Business and Supply Chain Management BSc (Hons)
BSc (Hons) Business and Supply Chain Management
Do you want a career where no two days are the same and where your communication skills and ability to think-up creative solutions will be highly valued?
Recent events such as Covid and Brexit have shown how vital our supply chains are. Ensuring the right products are in the right place at the right time and at the right cost is hugely important to life as we know it. What's more, we need to make sure those supply chains are sustainable and aren't harming our environment.
On this course you'll learn risk management, strategic management, logistics management and how to procure goods and manage supply lines. You'll use professional software, systems and tools and explore the ethics and sustainability of global supply chains. You'll graduate with a set of management and specialist skills that will be hugely in demand in the workplace.
- Stand out in the employment market with your knowledge of procurement; unlike many undergraduate supply chain degrees, this course has a real focus on global procurement (the sourcing and purchasing of goods), rather than purely the movement of goods (logistics)
- Portsmouth is a vital supply chain hub and there are great opportunities here to do a paid placement year with local companies like IBM and Boeing
- Be taught by academics who have supply chain industry experience and research expertise in data driven supply chains
- Practise your skills through our Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) immersive simulation game using real SAP reports
- Benefit from module options that include business analytics and data modelling, skills that are in-demand in the industry
- Gain a range of core management skills such as risk management, leadership and developing team creativity alongside your specialist supply chain skills
- Improve your global employability by spending a year abroad at a partner university in Europe, Asia, Australia or North America
I first chose BA (Hons) Business and Management, but I really enjoyed the Business Operations module, so I switched to Supply Chain Management from my second year. The modules are all really fun and interesting and the staff are all great and know their subjects really well.
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BSc (Hons) Business and Supply Chain Management degree entry requirements
- A levels – BBB–BBC
- UCAS points – 112–120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
- BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
- International Baccalaureate – 29
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Ideal skills and qualities for this course
Supply chains are evolving constantly to adapt to business challenges. Communication and negotiation skills, adaptability, and creativity are becoming increasingly important. We're looking for enthusiastic people who can demonstrate good communication and presentation skills.
You don't need to be particularly good at maths for this degree, but we are looking for analytical and enquiring minds who enjoy solving problems.
Joining this course in the 2nd year
This course is open to both international and UK students. If you're an international student who doesn't quite meet our entry requirements you can join this degree course in the 2nd year after completing the undergraduate pathway to Business and Management at International College Portsmouth.
Next Generation Lab
Gain practical skills with cloud-based software, such as SAP and S&P Capital IQ, in our dedicated lab.
Careers and opportunities
Logistics and supply chain management today is emerging as a highly desirable sector for employment providing an exciting high-tech career. This is due to the deployment of cutting-edge technologies in many of the key areas.
Supply chain management is needed everywhere and there's a great shortage of supply chain skills in the UK. You could work in retail, healthcare, manufacturing, shipping and freight, charities or the public sector - the choice is yours.
Pay is good; the average salary for all UK procurement and supply chain professionals is £47,435 (CIPS Salary Guide 2021) and there are many varied routes for career progression, including working overseas.
Roles you can go on to with this degree include:
- supply chain management
- purchasing and procurement
- procurement management
- logistics analysis
- distribution management
- supply coordination
Previous graduates have gone on to work for companies such as:
- Marks and Spencer
- Automotive (RR)
- Procter and Gamble (P&G)
Get work experience while you study with support to find part-time jobs and volunteering opportunities. Towards the end of your degree and after graduation, you'll get 1-to-1 support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to find your perfect role. On top of this you'll get bespoke careers support through our faculty 'career-ready' programme.
Work placement year
You can boost your employability by taking an optional paid placement year between years 2 and 3 of your degree.
Previous students have had placements in organisations such as:
- Johnson and Johnson
- Land Rover
Many of our students are offered a graduate job by their placement employer.
The average salary for a 12-month paid placement is £19,000. It could be more or less than this amount depending on your placement. You'll only pay a very small percentage of your tuition fee for this year.
Ways to enrich your study
Entrepreneurs in Residence Programme (EiR)
We have more than 20 experienced business entrepreneurs on our free EiR programme who can help you develop your business idea.
Rabab El Habchi Mahir meeting EiR Mark Smith
Study abroad year
Between your second and third year you can choose to study abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe, Asia, Australia or North America. All classes are delivered in English and you'll still be able to get both your tuition fee and maintenance loans. You may also qualify for a government travel grant.
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What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Business and Supply Chain Management degree
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.
Core modules in this year are:
- Business Accounting – 20 credits
- Business Operations and Systems Management – 20 credits
- Economics for Business – 20 credits
- Managing People in Organisations – 20 credits
- Marketing Principles and Practice – 20 credits
- Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis – 20 credits
- Business Innovation Development Project – 0 credits
There are no optional modules in this year.
Core modules are:
- Procurement and Supply – 20 credits
- Risk Management and Supply Chain Vulnerability – 20 credits
- Business Logistics Management – 20 credits
- Leadership, Ethics, Governance and Sustainability – 20 credits
- Legal Issues in Procurement and Supply – 20 credits
- Personal Tutoring for Operations and Systems Management (L5) – 0 credits
Optional modules for this year include:
- Financial Decision Making and Control – 20 credits
- International Business – 20 credits
- Electronic and Mobile Commerce – 20 credits
- Developing Individual and Team Creativity – 20 credits
- Business Analytics and Decision Modelling – 20 credits
- Learn a foreign language – 20 credits
After your second year, you can do a paid placement year to get valuable experience in the industry.
Core modules are:
- Operations, Strategy and the Supply Chain – 20 credits
- Business Improvement and Creativity – 20 credits
- Dissertation on Operations and Systems Management – 40 credits
- Employability and Personal Development – 20 credits
Optional modules for this year include:
- Project Management for Enterprise – 20 credits
- Critical Leadership: Theory and Practice – 20 credits
- Cross Cultural Awareness in Business – 20 credits
- Strategic and International Management – 20 credits
- Responsible and Sustainable Business – 20 credits
- Critical Leadership: Theoretical and Cultural Perspectives – 20 credits
- Strategic Management – 20 credits
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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
We've listened to our students and they've told us that they want to keep some of the positive changes we've made to teaching and learning, so we're keeping a blended model which will include some online learning.
The majority of your timetabled teaching (around 80%) will be face-to-face and will include:
- business suite sessions
- one-on-one tutorials
To learn more about how our teaching and learning have evolved visit our Covid information pages.
We pride ourselves on the academic support we offer our students. In addition to our dedicated teaching team, you'll have a personal tutor, student engagement officers and study support staff to help you throughout your studies.
Assessment depends on the modules that you take, but assessment methods are likely to include:
- reflective work
- computer-based assignments
Teaching staff profiles
These are some of the expert staff who’ll teach you on this degree course.
Dr Banu Lokman
I joined the University in 2019 and I'm a senior lecturer in the Operations and Systems Management Subject Group. I'm currently the deputy director of CORL (the Centre for Operational Research and Logistics) at Portsmouth and an associate editor for OMEGA - The International Journal of Management Science.
My specialist area of research is in Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM), looking at how people make decisions when there are many conflicting requirements, such as cost and quality.
Before joining the University I worked in industry for many years in manufacturing and logistics. I was European Logistics Manager for KPG, the world's largest supplier of graphic materials, and then European Supply Chain Director for a division of Kodak.
I joined the University as a teaching fellow in 2019. I'm able to bring to my teaching a wealth of practical experience in logistics and supply chain management, together with a knowledge of business re-engineering and financial reorganisation.
How you'll spend your time
One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.
We're planning for most of your learning to be supported by timetabled face-to-face teaching with some elements of online provision. Please be aware, the balance between face-to-face teaching and online provision may change depending on Government restrictions. You'll also do lots of independent study with support from staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Find out more about how our teaching has transformed to best support your learning.
A typical week
We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for this degree.
Your total study time will depend on the modules that you take, but in your first year this is what your week may look like:
- timetabled teaching activities (lectures, seminars, tutorials, classes and workshops) = about 15 hours a week
- independent study (research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group) = about 20 hours a week
You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.
The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.
Supporting your learning
The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:
Types of support
Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.
You'll have regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor. They're also available by appointment if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.
In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you'll also have access to our student engagement officers. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing, and refer you to specialist support services if you need extra help or support.
The Maths Cafe offers free advice and help with maths skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop, or use our online resources.
You'll have help from a team of study support tutors. Based within the Faculty of Business and Law, these tutors are familiar with the specific requirements your assignments and work closely with faculty academics. This means they can give you focused support with the specific study skills you need to be successful on your course. They're available face-to-face, by phone, email, and by video call.
They can help with:
- academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations, projects and literature reviews)
- reflective writing skills
- critical thinking skills
- delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
- understanding and using assignment feedback
- managing your time and workload
- revision and exam techniques
If you're a mature student, specialist support to help you return to learning is available.
As well as support from faculty 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
Library staff are available in person or by email, phone, or online chat to help you make the most of the University's library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from librarians who specialise in business and law.
The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.
If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.
They'll help you to:
- discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
- liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
- access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
- liaise with external services
Course costs and funding
Tuition fees (2022 start)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
- EU students – £9,250 a year, including our Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £16,200 a year (subject to annual increase)
You won't pay any extra tuition fees to another university for taking part in a study/work abroad activity if you choose to do it for the whole academic year. During a year abroad you'll only have to pay a reduced fee to the University of Portsmouth.
Funding your studies
Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.
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 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
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.
How to apply
To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:
- the UCAS course code – J9N1
- our institution code – P80
If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.
You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
- Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
- Speak with lecturers and chat with our students
- Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join
If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
How to apply from outside the UK
See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also 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.
If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.