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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
061 213360

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.




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 first or 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.


Minimum Language Requirements

Where an applicant's first language is neither English nor Irish, excellent use of one of these languages must be demonstrated (either by having completed a degree in an English or Irish speaking country or by passing the International English Language Testing System exam, Academic Format, with an overall grade level of at least 6.5 (IELTS) and no score below 6 in any individual part).

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

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.

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,