Bsc Hons Business And Supply Chain Management

University Of Portsmouth

Program Overview

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.


Course highlights

  • 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

PortsmouthUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

36 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 16,200



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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.




Year 1


Core modules in this year are:


  • Business Accounting – 20 credits
  • Business Operations and Systems Management – 20 credits
  • Economics for Business – 20 credits
  • Introduction to Business Analytics – 20 credits
  • Level 4 Personal Tutoring for Business and Supply Chain Management – 0 credits
  • Managing People in Organisations – 20 credits
  • Marketing Principles and Practice – 20 credits


There are no optional modules in this year.


Year 2


Core modules are:


  • Business and Law Undergraduate Work Placement Event Group B – 0 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 (Level 5) – 0 credits
  • Procurement and Supply – 20 credits
  • Risk Management and Supply Chain Vulnerability – 20 credits


Optional modules for this year include:


  • Business Analytics and Decision Modelling – 20 credits
  • Developing Individual and Team Creativity – 20 credits
  • Electronic and Mobile Commerce – 20 credits
  • Financial Decision Making and Control – 20 credits
  • International Business – 20 credits
  • Modern Foreign Language – 20 credits


Placement year (optional)


After your second year, you can do a paid placement year to get valuable experience in the industry.

Year 3


Core modules are:


  • Business Improvement and Creativity – 20 credits
  • Dissertation - Operations and Systems Management – 40 credits
  • Employability and Personal Development (Level 6) – 0 credits
  • Operations Strategy and the Supply Chain – 20 credits


Optional modules for this year include:


  • Critical Leadership: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives – 20 credits
  • Critical Leadership: Theory and Practice – 20 credits
  • Cross Cultural Awareness for Business – 20 credits
  • Project Management for Enterprise – 20 credits
  • Responsible and Sustainable Business – 20 credits
  • Strategic and International Management – 20 credits
  • Strategic Management – 20 credits


Typical offers

  • A levels – BBB–BBC
  • UCAS points – 112–120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • T levels – Merit
  • 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.

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.

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
  • Apple
  • Amazon
  • DHL
  • UPS
  • Automotive (RR)
  • Procter and Gamble (P&G)

Alternatively you could go on to specialist postgraduate study, or set up your own business with the help and support of the University.

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