Supply chain management is the management of the flow of goods and services and includes all processes that transform raw materials into final products. It involves the active streamlining of a business’s supply-side activities to maximise customer value and gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Every enterprise be it a small or large business; climbing Mount Everest or running a humanitarian aid agency relies on an efficient and effective supply chain.

For example: the main issue with Brexit is the UK’s efforts at establishing or keeping supply chains.

The Institute has three intakes per year:  September; December and March

Learners are required to successfully complete a total of eight modules – four mandatory and four electives.  There are seven electives and the learner can select any four to complete their course of studies.

Modules are taught over two weekends with 38 contact hours plus an assignment designed to be completed within a six-week period.

The programme requires the learner to successfully complete eight Modules and a Dissertation.

A module consists of two consecutive weekends consisting of Thursday evenings [6 to 9pm], All day Fridays and Saturdays [8.30 to 4.30] – totalling 38 contact hours.

This is a modularised programme and is not based on normal academic semesters. A learner can attend a module every 6 weeks provided they have completed the module assignment. The programme can be completed in a minimum of two and a half years and a maximum of four years.

The MSc. Dissertation is the final stage of this M.Sc. programme.  When completed it will signify the competence of the learner as a knowledgeable practitioner in supply chain management.

Yes, as a learner you will work closely with academic supervisors and industrial mentors in the development of research skills and in meeting the demands of a sustained project which includes research, analysis, writing up and editing.

There are no formal examinations.  Assessment is made through the completion of an assignment which must be completed within six weeks of attending the module.

The total cost is €13,600

The fees are payable in 9 increments on a pay-as-you-go basis

You need to complete 8 modules, four mandatory and four electives

Modules are held in fully equipped board room facilities in leading hotels. 

The minimum class size is ten students and the maximum is twenty

No, modules are planned to be held in Dublin and Cork.  If there is sufficient demand module can be scheduled to take place in in other main cities.

Yes, it is possible to attend modules scheduled in different centres, provided you have no outstanding assignments.

Learners are required to attend an Induction Day.

The purpose of the day is to provide learners with the opportunity to get to know members of staff, meet fellow learners and to find out how the Institute will support them during their course of studies.

The Induction Day programme for new learners is held on a Saturday in the week[s] prior to the commencement of the mandatory Introduction to Supply Chain Management module. 

Following successful completion of the course of study for this MSc Leadership in Supply Chain Management, graduates will receive QQI award, Level 9, Master of Science degree.

QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland.

The Institute for Supply Chain Excellence is registered with QQI to offer programmes leading to QQI awards in the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland. Click here for details of the National Framework of Qualifications.

Yes, applications are accepted from Individuals who have proven relevant experience and whose academic experience is non-traditional. 

If you do not meet the standard educational requirements for the course and wish to be considered as an RPL [recognition of prior learning] candidate, you should complete Section 4 -Exceptional Entry of the Application Form.