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Supply Chain Leadership (MSc) (2024 Entry)

Supply Chain Leadership at the University of Warwick

Explore our part-time Supply Chain Leadership Master's degree.

Developed in consultation with our industrial partners, our Supply Chain Leadership programme provides specialist development in supply chain practices and leadership within a supply chain context. This course will help you make a difference to your company and achieve your career goals.

Course overview

This course aims to help supply chain leaders within industry progress through the development of technical skills and knowledge in supply chain, alongside building leadership behaviours.

The applied nature of this course means you can take knowledge learnt on the programme and immediately apply it to your role via work-based assignments, instilling the theory into practice.

Your business will benefit from your increased knowledge and confidence as you will feel empowered to make improvements and lead the change in your organisation. You will gain an academic qualification from a top 10 UK university and apply your learnings to create immediate impact at work.

If you’re not yet ready to commit to a period of long-term study, you can also build up to your MSc in stages by stopping after two years with a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip).

Who is this course for?

The course is designed for employees working in the supply chain function of an organisation – from first line managers to middle and senior managers.

It is particularly suited to employees with a technical or engineering background or who have relevant work experience in the supply chain function of an organisation, and who are looking to progress their careers in a leadership role in a supply chain environment.

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General entry requirements

Minimum requirements

The course is designed for those in employment as you will need to apply your studies directly to the work environment throughout the programme.

We recommend you have at least three years of appropriate professional experience and that you possess the equivalent of a UK second-class honours degree.

The course is also open to talented individuals without a first degree, who have relevant work-experience, have taken a less-traditional route in their career and who will have shown great potential in the business. Please contact us to discuss.

English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirementsLink opens in a new window. This course requires the following:

  • Band A
  • IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0

International qualifications

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

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Additional requirements

All candidates will be required to submit a CV before making an application.


We have created a learning pathway that enables you to become a change agent to improve your company’s supply chain performance and support transformation.

The core modules are:

Empower (30 credits)

Strategic Thinking and Supply Chain

You will develop your capabilities to think and act strategically, so that you can leverage the supply chain to support the business strategy and deliver sustained competitive advantage.

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Personal Leadership and Influencing Change

You will develop skills in learning to learn, promoting self-responsibility and to specifically address behavioural issues that limit individual achievement.

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Improve (50 credits)

Supply Chain Fundamentals

You will explore the basic concept of what a supply chain is and the underpinning building blocks of the supply chain; planning, manufacturing, procurement, logistics and circular economy.

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Please note, the Supply Chain Fundamentals module is a prerequisite for the Supply Chain Design module.

Performance Management for Success

You will critically evaluate performance measurement in relation to the delivery of customer and shareholder value, aligning with corporate accountability and compliance management.

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Supply Chain Design

Building upon the concepts introduced in the Supply Chain Fundamentals, you will learn about a coherent framework for end-to-end supply chain design from strategic, network and operating model perspectives.

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Please note, the Supply Chain Design module is a prerequisite for the Supply Chain Transformation module.

Transform (40 credits)

Value Creation Through Innovation

We will introduce you to a variety of concepts, models and frameworks that will help you to understand the nature of creativity and innovation, to enable you and your team to be innovative.

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Supply Chain Transformation

We will share a framework with supporting models, tools and examples to enable you to consider transformative approaches to business models and supply chain design.

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Embed (60 credits)

MSc Project Dissertation

To gain your MSc you need to complete a company based project which will focus on a live issue within your organisation.

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There are seven core modules and if you are completing the MSc there is a company-based project dissertation in the area of supply chain leadership. In addition to the assessed modules, there will be a study skills (non-assessed) event delivered at the start of the course to set the context, introduce key study skills and enable you to meet your fellow cohort and start to build your network.

Modules normally comprise of lectures, seminars, and undertaking group tasks based on real scenarios. The course will use a range of traditional and innovative teaching methods, predominantly focused on blended learning practices. Some modules will be delivered fully online, other modules will include industry visits, real-life projects, virtual clinics and the use of multi-media resources. Our blended learning is a combination of face-to-face and online delivery and is aimed at offering a combination of flexibility and networking opportunities for work-based learners. We will be able to give you the schedule in advance so you can plan your time out of the office.

We use the Kirkpatrick model (1996), which is globally recognised as an excellent tool for evaluating the effectiveness of any training. This ensures the course we deliver you has a direct impact.

Class sizes

The class size for this programme is usually around 15 students.

Typical contact hours

Modules are usually delivered in a week-long block format and contact hours vary from module to module. A typical module will have approximately 30 hours of contact time, whether delivered face-to-face or online.


We will use a range of assessment methods that are appropriate to the topics being taught. Of course, you will need to undertake reading and assignments, but these assignments are usually related to your workplace and help you to apply what you have learnt. Students often find that the assignments provide valuable evidence of continuing professional development, demonstrate to their organisations their developing knowledge, and often benefit the company by providing an analysis of an area of operations.

Your timetable

Your personalised timetable will be complete when you are registered for all modules, and you have been allocated to your lectures, seminars and other small group classes. Your modules will be registered for you when you join us.

Your career

Our part-time Supply Chain Leadership course is the perfect opportunity to help progress your career to the next step.

Current and former learners at WMG have come from companies such as:

  • AstraZeneca
  • GSK
  • Syngenta
  • Fujifilm DB
  • PZ Cussons
  • WL Gore

WMG at Warwick

Having forged strong links with global companies through 42 years of collaborative research and development, we really understand the global market you’ll be operating in, and have designed our programmes to match.

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There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. WMG also organises events for prospective students including a weekly Live Chat so you can connect directly with the department to speak with staff and students from WMG. For more about university wide open days and tours, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.

Tuition fees

Typically, most students on this programme are sponsored by their employer, but self-funding is also an option.

Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.

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Fee Status Guidance

The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.

If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.

Please speak to WMG's Part-time Postgraduate Team at wmgptmasters at warwick dot ac dot uk for clarification.

Additional course costs

As well as tuition fees and living expenses, there may be general associated costs such as:

  • Printer credits*
  • Dissertation binding*
  • Robe hire for your degree ceremony

*Dissertations and Assignments are only submitted digitally. However students may wish to print and bind their dissertation for their own purposes. Students on some courses will have a final poster presentation as part of their project and the printing of posters will be at the students’ expense.

Scholarships and bursaries

Typically, most students on the part-time Supply Chain Leadership programme are sponsored by their employer, but self-funding is also an option.

Scholarships and financial support

Find out about the different funding routes available, including; postgraduate loans, scholarships, fee awards and academic department bursaries.

Living costs

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Once you have enquired about the course and have submitted your CV, the relevant application link will be sent to you.

Applications for all candidates will close on 16 August 2024.

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