MSc Supply Chain Management

Our MSc Supply Chain Management, based in Malawi, is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to contribute significantly to the operation and improvement of contemporary supply chains. Accredited by two professional bodies – CIPS and CILT – it’s your opportunity to learn to analyse, understand and respond to the demands of a range of supply-chain environments in an efficient and effective manner.

Supply Chain Management

Key information



Mode of Study:



18 months


Malawi Institute of Management (Lilongwe)

Start date:


Course Details

This dual professionally accredited programme runs at the Malawi Institute of Management (MIM) in Lilongwe and is a popular academic programme that includes weekend workshops with University of Bolton and local tutor support. Course materials aim to reflect current trends and issues in Malawian and African supply chain management (SCM), and place emphasis on applying best industrial practice in appropriate ways.

Starting at a strategic level, you’ll explore how supply chains can leverage the competitiveness of the organisation by the appropriate configuration of the supply network, the distribution channels, location of facilities, transportation and inventory management, outsourcing and choice of information systems. This supports you to formulate supply chain strategies and demonstrate the communications, leadership and management qualities required for implementation. At an operational level, you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to choose suppliers, negotiate contracts, schedule deliveries, measure and improve supply chain performance, determine delivery quantities and timings, set up and manage warehouses and distribution centres, set up transportation contracts with logistics providers, and employ risk assessment strategies in situations of uncertainty.

By studying this course, you’ll have the opportunity to develop a knowledgeable and professional approach to supply chain management and development – and to specialise in procurement, information systems, physical logistics, operations management and aftermarket support within supply chains – something potential employers could value highly.

Please note that the language of instruction is English.

  • MIM and the University of Bolton have a well-established partnership of over 10 years, offering our combined expertise in supply chain management and project management.
  • The University of Bolton’s MSc in Supply Chain Management is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).
  • We offer you the opportunity to learn how to develop and manage all aspects of contemporary supply chains through critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation using a comprehensive set of methods, techniques and tools.
  • Each module on the course covers a framework of theories and concepts. Through case studies, we encourage you to engage with and explore how these theories and concepts apply – so you’ll also be asked to compare and contrast different approaches, and make informed decisions on which of them best fit an organisation’s needs.
  • Complete the programme successfully, and you should be able to demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of current business, management and technology in SCM, as well as the latest issues and trends. We aim to build your self-confidence, critical self-reflection, enterprise and creativity in preparation for the next stage in your career.
Key Features
  • The University of Bolton’s MSc in Supply Chain Management emphasises learning by experience. We'll support you to gain valuable practical knowledge through interactive role-play exercises where you’ll solve real-world and complex supply chain issues, addressing risk mitigation/reduction and the role of information within the supply networks.
  • You’ll also be encouraged to hone your skills in applying SCM theories to the improvement of supply chain performance. We'll guide you as you conduct original research on topics applicable to real supply chain management, supporting you in the critical analysis and evaluation of theoretical frameworks and methodologies.
  • Guest lecturers and visiting speakers offer a flavour of industry throughout the course.
  • You’ll have access to University e-learning resources, an extensive e-library and the support of University librarians. We'll make use of innovative learning strategies, including blended learning delivered through the University's virtual learning environment.
  • Professional academic and administrative staff at both MIM and the University of Bolton will jointly provide you with the support and resources needed to ensure you have an excellent learning experience as part of the University of Bolton.
  • As an Off Campus student you also receive the support of a dedicated Off Campus team and resources, to help make you truly feel part of the University.
Professional recognition

The University of Bolton’s MSc in Supply Chain Management is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) to Chartered level.

The course is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).

  • Normally, you should have at least a Lower Second Class Honours (2:2) degree in a relevant subject; for example, a BA/BSc (Hons) in supply chain, logistics or operations management, business administration, information technology or accountancy. Alternatively, you may have an Honours degree in another field with relevant work experience.
  • We’ll also welcome your application if you have a professional qualification; for example, the CIPS Level 6 Graduate Diploma.
  • If you have significant relevant work experience or other academic qualifications, we’ll be happy to consider these on a case-by-case basis. For instance, if you have achieved a professional membership such as CIPS Corporate Member and CILT Full Member, we would encourage you to apply.
  • We are more than happy to have an informal chat with you about this course, either with University or MIM staff, over the phone or in person. If you wish to meet in person, please contact MIM to arrange a mutually convenient time. (While we reserve the right to interview it is not our usual practice for this course.)
  • We'll consider applications where appropriate work experience can be demonstrated in lieu of, or in addition to, the published academic qualifications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

The MSc in Supply Chain Management is designed for the further development of those who want to work in supply chain management in manufacturing and service organisations. Graduates will be able to evaluate and manage technologies and use planning systems in order to improve the operational functions of a business. A small business may have one person in charge of these duties, while large corporations have entire supply chain departments.

Some of the more common job roles in this discipline include analyst, inventory control manager, logistics engineer, production manager, purchasing manager, supply chain manager, systems support manager, customer service manager, global logistics manager and operations director.

A supply chain manager will need to be familiar with various software programs, as that is the most common way to keep track of product movement. This course offers practical, hands-on experience of such software.

What can I do with this qualification?

The majority of Supply Chain MSc graduates work in manufacturing or for the government, with other opportunities in scientific and technological fields, transportation, or aerospace. If you’re interested in working abroad or with an international customer base, advanced jobs in supply chain often provide such opportunities. In a globalised economy, many supply chain companies work with foreign distributors to conduct business.

There’s also the option to work as a consultant. As a consultant, you can work with a variety of different companies, both nationally and abroad, offering tips and strategies on how to streamline processes.

Another route to consider into logistics and supply chain is through graduate schemes in this sector which are offered by a number of third-party logistics companies and retailers. These schemes are sometimes rotational to give you experience of different areas of the business.

Alternative career options

Students can typically go on to work in supply management for a company, although the managerial and leadership skills acquired by graduates of this MSc can be applied to senior management job positions in many fields. Graduates can use the qualification as a stepping stone to enter a range of other careers, and for some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. They include:

  • Business sustainability
  • Environmental operations
  • Operations management
  • Project management
  • Research and development
  • Teaching and education
  • Retail management
  • Export/import operations
  • Warehouse operations
  • Consultancy

Course fees

Please contact the centre of study for fees and funding information – details can be found in the Programme Contacts section of this page.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2021/2022.


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For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

Home/EU applications are not possible for this course

This course is only available to International (Non EU) students.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

Please apply directly to the University using the apply online link shown below.

You’ll need to provide the following information as part of your application. Please ensure you have electronic copies ready to upload to our online application system, as we will not be able to process your application form without these details. Suitable file formats include .PDF, .DOC, .DOCX and .JPG.

  • Up-to-date CV

  • Identification documentation

  • Proof of qualifications

Should you have any questions, please contact the University’s link tutor/admissions tutor. You can find their name, email address and phone number in the Programme Contacts section of this page.

The centre of study can provide you with detailed information about the application, payment and enrolment process for this programme. Please contact them directly – details are available in the Programme Contacts section of this page.

Teaching follows a structured programme including lectures, presentations and seminars, plus face-to-face contact with University of Bolton faculty and MIM lecturers. You’ll have the opportunity to cover a wide range of real-life case studies, exploring subjects in greater detail and considering the policies and practices that apply. Group work, and formal and informal presentations and feedback, form an integral part of learning on this course.

Our assessment approach is designed to ensure you get the best opportunities to show how you’ve successfully met the programme’s learning outcomes – as well as the requirements of the SCM professional bodies. Through a mix of exams, essays, reports and presentations, you’ll get the chance to demonstrate how you can select and apply the appropriate knowledge and techniques to solve complex supply chain problems.

Throughout your studies, we aim to provide formative assessments to guide and enhance your learning. Feedback on your progress can help you build on strengths and overcome perceived weaknesses, and help you identify the best learning strategies for your ultimate success. Formative assessments don’t contribute to your module marks or overall qualification, but are designed to support the summative assessments – exams, coursework and presentations – that do count towards your master’s.


The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Supply Chain Strategy
  • Procurement and Operations Management
  • Physical Supply Chain Management
  • Research Skills for Business and Management
  • E-Business Strategies and Models
  • Finance for Managers
  • Dissertation
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 61%, Practical exams 3%, Written exams 36%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 76%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 24%


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Satya Shah
Programme Leader

+44 (0)1204 903047

Lynn Clark
Academic Partnership Manager, University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903234

Sa Thin Wetsandornphong
Link Tutor, University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903319

Mavis Chigwede
Centre Administrator, MIM


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