Supply Chain Leadership and Management MSc

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • Applicants must be working in the industry, hold a good second class UK honours degreee, and have the required experience
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Key Dates

Earn a living whilst you complete your studies

Develop leadership and management skills

6th in the UK and Top 30 in Europe in the subject area of Postgraduate Engineering and Project Management

Gain specialist knowledge required to further your career

Course summary

This course helps emerging engineering leaders to build on their previous specialist skills, experiences and training to acquire the skills required to fit your company's goals.

Course Outline & Key Facts

The course is taught at Aston University via short periods of intensive study at intervals throughout each year.

This programme is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Leadership and Management. 

On completion of the MSc programme, students may be eligible to progress to End Point Assessment with an external assessor organisation against the Level 7 Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship Standard.  

Entry Requirements & Fees

For direct enrolment onto the MSc in Supply Chain Leadership and Management, you will need one of the following:

  • A good UK honours degree
  • An equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston
  • A degree-level professional qualification.


  • At least FIVE years relevant work experience
  • An official academic transcript of your grades (in English) where relevant
  • Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your future webpage.
  • Two professional references, each of which should reflect your leadership and management potential.

Admission outside of these guidelines is possible for exceptional students. If you have extensive work experience but no graduate qualifications, you may be considered for admission to the programme.

All candidates will be invited to interview with the course director or his/her nominee prior to a formal offer being made.

Course Fee:

£16,500 (2019/20)

You may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,280 towards the cost of studying a Masters degree at Aston University. Postgraduate loans are administered by Student Finance England and there are restrictions - so please do check.

International Applicants - Important Visa information

Please note: You must be working full-time to apply to this part-time course, and you must be able to attend all on-campus teaching sessions. Therefore, it may not be suitable for some international applicants as it is not possible to obtain a Tier 4 Visa to study this course.

Course Outline & Modules

This programme aims to help emerging engineering leaders to build on their previous specialist skills, experiences and training to acquire those management and leadership skills required to meet their own and their company goals. To this end the programme will be, in part, demand led, by working with a number of first adopter/trailblazer firms on their specific content needs, in the form of optional modules or modules they may wish to deliver themselves.




  • Supply Chain Management
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Research Methods
  • Developing Leadership and Management Capability through Enquiry*
  • Engineering Programme Management
  • The Business Landscape
  • Mastering Strategy

Option (select 1)

  • Customer Engagement
  • Human Resources Management
  • Operational Effectiveness
  • Logistics and Transport
  • Procurement and Supply Management

Dissertation stage

  • Major Employer Project

*On successful completion of module Developing Leadership and Management Capability through Enquiry (SL), students will be eligible to receive an ILM Level 7 Certificate in Leadership and Management.

Learning, Teaching & Assessment

The programme will be delivered using a range of methods including interactive lectures, tutorials, site visits, guest lectures and class debate.

Students will be required to attend short teaching blocks on campus. Students will complete approximately 4 modules per year, and will need to attend 2 teaching blocks per module. Each teaching block lasts 2 or 3 days, and usually takes place Friday-Sunday. 

Assessment methods are chosen in relation to the particular requirements of a module. Assessment methods employed include group and individual assignments, and class participation.

Career Opportunities

Are you on the cusp of your engineering/management career, wondering what comes next? Here are a few comments and thoughts from our Alumni about how this programme will help:

"My experience so far has shown that leadership is a rare quality in the industry. I strongly believe that it is a quality that an individual either has it or not, but techniques and best practices could be learned in a University programme. Honestly the programme seems very interesting.”

"Very flexible delivery; sounds like it is tailored to engineers, rather than a generic management programme”

"Additional Leadership experience would give a great addition to my current work experience”

"Sounds like a good way to bridge the gap between engineering  and business qualifications."

Teaching Staff

Dr Jack Carnell

A highly successful CEO, Chairman, Coach and Board Director with both public and private sector experience. Currently Chairman of a National Sector Skills Council.

Also a Senior Teaching Fellow and Programme Director at Aston University, Chairman of a Charity for adults with learning disabilities and an Executive Coach.


  • PhD
  • BSc Honours (First Class) in Civil Engineering
  • MBA
  • MSc Mathematics
  • PMD in Management (Harvard Business School)
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice
  • Advanced Certificate in Executive Coaching (level 7)
  • ILM level 7 certificate in Leadership
  • British Psychological Society registered as a qualified personality and ability tester.

Dr John Daniel Park,BAMA PhD

Dr Daniel Park graduated in economics at the University of Glasgow. He has worked in business strategy and strategic management for the whole of his career.  His early experience was in logistics and strategic planning with Esso UK Oil.  He entered the management consulting profession in a senior managerial position with Pricewaterhouse Coopers.  He subsequently co-founded his own strategic planning consultancy and has practiced for over 30 years in total as a consultant in the fields of business strategy, organisational development and global supply chain management.

Additionally he has acted as economic adviser to the United Kingdom Cabinet Office and the Department of Trade and Industry on industrial development policy.  

He has recently been appointed to the Editorial Advisory Council of the “Harvard Business Review.

Course Director

David Leach

David joined Aston University as a Senior Teaching Fellow in spring 2018, following eleven years as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield where he was programme director for the innovative multi-award winning NOVUS undergraduate programmes.  He teaches in the areas of finance, strategy and supply chain management, building on a professional background in business development, financial and commercial roles in the logistics industry.

David has a passion for teaching and learning and enjoys working with industry partners in the development of new management talent.

How to apply

Applicants need to contact us directly to apply. Please email attaching a copy of your CV detailing your work experience and qualifications, along with a paragraph explaining why you wish to study this course.

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Telephone: 0121 204 3555

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