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Duration: 
2 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Block
Face to Face
Workplace

Applications due 1 March 2018

Overview

Strive to be the best in the dynamic and fast-paced supply chain and logistics industry. Supply chain management is one of the largest industries in Australia and a postgraduate qualification can greatly enhance career opportunities.

You will develop knowledge of the field of logistics and supply chain management with particular focus on the skills and techniques required for employment in senior management roles.

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Careers

This course could lead to a career as a:

  • supply chain manager
  • logistics professional
  • global procurement specialist
  • sourcing/distribution manager
  • enterprise resource planning developer
  • project leader
  • transport coordinator
  • warehouse supervisor
  • import/export
  • customs manager.

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:

  • Coca-Cola
  • Linfox
  • Toll
  • ANL
  • BASF
  • BP
  • John Deere.

Employment rates

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

Salaries

The average salary for Supply and Distribution Managers in Australia is $74,152 (JobOutlook).

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 structure

To graduate from the Master of Business (Supply Chain Management), students will be required to complete 192 credit points (equivalent to 16 units) consisting of:

  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) college core units 
  • 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) core units 
  • 84 credit points (equivalent to 7 units) professional core units

Plus either/or
OPTION 1
12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) capstone research project unit; and, 
24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) elective units. Students to select from any postgraduate units from across the University (subject to availability). Please check any pre-requisite requirements prior to enrolling.
OPTION 2
12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) research proposal unit; and,
24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) minor thesis unit.

Students may exit this course with the Graduate Diploma of Business (Supply Chain Management) if they meet graduation requirements of the course.

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

Year 2, Semester 1

Research Component Option 1

Elective 1*

Or

Research Component Option 2

Year 2, Semester 2

Research Component Option 1

Elective 2*

Or

Research Component Option 2

* Students may choose equivalent postgraduate level elective units as offered by the College of Business or elsewhere within the university.

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

  1. Exemplify initiative and inspirational leadership in a dynamic 21st century Supply Chain work environment, acting consistently, ethically and socially responsibly;  
  2. Analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information related to supply chain problems, concepts and theories;  
  3. Research and apply established supply chain theories to emerging situations and challenges in contemporary supply change situations;  
  4. Critically apply knowledge and skills that demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement, 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. Communicate effectively with specialist and non-specialist audiences including multi-disciplinary teams, diverse cultural communities and business, and other professional organisations;  
  7. Critically evaluate the full range of activities that constitute the supply chain management discipline - from global procurement and operations management, to logistics strategies, project management and ERP systems;  
  8. Plan and execute a substantial research based project or evidence-based capstone experience linked to Supply chain Management to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at abstract and practical levels.  

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.

Credits

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.

Fees & scholarships

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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.

  • Bachelor/Honours degree: Successful completion of a non-cognate (any discipline) Bachelor/Honours Degree and a Graduate Certificate in a cognate (similar discipline) field.
    Successful completion of a non-cognate (any discipline) Bachelor/Honours Degree and four years full-time work experience post-graduation including at least 2 of the 4 years full-time work experience gained while working in a dedicated supervisory/management role as approved by the College.
  • Mature: In the absence of a Bachelor/Honours Degree, 7 years full-time work experience including at least 3 of the 7 years full-time work experience gained while working in a dedicated supervisory/management role in business, logistics or supply chain management as approved by the College.

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