Business and Supply Chain Management BSc (Hons)

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Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2020


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.

What can you do with a Business and Supply Chain Management degree?

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

What jobs can you do with a Business and Supply Chain Management degree?

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.

If you're interested in setting up your own business while you study, you can get support on this course from the Entrepreneurs in Residence programme. Our Entrepreneurs in Residence are experienced business professionals who work with us to deliver group workshops and 1-to-1 drop-in clinics to help you plan and market your business idea.

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, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.


Core modules in this year include:

  • Business Accounting
  • Business 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 modules in this year.

Core modules include:

  • Procurement and Supply
  • Risk Management and Supply Chain Vulnerability
  • Enterprise Systems and Processes (SAP)
  • Leadership, Ethics, Governance and Sustainability
  • Legal Issues in Procurement and Supply

Optional modules for this year currently include:

  • Financial Decision Making and Control
  • International Business
  •  Electronic and Mobile Commerce
  • Approaches to Decision Modelling

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 modules include:

  • Operations, Strategy and The Supply Chain
  • Business Improvement and Creativity
  • Dissertation or Independent Study Project

Optional modules for this year currently include:

  • Project Management for Enterprise
  • Critical Leadership: Theory and Practice
  • Cross Cultural Awareness in Business
  • Business Intelligence  

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.

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.

Georgia Meredrew, BSc (Hons) Business and Supply Chain Management student

Placement year

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.

Learning support

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
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.


Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • business suite sessions
  • one-on-one tutorials

Teaching staff profiles

These are some of the expert staff who’ll teach you on this degree 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 Banu Lokman Senior Lecturer

Banu graduated in Industrial Engineering and received her MS and PhD degrees for her studies in multi-criteria decision making (MCDM). She worked as a planning engineer in the Research and Development Department of a defence electronics company. She has been selected as a Board Member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) MCDM Section. She also served as the secretary of the International Society on MCDM.

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 May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to 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:

  • essays
  • presentations
  • projects
  • exams
  • 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 modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 27% by written exams, 17% by practical exams and 56% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 48% by written exams, 5% by practical exams and 47% by coursework 
  • Entry requirements​

    BSc (Hons) Business and Supply Chain Management degree entry requirements

    Qualifications or experience
    • 112-120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

    See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

    English language requirements
    • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

    See alternative English language qualifications

    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.

    ​Course costs

    Tuition fees

    These fees are based on courses starting in 2020. We'll confirm 2021 fees here in autumn 2020.

    • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
    • International students – £14,300 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.

    Additional costs

    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 2020, 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 start your application now and submit it later if you want.

    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

    If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). 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.

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