Business and Supply Chain Management BSc (Hons)
BSc Hons Business and Supply Chain Management
Organisations work with partners and suppliers across the world to streamline their operations and increase their access to international markets.
On this BSc (Hons) Business and Supply Chain Management (SCM) degree course, you’ll learn about the tools and techniques businesses use to manage these complex networks.
Supply chain management is a profession where there's currently a skills shortage. So you'll be in high demand when start your career after the course.
What you'll experience
On this degree course, you'll:
- Get hands-on experience of the SAP systems that supply chain management (SCM) professionals use to manage supply chains
- Develop hands-on skills in our Business Simulation Suite, which features a corporate reception area, practice interview room and a boardroom with video-conferencing facilities
- Cover topics valuable to your future career including procurement and supply, risk management in SCM, legal aspects of SCM and enterprise systems and processes
- Develop transferrable skills such as communication, teamwork, and creative and critical thinking, which are valued by prospective employers
- Combine your SCM studies with a foundation in accounting, economics and management to set you up as a well-rounded business professional
You can also:
- Get valuable experience in the industry by taking on a work placement within a business
- Study abroad at one of our partner universities
- Expand your network by meeting professionals in industries related to your studies
Careers and opportunities
The supply chain industry is currently facing severe shortfalls in qualified professionals, with 1.2 million new roles needed to meet demand by 2022 according to UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES). So you'll have many career opportunities when you finish the course.
With your skills and knowledge, you'll be able to work in areas such as:
- supply chain management
- purchasing and procurement
- procurement management
- logistics analysis
- distribution management
- supply coordination
Roles you can do include:
- supply chain manager
- procurement manager
- procurement buyer
- logistics analyst
- distribution manager
- supply coordinator
You can also go onto study a postgraduate qualification.
Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry when you finish the course. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.
What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Business and Supply Chain Management degree course
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.
Core units in this year include:
- Business Accounting
- Operations and Systems Management
- Economics for Business
- Managing People in Organisations
- Marketing Principles and Practice
- Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis
- Business Innovation Development Project
There are no optional units in this year.
Core units include:
- Procurement and Supply
- Risk Management in Supply Chains
- Law (Contracting) in Procurement and Supply
- Enterprise Systems and Processes (SAP)
- Leadership, Ethics, Governance and Sustainability
Optional units for this year currently include:
- Financial Decision Making and Control
- International Business
- Business Venturing
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Core units include:
- Operations, Strategy and Supply Chains
- Improvement and Creativity
- Dissertation or Independent Study Project
Optional units for this year currently include:
- Project Management for Enterprise
- Critical Leadership: Theory and Practice
- Cross Cultural Awareness in Business
- Business Intelligence and Analytics
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
After your second year, you can do a paid placement year to get valuable experience in the industry. Previous students have completed placements in organisations such as:
You can also set up your own business in your placement year.
We’ll help you secure a placement that fits your workplace ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support to get the most out of the year.
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service will help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.
Teaching on this course includes:
- business suite sessions
- one-on-one tutorials
Teaching staff profiles
These are some of the expert staff who’ll teach you on this course.
Dr Philip Brabazon Senior Lecturer
Philip graduated in Mechanical Engineering and became a manufacturing development engineer in a multi-national company. He moved into the area of operations risk management, focusing on high hazard sectors where he developed quantitative and qualitative risk assessment methods to assist companies and regulators deal with considerable changes, including downsizing, outsourcing, privatisation and new regulations resulting from major accidents (Piper Alpha, Ladbroke Grove, Sea Empress). He gave expert testimony to the Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry (Part 2) which considered the future organisation and management of the British rail sector.
Chris Milner Senior Lecturer
During many successful years working in the service and consultancy sectors, in roles relating to strategic and operations management. Chris specialises in Operations & Quality Management, Performance Measurement, Continuous Improvement, Improvement Cycles, Change Management, Creative Problem Solving, Employee Participation and Inclusivity. He has published a number of papers in reputable Journals, and presented research through Asia, Europe and America. His Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a Critical Evaluation on how Service Based Organisations Sustain Incremental Performance Improvement.
Briony Boydell Principal Lecturer
Briony Boydell is a long standing member of the Operations teaching team having joined the University in 2001 from IBM UK. Briony’s teaching specialism is in the area of Business supply chains and procurement. Briony is an experienced course leader having run programmes across the business school most notably in the role of European Business and Supply Chains.
Dr Huijing Chen Senior Lecturer
Hiuijing holds a PhD in short-term seasonal demand forecasting. She has published in high quality journals such as International Journal of Forecasting and Journal of the Operational Research Society. She led and successfully completed an EPSRC-funded research project examining hierarchical seasonal demand forecasting. Previously she held lecturing positions at London Metropolitan University and the University of Salford.
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to mid-May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- Mid-May to early June – assessment period 2
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- reflective work
- computer-based assignments
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
Tuition fees (2019 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – J9N1
- our institution code – P80
You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.
Not quite ready to apply?
Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
- Subject area
- Business, Management and Marketing