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Supply Chain Management

How can organisations combine efficiency with fast delivery, reliability, quality and flexibility? This requires a perfect design, organisation, control and planning of the whole supply chain.

**Two first places:  Best MSc Supply Chain Management in the Netherlands (joint 1st) - Higher Education Guide Masters  2017 (joint 1st) & Elsevier 2016 **

A supply chain can be seen as a network of organisations working together to carry out customer orders. It is a flow of materials, information and services. The programme in Groningen is unique in that it tackles the full range of the supply chain within all types of organisations (production, distribution and services).

You will focus on the design and coordination of supply chains, and the planning and control of supply chain operations. All aligned with the latest insights and trends, using both qualitative and quantitative methods. The programme has professionals from industry involved and your teachers have a close relationship to SCM topics in both science and practice.

Graduates are able to define, diagnose and analyse supply chain decision problems, and propose and evaluate effective solutions. With a mixture of rigorous academic methods and practical applicability, graduates have learned to develop supply chain theories, methods and best practices. 

Through the selection of elective courses you can focus on supply chains in specific contexts,  for example in healthcare logistics or process industry.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Supply Chain Management
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
60093
Language of instruction
English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Economics and Business
AACSB accredited
Why study this programme in Groningen?

The programme is a unique mixture of rigorous academic learning and practical applicability. You learn how to design, coordinate and control entire supply chains. You will learn to diagnose supply chain decision problems and propose, implement and evaluate effective solutions. Besides, it's an internationally accredited programme, ensuring a high quality education that meets both the AACSB and EQUIS standards, which only one percent of universities reach worldwide.

Programme

Core courses are Strategic Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain Network Design, Logistics & Supply Chain Operations and Process Improvement & Change. The first three courses address supply chain issues on a strategic, tactical and operational level, whereas Process Improvement and Change focusses on the implementation of improvements.

All courses have a strong academic profile, with research embedded in teaching. At the same time the focus is on developments in practice: via guest speakers, case studies, projects with real-life data, company visits, consultancy projects for companies and large R&D projects of the academic researchers of the faculty.

Furthermore, academic skills and professional skills are incorporated in the courses, skills that can be exploited in your future job. You conclude your master with a thesis, possibly at or for a company, or related to a real life company theme.

The content of the programme is continuously being evaluated and improved in consultation with students, lecturers and the business community, for instance through the Advisory Council. Directors and managers from RFS Holland Holding BV (including Wehkamp), AT Kearney, Port of Amsterdam and Friesland Campina are represented in the Advisory Council.

Courses
Elective(s) MSc SCM * (10 EC)
Logistics and Supply Chain Operations (5 EC)
Master's thesis SCM (20 EC)
Process Improvement and Change (5 EC)
Research Methods for SCM (5 EC)
Service Operations, Purchasing: selection of one of these two courses is compulsory, remaining course can be selected as an elective (5 EC)
Strategic Supply Chain Management (5 EC)
Supply Chain Network Design (5 EC)

Curriculum

Check for in-depth info on all courses: http://www.rug.nl/ocasys/feb/vak/showpos?opleiding=5266

Electives:

  • Behavioural Operations Management
  • Business Process Innovation and Change
  • Healthcare Operations
  • Operations Management in Process Industry
  • Innovation in Healthcare Organizations
  • Inventory Management
  • Supply Chain Dynamics
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Programme options
Master Internship (specialization)

Opportunity for an internship between February and June. You will be rewarded 15 ECTS on top of your programme. Your thesis will be postponed to the first semester of your next study year.

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
Entry Requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

To be eligible for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research university in one of the following - or closely related - fields: Business Administration, Econometrics and Operations Research, Economics and Business Economics, International Business, Industrial Engineering.

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you have obtained.

For more information, see: http://www.rug.nl/feb/education/admission-application/nl-route/1

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office: http://www.rug.nl/education/international-students/application-procedure/support/admissions-office

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Business AdministrationAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Econometrics and Operations ResearchAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Economics and Business EconomicsAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
International BusinessAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Industrial Engineering & Management ScienceAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
certified competences

GMAT/GRE; for specific scores (and exemptions), see http://www.rug.nl/feb/education/admission-application/intl-route/1

grade list

A certified grade list(s) is considered in the evaluation.

language test

TOEFL internet based (IBT): 90, IELTS Academic: 6.5; for specific scores, see: http://www.rug.nl/feb/education/admission-application/intl-route/1

previous education

To be eligible for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research university in one of the following - or closely related - fields: Business Economics, Business Administration, Econometrics and Operations Research, Economics and Business Economics, International Business, Industrial Engineering, Technology Management.

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you have obtained.

For more information, see: http://www.rug.nl/feb/education/admission-application/intl-route/1

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office: http://www.rug.nl/education/international-students/application-procedure/support/admissions-office

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)C1
C2 Proficiency (voormalig CPE)C2
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS writing6.5
IELTS speaking6
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based90

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 June 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 June 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
Tuition Fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
non-EU/EEA2018-2019€ 14350full-time
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14600full-time
After your studies

Job prospects

After graduation, you are ready for a career as a supply chain manager. You may find a job as a logistics, purchase or supply chain manager or analyst in a production, distribution or service environment. You may also become a consultant in the supply chain management or operations management practice. Alternatively, you might opt for an academic career as a researcher.

The MSc programme provides you with the skills and tools related to the field of supply chain management, as well with as general management and professional skills like how to communicate in business, how to write management reports, how to give presentations, to work in teams and how to do a consulting project.


Furthermore, because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard which only one percent of universities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.

FEB Career Services
To support you in developing your career and strengthen your employability skills, our FEB Career Services empowers you to achieve lifelong success through various career services during your studies. Check: FEB Career Services.

Job examples

  • Supply chain manager
  • Logistics manager
  • Purchase manager
  • Quality manager
  • Consultant
  • Researcher
Research

Linking education to research and career preparation

Our education is strongly rooted in business practice and society. Also right from the start of your degree programme attention is paid to academic research and preprofessional development. Since an analytical and critical mind and problem-solving capabilities are important qualities in any career our students aspire.

In collaboration with external partners we conduct research projects on e-logistics, healthcare and service supply chains and operations, food processing, resilience, port logistics, SC integration, and sustainable logistics.

Research institute related to the MSc programme:

Operations Management & Operations Research

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    It's up to you how you develop as a student

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    I was keen to come to Europe because of the friendliness and openness of the people. I eventually opted for Groningen because of the high standard of teaching.

    I like the field of study mainly because nearly all companies have an operation function. I'm particularly fascinated by the way companies try to analyse their production processes. The MSc programme offers many Options. You can choose your own path with optional courses. If you work hard you can learn a lot from this programme. It's entirely up to you how you develop as a student. At the moment I'm doing an internship at Wavin in Zwolle, a company that makes plastic pipes. I think it's very important to do an internship as part of the programme so that you can get an idea of how things work in practice.

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								Testimonial of Robert van der Wielen

    "It is well deserved that the MSc Supply Chain Management has been awarded the 'Top Degree Programme' predicate by the editors of the Keuzegids."

    – Robert van der Wielen
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    "Supply Chain Management is a very relevant field of study, for example because of the development of e-commerce and the increase in easiness of growing a global business. This is one of the reasons why I chose to study Supply Chain Management. I wanted to study something that is relevant in society. Something you can talk about on birthday parties.

    In this respect, the study has certainly not disappointed me. For example, this January (2015) we have visited the new distribution centre of Wehkamp.nl, which appears to be the world's largest automated distribution centre for online retail. Next to this, the courses of the study also satisfied me. There is a large variety in courses. Qualitative, quantitative, strategic and practical. This enables you to work on both your soft skills and hard skills, and to develop a wide base of knowledge in different fields of Supply Chain Management.

    In short, it is well deserved that the MSc Supply Chain Management has been awarded the 'Top Degree Programme' predicate by the editors of the Keuzegids."

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Study associations

EBF

The Economics and Business Faculty association (EBF) is the faculty association for all students studying at the faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen.
The EBF is your partner during your time in Groningen by organising events that support you with your studies and help you prepare for your future career.
https://www.ebfgroningen.nl/

TeMa

The Study Association for Technology Management, better known as TeMa, organizes activities especially for students of management studies with a technical approach.
Besides social activities, TeMa also organizes Inhousedays, an Inhousetour and an International Study Project.
https://www.temagroningen.nl
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Study support

Studying means working independently and planning your studies yourself. But successful studying depends on many different factors, so it is understandable that you may need to consult an impartial expert to discuss your study progress and personal circumstances that influence your studies. The faculty's study advisors are available to help you. Obviously, everything discussed with the study advisor remains confidential.