Purchasing and Supply Chain Management MSc

Purchasing and Supply Chain Management MSc addresses the strategic role of these two critical functions of organisations. It also examines the impact of changes in the regulatory and policy environment, and the effect of new technologies and techniques on current and future problems within the supply chain. 

During the course, you will develop your knowledge of best practice in purchasing and supply chain management, and enhance your understanding of the importance of business process and activity integration through our range of modules. 

The sectors of purchasing and supply chain are expanding, leaving our Master's graduates attractive on the job market. Depending on your interests and desired career path, you will have the opportunity to specialise in international law or project management as part of this course. 

Our range of core and option modules on this course equips you with the specialist knowledge to identify problems and develop solutions within both purchasing and the wider supply chain. Our lecturers combine traditional lectures with games to illustrate logistics and supply chain and talks by external speakers from the industry.

A highlight for many students is the field trips and social events organised throughout the course which provide an opportunity for networking and extending your learning in new environments.

Read about a recent field trip to the Siemens Urban Sustainability Centre on our blog. 

On this course, you will also benefit from free access to part of the material on the course reading list.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

Core modules

This module provides the foundation for studying logistics and supply chain management. A particular focus is on the retail sector, which is at the forefront of logistics and supply chain developments.

You will consider the role of information and process integration within organisations, focusing on enterprise-wide software and business process integration.

It evaluates the impact that enterprise-wide systems can have, and the crucial role they play in organisational communication. The role of information in enabling process integration and how this underpins organisational knowledge and strategy provides the theoretical framework for the module.

Opportunities to study for SAP-accredited courses are offered in association with this module.

This module provides business managers with a comprehensive, practical approach to using financial and accounting techniques and analysis in their business lives. It also looks at the concepts behind the techniques, recent developments in conceptual thinking and academic critiques.

With this module, you will increase your awareness of the external influences that companies must take into account in the design and operation of their logistics systems. 

In addition, students are made aware of the external influences that companies must take into account in the design and operation of their logistics systems. Supply chains do not exist in a vacuum, and there are many issues that companies need to consider to ensure that they operate legally and responsibly.

You will develop a range of knowledge about purchasing management, including the purchasing management process, which includes negotiation techniques, and skills development. It considers supplier appraisal and how the buyer's role has developed. You will research, consider and discuss the main issues faced in purchasing today and plan for the issues still to come.

The purpose of this module is to develop students' knowledge of effective and academic procurement and supply chain research design and data collection at master's level, and provide guidance on the purpose and design of literature reviews; strategies of critical research problem definition and ethical research considerations.

Students use their workplace and wider professional experience together with the skills and abilities developed in their academic studies to undertake a serious research investigation into a topic relevant to the student and related to Purchasing and/or Supply Chain Management.

You will examine topics related to green logistics, procurement and supply chain management. 

This module is focused on the study of sustainability and green logistics with a particular emphasis on procurement and supply chain management.

Option modules

You will gain a greater understanding of different aspects of international law, and be able to apply them to business and management problems arising in a global economy.

This module will examine the importance of the project in the modern organisation, with particular reference to managing projects.

The key role of the project manager in orchestrating the project to successful completion will be emphasised, including the management of the following: planning, people, resources, delivery of the project, documentation, quality and change.

Professional accreditation

As part of this course, you have the opportunity to obtain a PRINCE2 Foundation certification in project management. You will also be eligible for a Professional SAP Certification discount.

The course is currently accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. Successful graduates can apply for Membership status. Note that CIPS accreditation is renewed annually.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Download the Programme Specification

Course Leader

More about me

Nicholas Barnett

Senior Lecturer

Nicholas is an academic with a strong background in business management and leadership. His early career in the publishing industry and software distribution, and subsequently in interactive development has given him first-hand, detailed experience in operations, supply chain management and people management.

As course leader of the Purchasing and Supply Chain Management MSc, his experience helps to shape the course to ensure that it remains relevant to the commercial environment of day-to-day business.

Nicholas is module leader of purchasing management, a core module to the course, where students have the opportunity to work with the ideas and concepts at the heart of supply chain management.

Course Team

Dr Maja Piecyk - Reader in Logistics
Rachel Lander - Senior Lecturer
Dr Allan Woodburn - Principal Lecturer
Bijan Hesni - Senior Lecturer
Dr Galina Gornostaeva - Lecturer
Dr Panos Hahamis - Senior Lecturer


Past students of the course have developed successful careers in both supply chain management and procurement. Course graduates work in both large and small to medium companies all over the world. Examples include Unilever, Puma, and Sony. In today's complex and demanding environment where sound judgement, personal responsibility and initiative are sought, this course will help you acquire the qualities to either advance in your current role, or gain new employment. Areas of work you could consider include purchasing and contract management, supply chain management, operations/logistics management and supply chain planning and development. 

Alternatively, you might want to continue onto research or further study. On successful completion of the course, if you have three years' relevant work experience you may be awarded Member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS) status. Alternatively, you can apply to CIPS for MCIPS status at a later date, once you have acquired the necessary work experience.

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Full-time Study Mode
1 years Duration

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