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Next intake: 
16 July 2018
Duration: 
2 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Block
Face to Face
Workplace

Applications for next intake due 8 July 2018

Overview

Aim for a leading role in the supply-chain and logistics industry, with our respected masters.

You’ll learn the latest supply-chain theory and gain experience in one of Australia's largest industries.

We run a world-class research centre, and many of our lecturers are practising professionals, with up-to-date industry knowledge and connections.

You’ll graduate adept at the full range of activities behind the supply chain, including:

  • global procurement
  • supply chain and logistics management
  • distribution strategies
  • operations management
  • enterprise resource planning (ERP).

Whether you’re a recent graduate or an experienced logistics professional, this course prepares you for a management career in the industry.

When you study for your masters with us, you’ll have access to our world-class research centre.

The Institute for Supply Chain and Logistics (ISCL) is our specialist research and knowledge centre. It provides independent, industry-focused research and development.

It’s the only institute in Australia focusing specifically on freight logistics and value-added supply chains. The ISCL serves a wide range of private- and public-sector clients in Australia and overseas.

Our Supply Chain Information Unit is a web-based hub for collaboration between community, the university, industry and government.

The course teaches you how to apply the latest business and technology trends to real-world problems.

We have strong industry partnerships – including with Linfox and SAP. Linfox is a logistics and supply-chain company that delivers supply-chain solutions across the Asia–Pacific region. It employs over 23,000 people.

VU works with Linfox to provide quality, professional education for our students. This partnership focuses on improving supply chain and logistics across Australia.

As a postgraduate student you might want to take up one of many opportunities to further develop your academic language and study skills. VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

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To transfer into this course from another apply online at our Admissions centre.

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Careers in supply chain & logistics

Our masters degree is focused on the top roles in the industry, and could lead to a career as one of the following:

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

Salaries

The average salary for supply and distribution managers in Australia is A$83,200 (JobOutlook).

Employment opportunities

You could find work managing procurement and supply chains in private business or the public sector. Companies employing our graduates include:

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

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

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), Full-fee

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

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.

  • Mature: Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
    OR
    Completion of an Australian Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
    OR
    Applicants without an undergraduate qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Diploma based on approved work experience. Upon completion of the Graduate Diploma, graduates will be eligible for admission to this course with credit granted for completed units.

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

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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