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MSc in International Procurement and Supply Management

MSc in International Procurement and Supply Management

Overview

Develop the necessary skills for a successful career in the procurement/purchasing and supply management fields

This Masters programme has been designed for business graduates and/or graduates from a purchasing and supply management related discipline.

Why Study International Procurement and Supply Management at Griffith College?

Our MSc in International Procurement and Supply Management is available on a full and part-time basis over a 1 or 2.5 year period respectively and aims to equip students with the specialist skills required for successful careers in the procurement/purchasing and supply management fields across a broad base of industries.

  • Students will develop their knowledge and skills to work in this dynamic business arena across multiple service or manufacturing orientated industries.
  • Students will enhance their ability to research current trends and developments in procurement and supply management.
  • flexible study model gives students the option of either full-time or part-time study
  • Students have the opportunity to further their studies by enrolling on our internationally recognised MBA in International Business.
  • Lecturers with deep industry knowledge of both public and private sector procurement and supply chain management.

Intake Dates

We run 2 intakes for this course commencing in Spring and Autumn.

  • 4th of February, 2019*

  • September 2019

*subject to sufficient numbers

What our students say

Through my masters, I’ve gained not only knowledge to deal with the challenges of this specific area, but also how to manage one of the most talked-about topics currently, sustainability. I was fascinated by how simple actions and adaptations in business strategy can improve the way we treat our environment.

Nicolle Carvalho Ferreira
MSc in International Procurement and Supply Management
Course details
Stage 1
Management Accounting and Control

This Module is concerned with the application of managerial accounting techniques and procedures to the solution of managerial planning, control, and decision-making in all functional areas of business. The module covers models of costing, budgeting and decision analysis which are instrumental to the effective use of accounting information in strategic and operational planning. By focusing on the thought process involved in analysing business situations, this module will provide learners with the ability to use accounting information to make strategic business decisions. Learners will develop modelling skills including quantitative methods of analysis while obtaining an understanding of management accounting theories, practices and their strategic application. 

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International Marketing Management

This module is designed to build learners’ ability to analyse, evaluate and manage products and services in an international environment. The module emphasises research, critical analysis and problem solving skills required for selecting target markets and designing effective marketing mix strategies. Considerable emphasis is also placed on exploring opportunities presented by the digital world and how it impacts global marketing today. Analytical and planning skills will be reinforced via extensive use of case studies, exercises, class discussions research and appraisal of national and international markets. Learners will also develop advanced business communications skills and competence in both oral and visual presentation. 

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Globalisation and Corporate Responsibility

This module deals with two key aspects of Business Management – Globalisation and Corporate Responsibility. Globalisation continues to have a profound effect on our world today. While not a new concept, the level of global political and economic activity has radically increased in recent years. This module is designed to build learners’ understanding of globalisation. It will give learners an appreciation of how political, socioeconomic and cultural events in one region can shape and influence events worldwide. The second part of this module is concerned with responsible business practice. Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of the ethical and social areas of corporate responsibility and the impacts these have on the reputation and success of an enterprise. 

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Economics and Risk Assessment 1

This module focuses on the subject of economics, with a strong emphasis on key microeconomic principles and supply markets. It seeks to develop technical analysis skills and also show how market analysis and market knowledge is a key risk management strategy in itself. In that respect it is closely linked with the Risk Assessment module, which broadens the learnings of risk out from supply market risk to encompass organisational risk, operational risk and project risk. Organisations need to understand the market(s) they are procuring in, what the dynamics and features of these markets are, what the cost drivers are, where there is value and what is the optimum strategy for extracting that value. A key learning will be that procurement strategies need to be developed based on a detailed knowledge of the supply market and different markets demand different strategies to ensure an organisation get the best outcome. 

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Procurement and Supply Management

Purchasing and supply is now seen as a value-adding activity, able to make a significant contribution to the profitability of the organisation. This module provides the learner with understanding of the role and application of the management of supplies in the organisation. 

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Sustainable Development

This module focuses on the subject of sustainability and sustainable development and provides the learner with theoretical and practical considerations involved in critically evaluating the current policies and practices within industry, thus assisting industry in adopting more sustainable practices. 

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Stage 2
Strategic Human Resource Management

This module is concerned with the nature and scope of human resource management and the strategic application of HR activities and techniques. Managers operating in global organisation will achieve organisational objectives through managing and leading other people. Research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and the University of Bath (2012) has highlighted that competing in a global economy requires new ways of thinking and doing. Innovation is not always about invention and product development – a great deal of innovation is about re-thinking and re-organisation of systems, processes and structures. 

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International Strategy

This module introduces and develops the concepts, perspectives and tools associated with the discipline of strategy formulation and development. It does this firstly at a fundamental level where conceptual understanding can be provided for and then places the concepts and tools within the complexities of undertaking business in different countries and cultures. As well as providing the learner with a core body of knowledge of strategy, the module aims to go beyond the prescriptive toolbox of strategy making and instil in the learner an appreciation of the complexities, subtleties and human factors that fundamentally shape what businesses do and why. This central aim of the module is consistent with the level of a Master’s programme. 

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Business Research Methods

This module initiates the preparation of learners for their Masters dissertation. It reviews business research in general and facilitates dissertation topic selection by the learner and guides their drafting of a preliminary critical literature review and the development of a conceptual framework. The will be further developed and proofed against the demands of an appropriate research design in the iterative process of proposal development. A significant element of the module is devoted to research design issues to ensure that learners understand the significance of the process of research and its implications for how trustworthy the findings from the research can be considered. This component of the course covers research paradigms, research strategies, and quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis. The importance of illustrating the process in reporting and presenting the research concludes the course. 

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Economics and Risk Assessment 2

This module focuses on the subject of economics, with a strong emphasis on key microeconomic principles and supply markets. It seeks to develop technical analysis skills and also show how market analysis and market knowledge is a key risk management strategy in itself. In that respect it is closely linked with the Risk Assessment module, which broadens the learnings of risk out from supply market risk to encompass organisational risk, operational risk and project risk. Organisations need to understand the market(s) they are procuring in, what the dynamics and features of these markets are, what the cost drivers are, where there is value and what is the optimum strategy for extracting that value. A key learning will be that procurement strategies need to be developed based on a detailed knowledge of the supply market and different markets demand different strategies to ensure an organisation get the best outcome. 

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Sustainable Procurement and Supply Management

With a focus on sustainable development, the purpose of this module is to provide participants with the knowledge, skills and competencies to manage the procurement of major projects in a sustainable environment.

The aim of this module is to give learners a working knowledge of sustainable procurement; what it is, how it aligns with overall organisational strategies, policies and operations and how to recognise, apply and successfully manage sustainable procurement activities to achieve further improvements and benefits and mitigate risk. 

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Strategic Procurement and Supply Management

The aim of this module is to develop learners’ understanding of leading edge thinking in the area of strategic procurement. Learners will be able at the end of this module to adapt the strategic procurement perspective of procurement thus adding increase value to organisations which they will operate. 

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Research Dissertation
MSc Dissertation

The dissertation involves an in-depth exploration of a specialised area or issue central to international business management. Drawing on substantial relevant research, literature, concepts and techniques, learners will seek to combine management theory and practice. Learners will be supported as they devise the research question, design and apply an appropriate methodology, critically review relevant literature and draw up the dissertation report. The Dissertation offers learners the opportunity to advance their research and business communication skills, and make a significant contribution to their chosen field through enquiry. 

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Timetables
How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Primary Honours Degree in a business/purchasing/supply management related discipline or a postgraduate related qualification and/or experiential learning. Non-business graduates with substantial work experience may apply but will be subject to interview.

How to Apply

Applicants can Apply Online Directly

Academic Achievement Applicants must normally hold an approved honours degree in a business or purchasing/procurement and supply management related discipline or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary or professional institution. Students with or without relevant business management experience are welcome to apply.

English Language

Proficiency All applicants for whom English is not their native language must provide proof of English language proficiency to a standard of at least 6.5 in IELTS, 575 TOEFL or equivalent.

Accreditation of Prior Learning and Prior Experience (APL/APEL)

The Graduate Business School welcomes applications from those with prior academic and/or professional learning experience which may be relevant to the MSc in International Procurement and Supply Management programme. Applicants who wish for their prior academic and/or professional learning experience to be considered are requested to indicate this at the time of application and we will be happy to examine all of the relevant documentation accordingly.

Fees
Tuition Fees
Irish/EU

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below. The fees below relate to Year 1 fees only.

Study Mode: Full-Time

Dublin 

Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 9,300.00

Study Mode: Part-Time

Dublin

Irish/EU Living in Ireland: EUR 9,300.00

International

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Non-EU students: a Medical Insurance, Student Services and Administration fee of EUR300 is payable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: Full-Time

Dublin 

Non-EU Living in Ireland: EUR 12,000.00

Non-EU living Abroad: EUR 12,000.00

EU Living Abroad: EUR 12,000.00

Direct Debit Scheme

Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please download our Fee Payment Information document to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.

Sponsorship

Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email: [email protected]

2% Learner Protection Charge

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

QQI Award Fee

Please note that a QQI Award Fee applies in the final year of all QQI courses. To find the relevant fee for your course level, please see the Fees page.

Progression

Academic Progression

On completion of the Level 9 MSc in International Procurement and Supply Management students may progress onto a range of Level 10 Doctoral programmes on the National Qualifications Framework. The Postgraduate QQI validation means that your qualification is recognised not only in Ireland and Europe but throughout the world.

Career Progression

 Through the MSc in International Procurement and Supply Management, you will have gained valuable professional experience, built a strong foundation of communication and presentation skills, and covered a diverse range of topics. There is a wide range of career options for our graduates including:

  • Supply Chain and Logistics Specialist
  • Global Sourcing Manager
  • Planning Manager
  • Strategic Sourcing Manager
  • Distribution Specialist
  • Procurement Manager
  • International Supply Chain Director
  • Demand Planning Analyst
  • Sourcing Manager
  • Supplier Management
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