BSc (Hons) Business and Supply Chain Management - University of Portsmouth
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BSc (Hons)

Business and Supply Chain Management

UCAS codeJ9N1

full time3yrs

placement option1yr

Develop the skills and knowledge required for managing supply chain operations

Course Overview

Why take this course?

Globalisation has radically altered the way in which organisations operate. The complexities for delivering goods and services to customers have created an exciting career path for ambitious individuals.

Supply Chain Management is a pivotal discipline that lies at the heart of business. If you are interested in an exciting career with limitless potential, this course will allow you to develop the skills and knowledge required by employers.

What will I experience?

On this course you will:

  • Have access to modern facilities such as our Business Simulation Suite
  • Experience SAP systems used by professionals for managing all aspects of the supply chain
  • Meet industry practitioners and visit companies
  • Be encouraged to take a one year industrial placement

What opportunities might it lead to?

We are currently seeking accreditation on this course by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation (CILT) in time for the commencement of the course.

You have the opportunity to gain a valuable professional certificate through the use of SAP’s Enterprise Resource Planning systems which are widely used in supply chain management. The combination of a degree qualification, a SAP certificate and the professional accreditations we are seeking will significantly boost your employability in supply chain management and related areas.

A wide range of employment opportunities will be open to graduates of this programme including general business management, supply chain management and SAP-based practitioner roles.


Andy Dymond, business student

The resources here are excellent. Portsmouth Business School is based in a modern building, equipped with large lecture theatres and state-of-the-art computer suites.

Andy Dymond, business student


Business and Management

Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • Insight into different aspects of the business world
  • Lecturers who are experienced in their field and are passionate about sharing their knowledge
  • Excellent work placement opportunities and careers support

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Structure & Teaching

Year one

Your first year provides a firm foundation in key business disciplines. This is built upon in years two and three, giving you specialist Supply Chain Management knowledge and skills. Since this course shares a common first year with several other courses there are options to transfer to another course if you develop an interest in another area.

Core units 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

Year two

The second year focuses on key skills and knowledge required by professionals working in this field. The course content is closely mapped to the accreditation requirements of CIPS, CILT and the National Occupational Standards for Supply Chain Management. You will also be introduced to Enterprise Resource Planning systems which are widely used for managing supply chain operations. This will allow you to pursue the SAP Professional Certificate through the SAP University Alliance, which is valued by many global organisations.

Core units include:

  • Procurement and Supply
  • Quantitative Approaches in Decision Making
  • Risk Management in Supply Chains
  • Law (Contracting) in Procurement and Supply
  • Enterprise systems and processes (SAP)

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Responsible Business Management and Sustainability
  • Financial Decision Making and Control
  • International Business

Year three*

The focus of the final year is on the strategic aspects of supply chain management and competitiveness through business process improvement and logistics management. This allows you to develop the strategic vision and leadership skills required to manage dynamic, complex and multi-faceted global supply chains. You will also complete either a research project or dissertation through independent study supported by a dedicated academic for advice and guidance.

Core units include:

  • Operations and Supply Chain strategy
  • Logistics Management
  • Business Improvementf
  • Dissertation or Independent Study Project

Options to choose from in 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.

*This course is also available as a 4 year sandwich (and work placement).

Placement year

In your third year, you are offered the opportunity to take a full-time, paid placement in industry, during which time you will be fully supported by staff in our specialist Placement Office and a nominated member of academic staff.


A wide range of teaching and learning methods are employed on the programme. Interactive lectures underpin theoretical concepts while laboratory sessions develop practical skills using the specialised Business Simulation and Technology Enhanced Active Learning Suites, supported by a comprehensive and interactive Virtual Learning Environment.

The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year one students: 24% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 76% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year two students: 22% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 78% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year three students: 26% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 74% studying independently and 0% on work placement


Assessment on the unit incorporates an interesting mix of methods designed to provide you with a well-rounded experience. You will develop a variety of transferable skills such as effective communication, teamwork, creative and critical thinking, all of which are greatly valued by prospective employers through the following assessment methods:

  • essays
  • presentations
  • projects
  • exams
  • reflective work
  • computer-based assignments

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:

  • Year one students: 58% by written exams, 0% by practical exams and 42% by coursework
  • Year two students: 27% by written exams, 17% by practical exams and 56% by coursework
  • Year three students: 48% by written exams, 5% by practical exams and 47% by coursework

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Facilities & Features

Business Simulation Suite

Our simulation suite based in the Portsmouth Business School includes a corporate reception area, practice interview room, a classroom for simulated business activity, and a ‘boardroom’ complete with video-conferencing facilities. The suite is designed to give students an authentic-feeling experience of working in a modern business, where they can make critical (simulated) decisions in a safe environment.

Technology Enhanced Learning Suite

Portsmouth Business School has invested in a new type of classroom, called a TEAL Studio. The students sit at special tables each seating groups of nine students, who are organised in three teams of three. Each table is provided with a large LED display touch screen/computer combo, and three laptops.

Technology enhanced active learning (TEAL) is a teaching format that merges lectures, simulations and hands-on desktop experiments to create a rich collaborative learning experience.

Video Conferencing Suite

Our video conferencing suite includes a backdrop for filming, two sound-proofed booths with Apple iMacs and microphones and a primary workstation with large active rocket KRK speakers. The screen for video conferencing is 55" with a x10 optical zoom camera and includes a speaker phone with touch screen options as well as a remote control.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
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 develop.

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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Career prospects
Where next?

In 2014, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) stated that the supply chain and logistics sector is currently facing severe shortfalls, forecasting that by 2022 an extra 1.2 million extra jobs will be required to meet demand. The programme is specifically designed to give you the skills and knowledge to be competitive in this growing employment market. A significant proportion of graduates will consider going on to postgraduate study.

Roles available to graduates of this course will include:

  • Supply chain manager
  • Procurement manager
  • Logistics analyst
  • Distribution manager
  • Supply coordinator

Work experience

Work experience
Employment boosting opportunities

Boost your degree with the opportunity to undertake a one-year placement working in a paid full-time role which offers progression and a suitable level of responsibility. You will benefit from the contemporary business experience that employers demand, making you highly employable upon graduation.

With employers now seeking key business competencies and experience alongside a good degree, work experience is more vital than ever. Due to its very nature a placement year is the best and most involving type of work experience you can do during your time at university. As such, a placement will help ensure you are as employable as possible upon graduation.

Career planning

Career planning

To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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