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International Supply Chain Management (2023)

1. Programme Title:

International Supply Chain Management

NQF Level:


2. Description of the Programme (as in the Business Approval Form)

Drawing on the skills and knowledge of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences (CEMPS) and the Business School, this programme aims to meet the academic, professional, and career needs of MSc International Supply Chain Management graduates. The programme offers core and optional material for students who wish to simultaneously increase the depth and scope of their technological knowledge and acquire the essentials of management theory and practice.

The MSc International Supply Chain Management (SCM) programme enables students to open up the issues of supply chain management and introduce them to the modern approaches of business in this context. The programme is taught by academic staff across both colleges with knowledge and expertise in international supply chain management. We target students who have an engineering degree with management elements or a management studies degree and would like to expand their knowledge in SCM


3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The MSc International Supply Chain Management programme provides graduates with the essentials of management theory and practice illustrated with case studies, whilst increasing the depth and scope of their technical knowledge (e.g., supply chain simulation). The programme opens up the issues of supply chain management and introduces the students to the modern approaches to doing business in this context.

 As a result of undertaking and successfully completing the course, a student will:

  • have the management knowledge in purchasing, supply and logistics to approach group situations in industry with confidence;
  • develop an understanding of the application of industry-standard concepts and tools in supply chain management and be capable of applying this experience in new situations;
  • develop skills of analysis using tools and techniques based on an interdisciplinary approach which includes engineering, management, mathematics, computing and software engineering and systems modelling with a major implication for supply chain management;
  • be able to integrate a number of disciplines to form an approach to the solution of a supply chain management problem related to strategy and implementation;
  • explore specific areas in supply chain management across engineering and management by choice of appropriate pathway options.

4. Programme Structure

Your MSc International Supply Chain Management programme is a 1 year programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). This programme is divided into 1 ‘Stage’.  The programme is also divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

Exit Awards

If you do not complete the programme you may be able to exit with a lower qualification.

Postgraduate Diploma: At least 120 credits of which 90 or more must be at NQF level 7.

Postgraduate Certificate: At least 60 credits of which 45 or more must be at NQF level 7.

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site

You may take Option Modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the College web site.

Stage 1

Code Title Credits Compulsory NonCondonable
ECMM112Manufacturing Supply Chain Management15YesNo
ECMM113Agile, Lean and Competitive Enterprise15YesNo
ENGM033Supply Chain Quality Management 15YesNo
BEMM126Purchasing and Supply Chain Management15YesNo
ECMM164MSc Dissertation60YesYes
BEMM116Principles of International Business15YesNo
ENGM039Modelling, Simulation and Machine Learning for Operations Management15YesNo
ENGM040Research Ethics and Methodology15YesNo
Select 1 from the below:
BEMM069Marketing & New Product Innovation15NoNo
BEMM786Service Design and Innovation15NoNo
BEMM118Strategic Innovation Management15NoNo
BEMM178Innovation Management15NoNo

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning & Assessment Methods

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to: Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be accommodated & facilitated by the following learning & teaching and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

A Specialised Subject Skills & Knowledge

1. Knowledge of the business environment and the international context of Supply Chain Management.

2. Knowledge of the concepts and practices of Supply Chain Management.

3. Explain the position of manufacturing in relation to business practices associated with supply chain management

4. Apply appropriate analysis tools to supply chain problems e.g. logistics and supply chain dynamics.

Learning & Teaching Activities

A variety of teaching methods are used including lectures and seminars, group assignments, and exercises in class, electronically mediated work that is taught and assessed using a range of media such as video and the VLE



Assessment Methods

Assessment techniques will include traditional examinations and assessed coursework, and the dissertation. These will be supplemented by smaller projects and formative assessment designed to give feedback. Assignments mainly take the form of case studies or reality based exercises.

B Academic Discipline Core Skills & Knowledge

5. Demonstrate knowledge of the main concepts and theories of international business that provide the context for supply chain management such as strategy, innovation, marketing, operations, lean & agile and sustainability.

6. Apply analytical tools to business situations and problems and formulate alternative approaches.

7. Critically evaluate management theory (as expressed in literature) with reference to application in the industrial or commercial context.

8. Apply ICT skills in research and presentation.

Learning & Teaching Activities

Compulsory modules in the programme, namely Manufacturing Supply Chain Management, Principles of International Business, Engineering Management Science, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, and Agile, Lean and Competitive Enterprise, provide fundamental knowledge in managing international supply chains. You also acquire knowledge in service innovation and marketing by choosing one from three optional modules.
Analytical tools such as classifications and approaches are taught in all modules. These provide the framework for the analysis of complex situations.
ICT skills feature strongly in modules such as Engineering Management Science and Smart Production Systems. 

Assessment Methods

Assessment techniques will include traditional examinations and assessed coursework and the dissertation. These will be supplemented by smaller projects and formative assessment designed to give feedback. Assignments mainly take the form of case studies based on real cases.

C Personal / Transferable / Employment Skills & Knowledge

9. Work as part of a culturally diverse team to formulate and solve open-ended problems.

10. Plan, implement, report and evaluate a multi-stage project.

11. Critically evaluate a range of approaches and arguments relating to current research and literature.

12. Analyse complex problems and make appropriate judgements 13. Identify major global challenges and cultural diversity issues.

14. Communicate high level arguments effectively in writing appropriate for different academic and business audiences.

Learning & Teaching Activities

You will often be organised into groups for specific assignments. This will often involve learning to work with people from other cultural backgrounds, often with many members working in English as a second language. Assignments will often be of a problem solving nature especially where case-study scenarios are used. Business writing will be practised in lifelike case-study assignments. Criticality will be applied when using textual materials in modules and in the research project. It is important at M-level (NQF Level 7) that students develop a critical approach to reading, especially where claims are made for the benefits of new approaches. The need to consider context and outlook when dealing with literature will be emphasised, particularly given the international flavour of the course where business approaches vary with different cultures.

In the supervision of dissertation projects supervisors will provide coaching on academic writing and referencing style. You will be encouraged to read throughout the programme and to review and discuss their readings.

Assessment Methods

These skills will form part of the assessment schemes for coursework and the dissertation.

7. Programme Regulations


The programme consists of 180 credits. The pass mark for award of credit in an individual PG module is 50%.


Condonement is the process that allows you to be awarded credit (and so progress to the next stage or, in the final stage, receive an award), despite failing to achieve a pass mark at a first attempt. You are not entitled to reassessment in condoned credit.

For student cohorts entering stage 1 from 2017/18 onwards:

For MSc/PGDip award, up to 30 credits of failure can be condoned (15 credits for PGCert). The following conditions apply:

a.     You must have completed and been assessed in modules amounting to sufficient credit for the final award (i.e. 180 credits for a Masters; 120 credits for a PGDip; and 60 credits for a PGCert).

b.     You must pass the modules marked with a 'Yes' in the 'non-condonable' column in the tables above.

c.     You must achieve an average mark of at least 50% across the full 180 credits of assessment in the stage (120 credits for PGDip, 60 credits for PGCert), including any failed and condoned modules.

d.     Condonement can only be applied to failed modules which have a mark of 0–49%.

e.     Condonement (MSc) will only be permitted where the total failed credit in a stage does not exceed 45 (30 for PGDip, 15 for PGCert). In cases where 45 condonable credits have been failed (MSc), the 30 credits with the highest failed mark(s) will be condoned. 

Assessment and Awards

The award will normally be based on at least 180 credits of which 150 or more must be at NQF level 7


The marking of modules and the classification of awards broadly corresponds to the following percentage marks:

Postgraduate Degrees

Distinction   70%+

Merit            60-69%

Pass            50-59%


Full details of  PGT programmes assessment regulations can be found in the Teaching Quality Assurance Manual (TQA) on the University of Exeter website.  Generic marking criteria are also published here.

Please see the Teaching and Quality Assurance Manual for further guidance.





8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

In accordance with University policy a system of personal tutors is in place for all students on this programme.  A University-wide statement on such provision is included in the University's TQA Manual.  As a student enrolled on this programme you will receive the personal and academic support of the Programme Coordinator and will have regular scheduled meetings with your Personal Tutor; you may request additional meetings as and when required. The role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

Information Technology (IT) Services provide a wide range of services throughout the Exeter campuses including open access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours, 7 days a week.  Help may be obtained through the Helpdesk, and most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University's campus network.

Additionally, the College has its own dedicated IT support staff, helpdesk and computer facilities which are linked to the wider network, but which also provide access to some specialised software packages.  Email is an important channel of communication between staff and students in the College and an extensive range of web-based information (see is maintained for the use of students, including a comprehensive and annually revised student handbook.

The Harrison Learning Resource Centre is generally open during building open hours. The Centre is available for quiet study, with four separate rooms that can be booked for meetings and group work. Amongst its facilities, the Learning Resource Centre has a number of desks, four meeting rooms with large LCD screens, and free use of a photocopier. Also available are core set texts from your module reading lists, and undergraduate and MSc projects from the past two years.

Online Module study resources provide materials for modules that you are registered for, in addition to some useful subject and IT resources. Generic study support resources, library and research skills, past exam papers, and the 'Academic Honesty and Plagiarism' module are also available through the student portal (

Student/Staff Liaison Committee enables students & staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

10. Admission Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Entry requirements for this programme can be found on the Postgraduate Study Page.

Candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements and English Language requirements of the University of Exeter.


11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.




12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

MSc International Supply Chain Management has been accredited by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) for a period of 5 years from September 2023. During this period it is therefore a CILT(UK) Accredited Degree.

14 Awarding Institution University of Exeter
15 Lead College / Teaching Institution College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences
16 Partner College / Institution The Business School
17 Programme accredited/validated by Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply
18 Final Award(s) MSc
19 UCAS Code (UG programmes) M102
20 NQF Level of Final Awards(s): 7
21 Credit (CATS and ECTS) 180 credits (90 ECTS)
22 QAA Subject Benchmarking Group (UG and PGT programmes) Engineering
23 Origin Date February 8th 2023 Last Date of Revision: August 10th 2023