End-to-end visibility of the full supply chain is key to supply chain ROI. In this online Masters, students learn and can immediately apply best-practice supply chain management skills through every link in the chain.
Students include supply chain professionals and senior personnel
across multiple sectors.
A typical class cohort comprises a mix of professionals, all involved with or managing various aspects of the supply chain. Current learners include Supply Chain Managers, Materials Managers, Purchasing Managers, Distribution Managers or Senior Directors who require a more holistic understanding of the supply chain operation such as Heads of Finance, Marketing, Logistics, etc.
This course offers students the unique opportunity to gain full visibility of supply chain operations. Students achieve a practical understanding of all stages of the supply chain, both internal and external to the organisation, including planning, procurement, manufacturing, distribution and customer service returns. This complete, global view enables better forecasting, increased operational efficiency and improved customer service levels—which help make your organisation more agile, more competitive and more profitable.
Our online model is uniquely designed to ensure the highest levels of interaction, engagement and support amongst our students and lecturers. Through a combination of interactive lectures, online tutorials and e-tivities, this MSc in Supply Chain Management facilitates a high level of communication, collaboration and connectedness amongst students. Course materials can be accessed anytime, anywhere, making this the perfect fit for busy professionals and those seeking to balance the demands of work, family and studies.
Course content is developed in collaboration with best-in-breed partners such as DELL, Intel, Infineon and University Hospital Limerick to ensure the course syllabus is relevant to today’s challenging and changing world of supply chain management. Course material features the latest industry cases, newest research and up-to-the-minute thinking. And all our lecturers either work in industry or work with industry on a continuous basis.
This masters takes a unique approach to learning by enabling students to immediately apply knowledge gained to their real work environment. Students complete assignments, projects and tasks based on their own workplaces, and continuous assessment ensures all aspects of supply chain operations are covered in a practical, relevant and experiential way. A work-based thesis is developed over 3 semesters, allowing the students to apply their fresh insights and knowledge gained throughout the programme.
There are many cost benefits in developing and maintaining a strong and wide supply chain. However, the opportunity to lower costs can leave organisations vulnerable to significant risks, such as earthquakes, tsunamis and political unrest. This course exposes students to the concepts and scenarios of risk in supply chain management, and to the different modelling tools available to help manage these risks.
The importance of an efficient supply chain is rising in many organisations, and successful supply chain professionals need to be able to communicate with, and persuade, other business stakeholders. Not only must they understand the fundamentals of other disciplines such as finance, marketing and HR, but they need to have strong people and communication skills.
This course teaches the fundamentals of multiple disciplines, such as finance, marketing and operations, equipping students with the knowledge required for strong collaboration. The course is guided by the “Whetten-Cameron Skills Inventory”, ensuring our students develop the softer skills required to effectively manage systems, projects and people.
The Online Masters of Supply Chain Operations is a part-time, two year postgraduate course. The programme will consist of 11 taught modules of supply chain related material and two modules of company based research.
Our two-week online orientation module prepares students for ongoing success across the programme. Students are introduced to and familiarised with the online learning model, including set-up on the platform, reading requirements, communication, workload and time management.
Students meet their peers and lecturers, and share their backgrounds and any concerns they may have about the programme. This orientation provides the perfect platform for students to meet their group, get to know the lecturers and get comfortable before the programme starts.
Only one module will run at any one time, and each taught module will run for a period of five weeks. This gives students the benefit of focusing their time and thinking exclusively about one area of supply chain management at each stage.
There is a one-week break between each module, giving students the opportunity to break from studies or catch up on time lost during the five-week module period. Each module is delivered using the same consistent format, so students quickly learn what to expect and can manage their time effectively.
Writing a master’s thesis can be daunting. Our Masters of Supply Chain Operations takes a different approach to the thesis project. Firstly, the thesis is work-based, so there’s opportunity to apply course learnings and insights to a company-related issue. Both employees and their companies benefit from this approach.
Secondly, the thesis is started in the second semester of year 1, much earlier than the norm, and is developed over three semesters. Starting earlier has important advantages: it enables students to immediately apply fresh insights and knowledge to their thesis and avoids time pressure towards the end of the final semester.
Applicants for a Master’s programme normally must have a first- or second-class Level 8 honours degree (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) in a relevant or appropriate subject.
Equivalent prior learning recognised by the University as meeting this requirement, normally 3 to 5 years’ experience in a supply chain management role.
Dr. Cathal Heavey of the Enterprise Research Centre in the University of Limerick heads a group of researchers (7 postgraduates plus two Postdocs). His research can be divided into three themes; (1) The application of simulation to solve system design and operations problems, (2) Research on simulation application and (3) Supply Chain research. He has been, and continues to be, involved in carrying out joint research projects with the following companies: DELL Ireland (Quantitative analysis on costing of services), Analog Devices (simulation modelling for FAB), Sanmina SCI (simulation for inventory policy costing), PCH International (embedded simulation for supply chains), Supply Network Shannon (ECOLead FP7 project), Wyeth BioPharma (Modelling and optimisation), Baush & Lomb (Quantitative analysis of a line), Element 6 (supply chain modelling & analysis), Boart Longyear (modelling and analysis of manufacturing). Some core areas of expertise include simulation modelling, supply chain modelling and analysis and manufacturing systems design.
John spent 7 years in industry and has designed, managed and led strategic planning and change initiatives, both local and international, working as a technical manager for German and American Multinationals, where he gained long-term experience of change and stakeholder management. He also worked on competitor analyses, scenario planning and strategy implementation. John has ten years’ experience in lecturing and tutoring on management modules and has taught students from a wide spectrum of educational, life and work experience backgrounds, including post-experience professionals in both the public and private sectors, nationally and internationally, ranging from certificate to Executive MBA. His main teaching and research interests are in strategy, both organisational and international, change management, strategic analysis and use of data and problem-based learning (PBL).
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