships

UK/EU students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £9,350

International students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £18,850

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

Scholarships

You can find out more about our Postgraduate scholarships for international students here. If you are a UK or EU student, please email seaspgtaught@aston.ac.uk for information on funding.

Career prospects

Recent graduates from this course have gone on to secure roles such as Supply Chain Analyst, Corporate and Planning Strategist, Quality Controller, Procurement and Logistics Expeditor and, Content Operations Executive, working in major international organisations including: Nissan, Accenture, the Royal Mail, Royal Air Force and Singapore Airlines Cargo.

International students

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our postgraduate programmes. Students from over 120 different countries chose to study with us every year and Aston is not only a great place to study, based in the centre of Birmingham it’s also a great place to live.

Post-study work visa

Aston University welcomed the creation of a new immigration route which will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies to find work. The new post-study work visa will apply to international students starting undergraduate and postgraduate courses from 2020. 
More information on post-work visas.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why study Supply Chain Management at Aston? 

You’ll gain the knowledge you need to develop a successful career in the supply chain and logistics sectors. This course is run in partnership between the triple-accredited Aston Business School and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, distinguishing it from other universities. 

In addition, our team has many years’ experience working in the supply chain, combining their practical skills and knowledge with the academic rigour of the course to provide you with a high quality masters experience. 

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

You’ll take a number of nine taught modules and have the opportunity to put this learning into practice through projects, guest lectures and your major project. 

Does accreditation matter? 

Yes. Gaining an accredited masters will give you the experience and skills you need to develop a successful career, potentially at the highest levels in the industry. 

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