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MSc in Procurement and Supply Chain Management

MSc in Procurement and Supply Chain 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 chain management related discipline.

Why Study Procurement and Supply Chain Management at Griffith College?

Our MSc in Procurement and Supply Chain 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.
  • Recipient of the Excellence in Education & Training award at the National Procurement Awards.

Intake Dates

  • The next intake for the part-time course will commence February 2020 at our Dublin Main Campus. 
  • The next intake for the full-time course will commence February 2020 at our Limerick campus.

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

The MSc in Procurement and Supply Chain Management includes the option of a postgraduate diploma in Procurement and Supply Chain Management for learners who complete the 60 ECTS in taught modules and do not wish to complete the MSc dissertation.

Stage 1
Managerial Finance

The aim of this module is for the learner to develop a practical understanding of the role and goals of financial accounting, management accounting and financial management and be able to apply them to business situations. Within the delivery of the module, the lecturer will provide learners with the analytical tools necessary for determining the financial implications of business activities and decisions in an entrepreneurial context. Learners develop skills in the use of a variety of accounting techniques, with particular emphasis on the interpretation of, and use of accounting information for decision making within the organisational context.

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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 provides conceptual understanding and places the concepts and tools within the complexities of undertaking business in different industrial and market contexts, 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” approach to strategy making and develop and instil in the learner an appreciation of the complexities, subtleties and behavioural factors that fundamentally shape what businesses do and why. 

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Leadership and Management Development

The module examines the role played by global leadership and management in organisations (commercial, public and voluntary) and organisational culture. There are contested and competing views (both in theory and in practice) about both management and leadership: about what they are; and about how leadership affects management.

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Technology for Procurement Professionals

This module is divided into two parts. Part 1 introduces the learners to quantitative analysis approaches in logistics and supply chain management. Learners will explore how to use spreadsheets to model various problems in supply chain and logistics management. Part 2 will see the learner investigate how the mainstream supply chain information systems work, how information technology can improve the efficiency of supply chain management, and what are the up-to-date information technology used in logistics and supply chain management to allow for greater visibility, better integration and ‘leaner’ supply chains in more sustainable systems of control and delivery. 

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Service and Supply Chain Management

Managing effective and efficient Supply and Service Chains is a crucial element for gaining competitive advantage. This module gives students a comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge of service and supply chain management. It provides insight into the broad range of activities concerned with service management and how it integrates into supply chain management as the intersection between the actual sales and the customer point of view. The module presents models, concepts, and solution methods that are important for the design, control, operation and management of supply and service chains.  

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Stage 2
Research Methods

Within this module, learners will develop an understanding of the nature, purpose and value of business and commercial research. The learner will be guided on how to conduct a critical literature review using best practice in developing a critical approach. Through the module, workshops will be provided covering the various primary data techniques. Learners develop knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods and understand how these can be usefully employed in carrying out a research dissertation. Learners can make a strong argument and defend their work in a professional manner. Learners are equipped with a well-developed research proposal which will direct their dissertation research.

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Sustainable Procurement

The module develops learners’ understanding of the concept and initiatives of sustainability which includes corporate social responsibility. This will include the supply chain impact on communities and society, environmental aspects of procurement, ethical trading and working standards. The module looks at the alignment of sustainable goals within the supply chain which has local and global dimensions and developing the area for organisational commitment, procedures, systems and practices. 

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Category Management

The module develops learners’ strategic and critical thinking on how to develop plans to improve competitiveness by the application of systematic approaches to the management of both direct and indirect organisational responsibilities. The module will focus on different approaches and methodologies for strategic category management, demonstrating the role of procurement and supply chain management professionals in leading these approaches. 

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Electives
Inventory and Operations Management

The module develops learners’ strategic and critical thinking and practical understanding of how operational structures, demand management and inventory management contribute to broader organisational efficiency and competitiveness. It connects in with learning in other modules, specifically in supply chain management, sustainable procurement and category management. The module is designed to build the competencies needed to work in a professional environment, together with developing soft skills (namely teamwork, oral and written communication and IT skills). 

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Logistics and International Trade

The module brings an international perspective that focuses on the interrelationships between logistics, production, distribution and consumption. Most companies operate in an increasingly integrated and complex supply chain, which has required a revolution in how logistics operates at company level. Companies that trade, produce and/or sell all have an increasing interdependency on international logistics. 

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Research Dissertation
MSc Dissertation

The dissertation involves an in-depth exploration of a specialised area or issue central to procurement and supply chain management. Drawing on substantial, relevant research, literature, concepts and techniques, learners seek to combine theory and practice. Learners are supported as they devise the research question or hypothesis, design and apply an appropriate methodology, critically review relevant literature and draw up the dissertation report and presentation. 

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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

For purposes of fee calculation, residence is counted from time of application.

Tuition Fees
Irish/EU, living in Ireland

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 

EUR 9,500.00

Study Mode: Part-Time

Dublin

EUR 9,500.00

Irish/EU, living abroad

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.

Study Mode: Full-Time

Dublin 

EUR 12,000.00

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 or abroad: Please refer to our Non-EU Tuition Fees section.

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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