Supply Chain Management

120 credits (MSc, 2 years )

Programme aim

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.

Location: Campus Johanneberg

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.

Why apply

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.


Programme overview

Please note that the above schematic view corresponds to the academic year starting in autumn 2020. 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
  • Logistics
  • 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.

Career opportunities

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.

Department of Technology Management and Economics 

“We build the paths for a better market”
Elton Raju, India, Supply Chain Management

Why did you choose this programme? 
– In this programme you are not just innovating a product, but an entire process. We are building different paths for a better market and that’s what interested me. As I was a business owner in India, I wanted to learn more about efficient and effective business processes and their optimization. I also wanted to get a better understanding of the full supply chain.

What have you been working on?
– We analyse the entire organisation and its supply chain or a part of it that is associated with our courses. In the course International Business relations, we had the opportunity to work with Tetra Pak and study their sustainable supply chain. We conducted interviews with top level management at Lund in Sweden and Modena in Italy. In this project we learnt their sustainable way of packaging food products, their alternative to plastic packaging and how they satisfy the EU regulations towards developing a sustainable environment. We also had a holistic view of how they operate their business worldwide with various customers.

What do you like the most about your programme?
– We have numerous guest lectures from companies such as Volvo, Scania, DB Schenker, Capgemini. This helps us to understand the concepts better and relate them to theoretical knowledge. Since Chalmers is a research-oriented university, our ideas and innovations are always welcomed by the professors who help us to analyse and implement them. If an idea doesn't work, they even help us to find an alternative.

What do you want to do in the future?
– I would like to work as a consultant for a few years and assist high-end executives to find good solutions far ahead into their company’s future. I am also interested in becoming an entrepreneur and establish a reputed brand.

Published: Thu 23 Apr 2020.