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International Supply Chain Management MSc

UCAS code
Year of entry 2017
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Course Length
1 year full time
Department Professional Studies »

Whatever the industry, and whether operating globally or nationally, it’s more important than ever for businesses to manage their supply chains and ecosystems carefully in order to succeed. Companies, government departments and international organisations cannot survive for long without rigorous, efficient and strategic management of supply chains and logistics. They need to demonstrate their resilience against disruption and adversity, the incorporation of new technologies, and the application of e-security, location and outsourcing decisions in a world of rapid technological change, global industrial restructuring and retrenchment and onset of dangerous climate change.

On our one-year International Supply Chain Management MSc you’ll gain a thorough understanding of the forces at work and knowledge of sophisticated tools to strategically manage both large, complex, technology-based supply chains, as well as more traditional ones. You’ll cover logistics and procurement often across national boundaries, companies, regions and time-zones.

Our focused and highly relevant curriculum is based on current thinking and real world experience and needs in managing supply chains globally as technologies, markets and the international business and trade environment are changing fast. You’ll learn from senior academics and experienced practitioners, with input from CEOs and senior executives across a range of industries. These industry connections have informed the content and design of the course.

We recruit students from arts, sciences, manufacturing, business, management and services and prepare them for successful careers across many industries: high technology manufacturing, engineering, electronics and computing, service sectors, fashion and clothing, food and agriculture, pharmaceuticals and bio medical, aid agencies, disaster relief and NGOs.

The Centre for Professional Studies was founded in 2013, recognising that international industries, firms, organisations and governments are demanding exceptional candidates who have the knowledge base and practical skills to finance, manage and execute processes and projects successfully. Our courses combine theory with industry related knowledge and expertise to provide you with an excellent headstart for a challenging career.

  • You’ll be equipped with the practical and intellectual skills you need to become a professional supply chain manager in any industry.
  • You will gain an advanced understanding of the international supply chain and the approaches to finance, manage and execute supply chain excellence
  • You will learn about the tools and techniques used by best practice companies and their applicability in different contexts
  • You’ll learn from highly experienced practitioners, including input from CEOs and senior executives from international firms across a range of industries. 

These are all core courses 

We’ll keep any changes to these options to a minimum, but we might sometimes need to withdraw, change or introduce new modules if, for example, staff changes.

Term 1

International Supply Chain Management

Global Logistics and International Trade

Operations and Quality Management

Supply Chain and Financial Performance

Introduction to Project Management

Term 2

Risk Management and Resilient Supply Chains

Sustainability and Megatrends

Information Systems and Technology

Global Sourcing and Procurement

Business Research Methods

Term 3

Project by Dissertation

Over the 12 months of this course, you’ll take ten taught course units, attend various seminars and workshops and complete a final project or dissertation. Each term is made up of five taught course units. And at the end of the year, you will apply the techniques and theories you’ve learned during the taught elements in a Masters level thesis of 12,000 – 15,000 words on a supply chain related topic. The dissertation will typically consist of a literature review followed by empirical work, involving either qualitative or quantitative research.

You’ll learn from highly experienced practitioners, including input from CEOs and senior executives from international firms across a range of industries. These industry connections have informed the content and design of the course, in a way that will not only build on your existing knowledge and experience, but increase your chances of finding employment at a salary level higher than the graduate national average wage in your chosen sector. 

Entry criteria:

UK Upper Second Class (2:1) degree or equivalent.

Those with a lower second class honours degree (2:2) will be considered on a case by case basis depending on previous experience and references.

English language requirements:

IELTS 6.5 overall with no subscore below 5.5

If you require Royal Holloway to sponsor you study in the UK, your IELTS must be a UK
government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT).

International and EU entry requirements

Please select your country from the drop-down list below

Students from overseas should visit the International pages for information on the entry requirements from their country and further information on English language requirements. Royal Holloway offers a Pre-Master’s Diploma for International Students and English language pre-sessional courses, allowing students the opportunity to develop their study skills and English language before starting their postgraduate degree.


Graduates of our supply chain courses have proven to be highly employable and pursued careers across a range of industries.

Roles in supply chain and logistics management can vary and are not limited to professionals who oversee the implementation and operations of supply chains, outsourcing, procurement, transportation and logistics. A typical role could include taking ownership for a specific aspect of a supply chain project, ensuring that it is delivered to all stakeholders and meets the competitive needs of an organisation. You might be the person who provides detailed knowledge on a specific supply chain management discipline, or provides professional support services to a range of supply chain and procurement needs of an organisation, including international aid and disaster relief logistics management and planning.

With an MSc you can progress your career in a wide range of positions in  industry, make substantial contributions to multidisciplinary teams, strategically managing domestic and international supply chains, logistics, procurement, global sourcing, finance, technology acquisition, and risk management, amongst others. This will help you progress through an organisation into senior management positions or change career paths across industries, government and NGOs. Some industries you could go into include:

  • Electronics, Mobile Communication and Computing
  • Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Energy
  • Supermarkets
  • Textiles, Clothing and Fashion Industries
  • Finance and International Banking
  • Manufacturing, Aerospace, Automotive, Heavy Engineering
  • High –tech Materials and Components Start-Ups
  • Minerals, Oil &Gas
  • Commodities Trade, Procurement and Distribution
  • Shipping
  • Airlines
  • Music, Film Production, TV Production
  • Government Departments
  • International Aid, Disaster Relief and NGO

Home and EU students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £10,050

Overseas students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £17,000

Other essential costs**: There are no single associated costs greater than £50 per item on this course

How do I pay for it? Find out more about funding options, including loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries.

* These tuition fees apply to students enrolled on a full-time basis. Students studying part-time are charged a pro-rata tuition fee, usually equivalent to approximately half the full-time fee. Please email student-fees@royalholloway.ac.uk for further information on part-time fees. All postgraduate fees are subject to inflationary increases. Royal Holloway's policy is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5% for continuing students. For further information see tuition fees and our terms and conditions.

** These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing, have not been included.

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