Procurement and Supply Chain Management

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

degree in procurement and supply chain management
With multiple study modes, this CIPS accredited course enables you to explore the dynamic discipline of Procurement and Supply Chain Management at your choice of pace. It will develop your knowledge, understanding and business skills for professional practice in procurement and supply chain management at middle and higher levels of management.

You will learn the strategies, best practices and tools and techniques to enable you to better comprehend how this field of management can contribute to the competitive advantage and effectiveness of an organisation and its partners.

You will develop the problem-solving, learning and research skills, within a procurement and supply chain context, that are necessary for employment in any sector.

At Aberdeen Business School, we are in the business of changing your tomorrow.

This course has multiple study options
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Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
1 year

Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
2 years

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Distance Learning
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
1 year

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Distance Learning
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
2 years

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Distance Learning
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
January
Course Length
16 months

Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
January
Course Length
16 months

Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
January or September
Course Length
3 years

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Distance Learning
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
January or September
Course Length
3 years

Please note this study breakdown is for full-time on campus study mode, other delivery modes may vary

stage 1

You will develop knowledge and understanding in the key areas of general management and procurement including economics, supply chain management and quality management and excellence models. Transferable skills for postgraduate study and professional practice will be established.

stage 2

You will continue to develop your knowledge in further key areas of the specialism including strategic purchasing, purchasing principles and the law, finance for managers and operations management. You are expected to become increasingly self-supporting and embark on more independent study.

stage 3

The Capstone module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to integrate Masters level knowledge and skills by independently working on an applied academic study, a professional dissertation or, where appropriate, business consultancy project from a degree related discipline. Personal and professional skills such as research, oral presentation and teamwork will be developed.

Please note this study breakdown is for full-time on campus study mode, other delivery modes may vary.

 
Detailed module information

On Campus Study

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. You will work as an individual and also as part of a team on case studies, team activities, presentations and discussions. 

Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).

On Campus Day Release Part-time courses are delivered in parallel with the On Campus Full-time cohort but you will only study 2 modules (30 credits) per semester.

Part-time on-campus courses are delivered during the working week. Our part-time students attend classes at the same time as our full-time on campus students. This course delivery format then requires the part-time student to be released by their employers during the working day

  • Weeks 1-6
    Required to attend: 3 x 3 hour sessions on campus* 
  • Weeks 7-11
    Required to attend: 1 hour session per week* 
  • Remainder of the course
    Required to attend: 2 x 3 hour session per week* 

*Please note, there is no guarantee that the two sessions will be on the same day.

Online Distance Learning

Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers you flexibility of where and when you can study, offering full and open access to tutors and other class members. You have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. The online campus provides you with lectures and course materials, discussion forums and live chat. 

Activity Summary

The options represents full-time on-campus delivery, distance learning and part-time delivery may  

  • Lectures - 15-30 students per group, 96 hours per semester
  • Tutorial - 15-30 students per group, 48 hours per semester
  • Project Supervision - 1-4 students per group, 12 hours per semester
  • Independent Study - 456 hours per semester
Independent Study

The course encourages you to work autonomously and to take responsibility for your own learning and professional development. The main vehicle for independent learning is the Capstone Project where you will develop your learning in many aspects: the nature of research, writing a proposal, sourcing relevant information, data collection and analysis, research ethics and presenting work.

Assessment

Please note the below represent full-time on-campus delivery, distance learning and part-time delivery will differ. 

Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 5 written assignments, including essays
  • 2 reports
  • 1 Capstone project
  • 1 practical skills assessment
  • 2 presentations/posters
Feedback

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

Staff Delivering on This Course

Academic staff who teach on this course have worked in a range of professional backgrounds, are ‘business-connected’ and use professional networks and their academic research to ensure teaching is professionally relevant.

Our staff have either achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this.  This is a professional recognition of lecturer practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning. In addition, many have featured in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.

We have a proactive Industry Liaison Group who provide input to course redesign and may contribute to classes through guest lectures and masterclasses.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

DISABILITY & DYSLEXIA CENTRE

ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

CampusMoodle

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library

 
job prospects

This course aims to transform individuals within, or aspiring to be within, the supply chain management profession. Career options are broad and varied, with opportunities in public and private organisations across industries ranging from energy to retail, and aerospace to construction.

Previous graduates have progressed into specialist procurement and supply chain management roles across the globe including Supply Chain Manager (Retail), Logistics Manager (Oil and Gas) and Buyer (Aerospace).

CAREERS

 

 
  • Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in any subject discipline.
  • Applicants with a lower degree classification and/or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.

International Students

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

ICRGU - INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

 
For Academic Year 2018/2019

All Students

Distance Learning Full-time 

  • £9,100 

Distance Learning Part-time(over 2 years) 

  • Year 1 - £4,550
  • Year 2 - £4,550

Distance Learning Part-time (over 3 years)

  • £3,410 Stage 1
  • £3,410 Stage 2
  • £2,280 for year 3

Full-time on campus

UK/EU Students

  • £5,500 entire course

International Students

  • £12,100 entire course
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020

All Students

Distance Learning Full-time 

  • £9,390 

Distance Learning Part-time (over 2 years) 

  • Year 1 - £4,695
  • Year 2 - £4,695

Distance Learning Part-time (over 3 years)

  • £3,520 Stage 1
  • £3,520 Stage 2
  • £2,350 for year 3

Full-time on campus

UK/EU Students

  • £5,500 entire course

International Students

  • £12,470 entire course
 
Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

OTHER FEES AND CHARGES

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.

ALUMNI DISCOUNT

Student Funding

Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.

Postgraduate Students' Funding

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AWARDS

DISCLAIMER

For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:

STUDENT FINANCE

 

Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

+44 (0) 1224 262728

This course opened many possibilities in my life, one of them was to become a Procurement Intern at the United Nations office in Vienna and then at the International Atomic Energy Agency. I am sure that the knowledge I gained during the course will contribute towards my future career.
ANNA G | MSC PURCHASING AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT GRADUATE

Accreditation

This course is fully accredited by The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) for all modes of study.
 
Chartered Insitute of Purchasing and Supply

Aberdeen Business School Accredited By

 

AACSB

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