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Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
Aberdeen Business School
The Robert Gordon University

Purchasing and Supply Chain Management - PgDip/MSc

This course is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS)

The course comprises the range of management subjects suitable for a Masters level qualification in purchasing and supply chain management and is designed for professional practice at middle management and higher levels of management in this specialism.

As a well-established part of Aberdeen Business School’s portfolio of courses, the PgDip/MSc Purchasing and Supply Chain Management course is regularly updated to reflect current management thinking and practice.

This course is suitable if you intend entering the profession of purchasing and supply chain management or if you are a manager wishing to study this specialist area of management - you may have a working knowledge of purchasing and supply chain management but have no formal qualification in this area.

The course centres on management practice and takes a more specialist focus than the MBA. You will study the following modules:
• Business Environment
• Finance for Managers
• Operations Management
• Managing People
• Purchasing Principles and Law
• Supply Chain Management
• Strategic Purchasing
• Research Methods
• Dissertation
Benefits of this course

Flexible Study Modes
The course is available for study by Full Time (3 semesters study in ONE academic year); Part Time (part time day and evening) study over 2 years for taught stage and one further year for dissertation stage; Online Learning (part time). It is possible to transfer from one study mode to another should circumstances change.

Flexible Exit and Change Points
Following completion of 4 modules, learners may exit with PgCert Management Studies. At this point it is also possible to transfer to certain other specialist PGDip/MSc courses within the Graduate Management Studies Programme. On completion of the taught stage of the course it is possible to exit with PgDip Purchasing & Supply Chain Management.

Specialist Focus
The course enables the student to focus on a specialised and strategically important aspect of business. The course will explore a wide range of analytical theories and models and encourage the application of these to contemporary organisational situations. If the theory provides the platform for analysis, it is the interaction with fellow students and teaching staff that often encourages creativity in the application of knowledge to the process of strategy formulation.

Management Development
This course is a management development programme in purchasing and supply chain management and comprises the range of subjects suitable for:
• recent graduates of any discipline who wish to pursue postgraduate studies in preparation for a career in purchasing and supply management
• purchasing and supply chain specialists who wish to develop their professional practice and require a qualification to support practical experience
• managers of other related disciplines who wish to progress into a career in purchasing and supply chain management
• practitioners who have graduated through the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Programme and wish to further their studies at a strategic level, suitable for those aspiring to more senior management positions
Course Aims
To develop knowledge and understanding, business/management practice (applied knowledge and understanding) and management skills in purchasing and supply chain management suitable for professional practice at middle management and higher levels of management.

Career Opportunities
The course has been most successful in providing graduates of various disciplines with an entry to careers in this specialist area of management.

Professional Career Advancement
Students holding a Diploma / MSc in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management will have demonstrable evidence of having studied in this specialist area at a strategic level - rapidly becoming a prerequisite for advancement to more senior positions in management.

A Graduate Testimonial
One of our graduates, Roddy Junor, said of the course:
"One of the most personally rewarding experiences in my life to date has been the participation in the Purchasing and Supply Chain Management course run at the Aberdeen Business School. The route I chose was through the Diploma stages then Post Graduate culminating in my attaining an MSc. This achievement was something I had never even dreamed possible when I started. My success can be attributed to the close links developed with many of my fellow students and lecturers and also the facilities and staff at the RGU which went a long way towards aiding me in my adventure."

Department of Business & Management

The Business Management department is one of the largest in the school and has four areas of interest - Business Strategy, E-Business, Entrepreneurship and Operations Management.

The Business Strategy group is the biggest numerically with 50% of the academic staff being located here. The group teaches a number of strategic management modules throughout the University and to a number of corporate clients. The areas of speciality within the group are Corporate Social Responsibility, Business Ethics, Business Strategy, Psychological Contracts and Environmental Management and Policy.

The Charles P. Skene Centre for Entrepreneurship is an expanding area of expertise within Aberdeen Business School with a particular interest in small business enterprise. One of their remits is to provide entrepreneurial education to as wide a group of students as possible within the University.

Research Overview

The group has a number of different research areas in the field of general management, and it also has a specific focus on entrepreneurship research within Charles P. Skene Centre for Entrepreneurship. The following subject fields in the area of business management indicate the research interests of the academic staff and research students:
• Corporate Social Responsibility
• Business Ethics
• Business Strategy
• Environmental Management and Policy
• Psychological Contracts
• Operations and logistics management
• Quality Management
In relation to entrepreneurship research, The Charles P. Skene Centre for Entrepreneurship has an enthusiastic research active group with a variety of interests and expertise in the topic of entrepreneurship. They undertake both qualitative and quantitative approaches to entrepreneurship and have research interests in two broad areas.

First the entrepreneurial process, trying to understand the big questions of how and why entrepreneurship arises and works. Other areas of interest include, for example, entrepreneurship in China, or rural entrepreneurship. They are also interested in more general issues, such as the role of gender and the role of social capital, for example. At present we have research students working in the areas of comparing criminality and entrepreneurship; the entrepreneurial narrative; the role of morality; the use of relationship marketing in SMEs and Chinese entrepreneurship.

The second area of specialisation is that of Small Business. Particular aspects of small business might include such topics as training, knowledge management, governance or innovation. The focus here is on the smaller business, which is viewed as being different from larger businesses, but nonetheless playing a key role.

The Department as a whole aspires to offer an intellectually challenging but supportive collegiate atmosphere where students will realise their full potential, in terms of scholarship, publication and personal development.

Aberdeen Business School

Aberdeen Business School is one of the leading providers of management and professional education in Scotland. Over 3,500 students are studying a comprehensive range of courses. In the School we have over 1,700 postgraduate students from over 80 countries and offer a truly international experience. Founded in 1965, the business school has just celebrated its fortieth year and continues to build on its firm foundation.

The Business School is part of The Robert Gordon University, which has been regularly acclaimed as the Best New University in the UK based on a formidable reputation for its pragmatic approach to higher education.

The Aberdeen Business School is one of the largest Business Schools in the United Kingdom. Currently it is structured in 8 departments: Accounting, Finance and Economics, Business and Management, Public Policy, Law, Information Management, Communication and Languages, Marketing and Human Resource Management. Associated with the departments, there are a number of satellite applied research centres in the field of Entrepreneurship, Knowledge Management, Tourism, Public Policy, and Transport Policy.

Aberdeen Business School have had AMBA accreditation for since 1999. The Business School is one of the largest providers of management education in the UK and have delivered online courses since 1999. We are rated excellent by the UK quality assurance agency for higher education and have a very strong portfolio of courses. The School offers 29 postgraduate courses with accreditation from CIPD, CIPS, AMBA, CIArb, CIMA, CIM, CMI, APM, IQA, Institute of Exporters, and CILIP to name a few. We have an extensive range of publications in our online library with approximately 3,500 academic journals.

Our Focus on Informed Learning

Aberdeen Business School is recognised nationally and internationally for responding to the needs of both students and employers. Our strong links with industry, commerce and the public sector enable us to ensure that our courses are practical and innovative and offer students the very best learning experience.

As a mark of the quality of our undergraduate and postgraduate level programmes many of our courses are recognised, or are accredited by, the professional organisations. This relationship between professional practice and academic rigour has meant that we continually appear in the top 5 for graduate and postgraduate employment in the Sunday Times University Guide. In 2006 RGU was ranked first for graduate employment in the UK. We enjoy the lowest unemployment of our graduates at 1.9% combined with the best rates of employment in graduate-level jobs of 86.4%.

Faculty Excellence

A teaching faculty that blends academic expertise with the credibility gained from current business, professional and consultancy activities supports the School’s programmes.

The staff also have an excellent record in attracting research funding from such bodies as the Arts and Humanities Research Board, Economic and Social Research Council, the European Commission and UNESCO.

Staff are also on the editorial boards of numerous international journals, including the Journal of Forensic Accounting, Journal of International Trade Law and Policy, Libri: International Journal of Libraries and Information Services, and the Journal of International Business and Economics Research.

Many of the School’s courses have a European and International focus and attract students from all parts of the UK, the EU and further a field. The resulting mix of students, cultures and customs creates a modern cosmopolitan study environment from which staff and students benefit.

Aberdeen is located in the North East of Scotland. It is known as the Oil capital of Europe and has a large number of Oil majors based in the city. The city has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the United Kingdom. Aberdeen has been voted the best place to study in the UK for the last 2 years. Students from International destinations would qualify for the fresh talent initiative on graduation.


Address Information

Address Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University
Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7QE
Tel. No. +44 (0)1224 262 000
Fax No. +44 (0)1224 263 838
E-mail address
Course Purchasing and Supply Chain Management - PgDip/MSc
Type of Programme Full-time, Part-time and Online Learning
Length of Programme FT: 1 Year,
PT/Online: 3 Years
Application deadline January 2007 and September 2007
Class size Full-time: 25-35;
Part-time: 5-10;
Online: 15-20
Student accommodation Available
Fees Full Time
UK/EU Student: Entire Course £6848
Overseas Student: Entire Course £8300

Part Time/Online
PgCert Stage £2568
PgDip Stage £2568
MSc Stage £1712
£738 per Module
Student grants / Financial assistance There are scholarships of £1,000 available to International students.
Top recruiters of graduates Students from this programme go onto work in all areas of the supply chain in a range of industries including oil and gas, transport, pharmaceuticals, automotive and aerospace.
Admission requirements • A degree/honours degree or degree equivalent or

• Qualifications of an approved Professional Body or Institution or

• Relevant industrial, commercial or professional experience at a level sufficient to justify exemptions from the normal requirements

In order to ensure language ability, all international students, for whom English is not their first language, are required to provide evidence of linguistic ability, by achievement of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 570 prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the programme.
Course Leader
Contact person for application
Bryan McNay
Course Leader
The Robert Gordon University
Aberdeen Business School
Garthdee Road
Aberdeen AB10 7QE
Tel: +44 (0)1224 263834
Fax: +44 (0)1224 263838
Student profile 1.Countries of origin (number): 15-20 2. Ratio Men/ Women: 70%/30%
3. Age Range: 22-55
4. Average Age: 34
5. Average Work Experience: 9 Years

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