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Apprenticeship - Supply Chain Manager

Course Details

Available: Part- Time

Duration: 2 years (plus 5 months project write-up)

Award: Masters (MSc)

Faculty: Science and Engineering

Course Type: Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Philomena Kelly
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Brief Description

The Supply Chain Management Institute in partnership with the University of Limerick have developed Ireland’s first apprenticeship with a level 9 qualification, the Master of Science in Supply Chain Operations (MSc). This programme is run in conjunction with our industry partners.

This Executive Apprenticeship will give you a Master Black Belt level knowledge of theories, methods and improvement techniques based around the philosophy of scientific management, lean thinking and six sigma. This masters programme will prepare the Lean Sigma Manager to apply lean sigma methods in the definition, design, research, development, utilisation, maintenance and cost-control of processes and equipment to deliver products/services, improve qualities and reduce costs of such processes and products/services.

There is a strong focus on integrating the application of the concepts, tools and techniques in the participants’ organisation during the course of the programme. There is significant directed project work applying the lean sigma concepts, which meets the knowledge development, aim of a masters level programme and develop participants’ skills in the field of lean sigma management.

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Supply Chain Managers perform a crucial, senior role within their company. They manage the delivery of products and services across the entire supply chain; from raw materials to end users.

Developed by industry for industry, this is a work based education programme which supports the development of the Supply Chain knowledge base amongst practitioners in organisations. It combines learning in the workplace with learning online through the University of Limerick.

How it Works

The modules in this two-year programme are delivered via blended learning. A central interactive platform hosts the complete syllabus, and students can access course materials anytime and anywhere. Only one module will run at any one time, and each taught module will run for a period of five weeks. This gives the students the benefit of focusing their time and thinking exclusively on one area of supply chain management at each stage.

  • Virtual classrooms and online tutorials from subject matter experts
  • Collaborative group work in virtual teams
  • Summer boot camp at the University of Limerick
  • A strong emphasis on directed project work, including a work based thesis which spans three semesters and allowing participants to spend more time applying the learning concepts in the context of their organisation.
  • Participation in a ‘Community of Practice’. This will allow participants to interact and engage in peer-to-peer learning activities around the academic content.
  • Support from an Industry Mentor within the company throughout the apprenticeship.
  • A dedicated project coordinator to support participants.

For professionals who:

  • Are responsible for or actively engaged in organisational improvement and development through the use of supply chain management.
  • Wsh to develop a comprehensive understanding of the theory and practical application of supply chain management and techniques.
  • Wish to influence performance of upstream and downstream factors to maximise value within the organisation's supply chain.
  • Seek recognition as a supply chain expert.
  • Have a degree or considerable industrial experience in the field.
Year 1 Year 2
Frameworks for Supply Chain Management Operations Management
Strategic Business & Operations Management Quality Science Statistics 1
Mathematical Modelling in Supply Chain Sales and Operations Planning
Marketing Technology Products Thesis Proposal Preparation
Simulation Modelling in Supply Chains Thesis 1 (Supply Chain Operations)
  Supply Chain Risk Assessment and Forecasting
  Financial Management and Decision Making
  Thesis 2 (Supply Chain Operations)


Community of Practice
Alongside your modules you will be participating in the Community of Practice (CoP). This an integral part of your programme and includes:
  • Company Visits - including uploading your individual and group reports
  • Mentoring - recording your meetings with your mentor
  • Forums


  • Employers must be approved by SOLAS and commit to support the apprentice throughout the programme.
  • Programme participants should hold a NFQ level 8 at minimum level 2.2 in a relevant area. Applicants who have completed a level 8 apprenticeship in a related field are also eligible to apply.
  • Applicants with a lower qualification may also be considered provided they can prove to have considerable industrial experience as well as evidence of the ability to study at Masters Level.

Company Registration Process:  No Charge

Online Student Application Fee: €35 (€40 if paying by cheque or postal order)

Annual Student Contribution Fee: 30% of UL student contribution fee is payable.  For 2019/2020 this will be €900*

*It should be noted that these fees are subject to change depending on the programme of study and external funders requirements

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