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Supply Chain Management

Have you ever wondered how the products you order are delivered to your house so fast? How are companies able to manage their services and operations so smoothly, together with their suppliers? The answer lies in sustainable, innovative, reliable and efficient supply chain management.

Our research-driven MSc in Supply Chain Management will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to become an expert in a discipline that is essential to business success when operating in today’s local, national and global markets.

The programme in Groningen is unique in that it tackles the full range of the supply chains within all types of organisations (production, distribution and services). You will gain the necessary managerial and analytical skills to focus on the design, integration and coordination of supply chains at multiple levels, bringing innovative and dynamic solutions to this fast-paced business environment. The programme also provides access to numerous professionals from different sectors complementing current and future perspectives taught in courses. We cooperate with companies on guest lectures, company visits, internships, career events, case studies and thesis assignments.

Through the selection of elective courses, you can focus on supply chains in specific contexts, for example in energy, healthcare or process industry. The programme further offers the opportunity to focus on the Energy Focus area. At the end of your studies, you will receive an MSc in Supply Chain Management from the University of Groningen, one of Europe’s top tier business schools.

Please visit the Faculty website to find specific information about online and on-campus activities, and your study start in September 2020.

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.

In 2019, it was chosen the Best MSc Supply Chain Management in the Netherlands (joint 1st) by Higher Education Guide Masters.

This is 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

You will take the core courses 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 into 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.

CoursesCourse Catalog >
Elective(s) MSc SCM * (10 EC)

Business Research and Consulting, Financial Reporting and Risk Management, Business Process Innovation and Change, Healthcare Purchasing, Healthcare Operations, Operations Management in Process Industry, Sustainable Energy Supply, Energy Transition and Innovation, Global Supply Chain Management and Sustainability, Inventory Management, Supply Chain Dynamics, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Logistics and Supply Chain Operations (5 EC)
Master's thesis (20 EC)
Process Improvement and Change (5 EC)
Research Methods (5 EC)
Service Operations, Purchasing. (5 EC)

Selection of one of these two courses is compulsory, the remaining course can be selected as an elective.

Strategic Supply Chain Management (5 EC)
Supply Chain Network Design (5 EC)
Programme options
Master Internship (specialization)

Opportunity to gain work experience by doing an internship in the second semester of your study.

You will be rewarded 15 ECTS on top of your programme. Your thesis will be postponed to the third semester.

More information about this option

Energy Focus Area (specialization)

Focus your MSc on Energy and open up extra career opportunities. There are two steps to the Energy Focus Area-

1) complete two of four chosen electives 2) write and round off an MSc thesis on an energy topic

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. For more information, please visit: https://www.rug.nl/feb/apply-msc.

other admission requirements

Not meeting the pre-education requirements for direct entry? Please read more about our pre-Master programmes: https://www.rug.nl/feb/premaster.

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 & ManagementAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 October 202001 February 2021
01 May 202101 September 2021
15 October 202101 February 2022
EU/EEA students15 October 202001 February 2021
01 May 202101 September 2021
15 October 202101 February 2022
non-EU/EEA students15 October 202001 February 2021
01 May 202101 September 2021
15 October 202101 February 2022

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
certified competences

A GMAT/GRE test is required from all candidates who obtained their bachelor's degree from a university in a non-EU/EEA country. For specific scores and exemptions, please see https://www.rug.nl/feb/gmat-gre.

Both GMAT and GRE are now being offered by mba.com and ETS as an online option to take from home worldwide. Please check their websites for more information.

language test

IELTS Academic overall score 6.5 (Speaking 6, Writing 6.5); TOEFL internet-based overall score 90 (Speaking 20, Writing 24); C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency (with minimum score 180); University of Groningen Language Centre Test (Speaking B2, Writing C1).

  • ETS is offering the TOEFL tests as an online option to take from home worldwide. Please check their website for more 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 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. For more information, please visit: https://www.rug.nl/feb/apply-msc. If you have any questions concerning admission to this programme, please contact our Admissions Office: https://www.rug.nl/admissions.

other admission requirements

Not meeting the pre-education requirements for direct entry? Please read more about our pre-Master programmes: https://www.rug.nl/feb/premaster.

Registration procedure

Students have to apply via Studielink and the Online Application System (OAS) of the University of Groningen. After you apply for the programme of your choice, the Admissions Office will evaluate your educational background and assess your eligibility. Your application will be assessed on an individual basis. More information on how to apply.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 October 202001 February 2021
01 May 202101 September 2021
15 October 202101 February 2022
EU/EEA students15 October 202001 February 2021
01 May 202101 September 2021
15 October 202101 February 2022
non-EU/EEA students15 October 202001 February 2021
01 May 202101 September 2021
15 October 202101 February 2022
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 15000full-time

Practical information for:

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 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. In order to give you a better idea of your prospects after graduating, we have gathered some facts and figures from our alumni.

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, resilience, port logistics, transportation, energy transition, sustainable energy supply, city-logistics, and last-mile deliveries, and sustainable logistics. Example projects can be seen at our research group Centre for Operational Excellence (COPE).

Research institute related to the MSc programme: Operations Management & Operations Research.

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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

TeMa is the study association specialised in the masters Supply Chain Management and Technology and Operations Management. TeMa organizes social, study and career activities, like monthly socials, the TeMa Conference and the Inhousetour.
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.