Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) International Supply Chain and Procurement Management

Do you want to help businesses grow and be competitive globally? On this one year top-up course you’ll gain expert knowledge in the inputs, processes and outcomes of strategic decision making, to ensure these have a positive impact around the functional areas of the supply chain and procurement business management. Be equipped with the skills and knowledge of key roles and operations to make effective decisions and learn how to manage the pressing issues challenging businesses in an ethical way.

Key features

  • Gain an in depth knowledge of business strategies in decision making and how an organisation’s culture can have an influence on its operational function within a constantly developing global marketplace. You will develop a good understanding of the ethical and moral responsibilities of corporate leaders. 
  • Equip yourself with the skillset that combines both the theoretical and practical elements that are required for employment in the supply chain and procurement industries. You will become a well-qualified and skilled individual that can perform effectively and efficiently as a practicing manager.
  • Profit from our strong research profile within the Faculty of Business. Our staff have proven track records in intellectual research activities and their expertise has been incorporated into the delivery of the course. 
  • Benefit from individual support - you will be allocated an academic personal tutor who will provide you with general academic guidance and personal support.
  • Progress on to further study upon successfully completing the course and consider a range of related masters programmes , such as International Logistics and Supply Chain Management, International Procurement and Supply Chain Management and International Shipping.
  • Develop key transferable skills - analyse data and situations using appropriate techniques and critically evaluate evidence and findings based on your own initiative to provide conclusions and recommendations.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Semester 1

    In your first semester you will study three core modules: research skills for international business, international logistics management, and procurement and supply chain law

    Upon successful completion of the first semester you will progress onto the second semester.

    Semester 2

    This semester is comprised of three core modules: international supply chain management, procurement management processes and the project dissertation, which will be a culmination of all the skills you have acquired during the first semester.

    Core modules
    • MAR322 Research Skills for International Business

      This module introduces students to the research processes and sources of data used in international logistics and related fields. It develops skills in interpreting, evaluating and presenting information in this complex international environment.

    • MAR323 International Logistics Management

      This module assesses the key elements within logistics management and identifies the latest industrial and technological developments in the context of globalisation.

    • MAR325 International Supply Chain Management

      This module provides a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices of international supply chain management and the complexities involved in managing, planning and coordinating international supply chains.

    • MAR328 Project Dissertation

      The module is designed to produce a dissertation on a relevant industrial theme (Maximum 10,000 words)

    • MAR330 Procurement Management Processes

      This module explores the concept of strategy from theories of strategy to models of the strategic process, relating these models to strategy in the procurement function through the use of SCM relevant strategy analysis tools such as PESTLE, SWOT, Portfolio Analysis. As procurement is an important element of an institutions corporate strategy plans the relevance will be examined.

    • MAR331 Procurement and Supply Chain Law

      The module gives a detailed overview of the applicable English and international laws and regulations relevant to the purchase of goods, services and works, and the management of supply chains.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc International Supply Chain and Procurement Management top up 16 17 5773

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

You will normally hold a foundation degree in business or a recognised equivalent, or an associated degree in a relevant subject.

You will possess a level of English language proficiency that is at least equivalent to IELTS 6.0.

Applicants with other equivalent qualifications will be considered on their merits.

University procedures and policies with effect to APEL, APCL and DS will be complied with.

Please contact the Admissions Team.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU To be confirmed £9,250
International To be confirmed £13,000
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Part time (International) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Captain Jonathan Challacombe

"I have ten years of experience at sea. Starting as an apprentice, I got promoted to Captain to command ships. I have been the director of a ship management company (procurement and logistics) for 18 years and have now been with Plymouth University for 16 years.

International supply chain and procurement management has become essential for purchasing professionals to ensure the practices they undertake in business are competitive.

If you wish to pursue a career in the supply chain industry with special emphasis on procurement, this course is for you. Our lecturers are from the industry and our teaching is based on research informed by their international expert knowledge."

Associate Professor and BSc (Hons) International Supply Chain and Procurement Management Programme Leader