Course Details

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2 years (plus 5 months project write-up)
Masters (MSc)
Faculty: Science and Engineering
Course Type: Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Philomena Kelly
Email: Telephone: +353 (0)61 237770
Name: Elaine.Butler
Email: Telephone: +353 (0)61 237798

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Brief Description

Start date: Spring (January) 

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 IPICS.  The focus of a Supply Chain Manager is on the efficient and effective management of the production network of Industry 4.0. The DJEI Enterprise 2025 Report states that global value networks are resulting in the progressive disaggregation of supply chains and creating new ecosystems involving multi-dimensional partnerships between companies, suppliers, competitors and research institutes in different locations throughout the world. A Supply Chain Manager needs to be able to aggregate and manage these various physical and virtual value chains to maximise the competitiveness of the company. Stepping above procurement and scheduling, transport and logistics the Supply Chain Manager in Industry 4.0 needs to be able to manage activities across the value chain, including: headquarters, shared services/global business centres, customer contact/technical support, research and development, and geographically dispersed production.

The purpose of this programme is to develop the apprentices’ knowledge and equip them to recognise and assess supply chain management with specific reference to organisational performance. They will also be in a position to evaluate and proactively influence the impact of upstream and downstream factors on supply chain performance.

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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 and applicants must complete the UL and Solas validation and approval process prior to joining 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.

What to Include with your Application
Delays in receiving these documents will affect the progress of your application.

  • Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts for all years of study. (Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number.)
  • Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name.
  • A copy of your most recent CV.
  • Applicants who do not have English as their first language may satisfy English Language requirements:
  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    • English language competency certificate

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Company Registration Process:  No Charge

Online Student Application Fee: €50

Annual Student Fee: €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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