Supply Chain Management MSc

Postgraduate (12 months full-time)


September, January

Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip

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You’re ready to specialise in the area of business that physically connects you to your customer. Supply chain management plays an important role in business’s operations and its success, but it can be fragile and highly influenced by external factors. Without doubt, you like a challenge, and the risk management and opportunity optimisation is what attracts you to this quick-thinking discipline. We understand you don’t want to be limited, and that’s why ARU’s Supply Chain Management MSc covers all the learning areas and skills you will need to succeed, from the first to the last step of the chain.

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Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, our course offers opportunities to learn from, and network with, practitioners and specialists in many industries.

The knowledge and skills you’ll develop will be useful throughout your career. Our graduates occupy all kinds of senior supply chain, logistics, quality, materials, operations and procurement roles.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Supply Chain Strategy and Operations
    Supply chain management is a major strategic concern for organisations, it is often stated that individual organisations no longer compete, but that the impetus of competition has shifted to supply chains/networks. A number of strategic philosophies and techniques are explored on the module that focuses on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of supply chain flow. This module highlights how the ever-demanding customer creates a need for managing the network from raw materials to end-customer across organisational interfaces. Therefore, supply chain networks rely on effective management of relationships and outsourcing arrangements. Supply chains can be fragile due to the participants and external risks, risk management strategies are applied within the module. Any logistics/supply chain strategy has to make trade-offs in terms of cost; quality; flexibility; dependability and time. These strategic priorities are explored in an intensive supply chain simulation game. The game simulations a product supply chain, including necessary functions produces results and statistics about the supply chain that the students must improve over the course of the semester. The overall aim is to provide an insight into the system consequences of decisions, focusing on operational decisions, e.g. procurement, manufacturing, distribution, transport etc. Here students will work in teams, to represent the management of the company, therefore, they must develop a strategy and work together to implement their decisions. The impetus is on real-life practice and the impetus here is on learning by doing. Within this module, students will build team-work; communication; analytical; project management; time management and presentation skills.
  • Sustainable Supply Chains
    Sustainability poses a considerable challenge to global supply chains, which are inherently complex and involve many partners. This module explores the concept of being sustainable in a supply chain context: both in internal processes and decisions, but also in the wider supply network considering the role of responsible procurement strategy. The concept of triple bottom line, which considers the financial; social and environmental effect of business, is explored. The focus then turns to how to manage the immediate and eventual environmental effects of products and processes associated with converting raw materials into final products. Therefore, lifecycle management is studied and sustainable strategies and practices across core supply chain activities, including procurement; production; logistics; packaging; warehousing and distribution. Transportation/logistics is often seen one of the most significant factors in environmental sustainability. Hence, transport mode, planning and routing processes are evaluated in the supply chain context. There is practical consideration of the effect of transport mode decisions on: cost; speed; convenience and environment. Organisations and supply chains must respond to the pressures for environmental sustainability as corporate social responsibility and legislation begin to take hold. Therefore, there is focus on how environmental impact will need to be monitored, as well as, more proactive practices such as the recycling, reclamation, remanufacturing and reverse logistics are being adopted. Closed loop supply chains and the associated activities of integrated waste management and reverse logistics are explored. The module also draws on the contextual issues, including: regulatory and legal frameworks, European and Global UN agreements, which continue to exert increasing pressure on supply chains to manage and improve environment impact. Consideration and application of carbon management ideas is also discussed. Overall, the module seeks to provide a contemporary view of sustainability and the future implications for managing supply chains.
  • Project Management
    The ability to manage projects effectively is widely regarded as a key aspect of management in both private and public sector organisations. This module considers the nature of the project environment, the role adopted by the project manager and the relationships between projects and the objectives of the sponsoring organisation. Throughout the module reference is made to the practical tools and techniques which underpin the activities of the project manager and support the core objectives of the project. Tutorial exercises and case studies support this approach. Students are given hands-on experience of PC software tools - deployed to facilitate planning,costing, critical path analysis (CPA) and resource management. Subsequent PC-based activities include optimisation, progress monitoring, trouble-shooting and rescheduling. One of the main focuses for the design of this module has been the further development of relevant employability and professional skills. Such skills are implicit in the learning outcomes. Multiculturalism has been considered during the design of this module and will be considered when the assessment brief is written.
  • Research Methods for Business and Management
    This module prepares students to undertake a piece of business or management research for their Masters project by developing appropriate knowledge, understanding and transferable intellectual and practical skills. Emphasis is placed on developing skills most likely to lead to a successful closure of a research journey set within any organisational setting identified by students in the role of either academic or practitioner researchers. Skills such as the ability to frame research aims, generate research questions/hypothesis, and research objectives, the ability to generate a conceptual framework, the ability to select and justify a particular research design and methodology and the ability to act as an ethical researcher so as not to spoil the field are all central features of this module. In addition the generation of core practical skills such as the ability to generate and analyse quantitative and qualitative data are central to this module. By developing this knowledge, understanding and transferable intellectual and practical skills the true aims of conducting research will be realised. Students will gain confidence in a range of cognitive and practical skills suitable to conducting research projects in a range of international business contexts so as to add to knowledge and understanding. One of the main focuses for the design of this module has been the further development of relevant employability and professional skills. Such skills are implicit in the learning outcomes. Multiculturalism has been considered during the design of this module and will be considered when the assessment brief is written.
  • Managing Supply Chains in Practice
    Supply chain management encompasses the understanding of materials management or inventory management with the use of different strategic approaches to achieving same outcome. The term supply chain management is often used interchangeably with procurement and logistics management. Most often, students get confused or mixed-up with different terminologies with no real understanding of which is which as academics most often use different jargons to describe the same outcome. In understanding this model and to do well in it, students need to understand the broader supply chain management and be able to demonstrate that, supply chain management incorporates the broader strategic perspective as opposed to purchasing and or procurement. In modern days unlike the Barter system, Supply Chain Management has cemented its position as a key strategic management approach, enabling organizations to efficiently and effectively reach their goals in a constantly changing business environment complicated by risks, uncertainties, and competitor pressures. The global economy implies yet another level of complexity inherent to the management of large-scale, geographically dispersed project teams. Projects and programmes are often collaborative efforts where a number of organisations, including partners and sellers, work with the performing organisation to meet the goals of the project. In projects of today, interdependencies are the norm, and external dependencies are unavoidable in most cases. As a result, supply chain planners and managers need to spend time and effort in dealing with sellers, contractors, and partners. Therefore, they need to have thorough knowledge and understanding of management of the whole supply chain, including positioning of inventory, lead times, risks, contracting and procurement. In this module, you will learn how to optimise different components of the project supply chain, including end-user identification of need, opportunity assessment, prioritization tools (positioning each end-user requirements in strategic metric), purchasing, supply, inventory, continuous improvement, and benefits tracking. This module also explains legal and commercial aspects of the supply chain in addition to contract negotiation and performance management skills. Assessment for this module is based on a written assignment and a 3 hour exam.
  • Supply Chain Performance Management
    The module focused on how supply chain processes are improved and the performance of logistics processes is measured and managed. The definition and explanation of key performance indicators (KPI) is another key main focus on this module. An explanation of the different key areas of quality-, time- and cost-related measurements and their mathematical/logical links is given. Resulting from these findings a balanced scorecard is developed and given an acid test in practice. In this module an emphasis is made on quality and time-related indicators. Quality is explored based on traditional instruments (statistics, 7Q) and modern designs like 6 Sigma or Design of Experiments. These tools are examined about their viability for worldwide logistics processes. Embedding these tools in a quality loop leads to the management of these quality KPIs. Time-related measurements are identified and detailed with practical examples. Furthermore the question gets answered whether also a time-based monitoring can be used as an equivalent to cost controlling. As a practical example KPIs may be examined about their suitability to control an external logistics provider. Based on this example the implementation of KPIs into service level agreements would be examined and examples given for a bonus/penalty-clause scheme.
  • Strategic Management
    The module explores the core field of strategic management, and how strategy contributes to organisational performance. It focuses on your organisation's internal and external environment, and addresses key issues such as competitive advantage.
  • Postgraduate Major Project
    This module support students in the preparation and submission of a Master stage project, dissertation. For 45 credits this involves an assessment volume equivalent to 12,000 words. The major project enables students to demonstrate some or all of the following: -The ability to raise significant and meaningful questions in relation to their specialism -Depth of knowledge which may involve working at the current limits of theoretical and or research understanding -Critical understanding of method and its relationship to knowledge -Awareness of and ability to develop solutions to ethical dilemmas likely to arise in their research or professional practice -The ability to draw meaningful and justifiable conclusions from information which may be complex or contradictory -The capability to expand or redefine existing knowledge; to develop new approaches to changing situations; and contribute to the development of best practice; -The ability to communicate these processes in a clear and effective manner, as appropriate to the 'audience' -The capability to evaluate their work from the perspective of an autonomous reflective learner. One of the main focuses for the design of this module has been the further development of relevant employability and professional skills. Such skills are implicit in the learning outcomes. Multiculturalism has been considered during the design of this module and will be considered when the assessment brief is written. In the course of your studies with us you may generate intellectual property which is defined as an idea, invention or creation which can be protected by law from being copied by someone else. By registering with us on your course you automatically assign any such intellectual property to us unless we agree with the organisation covering the cost of your course that this is retained by them. In consideration of you making this assignment you will be entitled to benefit from a share in any income generated in accordance with our Revenue Sharing Policy in operation at that time. Details of our Intellectual Property Policy and Guidelines can be found on 'MyAnglia' under Research, Development & Commercial Services or by contacting this Office for a hard copy.


We focus on the knowledge and skills you’ll need as a purchasing, logistics and supply chain professional. Here are some of the ways we’ll measure your progress:

  • team exercises
  • report-writing
  • presentations
  • restricted-time assignments
  • problem-solving exercises
  • development of plans and proposals
  • your Major Project.


This is a 12 month programme

Please note that modules are subject to change and availability.


Where you'll study

Your faculty

You have a highly active mind and see opportunity everywhere. Now you need theory and life-changing skills to sharpen your approach to management. At the Faculty of Business & Law, you will immerse yourself in a multicultural environment where technology blends with teaching to create a dynamic and innovative learning environment. An environment to help you gain those skills.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students starting 2020/21 (per year)


International students starting 2020/21 (per year)


Additional costs

Study visit
Faculty will pay the cost of the visit and accommodation with the student paying their travel costs of up to £500. 

How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

If you're a UK or EU student, you won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to study with us – though you must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You can pay your fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees

Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our finance guide for postgraduate students to learn more about postgraduate loans and other funding options.

We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you're at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Funding for international students

We offer a number of scholarships, as well as an early payment discount. Explore your options:

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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