Course essentials

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1 year
2018: February and July
2018: A$12,900 per semester

The Graduate Diploma in Business (Supply Chain Management) offers a pathway to postgraduate supply chain management studies such as the Master of Business (Supply Chain Management) and Master of Supply Chain Management.

It is designed for those who already have a base of significant relevant professional experience but do not yet have a bachelor’s degree.

This course develops your knowledge of the field of logistics and supply chain management with a particular focus on the skills and techniques required for employment in early career management roles.

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We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

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Supply chain management is one of the largest industries in Australia and this degree can greatly enhance career opportunities across a wide range of early career roles in the supply chain management field.

Organisations employing supply chain and logistics graduates

You could gain employment managing procurement and supply chain in private business or the public sector working for companies such as Qantas Freight, Coca-Cola, Linfox and Toll.

Employment rates

Employment for Supply and Distribution Managers is expected to grow moderately in the next four years. (JobOutlook).


The average salary for logistics, transport and supply professionals in Australia is $75,219 (Mycareer).

Learn from the experts

Our teachers have extensive experience in their field, and many are still practicing professionals, so they can impart their up-to-date industry knowledge onto you.

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Contribute consistently, with personal accountability for outputs in a dynamic 21st century Supply Chain work team, working in an ethical and socially responsible manner.  
  2. Synthesise and critically review knowledge about business systems relevant to supply chain practices to make high level independent technical recommendations.  
  3. Analyse research findings applicable to established supply chain theories, and to emerging situations and challenges in contemporary supply chain situations  
  4. Critically apply cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills that demonstrate autonomy, creative problem -solving, adaptability and responsibility as a supply chain practitioner or learner.  
  5. Interpret, based on analysis, the ways in which networks of interconnected businesses collaborate to make, and deliver, products and services for global markets.  
  6. Effectively communicate complex supply chain management knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences.  
  7. Critically evaluate a range of activities that constitute the supply chain management discipline - from ERP systems and operations and logistics strategies to global procurement.  

Course structure

To attain the award of Graduate Diploma in Business (Supply Chain Management), students must successfully complete the following:

  • 84 credit points (equivalent to 7 units) core units
  • 12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) elective unit from the list provided (unit offering is subject to availability).

Students planning to continue onto Masters study are strongly recommended to take BMO6630, Business Research Methods as their elective unit.

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) from the list of electives below (subject to availability):

Elective List

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: NA
  • International: In addition to satisfying the entry requirements for mature age admissions or its equivalent, International applicants must also have a minimum proficiency in English Language as demonstrated by: International English Language Testing System - overall score of 6.5 and no individual band score less than 6 or equivalent.
  • Mature: To qualify for admission to the course an applicant must have completed
    • a bachelor’s Degree ( AQF 7) from any discipline field, or
    • a relevant VE (AQF 5 or AQF 6) qualification and have a minimum of three years of relevant professional experience, or
    • in absence of the above, a minimum of seven years of relevant professional experience. This experience is assessed by the Course Coordinator.

English language requirements

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There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply for this course

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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