Supply Chain Management, MSc

120 credits (2 years)

Get an overall perspective on supply chains and train to understand, analyse and manage the processes which will enable you to work across company borders.​

Supply Chain Management​ master's programme at Chalmers

The Master's 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 master's programme.


Theoretical knowledge and practical experience

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.

During the master's programme, 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.


Topics covered 

The subjects of supply chain management, purchasing and logistics are fundamental areas in the Supply Chain Management master’s programme. The courses included in the programme plan handle topics such as production, transportation, lean management, marketing and manufacturing.


Master's programme structure 

The master's programme runs for a duration of two years. During each year, students can earn 60 credits (ECTS) and complete the programme by accumulating a total of 120 credits. Credits are earned by completing courses where each course is usually 7.5 credits. 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 semester, 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.

Compulsory courses year 1 

During the first year the programme starts with six compulsory courses that form a common foundation in Supply Chain Management. Each course is usually 7.5 credits. 

  • Purchasing and supply management 
  • Freight transport system 
  • Distribution networks 
  • Product flow management 
  • Operation planning and control 
  • Supply chain strategy ​

Compulsory courses year 2 

​In the second year you must complete a master's thesis in order to graduate. The thesis may be worth 30 credits or 60 credits depending on your choice. 

  • ​Master’s thesis ​

Compulsory elective courses 

Through compulsory elective courses, you can then specialize in industrial marketing and purchasing, logistics or transport systems. 

  • Management of physical distribution 
  • Quality management 
  • Sustainable supply chains 
  • International business relationships 
  • Supply chain analytics 
  • Lean management 
  • Sustainable transportation 
  • Quality management ​

You can also 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.​



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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.

Research connections

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 

​Student interview

“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.

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Published: Wed 25 Nov 2020.