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Overview

Get a hands-on, world-class education in supply chain management. Benefit from industry experience and our top research centre to become a logistics professional.

Our Master of Supply Chain Management offers exceptional opportunities to gain industry knowledge and skills. Many of our lecturers are practising professionals, with current, relevant experience. You’ll also have access to a world-class research centre – the only one of its type in Australia.

You’ll study all the fundamentals of supply chain management. You’ll graduate with a well-honed skill set to support the supply chain, including:

  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems
  • supply chain and logistics management
  • green logistics
  • operations management.

You’ll conduct your own research in the supply-chain industry. You’ll also study units in an area of your interest from our other postgraduate programs.

The market for ‘green’ procurement of goods, transport and services has grown significantly in Australia. Our masters offers a Green Logistics elective so that you’ll be ready to assess and minimise the environmental impacts of your work.

Processes behind converting raw materials, and global distribution, can have significant environmental effects. We teach you to understand the following areas:

  • air quality
  • noise and vibration
  • environmental disasters
  • global warming.

With our Masters of Supply Chain Management, you will gain real-world experience through top companies in the logistics and ERP professions.

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

We work with Linfox to give you opportunities to further your experience and expertise. This partnership focuses on improving supply chain and logistics across Australia.

When you study for your masters with us, you’ll have access to the Institute for Supply Chain and Logistics (ISCL) – our specialist research and knowledge centre. It provides independent, industry-focused research and development.

It is the only institute in Australia focusing 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 teachers have extensive experience in their field, and many are still practising professionals, so they can impart their up-to-date industry knowledge onto you.

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.

Careers in supply chain management

Our masters degree is focused on management and leadership roles. Career possibilities include 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 $83,200 (JobOutlook).

Employment opportunities

You could find work managing procurement and supply chain in private business or the public sector. Our graduates have gone on to work for companies including:

  • Linfox
  • Toll
  • ANL
  • BASF
  • BP.

Course structure

To attain the Master of Supply Chain Management, students must successfully complete 144 credit points consisting of:

  • 108 credit points core units
  • 36 credit points research units (Option 1 or 2)

OPTION 1 - Coursework
12 credit points capstone unit; and,
24 credit points elective units. Students to select from any postgraduate units from across the University (subject to availability).

OPTION 2 - Thesis
12 credit points research proposal unit; and,
24 credit points minor thesis unit.

Core Units

Research Units

OPTION 1

24 credit points Elective units. Students to select units from any College of Business Post Graduate Course (subject to availability). Please check any pre-requisite requirements prior to enrolling.

Or

OPTION 2

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: Full-fee

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

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  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.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
OR
Completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
OR
Applicants without an undergraduate qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate (in the same discipline) based on approved work experience. Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate, 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.

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