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

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 your early careers.

You will connect with employers through our dedicated Business School Employability Team who focus on developing your employment skills. They also provide you with CV support and will invite you to employment fairs to network with employers and recruiters from industries. The team was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards.

We are actively improving job prospects for graduates through the support we provide. According to survey findings, 93 per cent of 2014/15 Greenwich graduates looking for work were already in jobs or further study by January 2016.

Experience abroad 

You can participate in the Erasmus+ international exchange programme. This will help improve your language skills and give you experience of living and working in another country. The Erasmus+ Scheme provides a grant towards the cost of studying abroad for a year. 

Extracurricular activities

Our Greenwich Employability Passport scheme recognises and rewards your participation in additional activities such as part-time work, volunteering, student societies or industry guest lectures.

Business start-up

You will be encouraged to enter the university's Enterprise Challenge which rewards student entrepreneurship and innovation. Previous winners received a prize of £5,000 for their idea of developing an enterprise and study hub.

Ranking

Greenwich is one of the top two most globally diverse universities in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, by Hotcourses Diversity Index.

We have also been named as one of the "most international" universities on the planet by Times Higher Education magazine.

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.

Degree re-structure

This degree is currently being restructured in collaboration with employers, professional bodies and student feedback. This ensures we develop degrees that are aligned with latest industry trends and gives you the opportunity for subject specialisms. (This is standard UK practice across institutions).

The degree structure and courses listed will be updated once these are confirmed.

What you'll study

For information on courses for this programme click here.

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

112 UCAS points from at least two A-levels. No more than 12 points should come from AS-levels. 

GCSE English language and mathematics with a minimum of grade C are required.

We also accept:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education
  • Access courses
  • Level 2 alternatives like Functional Skills and Key Skills for English and mathematics.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent.

If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test. 

Alternatively, students with an overall IELTS of 5 or 5.5 can study our Pre-Sessional English language programme prior to degree studies

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 20 8331 8136.

In addition

Direct entry to Year 2 or Year 3 is available for qualified applicants.

We welcome applications from mature students.

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
BA Hons Business Purchasing and Supply Chain Management

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.

Work placement

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.

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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