Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management gives you the skills to make companies more efficient, competitive and responsive to customers' needs. Learn how to take raw goods and turn them into products that reach customers.

Emily Hall

Bachelor of Management Studies
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Angus Macdonald

Bachelor of Business Analysis
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Davis Palmer

Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours
Bachelor of Management Studies student Davis Palmer, 21, is studying in Hong Kong for a semester after winning a prestigious Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia.

Jarrod Saxton

Jarrod Saxton is a self-confessed “daredevil in business” who gets a thrill out of running his own start-up company, Kita, which uses innovative technologies to improve the sport of rowing.

Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management is essential if you plan to be a logistics manager, operations manager or e-commerce manager. You'll learn how to create a smooth supply chain and handle the entire distribution process, from the factory production line to the customer. You'll also learn how to integrate a company's departments, such as marketing and IT, to work well together towards a common goal.

This subject will give you the business and communication skills needed to manage complex information systems and organisational relationships. You'll understand the design and operation of international supply chains, transportation and logistics networks, and how to build partnerships.

Practical, hands-on learning

As a Supply Chain Management student, you'll be encouraged to apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world situations. For example, you could use a computer simulation program to coordinate the flow of materials along a supply chain, and forecast customer demand to ensure that products arrive in time.

You'll also have the opportunity to apply what you've learnt to the workplace and gain technical skills. For example, you might work in teams to produce a set of recommendations for a real company to adopt new business technologies.

You could also get hands-on experience using SAP, the world's leading enterprise resource planning application. And in the paper MSYS366 Managing Projects, you'll learn to use Microsoft Project to practice running projects from start to finish, by putting the right resources and budget in place.

You'll get to see what goes into meeting customer needs throughout production, distribution and the delivery of products. Learn more about Supply Chain Management at the department's website (Management Systems).

Internationally recognised

Waikato is ranked in the world's top 250 universities for Business & Management Studies in the prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings 2017.

You'll study at our internationally recognised Waikato Management School, which has Triple Crown Accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, placing it in the top 1% of all business schools worldwide.


Supply Chain Management can normally be taken as a Minor subject (4 papers) for any undergraduate degree offered at the University of Waikato.

In particular, take a look at the Bachelor of Business, or the Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours. Otherwise, you could take just one or two Supply Chain Management papers as electives.

If you'd like to gain specialist expertise at postgraduate level, take a look at our Master of Management Studies.

 Career opportunities

  • Supply chain manager
  • Supply chain systems manager
  • E-commerce manager
  • International logistics manager
  • Logistics architect
  • Procurement manager
  • Operations manager
  • Warehouse manager


Study Supply Chain Management in any of these qualifications

100 level

200 level

300 level

Industry Experience 2MSYS31920.0 Points
Managerial Decision MakingMSYS33520.0 Points
E-Business ImplementationMSYS35820.0 Points
Business Analysis and ConsultancyMSYS36520.0 Points
Managing ProjectsMSYS36620.0 Points
Operations ManagementMSYS37620.0 Points
Supply Chain ManagementMSYS37720.0 Points
Directed StudyMSYS39020.0 Points

400 level

Prescriptions for the GradCert(SCM) and GradDip(SCM)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Supply Chain Management at an advanced level in their first degree. The requirements for the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are prescribed in the Waikato Management School Student Handbook.

Prescriptions for the BMS(Hons)

Supply Chain Management may be taken as a major for the BMS(Hons) for students already enrolled in the major prior to 2018. The requirements for the major are prescribed in the Waikato Management School Student Handbook.

Students enrolling in 500 level Supply Chain Management papers should normally have a minimum of a B average in undergraduate Supply Chain Management papers, with no less than that in 300 and 400 level Supply Chain Management papers. All students should discuss their programme with the Management Student Centre before enrolling.

Professional Field InternshipMSYS51930.0 Points
Applied Research Methods and ProjectMSYS55230.0 Points
21st Century LogisticsMSYS57630.0 Points
E-Enabled Agile Supply ChainsMSYS57730.0 Points
Report of an InvestigationMSYS59930.0 Points


Management Student Centre (MSC)

Phone: +64 838 4303 or 0800 654 303

Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday
Location: MSB.1.50, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton

One of the best times to pop into MSC is Open Advice Day, held every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm.

Supply Chain Management subject convenors

Associate Professor Eric Deakins

Dr Cecile L'Hermitte