We offer a very flexible M.Sc. – Leadership in Supply Chain Management programme which is validated at level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland and is accredited by Quality and Qualifications Ireland, the independent State agency responsible for promoting quality and accountability in education and training services in Ireland.
This programme is intended to appeal to a broad range of Learners.
The primary target group are career minded practitioners who work in the area of supply chain management or in associated disciplines, who are actively pursuing continuous development of systems and processes, arising from strategic and operational alignment of their supply chain. They should also hold an Honours Batchelor Degree, [NFQ Level 8]
Also targeted are the recently graduated, holding an Honours Batchelor Degree [NFQ Level 8] who have come directly into the logistics and supply chain sector from college and who have the experience of working in supply chain disciplines.
Finally, mature learners who have the experience of working in supply chain disciplines, with a strong record of career achievement at management level, but without formal degree level qualifications, and who are now seeking to certify their experiences to date or to learn best practice in the area that they are working.
Mature Learners can gain access to the programme through the Exceptional Entry RPL [Recognition of Prior Learning] process.
Exceptional Entry – RPL [Recognition of Prior Learning]
Recognition of Prior Learning , in relation to entry requirements, is supported on this programme.
The following minimum criteria is in respect of mature individuals who have the experience of working in supply chain disciplines, with a strong record of career achievement at a senior level, but without formal degree level qualifications, and who are now seeking to certify their experiences to date or to learn best practice in the area that they are working.
The Dir. Academic Admin. is responsible for processing Exceptional Entry applications.
In exceptional cases, candidates who do not hold a level 8 degree or equivalent may be considered for entry onto the M.Sc. programme under the Exceptional Entry – Recognition of Prior Learning route.
Applications are accepted from individuals who have proven relevant experience but whose academic background is non-traditional.
In exceptional cases, candidates who do not hold a level 8 degree or equivalent may be considered for entry onto the M.Sc. programme under the exceptional entry – recognition of prior learning route. Applications shall be accepted from individuals who have proven relevant experience but whose academic background is non-traditional.
Applicants wishing to be considered for exceptional entry are required to:
- Have relevant work experience in Supply Chain Management or related discipline [ideally 5 years or more]
- Have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant management experience.
- Complete the ‘Exceptional Entry’ form.
- Provide two references – the first an academic reference attesting to the ability of the candidate to undertake the programme and the second an employment reference.
- Depending on the level of academic achievement held by the learner they may be required to write a critique on a published academic paper [portfolio assessment].
Where an academic reference cannot be obtained the Director of Academic Administration and Student Affairs shall arrange an academic interview to be held with the student. A report of the academic interview together with the completed Exceptional Entry Form shall be submitted to the Academic Council meeting for consideration.
Appeals mechanism for learners refused access to the programme
All course applications are made directly to the Admissions Office of the Institute. Applications may be rejected for the following reasons:
- Failure to complete the Information requested on the application form
- Inadequate fulfilment of requirements.
- Inadequate English language score or failure during interview to convince the Admissions Team of meeting the English language proficiency level for the programme.
The applicant shall be informed as soon as possible after a rejection for application on a programme, and shall be given the reasons for the rejection. Should the applicant wish to appeal; they may do so in writing to the Dir. Academic Admin. with any additional evidence that may support the application. Every appeal will be assessed by the Admissions Team and the applicant will be informed of the outcome within an appropriate time scale. This time frame can vary, depending on each individual case. Should the application be rejected a second time; the reasons shall be communicated in writing to the applicant. The applicant shall have opportunity for a final appeal, which must be made in writing to the Chairperson of the Academic Council.
The programme, consisting eight modules and a dissertation, is designed to be delivered on a part-time basis over a period of three years, encompassing 90 ECTS credits and placed at level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications.
In part fulfilment of the MSc. Leadership in Supply Chain Management learners are required to complete a total of eight modules [four mandatory and four electives] and a Dissertation.
At the Induction Day for new learners, scheduled in advance of the commencement of their studies Learners will be informed of how to manage their time in relation to the Schedule of Modules.
Learners must attend and complete the Introduction to Supply Chain Management module first, before attempting any other module.
With the exception of the Project Management and Research Methods module and the Dissertation Project both of which must be attempted at the end of the programme – learners can attempt any of the remaining modules in which ever order they so choose.
It is not expected that learners will rigidly complete the required eight modules [4 mandatory and 4 electives] in the sequence presented in the schedule of modules or in the company of their starting cohort but they can select and attend those [elective] modules which they believe are appropriate to their educational needs and most beneficial to their career development.
The examples of the Schedule of Modules display a series of eight module [mandatory and elective] that can be presented by the Institute to accommodate, 4 intakes of learners, showing modules timelines at a minimum of six-week intervals during the Institutes academic year.
The modules are shown at six-week intervals, this is to facilitate learners comply with the requirement of submitting module assignments before commencing the next module.