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Supply Chain Operations - MSc (Online)

Course Details


Available: Part- Time

Duration: 2 Years

Award: Masters (MSc)

Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Major Award

Faculty: Kemmy Business School Science and Engineering

Course Type: Taught Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


University of Limerick
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Brief Description

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.

Why choose this course?

  • The Complete Picture of Supply Chain
    • Eliminate inefficiencies and/to get the most out of your organisation.
  • Delivered 100% Online
    • Fit your studies into your schedule with our innovative course design.
  • Industry-Relevant Content
    • Enjoy content developed with industry partners and delivered by industry experts.
  • Learn Today, Apply Tomorrow
    • Immediately apply knowledge gained to your real work environment.
  • Manage Supply Chain Risk
    • Gain exposure to the tools and scenarios to manage Supply Chain Risk.
  • Acquire Wider Business Skills
    • Develop the skills needed for the new era of Supply Chain Management.

This Masters programme is also available as an apprenticeship with up to 80% fees paid by SOLAS & HEA. To find out more about whether you are eligible for apprenticeship funding, please see here



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.

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.

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.

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.

Course Delivery

  • 100% Online Delivery
    • A central interactive platform hosts the complete syllabus, and students can access course materials anytime and anywhere. Our online model is proving to have unprecedented levels of interaction and engagement amongst our international students and is guided by academic and industry experts.
  • Tutor-led Interactive Lectures
    • We host virtual class sessions where learners receive direction from subject matter experts and ask questions about their projects. These are recorded and made available for replay t-hroughout the programme period.
  • Collaborative Group Work
    • Even though this is a fully online programme, many of the modules provide an opportunity to work in groups and collaborate with peers in different locations and working in different industry sectors. Remote working is now commonplace in real projects, and you’ll gain experiential knowledge of how to work in virtual teams when preparing group submissions.
  • Cooperative E-tivities
    • E-tivities are online activities where students and tutors can interact and give feedback to one another. They provide an excellent way for learners to share ideas and perspectives across different contexts and industry sectors. In effect, e-tivities help create an online learning community where everybody learns together.
  • Online Resources
    • All necessary readings are provided through e-books and other online resources made available through the University of Limerick library facilities.
Year 1
Frameworks for Supply Chain Management
Strategic Business & Operations Management
Mathematical Modelling in Supply Chain
Marketing Technology Products
Simulation Modelling in Supply Chains


Year 2
Operations Management
Quality Science Statistics 1
Sales and Operations Planning
Thesis Proposal Preparation
Thesis 1 (Supply Chain Operations)
Supply Chain Risk Assessment and Forecasting
Financial Management and Decision Making
Thesis 2 (Supply Chain Operations)


  • Applicants for a Master's programme must normally have a minimum second class Level 8 honours degree (QQI NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) in a relevant or appropriate subject, or equivalent prior learning that is recognised by the University as meeting this requirement.
  • 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.
  • Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements* of the University.
  • The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary.

Relevant experience

  • Applicant must have a minimum of 2 years appropriate experience in a continuous improvement setting and be in a position to affect organisational change. Applicants should ideally be in a front line management role within their organisation.
  • Those applicants not yet in a front line management role but with 3 or more years experience may also be considered.

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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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.

For information on funding and scholarships please click here.

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,