Business Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, BA Hons

Every organisation needs to source and buy materials and resources, so procurement and purchasing skills are in high demand. This programme will provide you with an understanding of business management as well as the opportunity to specialise in the purchasing and supply chain management functions of business, in sectors such as retail, service, manufacturing and fashion. You will study the functions of purchasing and supply chain management and their role within and across organisations in the context of the changing global environment, considering requirements for sustainable management and reduced carbon footprint from business operations. You will learn about processes and read more

Entry requirements may change during Clearing.

3 years full time

6 years part time

4 years sandwich programme

Overview

Overview

Every organisation needs to source and buy materials and resources, so procurement and purchasing skills are in high demand. This programme will provide you with an understanding of business management as well as the opportunity to specialise in the purchasing and supply chain management functions of business, in sectors such as retail, service, manufacturing and fashion.

You will study the functions of purchasing and supply chain management and their role within and across organisations in the context of the changing global environment, considering requirements for sustainable management and reduced carbon footprint from business operations.

You will learn about processes and value chains, project management, economics, distribution, international purchasing and supply chain management, and sustainable business development. 

Employability

The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), the leading professional body in the field. Successful graduates can gain affiliate membership and the CIPS Level 6 Graduate Diploma, boosting their early careers.

The graduate employability rate of this programme is 88%.

Outcomes

The aims of the programme are:

  • To teach you the purchasing functions, supply chain management and their role within and across organisations business and management. You will study these functions within the context of the changing external environment in which organisations operate
  • To prepare you for a career in business management and consultancy by teaching practical skills that enhance your employability
  • To give you the skills to solve problems systematically and creatively.

What you'll study

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What people say

"Purchasing and supply chain management is not a field that many people would go into because they do not know what it is, but it is a field that has fewer professionals which is pretty much in demand. If you want to stand out from the rest of the crowd, that's the first reason you need to think about purchasing and supply chain."

Kanchana Adduwa Hewage
Business Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, 
 BA Hons

Extra information

Assessment

Students are assessed through:

  • Assignments
  • Examinations
  • Presentations.

Professional recognition

Students usually get the affiliate membership to Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) and may be awarded CIPS Graduate Diploma (level 6) in purchasing and supply if they pass all modules.

Students who complete the sandwich year (work placement) may gain an additional qualification, the Diploma of Professional Experience (DPE).

Careers

Our graduates have gone on to roles in buying, procurement and logistics, and as supply chain, project and operations managers. This is one of the few undergraduate degrees in purchasing offered in the UK, and our graduates are sought after by employers such as ASDA, KPMG and Ford.

The Business School has a dedicated Employability Office to assist students in securing a placement during their sandwich year. Working with over 200 companies they also offer a range of internships, mentoring schemes and networking opportunities. Find out more about our careers and employability support.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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