MSc Business with Supply Chain Management
This course is open for applications
Page last updated 7 December 2023
Whatever your background or undergraduate degree subject area, this course will equip you with a wide range of practical business skills, with a particular focus on supply chain management, including global supply chain management and sustainable procurement.
The manager's role has become increasingly challenging with intense competition, increasing expectations, sustainability, innovation, technology change and alliances all making managers tasks ever more complex and demanding. Yet with the ability to deal confidently with challenges like these, you can look forward to a rewarding future in virtually any organisation.
The MSc Business with Supply Chain Management will give you the skills and insight needed for a successful business career in a variety of different industry sectors, as well as the qualifications and confidence to lift you above other candidates in the job market, whatever your background or undergraduate degree subject area.
This course will provide you with solid grounding across all the main business disciplines with additional knowledge and skills in supply chain management.
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
- Global Supply Chain Management - focuses on the combination of activities that produce goods and services and will introduce you to the way in which innovations in digital technologies are changing the competitive landscape.
- Sustainable Procurement - aims to equip you with a good grounding in both sustainable procurement theory and practice. Sustainability considerations prevail across all business sectors and how an organisation undertakes their procurement activities is often at the forefront of such deliberations.
- People and Organisations - provides you with a critical and enquiring understanding to be able to deploy a variety of perspectives for analysing organisations and people.
- Strategic Analysis - introduces you to the terminology of economics and strategy to develop your understanding of strategic analysis and practice.
- Meeting Customer Needs - introduces you to how organisations are transformed to better identify and satisfy the needs of their customers.
- Managing Finance - covers the principles and techniques of information management and looks at how to manage finance to support decision making in a global context.
- Personal and Professional Development (Business and Management) - is a spine module that applies a practice-focused teaching and learning approach. Emphasis is placed on the relevance and applicability of knowledge to your own individual professional and academic development with respect to your future career. You will also develop your interpersonal and communication
- Management Project and Research Methods - involves developing your own academic research project and gives you the opportunity to investigate an area of particular interest to you and of relevance to your career.
Plus, one optional module from:
- Managing Change
- International Project Management
- Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise
- Customer Relationship Marketing
- Global Marketing
- Management Consultancy
- Emerging Markets: The New World Order.
The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.
Learning and Teaching
Many of our tutors have worked in industry, as well as being active researchers in the field of business and management. This combination of practitioner-led teaching, backed by the latest research, means you can look forward to insightful, up-to-the-minute teaching that will equip you to take your management career to the next level.
You'll learn through formal classes and seminar sessions, with a focus also on group work and independent study. Our diverse cohort means you will be able to work with, and learn from, students from many different countries and backgrounds. The work will include assignments, exercises, case studies and presentations, with an emphasis on independent learning to develop your problem-solving skills.
For more details see our glossary of teaching and learning terms.
You'll attend the University for 12 months, with between eight and twelve hours of teaching scheduled a week during both teaching terms and mentored study during the final project term.
If you've been out of higher education for a while, we provide skills sessions to help prepare you for studying again as well as sessions for non-native English speakers.
The course primarily uses continuous assessment through marked assignments, which are either organisation or role-focused, and of great practical benefit to you as an individual and to your organisation. You will typically have one shorter assessment during the module and a longer assessment at the end.
Learn more about assessments.
Students who opt to take the Management Consulting module will engage in a team-based 'live' consulting project conducting fieldwork with a local organisation. Subject to project availability and meeting client needs.
Meet leaders of industry
As a student at Bristol Business School, you will have the opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership. Our inspirational line up of speakers has included Lisa Opie, Managing Director of BBC Studios UK Production, and Dr Bevis Watts, Chief Executive of Triodos Bank UK. Find out more about the Bristol Distinguished Address Series.
While you are studying with us, you will have access to a wide range of facilities to enhance your learning experience. This includes:
- facilities at Bristol Business School, including our collaborative learning rooms, computer labs, and Bloomberg trading room (the same trading platform used by the city investment banks)
- the University library which is accessible 24 hours a day
- access to specialist business software in areas such as finance and project management.
Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.
Take a Virtual Tour of the Business Management facilities and see what's on offer here for you.
Careers / Further study
The MSc Business with Supply Chain Management at Bristol Business School will give you the skills and insight needed for a successful career in business and supply chain management, with the opportunity to work anywhere in the world, and in any sector.
You will have access to careers support while you are studying with us (and for three years after you graduate) through the University's careers service.
Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.
- A good honours degree (normally minimum 2.2) in any subject.
If you do not meet the above grade requirements but have at least 12 months relevant professional experience and/ or equivalent qualifications, we will consider you on an individual basis.
You are required to complete a personal statement for this course. Please read the personal statement guidance carefully and make sure that you answer the questions on the postgraduate application form within the personal statement tabs, keeping to the advised word count.
UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.
English language support
If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.
Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.
We are not able to offer deferrals for this programme. However, we appreciate there may be extenuating circumstances to consider and therefore we will consider requests on a case by case basis.
English Language Requirement
If English is not your first language, you will be required to meet the UK Border Agency and Universities minimum English Language requirements such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component.
For further details please see our English Language requirements pages.
How to apply
Read more about international applications and key international deadline dates.