The programme focuses on the design, management and improvement of supply chain management strategies. It is multidisciplinary and builds on several scientific disciplines.
One important way a company can improve its competitiveness is to apply supply chain management (SCM). This programme helps students develop their skills in purchasing, logistics, marketing, transport and general management.
The courses and master’s thesis include different pedagogical ideas and teaching methods in order to fulfil the aim and learning objectives.
Problem-based learning including case studies and problem solving with quantitative and qualitative models is one important aspect of the programme.
Who should apply
Due to greater specialisation, the need to organise and manage the global exchange of goods, services and information between companies is growing.
As the content of this exchange is becoming increasingly technical, this is a golden opportunity for engineers to take on managerial positions in marketing, logistics, purchasing, transportation and production.
Students gain enhanced theoretical knowledge and comprehensive practical experience of related concepts, which allows them to improve the way in which a company finds what it needs to produce a product or service and deliver it to its customers.
Students learn not only to understand current best practice and trends but also to continuously identify and analyse the complex changes that supply networks are undergoing.
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Entry requirements (academic year 2017/18)
General entry requirements
To be eligible an applicant must either be a holder of a Bachelor's degree in Science/Engineering/Architecture or be enrolled in his/her last year of studies leading to such a degree.General entry requirements in detail
Chalmers Bachelor’s degree
Are you enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree programme at Chalmers now or do you already have a Bachelor’s degree from Chalmers? If so, different application dates and application instructions apply.
Specific entry requirements
Bachelor’s degree (or the equivalent) with a major in: Industrial Engineering and Management or an Engineering Discipline
Prerequisites: Mathematics (at least 30 cr.) (including Mathematical Statistics at least 7,5 cr.) and studies in one or several of the following subjects: Industrial management, Logistics, Operations management and/or Supply chain management (at least 15 cr.)
Preferable course experience: Linear algebra, Single variable analysis and Multivariable analysis
English Language Proficiency
The most common and important scores that are accepted are
- IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
- TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
- TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)
Please note that the above schematic view corresponds to the academic year starting in autumn 2015. Minor changes may occur.
The programme contains compulsory courses, elective courses and a master’s thesis. There are five compulsory courses that together provide students with a comprehensive and solid knowledge base in SCM.
In the third term , students can specialise and develop expertise in one of three profile areas:
- Industrial Marketing & Purchasing
- Transport Systems
Another alternative is to select courses that provide a broader profile. To specialise, students must take courses related to the specific profile that are the equivalent of 30 HEC.
Students can choose elective courses from various divisions and departments at Chalmers, for example industrial marketing and purchasing strategies, production networks, technical development in networks, physical distribution, the environmental aspects of logistics, materials handling and manufacturing flow management, seminars in SCM and projects in SCM.
A fourth profile is also possible which focuses on research, preparing students for future PhD studies. Students who are interested in the research profile apply for it after having completed the first year of the programme. Admission is according to special criteria.
The SCM programme ends with a Master’s thesis. The thesis can be written as part of an on-going research project or as a project in an industrial company or public organisation.
Programme content in detail
The programme provides students with overall perspectives on supply chains enabling them to work within and across intra-company functions as well as inter-company borders.
Large multinational firms such as Volvo, Scania, SKF, Skanska, Nestlé, Porsche, Procter & Gamble, Quiksilver, DHL, Schenker and IBM, as well as top-flight consultancy firms such as McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group and ADL have employed many students who have majored in supply chain management at Chalmers. Other students have taken on management positions in small and medium-sized enterprises, or continued to receive a PhD.
All courses are run in close collaboration with industry. Theory is alternated with study visits, guest lectures and real life projects. As many as 15 professors and lecturers, all with SCM expertise, are involved in this state-of-the-art SCM programme.
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