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Supply Chain Specialist BSc - Apprenticeship

Course Details

Available: Part- Time

Duration: 2 years

Award: Degree

Qualification: NFQ Level 8

Faculty: Science and Engineering

Course Type: Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Philomena Kelly
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+353 (0)61 237798

Brief Description

The Supply Chain Management Institute (IPICS) in partnership with the University of Limerick have developed a Level 8 qualification for a Supply Chain Specialist - the Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Supply Chain Management. This programme is run in conjunction with our industry partners.

This Level 8 Bachelors of Science in Supply Chain Management will provide graduates with a Green Belt level in the skills and knowledge of project management and to deploy lean/sigma project methodology to pursue process improvements. It will also afford graduates to be subject matter experts with the skills and know how to take responsibility for forecasting and planning, purchasing, procurement, logistics, operations, inventory management, customer service, transport, distribution and warehousing

There is a strong focus on skills development and in the implementation of designing, planning, executing, controlling and supervising supply chain activities.

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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 blended learning through the University of Limerick.

This programme will provide learners and hosting organisations with the advanced understanding and best-practice frameworks and techniques needed to manage effective supply chain operations. The programme will educate participants in the principles and practical application of SCOR framework concepts, enabling participants and supporting organisations to gain a competitive advantage and develop the ability to drive improvement in supply chain operations with measurable results.

How it Works

The modules in this two-year apprenticeship programme are structured for blended delivery, which minimises the time that participants are ‘off the job’.

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
  • On campus lectures 1 day every 3 weeks during the Autumn and Spring semesters, i.e. 6 days a semester
  • Summer school during the first year at the University of Limerick
  • Two in-company, self-directed projects
  • Additional Industry based seminars and company visits to explore supply chain in practice in Irish and International enterprises.
  • 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

For professionals who:

  • Currently hold or aspire to mid-level managerial roles in supply chain or inventory operations.
  • Wish to acquire new and best-practice methods for efficient supply chain operations.
  • Evaluate performance of supply chain activities and identify opportunities of improvement and integration.
  • Respond to rapid changes in demand and capacity by adjusting and optimising supply chain activities.
  • Seek recognition as a supply chain specialist.



Year 1 Year 2
Advanced Models and Frameworks for Supply Chain Management Management of Change
Plan with Supply Chains Integrating Product Development into Production
Make within Supply Chains Simulation Modelling and Analysis
Organisational Behaviour Supply Chain and Customer Relationship Management
Source within Supply Chains Strategic Management
Deliver and Return within Supply Chains Supply Chain Risk Assessment and Forecasting
Business Intelligence and Decision Making Corporate Social Responsibility
Statistics Information Systems and Decision Support
Lean Sigma Improvement Methodologies Supply Chain Project
Supply Chain Dynamics Game  


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 individual and group reports
  • Mentoring - meetings with your mentor
  • Forums – engaging with your peers.


Employers must be approved by SOLAS and commit to support the apprentice throughout the programme.

Programme participants should hold an NFQ Level 7 at mimimum in relevant area. Applicants who have completed a Level 7 qualification in a related field are also eligible to apply.

Applicants with a lower qualification may also be considered provided they can prove to have industrial experience as well as evidence of the ability to study at Degree 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: €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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