Postgraduate Diploma in Procurement and Supply Chain Management

post graduate diploma in supply chain management
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Course Overview

Develop the skills necessary for a successful career in Procurement and Supply Chain Management.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Procurement and Supply Chain Management has been specifically designed for graduates seeking to enter the procurement and supply chain industry as well as for experienced professionals looking for career development opportunities.

Why Study Procurement and Supply Chain Management at Griffith College?

Our Postgraduate Diploma in Procurement and Supply Chain Management is available on a part-time basis over a one-year period and equips students with the specialist skills required for successful careers in the procurement and supply management fields across a broad range of industries.

  • All evening classes are available online with the opportunity of some face to face weekend workshops (pending social distancing regulations).
  • 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.
  • Learners will benefit from a guest lecture series, drawing on industry insights from those working in procurement and supply chain.
  • Winner of the 2019 Excellence in Education & Training award.
  • Designed with the working professional in mind; study this programme part-time with a split between evening classes and weekend workshops.
  • Lecturers with deep industry knowledge of both public and private sector procurement and supply chain management.
  • Students have the opportunity to further their studies by progressing onto the MSc dissertation stage of the programme.
  • Delivered from Dublin but available to applicants nationwide.

Intake Dates

  • Limerick - Full-Time - September 2024
  • Dublin - Full-Time - September 2024

Meet the Lecturers

Declan McDonnell
Declan recently co-founded Anser Procurement, a consultancy offering training and advisory services in the areas of procurement, supply chain and negotiation. For over thirty years, he was Group Procurement Manager at Irish semi-state company Bord na Móna. Declan is also a director of a number of private companies as well as Tullamore Credit Union.
Declan McDonnell

Course Details

Students who complete the 60 ECTS in taught modules may choose to complete the MSc dissertation and receive an MSc in Procurement and Supply Chain Management.


Core Modules

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.  

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.

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. 

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. 


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). 

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. 

Course Contacts

Áine Mc Manus

Áine Mc Manus

Graduate Business School Programme Director - Head of Faculty
  • Dublin Main Campus


The Postgraduate Diploma in Procurement and Supply Chain Management will consist of three semesters that will take place over 18 months.

Per semester:

  • Initial six weeks – three evenings per week, 6.30pm-9pm; online
  • Following six weeks – three weekend workshops, Saturday 10am-4pm (subject to change); on campus

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for this programme is a minimum of 2.2 honours undergraduate degree (level 8) in a business or marketing-related discipline.

Non-business graduates with relevant work experience may apply on the basis of their experiential learning. Please see additional information below on Accreditation of Prior Learning and Prior Experience.


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 PGDip in Global Brand Management programme. Applicants who wish for their prior academic and/or professional learning experience to be considered are requested to fill in an APEL Matrix and attach to their application.

English Language

Griffith College is accepting the online Duolingo English Test (DET) as valid proof of English proficiency. Please see here for further details.

How to Apply

Applicants should apply directly to Griffith College. 

As part of your application, you may be asked to provide supporting documents, including:

  • Proof of ID (passport) 
  • Undergraduate Degree Award and Transcripts 
  • Up to date and detailed CV 
  • Documents supporting funding eligibility 

If applicable: 

  • Translation of both degree award and transcripts 
  • Current GNIB
  • Proof of English proficiency 


Please note that not all study modes may be offered at all times; for confirmation, refer to the Intake dates on the Overview tab.

Tuition Fees

Study Mode: Full-Time

Fee: EUR €8,000.00


Study Mode: Part-Time

Fee: EUR €8,000.00

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of €250 is payable each September at the start of term. For students starting in the January/February term, €125 is payable in February, and then €250 will be payable each September from then onwards. 

Flexible payment options

Students wishing to pay their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please view our Fees information page for more information and assistance.


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.


Academic Progression

On completion of the Level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in Procurement and Supply Chain Management students may progress onto the MSc dissertation stage of the programme.

You can contact our admissions team to discuss what progression options are available to you.

Career Progression

Through the Postgraduate Diploma in Procurement and Supply Chain 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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