Advanced Commercial Supply Chain & Category Management [SUM408] 15 credits at SCQF level 11

1. Overview

One of a set of 9 competency-led topics that have been designed in close collaboration with industry practitioners and incorporate real world case studies and scenarios.

They are accredited by both the RICS and CIOB and align with the RICS competency framework.

This module covers the principles of category management, market segmentation analysis and commercial leverage methodologies.

You will learn how to develop the business case for strategic sourcing. This module includes the topics of internal demand levers and external supply chain levers, how to use purchasing and sourcing portfolio analysis techniques (including spend criticality analysis) and the methodologies and options for selecting make−buy and strategic sourcing planning.

You will also learn about the barriers to sourcing strategy implementation and the methodologies involved in Request for Information (RFIs) / Request for Proposal (RFPs).

2. What you will study

  • Definition and application of category management and supply chain processes in the context of commercial management projects.
  • Application of the principles of category management, market segmentation analysis and development of a business case in specific situations.
  • Selection of options with regard to strategic sourcing and implementation.
  • Implementation of sourcing portfolio analysis techniques relevant to specific situations.

3. How you will learn

Learning will take place through the University online virtual learning environment (VLE), Campus Moodle, with a mix of online lectures, tutorials and self-guided study. Each topic within the Module will have a number of obligatory activities aimed at emphasising the learning. You are also required to contribute to number of discussion forums on particular subject matter and case studies.


The module will be assessed by one main piece of coursework and a number of specified activities.

4. Entry Requirements

Relevant industry experience and/or a good honours degree.

5. Placements and Accreditations

6. How to apply

For general enquiries please call 01224 262209 or email

To apply for the course, complete the Professional Development @RGU Application Form

Admissions Policy

The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

7. Prospects

At the end of this module you will have a broad knowledge and understanding of the energy sectors. You could progress to other modules within the commercial practice course to gain additional credits towards the full MSc. This will give you the qualification to work within the energy sector as a commercial manager and other fields with the energy sector.

8. Fees and Payment Options


The fee for this course is £1,130

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15 credits at SCQF level 11

Start Date


Course Length

15 weeks including delivery and assessment

Mode of Attendance

Online distance learning

Academic School
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment
Accredited By
RICS Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)