UCC Adult courses

Supply Chain Management - Dip

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Supply Chain Management

  • Code


  • College

    Adult Continuing Education

  • Duration

    2 years

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications


  • NFQ Level

    Level 7

  • NFQ Award Title

    Special Purpose

  • Fees

    €3,500 per academic year See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Minimum of three years industry experience. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    13th September 2021

  • Next Intake

    September 2021

  • Venue

    UCC Campus

  • Start Date

    September 2021

Course Outline

Supply Chain Management encompasses all the activities associated with a given product, from the raw materials stage to the final consumer. Effective SCM requires a detailed understanding of processing issues, and also of supply chain structures, supply and demand variability, information systems, purchasing, production scheduling, inventory management, process design and customer services. The purpose of the Certificate/Diploma in Supply Chain Management is to provide personnel across a range of organisational functions with a holistic understanding of the dynamics of supply chains and to enhance their ability to continually improve supply chain performance. This course runs over two academic years; students can exit after Year 1 with a Certificate qualification or progress to Year 2 for a Diploma qualification. Year 1 includes three Lean SCM Green Belt modules.

The Certificate/Diploma in SCM will provide you with a rigorous grounding in supply chain management across the entire organisation. The course ensures that you will appreciate the fundamental concepts and principles of SCM and be able apply them in your place of employment. Key benefits of the course include:improving supply chain efficiency and effectivenessenhancing process design, customer services and information servicesproviding all organisational functions with acute awareness of costs and the ability to enhance value-adding activities.In Year 1 you must complete six modules (30 credits).Three of these modules (15 credits) are Lean SCM Green Belt Modules.In Year 2 you will complete five modules (30 credits).One of these will be a research project module (10 credits).Each module is delivered over a two-day seminar/workshop in UCC, which will take place from 9am to 5pm and will be complemented by a half-day (Saturday) review session.The course incorporates classroom, workplace and on-line learning. Graduates have identified interaction among participants and learning from others from different backgrounds/experiences as one of the primary benefits of the course.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

This course takes place as follows:

Combination of Wednesday & Thursday (9.00am - 5.00pm) & Saturday morning (9.00am - 1pm) - Once per month ( Sep, Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar) 




Course Practicalities


This course is assessed as follows:Year 1:Examination is by continuous assessment (60%) and written examinations (40%).Assignments are based on current/previous practical experiences.The Lean SCM Green Belt Project encourages applied learning.Year 2:Examination is by continuous assessment (75%) and written examinations (25%).Assignments are based on current/previous practical experiences.The SCM Research Project encourages applied learning.

Who teaches this course

Our core teaching staff have extensive experience of teaching. They deal with a wide variety of students, including undergraduates, postgraduates, mature students and post-experience/adult learners. We combine academic and practical expertise and the course modules are delivered in conjunction with best-in-class practitioners, which enhances overall interaction with industry.

The course is offered by the Department of Food Business and Development in association with the various centres and departments, including:

  • Adult Continuing Education
  • the Department of Accounting, Finance and Information Systems
  • the Department of Management and Marketing

Why Choose This Course

I found the programme very useful in the workplace and towards the end of first year it helped me get a promotion.

Paul Ryan

Supply Chain Supervisor, Loughbeg API Plant, Pfizer

Find Out More

If you wish to study on a part-time basis and integrate your studies with your career, and to incorporate your working experience into an accredited learning process, this course will suit your needs. It also benefits the participating organisations, providing benefits and opportunities through work-based learning.

Skills and Careers Information

The Lean SCM Green Belt modules in Year 1 embrace the philosophy of continuous improvement and will equip you with the leadership/analytical skills necessary to drive organisational change. The practical SCM Research Project in Year 2 further develops these hard and soft skills. Transferable skills gained from the course include communication, research, conceptual, and organisational/management skills.

Our career-minded students have come from a variety of industries, including:

  • pharmaceuticals
  • medical devices
  • food and drinks
  • electronics
  • utilities
  • distribution
  • services

Students work in various functions including:

  • procurement
  • logistics
  • production
  • planning
  • quality
  • accounts
  • finance


Candidates wishing to be considered for entry to this programme:

  • Will be at least 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application
  • A minimum of three years industry experience (as deemed appropriate by the Academic Programme Director)
  • All applications are assessed on an individual basis to determine eligibility, where students have prior accredited learning and on this basis seek exemptions from specific modules such applications will, in the first instance, be considered by the Academic Director and are subject to final approval by the Adult Continuing Education Committee
  • All applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6 or the equivalent TOEFL score.

Diploma programmes are offered subject to a minimum number of eligible applicants registering for the programme.   Following completion of year 1 of this programme, should a sufficient number of eligible students not wish to progress form year 1 to year 2 of this programme as to make the year 2 viable, students will graduate with a certificate at that point.  Programme viability is determined by reference to fee income and applicable costs in running the programme.

Fees and Costs

€3,500 per academic year


How Do I Apply

During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Birth Cert or Passport
  • Passport Photograph 
  • English Language Test Report [if applicable]
  • Supplemental Document 

Please download the following link DSCM Supplementary Questions and upload the completed document as part of your application:

NOTE: Once you have selected your course your application saves automatically.  If you don't complete your application in one session you can access your draft application in the "My Applications" section of the UCC360 application portal. The My Applications section will also keep you updated on the status of your application.



Year 1 Modules

  • FE1803: Purchasing, Negotiation and Supply Chain Design (5 credits)
    Sourcing and strategic purchasing, buyer behaviour and relationship building. The principles of postponement and speculation, physically efficient and market responsive supply chains, the impact of demand/supply characteristics on supply chain strategy and business models, the lean and agile paradigms. Business-to-business collaborative scenarios, negotiation strategies and best practice negotiation skills.
  • FE1808: Introduction to Supply Chain Management, Lean Thinking and Continuous Professional Development (5 credits)
    Personal effectiveness, personal learning styles, personal motivations and report writing. Introduce the main components of supply chains and the key factors that impact on supply chain management. Introduce lean thinking and its origins, principles and goals.
  • FE1809: Introducing Lean to the Supply Chain: Tools, Practices and Value Stream Mapping (5 credits)
    Supply Chain evolution and management implications, introduction to key concepts such as supply chain processes, value stream mapping and cellular flow manufacturing. Introduce lean tools such as JIT, Kanban and Kaizen events.
  • FE1810: Enhancing Supply Chain Performance (5 credits)
    Apply performance improvement techniques to supply chains: value stream mapping, Kaizen events, 55 methodology and associated tools and techniques. Prepare a road map to lean implementation.
  • IS1813: Information Technology in the Supply Chain (5 credits)
    The evolution of Inter-Organisational Systems (IOS) over the last 30 years is reviewed. The types of cooperation agreements in which trading partners enter in order to increase the degree to which their operations are integrated are studied in detail using a number of case studies. Specific applications for improving the efficiency of supply chains are considered. The need to understand the end-to-end demand function of supply chains is emphasised. Finally, a number of case studies of organisations who used their competitive position to become managers in their supply chains are studied.
  • MG1811: Inventory and Operations Management (5 credits)
    Construction of enterprises and their operating environments, overview of each function within an enterprise, managing and integrating the functions, and inventory categories and management.

Year 2 Modules

  • AD2820: Leadership and Team Building (5 credits)
    Effective leadership, team-building, conflict management and resolution and relationship management.
  • FE2805: Logistics and Supply Chain Design (5 credits)
    Marketing channels, the role of intermediaries, transaction cost framework, inter-firm relationships, supply chain collaboration, traditional and tiered supplier networks, and extended supply chains.
  • FE2806: Project (Supply Chain Management) (10 credits)
    Project Management principles, tasks and resources, project lifecycle, the role of the Project Manager, Project Management techniques and methodologies. Preparation of a research proposal, review of relevant literature, methodology design, data collection and analysis, and writing a coherent research report.
  • FE2807: Quantitative Methods for Supply Chain Managers (5 credits)
    Introduction to and assessment of research methods, quantitative models and techniques used to support management decision-making along the supply chain.
  • MG2801: Change Management (5 credits)
    Identifying the need for change, identifying and overcoming resistance to change, operating as a change agent within one's own organisation, implementing and measuring the results of effective change.

Year 3 Modules

Year 4 Modules

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