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MSc/PgDipSupply Chain & Sustainability Management

Why this course?

Supply chain management is widely accepted as a critical business competency. It encompasses procurement of materials, processing and distribution of products and services to customers. In many companies, 80% or more of their turnover is spent outside the organisation and this course helps you become effective in managing this.

The course is designed for those who will work within supply chain management and is suitable for those with a background in support functions such as sales, maintenance, finance and marketing.

This programme is jointly delivered by the Department of Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management in our Engineering Faculty and the Department of Management Science in our Business School. This partnership delivers a highly distinctive combination of technical and organisational expertise in supply chain and sustainability management.

The course has been designed to cover the latest industrial environmental issues, for example:

  • extended producer responsibility
  • the philosophy of design, manufacturing, and engineering management for the circular economy

The Strathclyde Institute for Operations Management offers Masters leading to the award of MSc, PgDip or PgCert in:

  • Supply Chain & Sustainability Management: Designed to encapsulate the latest industrial environmental issues such as: extended producer responsibility; the philosophy of design, manufacturing and engineering management for the circular economy
  • Supply Chain & Procurement Management: Designed to encapsulate the latest procurement requirements, including: organisational transparency; connectivity of stakeholders across multiple supply chains; responsible and informed attitudes to procurement
  • Supply Chain & Logistics Management: Designed to encapsulate the latest logistics requirements such as: the ability from logistics managers to enhance business opportunities to circular economy approaches and digital manufacturing; the rise of sales through ecommerce also requires an accurate demand and supply forecast from logistics areas 

What you'll study

Drawing on the expertise of two leading academic departments, we offer courses which combine skills in leadership, production planning and strategic business management in the context of supply chains.

You'll gain an in-depth understanding of strategic, tactical and operational issues relating to the management of supply chains. You'll focus on the improvement of process performance from a sustainability perspective, taking into consideration new demands such as green operations and green supply chain management. To do this, you'll be equipped with concepts and methods to contribute towards the competitiveness of industrial and commercial organisations worldwide.

These courses allow you to advance your career within the broader area of supply chain management, for example:

  • operations
  • process management
  • operations planning & control
  • purchasing & procurement
  • logistics and distribution, amongst others

Major projects

You'll undertake a research dissertation related to supply chain management. This is an opportunity to showcase the skills acquired in classes during the year and to apply research practice. Supervised by a member of academic staff, you'll conduct a literature review and carry out an appropriate study.


The University of Strathclyde hosts the Scottish Institute for Remanufacturing, one of only six centres of excellence for remanufacturing globally, which enables this course to provide practical and real experiences to our students.

Course content

Core classes

Strategic Supply Chain Management
This class aims to provide you with a critical understanding of the fundamental building blocks of Supply Chain Management and e-Supply Chains from a Strategic perspective. This is with a view to developing your capabilities in modelling, analysing, diagnosing and re-designing/improving supply chains.
Supply Chain Operations

The class aims to provide you with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of those key concepts, methods, tools and techniques that are fundamental to effective and efficient running of supply chain operations from suppliers’ suppliers to customers’ customers.

On completion you'll be able to design and manage operational supply chain planning, monitoring and control systems for complex and disparate operations.

Enterprise Resource Planning
To develop a critical understanding of operation, structure and implementation issues around ERP systems as used in industry.
Postgraduate Individual Project
The aim of the individual project is to allow you to combine the skills learned in other classes and apply them within a significant project in a specific area of design, manufacture, or engineering management. This will be achieved through you carrying out work into a particular topic relating to their course and preparing a dissertation that documents the project.
Project Management

This class aims to provide you with skills relating to the use of engineering practices in Project Management with particular respect to the effective and efficient use of resources.

Case Studies In Supply Chain Management
People, Organisation & Technology
This class aims to introduce you to the “softer” aspects of change management. In other classes you will have learned how to identify areas for improvement in organisations, tools and techniques to model organisations and to implement change. This class complements these things and looks at the human implications of change.
Performance Measurement & Management
The class is devoted to the concepts and approaches to effective performance measurement and management at an organisational level. Performance Measurement and Management (PMM) is one of the key factors for survival and prosperity of business systems. Business analysts can typically expect to be involved in the design of PMM systems and in the evaluation of performance information. This class focuses on the different approaches to performance measurement and management commonly use across public and private sectors.

The class focuses at the strategic, organisational level of PMM while providing the essential knowledge and skills at the technical level. The class starts with presenting the background to performance measurement to provide the students with an understanding of the roots of some of the common problems in measuring and managing performance in organisations. This will follow with discussing PMM from five different but highly inter-related perspectives, namely stakeholder, customer, comparative, operations and integrative perspectives. You're encouraged to get more insight into the techniques and concepts by carrying out directed readings as well as completing a group and an individual assignment. The class will be concluded by discussing implementation and managerial issues in measuring business performance.

Additional specialist classes

Students choose from the following options, according to their specialist theme:

Sustainable Product Design and Manufacturing

This class addresses the global concerns relating to sustainable product development and manufacturing which companies face in terms of reducing the environmental impacts of their products and processes.

Lean and Green Logistics

This class will raise awareness of how to develop synergies between lean manufacturing principles and green issues in order to reduce environmental impacts of flow of materials, which include logistics activities. It also provides candidates with a critical understanding of trade-offs which exist between logistics activities and environmental issues through reference to case studies and/or practical experiences. Students will gain a realistic appreciation of how organisations can add value and increase both operational and environmental choice within the supply chains. The class will also provide students with complementary knowledge that will build on the academic content of the MSc course.


You'll develop a detailed understanding of the evolution of sustainable manufacture with a particular emphasis on the implications of adopting remanufacturing approaches.

Optional classes

Strategic Technology Management
This class aims to provide you with a high-level understanding and knowledge of the role of technology in business strategy for maintaining market competitiveness.
Fundamentals Of Lean Six Sigma

The objective of this class is to introduce the participants to the principles of Lean Six Sigma thinking, tools and techniques of Lean Six Sigma and understand the wider implications of the broader strategic issues of organisation management and how they impact on continuous improvement programme.

On completion of the class you should be able to understand the theory and practical application of Lean Six Sigma methodologies within a holistic process improvement framework. This will enable their businesses to become more efficient, cost effective and much more profit oriented in today’s competitive marketplace.

Product Costing & Financial Management
This class aims to provide you with an understanding of strategic aspects of finance in relation to the decision-making process and analysis necessary for efficient management of supply chains.
Systems Thinking & Modelling
The objective of this class is to introduce you to the theories and principles behind systems thinking. The class will also introduce you to the methods, tools and techniques for modelling, analysing, improving and designing systems in a variety of organisations, including industrial, commercial and public sector.
Design of Experiments for Process Optimisation

The module aims to introduce students to statistically planned experiments and industrial measurements. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: design of experiments; Taguchi’s approach to quality improvement; test and measurement systems. The module will cover basic concepts of quality, statistically planned experiments, Taguchi’s contribution to quality improvement, test and measurement system.

Quantitative Business Analysis

The analysis of data and development of empirical models plays a vital role in business analysis and operational research. This class  will provide a basis for you to learn a range of widely used methods ranging from effective presentation of data to development of sophisticated statistical models.

Quantitative Business Analysis runs over one semester but in two parts. The first part provides an introduction to the basic theory and application of statistical modelling. Topics covered include:

  • data analysis
  • probability theory
  • distributions and moments
  • estimation
  • hypothesis testing

The second part focuses mainly on two areas - regression modelling and multivariate analysis.

While key background theory will be presented, the emphasis is on the generation and interpretation of output from commercially available software. Throughout, there is an emphasis on the use of statistical analysis to help support decision-making and the management of business and industrial problems. Cases are used to illustrate topical issues.

Business Simulation Methods

The class aims to introduce students to two simulation methods widely used in business.

The first, discrete-event simulation, is a visual interactive tool that facilitates decision making in an operating system. The objective is to make students competent in applying DES in any operation system and specifically to enable them to use a popular DES software (Simu8) for this purpose.

The second, a form of continuous simulation, is system dynamics. This technique is used to help provide understanding about complex systems through the construction of qualitative diagrams and quantitative simulation models. For discrete event simulation (DES) the class will start with an introduction to DES aiming to familiarise students with the concept and its use as well as specific features of a typical DES tool.

The class continues with discussing a rational approach to simulation using a number of examples from manufacturing and service operations. For system dynamics the class will provide a background to system dynamics including its links to other modelling techniques being taught on the course. A complete approach to system dynamics modelling is then covered in detail.

Risk Analysis & Management

The module aims to introduce the fundamental techniques of risk management and risk-informed decision making. Students will have the opportunity to learn the general principles of methods and their place in risk management, as well as the chance to develop skills in applying these methods to a variety of engineering examples. Throughout the module, the basic principles of uncertainty and consequence modelling are considered along with the tools and techniques required to apply these principles. Industry standard processes and software tools are discussed, and illustrated by relevant case studies.

Service Operations Management
Business Analytics

The class will build on the fundamental multivariate statistics techniques developed in MS922: Quantitative Business Analysis by developing both visualisation and advanced analysis techniques relevant in the area of big data.

The focus of the course will be on application and interpretation of techniques and there will be an investigation of what makes good data. The class will develop both new theoretical knowledge in the form of analytics techniques as well as new software skills in relevant analytics software. The class aims to help to prepare students to be state-of-the-art business analysts in the era of big data. It will provide you with the knowledge of and ability to use business analytics tools in order to make sense of both qualitative and quantitative data, identify the main messages in those data and report such messages back to decision makers appropriately in order to help them to make better decisions.

Entry requirements

MSc: first or second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in engineering, technology, or a business-related discipline

PgDip: degree, good HND plus relevant industrial experience

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

Fees & funding


All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.


  • £10,300

Rest of UK

  • £10,300


  • £20,050

How can I fund my course?

Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarship (FEES) for International Students

If you're applying for an MSc course you'll be eligible to apply for a Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarship offering up to £3,000 towards your tuition fees.

The scholarship is available for application to all self-funded, new international (non-EU) fee paying students holding an offer of study for an MSc programme in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. Please note you must have an offer of study for a full-time course at Strathclyde before applying.

You must start your full-time MSc programme at Strathclyde in the coming academic year (2019-20).

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.


Graduates will have an in-depth understanding of strategic, tactical and operational issues relating to the management of supply chains. Our alumni have worked for organisations such as:

  • Rolls-Royce
  • Jaguar
  • Ford
  • Tesla
  • Dyson
  • P&G
  • Unilever
  • British Petroleum
  • Adidas
  • Nike
  • Highland Spring

Supply Chain & Sustainability Management: Supply chain, logistics, procurement, and operations managers increasingly have sustainability responsibilities in addition to their primary job duties. This includes integrating sustainability strategies into day-to-day operations, adapting processes to reduce waste and improve efficiency while remaining in budget.

Supply Chain & Procurement Management: Procurement managers are responsible for assessing the suitability of components and goods for managing aspects related to quantity, quality, price, and delivery, and for handling supplier relations. Procurement managers are essential positions in manufacturing and service organisations, as well as in public procurement.

Supply Chain & Logistics Management: Logistics managers are responsible for transportation decisions, inventory management, facility location decisions, warehousing and materials handling, and for managing supplier relations. Logistics managers have an overview of the whole supply chain which is essential in coordinating the flow of information and materials through organisations, and necessary to improve business performance.

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Supply Chain and Sustainability Management

Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Sep 2019, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Supply Chain and Sustainability Management

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2019, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Supply Chain and Sustainability Management

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2019, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

Supply Chain and Sustainability Management

Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Sep 2019, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

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