Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
2 Years
Masters (MSc)
NFQ Level 9 Major Award
Faculty: Kemmy Business SchoolScience and Engineering
Course Type: Taught, Professional/Flexible, Online
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Address: Science & Engineering Flexible Learning Centre Email:

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Brief Description

Next intake: January 2024

The programme will create graduates who will be equipped to eliminate supply chain inefficiencies to enable their organisations become more competitive,agile and profitable. End-to-end visibility of the full supply chain is key to supply chain return on investment (ROI). In this Online Masters, students learn and can immediately apply best practice supply chain management skills through every link in the chain.

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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.

(M) Microcreds available:

Modules listed within the Programme Content with an (M) beside them are MicroCreds and can be taken independently.


Next intake: January 

The programme is designed for those who areactively engaged in supply chain activities at thestrategic level of their organistation and who intendto use quantitative data tools and methodologies tomanage risk and implement improvementopportunities.For those who want to develop enhanced analytical, modelling and diagnostic capabilities for maximising operational performance within supply chains.

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.

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.

Semester 1

Frameworks for Supply Chain Management

This module provides students with an introduction to supply chain operations and  online environment for students to work collaboratively and engage in a number of e-tivities. Students will participate in discussions regarding relevant global supply chain management topics and work individually and in groups to identify various framework practices. The module gives students an opportunity to explore supply chain activities within their own organisation and share experiences across different industries.


Strategic Business

This module introduces the learner to the basic framework and concepts of strategic management in different organisational and environmental contexts. Introduction to strategy, strategic management in practice, strategic analysis, resource competence and strategic capability, stakeholder expectations and organisational purposes, bases of strategic choices and options, strategy evaluation and selection.


Operations Management Mathematical Modelling in Supply Chain

Provides students with knowledge on mathematical models applicable to supply chains as well as  modeling and software capabilities to apply mathematical models to supply chains.

Semester 2

Marketing Technology Products

The aim of this module is to develop the key marketing concepts in business generally and technology markets in particular, develop  the students capability to analyse markets for technology products and/or services and assist them to analyse and develop a marketing plan for a technology company.


Simulation Modelling in Supply Chains

This module provides students with knowledge on discrete event simulation modeling and its application to supply chains.  It also provides students with modelling and software capabilities to apply simulation to supply chains



Semester 3

Operations Management (M)

The purpose of this module will be to provide an integrated and comprehensive understanding of the merits, limitations and applicability of the diverse operations management approaches currently available for manufacturing and service enterprises.


Quality Science (M)

This module introduces and applies both basic and advanced quality statistics, appropriate for master black belt level Six Sigma, in the context of Supply Chain Performance Management


Sales and Operations Planning (M)

Integrated Business Planning techniques will be applied to students or case study firms in order to identify both the short term benefits of and effective S&OP implementation and the challenge of sustaining these improvements within the firm for the long term. Where possible the challenge of S&OP deployment will be examined for both industry and service type organisations.

Semester 4

Thesis Proposal Preparation

This module provides the student with information and resources on how to produce a thesis proposal. Students will have an opportunity to carry out a number of e-tivities to establish their research area of interest and will complete an ethics form regarding their proposed research design and methodology. The module is the first step for the student in establishing what are the steps required to carry out a detailed research project for their organisation and determine the standards of academic writing and presentations.

Semester 5

Financial Management and Decision Making for SCM

This module introduces non-business students to the fundamental concepts and practices of management accounting and finance. It provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to identify the relevant financial information required to manage the financial and operating resources of a business.


Supply Chain Risk Assessment and Forecasting

This module aims to provide the supply chain manager with the tools to cope with the types of disruptions caused by uncertain economic cycles, consumer demands, natural and man-made disasters within the supply chain process.


Thesis (Supply Chain Operations)

This module requires students to embark on their independent research whilst linking in with their dedicated academic supervisor and Industry Thesis Champion. During this module students will begin to construct concise and original research and produce well supported written material.

Semester 6

Thesis (Supply Chain Operations)

This module requires students to continue to apply appropriate research, design and implementation methodologies to complete significant original research.  Students will complete a thesis document and present their findings in a professional manner to the required academic level to an invited audience of academics and industry experts.


(M) A MicroCred is a single module within a larger further award (eg. Certificate, Diploma, Masters). By taking a micro-credential you may be eligible to apply for a credit exemption should you progress to study for a further award.


  • 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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Year 1:

EU - €5,250 per annum

Non- EU - €5,250 per annum

Year 2:

EU - €8,750 per annum

Non- EU - €8,750 per annum

Further information on fees and payment of fees is available from the Student Fees Office website. All fee related queries should be directed to the Student Fees Office (Phone: +353 61 213 007 or email

Please click here for information on funding and scholarships.

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,