MSc Procurement and Supply Chain Management

Degree awarded by the University of Plymouth

Next start date

Autumn 2018*


February, June and October

Study options

1 year



In the increasingly competitive global marketplace, companies source products and services from around the world to gain a competitive edge. In this landscape, an efficient supply chain is an integral element to a company’s profit margins and customer service standards, so manage the supply chain well and you can have a big impact on your company’s success.

This Master’s degree at GSM London will help you source the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in the field of procurement and supply. It offers current procurement and supply chain individuals, as well as graduates in other fields, the opportunity to enhance their career prospects by developing and refining their management skills.

Why study our MSc Procurement and Supply Chain Management degree?

The MSc Procurement and Supply Chain Management programme is designed to help students develop a systematic understanding of the purchasing and supply practices used by organisations in both the public and private sectors. It introduces students to the latest thinking on global purchasing and supply practices and trends, encouraging the development of knowledge and skills essential for professionals in the field. A blend of theoretical and practical work-based learning will prepare students for the real-life challenges they’ll face within a continuously changing business environment.

Real-world application
Developed with input from industry professionals, academics and alumni, this programme focuses on real-world application. You will not only acquire a practical, problem-solving approach to business decision making which enhances your employability in the field of procurement and supply, but you will also benefit from the programme’s links to the industry.

In great demand
From major supermarket chains to hospitals and charities, every organisation buys in goods and services to sustain their operation. So procurement and supply chain management offers a vast and diverse range of opportunities for people with the appropriate skills. From managing the supply of materials for an automotive manufacturer, to organising the logistics and planning the transport of fabrics from across the world for a clothing label, or purchasing and transporting state-of-the-art drilling equipment for an offshore oil platform – procurement and supply professionals are in great demand regardless of field or industry sector.

Or if you wish to continue your studies having completed your Master’s degree, you can undertake an MBA or a PhD research programme.

Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) membership
Upon successful completion of the programme and proving three years in this field, students will have an opportunity to gain chartered status of the CIPS, the premier global organisation serving the procurement and supply profession. After achieving chartered status, you will also be able to use the designatory letters MCIPS, provided you meet the MCIPS membership criteria.

Awarded by the University of Plymouth
Your MSc is awarded by the University of Plymouth; a top UK university aged under 50 according to the Times Higher Education's Young University Rankings 2017. An established educational institution with business enterprise at its heart, it is a fitting validating partner for your MSc.

Study in London, the financial capital of the world
Our London location in Greenwich places you in the heart of one of the largest and most diverse commercial capitals of the world, a renowned city for events and entertainment. Studying in London will open up extensive opportunities to connect with senior stakeholders and business leaders across many global markets and industries.

How is the course structured?

The MSc programme can be broken down into the following stages:

Postgraduate Certificate Procurement and Supply Chain Management

  • Personal Development for Leaders
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Financial Management for Purchasers


Postgraduate Diploma Procurement and Supply Chain Management

  • Strategic Procurement Management
  • Research Skills and Consultancy Planning
  • Legal and Contractual Arrangements in Purchasing


Master’s Degree (MSc) in Procurement and Supply Chain Management

  • Dissertation or Consultancy Project
  • Plus one elective (subject to demand):
    • Advanced Logistics and Supply Chain Systems
    • Business Analysis and Project Management
    • Resourcing and Assessing Talent
    • Business Strategy and Transportation Technologies (this is the default elective)

To find out more about course modules, see full module descriptions.

Alternatively, see the programme specification for further details on this programme. Note that the specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a recognised Bachelor’s Honours Degree with minimum 2:2 classification or equivalent.

If English is not the applicant’s first language, an IELTS minimum score 6.5 or another accepted system is required.

Applications from candidates who lack the standard programme entry requirements are positively encouraged and will be considered on individual merits.

Recognition of prior learning will be considered.

Non-standard entry:
Applicants who lack the normal programme entry requirements are positively encouraged to apply. In such cases, the Admissions Team must be satisfied that the applicant has the necessary potential, knowledge or experience and motivation to follow the programme successfully.

Applicants will be interviewed to identify their aptitude for study at postgraduate level through relevant life or career experience, and other factors relating to professional qualifications. Applicants will be required to provide supporting evidence of such achievements.

Accreditation of prior learning:
Partial exemptions from a postgraduate programme may be obtained in accordance with the Academic Regulations dependent on the compatibility of previous study. Each case is considered on its own merit and will be subject to approval by University of Plymouth.

Further information can be found in the Recognition of Prior Learnings Regulations within the Consolidated Policies and Regulations Document.

We will not normally consider APCL’s older than 3 years unless the applicant has a recent experiential learning that is directly related to the APCL/APEL.


UK/EU student fees


International student fee


Discounts offered for alumni. Please contact us for details.

*We have applied for designation for this programme from the Department for Education and are waiting for a decision. Until the decision is received we are unable to confirm the availability of student support. Visit the HEFCE website for more information.</p

How to apply

To speak to a dedicated course advisor about the MSc Applied Economics and Finance, please email or phone +44 (0)20 8516 7850

Registration and Enrolment

Once we receive your application form and supporting documents, we will assess your application and if successful, we will issue you an acceptance letter and a fee statement detailing your enrolment date, course cost and duration. 

You should arrive for enrolment on the date specified in your acceptance letter, at your chosen GSM London campus. Please note that international students will be asked to pay a percentage of tuition fees on or before enrolment.