MSc Module Descriptions

The modules currently available of this programme are summarised below. The topics covered (and hence the module titles) are similar to those of the Supply Chain Management Development Programme but are covered at a more strategic level and in much greater detail on this programme. All programme modules comprise a mix of lectures, case studies, tutorials, exercises and structured discussions. Industrial involvement in developing and delivering the syllabus is extensive and of key importance.


Introduction To Supply Chain Management

This compulsory introductory module provides participants with an overview of the key areas of logistics and supply chain management with a strong emphasis on the interactions between them.

Inventory Management

This programme introduces the concept of inventory management / stock control and its critical importance to management of a company’s operation.


The considerations and steps to be taken for successful outsourcing of business activities. This module will largely be taught through case studies and interactive sessions.

Adaptive Supply Chain Co-Management

The role of inventory in the supply chain, the cost of holding inventory and approaches to managing inventory and warehouses.

Manufacturing Strategy and Operations

The activities associated with manufactuing strategy and operations such as scheduling, logistics and inventory management and current techniques including Lean and Six SIGMA.


Purchasing as a supply chain function has developed significantly over the decades, moving from being considered a purely administrative function to recognition that effective purchasing and supply management can contribute significantly to the success of most modern organisations. It will examine purchasing from a strategic, tactical or operational and a managerial perspective and develop the learner’s skills in these areas.

Transport and Distribution Management

Transport planning and operations, including costing and legal aspects. This module is taught largely through practical case studies.

Understanding Customer Service

This module will explore the importance of understanding customer service for designing a supply chain and implementing its effective management.


IT In Supply Chains

An overview of computer technology, applications and management including hardware, software, communications and systems analysis.

Management Of Information Systems

Information as a major resource and how it should be managed through integrated systems of computers and people.

Project Management 

The principles of effective project management and currently used techniques taught largely through a module-long exercise.

Simulation of Supply Chains

The techniques, applications and benefits of computer simulation of production and logistics systems using proprietary software packages.



Human Resource Management in the Supply Chain

Issues that affect motivation and participation of employees, including culture, organisational structure, management styles and stress.

Managing People

In today's increasingly global and competitive environment the effective management of people is crucial for organisational success. Therefore, this module explores that which creates a competent understanding of the nature of management - the motivation and behaviour of people, interpersonal communication skills, and effective teamwork.

Analysing Organisations

Analysing an organisation involves examining it from a number of perspectives. No single perspective will give the full view and the combination of perspectives is what makes this process so challenging and so interesting. This module forms part of an integrated view of the organisations in the supply chain; their features, issues and solutions.

Change Management and Organisational Development

How to manage change with an emphasis on human and organisational aspects. This module makes extensive use of group-based exercises.


Business Strategy

The nature of corporate strategy and policy making, attaining competitive edge and the interrelationships between functions and the total corporate system.

International Supply Chain Design

The strategic implications of global change, the basic structure of international economy, development of multi-nationals, problems with international trade and the implications on worldwide logistics.

Marketing and Supply Chain Integration

The basic concepts of marketing, the role of marketing in engineering, process and logistics companies and the interface between marketing and logistics.

The Financial Dimension of the Supply Chain

The fundamentals of financial reporting and analysis of financial data. Costing and cost control.


For further information, contact:

Pamela O'Brien
Programme Manager
National Institute for Transport and Logistics
Dublin Institute of Technology
Bolton Street
Dublin 1

E: Pamela O'Brien

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