MSc in Supply
Chain Operations

Get End-to-End Visibility of Your Supply Chain.
  • 100% Online Delivery
  • 2 Year Part-Time, Level 9
  • Next Intake: January 2018

Eliminate inefficiencies in your supply chain and help your organisation become more competitive, agile and profitable.

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.

Who is this Masters for?

Students include supply chain professionals and senior personnel
across multiple sectors.

Coming from a healthcare background, I find the course content very applicable to my role as Chief Operations Officer. I am learning so much from my fellow students and the world of industry. I work fulltime and so the flexibility of this course suits me. Noreen Spillane. Chief Operations Officer.
UL Hospitals Group.
I found the course, while intensive and challenging, refreshingly innovative and worthwhile. A large portion of the course’s success was down to availability the online tutorials, available 24 hours a day, which allowed me to get my Work/Life/Study balance right. John Branigan, Project Manager,

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.

Why choose this course?

The Complete Picture of Supply Chain

Eliminate inefficiencies and/to get the most out of your organisation.

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.

Delivered 100% Online

Fit your studies into your schedule with our innovative course design.

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.

Industry-Relevant Content

Enjoy content developed with industry partners and delivered by industry experts.

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.

Learn Today, Apply Tomorrow

Immediately apply knowledge gained to your real work environment.

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.

Manage Supply Chain Risk

Gain exposure to the tools and scenarios to manage Supply Chain Risk.

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.

Acquire Wider Business Skills

Develop the skills needed for the new era of Supply Chain Management.

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.

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The Best Industry Partners

Course content is developed in collaboration with best-in-breed industry partners.
Course Structure

2 Years, Part-Time, 100% Online

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.

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Orientation
  • Frameworks for Supply Chain Management
  • Quality Science

Semester 2

  • Thesis (Supply Chain Operations)
  • Strategic Business
  • Marketing Technology Products
  • Financial Management and Decision Making

Semester 3

  • Thesis (Supply Chain Operations)

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Supply Chain Risk Assessment and Forecasting
  • Sales and Operations Planning
  • Mathematical Modelling In Supply Chains

Semester 2

  • Operations Management
  • Simulation Modelling In Supply Chains
  • Enterprise Modelling and Simulation

Semester 3

  • Thesis (Supply Chain Operations)

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Participants should expect to spend 15 to 20 hours a week during the semester working on the course.

Student Orientation

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.

Module. Break. Repeat.

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.

A Head Start for Your Thesis

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.

Course Delivery

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Qualifications and Experience

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.

Have a question about your suitability?

Get in touch with our programmes director Yvonne Delaney to discuss.
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Programme Fees

The total fees for this two-year course are €14,000.
This is paid in four instalments over the course of the programme. This fee includes ebooks and access to online resources at the UL library
Flexible Fee Options
In certain instances, we can offer flexible payment options for this course. Please contact Yvonne Delaney for more information. Get in Touch

Tax Relief Eligibility

This course is eligible for tax relief in Ireland. For other countries, contact your local government for more information.

What employers say

The course team at the University of Limerick is a fantastic resource for Dell. They make the difference and enable industry and academia to innovate, collaborate, and generate solutions together. As such, they're a great fit for Dell. Timmy O’Dwyer,
Executive Site Lead, Dell,
The University Of Limerick program provides us with a fountain of relevant manufacturing knowledge linked to best practice. A service we are lucky to have on our doorstep and one Bolger Engineering will continue to tap into. Peter Hennessy,
Production Manager,
Bolgers Engineering.

Our Lecturers

Industry Professionals and Experts

Our lecturers are experienced industry professionals and experts who work for progressive commercial enterprises or work closely with industry partners. Students are exposed to only the latest and most relevant industry cases and course content.

Dr. Cathal Heavey

Co-Director. Enterprise Research Centre, UL

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.

Dr. John McCarthy


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).

frameworks for supply chain management

Ingrid Hunt

quality science statistics

Ann Sheahan

strategic business

Meabh Coleman

sales and operations planning

Con Sheahan

financial management and decision making

Gillian O’Keeffe

marketing technology products

Michele O'Dwyer

Thesis (supply chain operations)

Ingrid Hunt/ John McCarthy

operations management

Con Sheahan

mathematical modelling in supply chains

Cathal Heavey

simulation modelling in supply chains

Cathal Heavey

supply chain risk assessment and forecasting

Yvonne Delaney

enterprse modelling and simulation

Self Directed Learning

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Programmes Director

If you have any questions about this course or wish to discuss it further, please contact Yvonne Delaney directly using the details below or enter your enquiry in the form and Yvonne or a member of the course team will respond promptly.

Yvonne Delaney, Programmes Director Management Development Unit. KBS. UL.
T: + 353-87-9372697


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Ready to Apply?

Stage 1: Register your interest.

Please register your interest by completing our short, one-page form. Once we have reviewed it, we will be in touch to discuss further with you.

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Stage 2: Apply online.

If you are ready to apply for this course, please proceed to our online application form. This form takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. We advise you to have the following information ready before starting your application:

  1. Photo or scanned copy of your transcripts/college results. Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number. We can access their student transcripts using this number.
  2. Photo or scanned copy of birth certificate or passport to verify ID and full legal name.
  3. Digital quality head and shoulders photograph (passport standard) for your ID card.
  4. Any other relevant documentation to support your application, such as a CV or professional certificates.
These are compulsory documents and are required for enrolment at the University.
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