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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.

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, in the paper MSYS277 Global Supply Chain and Logistics, you'll use a computer simulation 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 undertake an industry placement or workplace internship to apply what you've learnt to the workplace and gain technical skills. For example, in the paper MSYS212 Smart Technologies and Online Social Media, you'll work in teams to produce a set of recommendations for a real company to adopt new business technologies.

In the paper MSYS358 E-Business Implementation, you'll 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 150 universities for Accounting, Finance, Business & Management Studies, and Communication & Media Studies by the prestigious QS Subject Rankings.

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.

Career Opportunities

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

Qualifications

These are all the qualifications where you can study Supply Chain Management

TITLE TYPE QUAL TYPE
Bachelor of Arts Bachelors Degree
Bachelor of Business Analysis Bachelors Degree
Bachelor of Communication Studies Bachelors Degree
Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences Bachelors Degree
Bachelor of Electronic Commerce Bachelors Degree
Bachelor of Entrepreneurship Bachelors Degree
Bachelor of Laws Bachelors Degree
Bachelor of Management Studies Bachelors Degree
Bachelor of Maori and Pacific Development Bachelors Degree
Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies Bachelors Degree
Bachelor of Music Bachelors Degree
Bachelor of Science Bachelors Degree
Bachelor of Science (Technology) Bachelors Degree
Bachelor of Social Sciences Bachelors Degree
Bachelor of Sport and Leisure Studies Bachelors Degree
Bachelor of Tourism Bachelors Degree
Certificate Certificate
Diploma Diploma
Graduate Certificate Graduate Certificate
Graduate Diploma Graduate Diploma
Master of Arts Masters Degree
Master of Arts (Applied) Masters Degree
Master of Laws Masters Degree
Master of Management Studies Masters Degree
Master of Science Masters Degree
Master of Science (Research) Masters Degree
Master of Science (Technology) Masters Degree
Master of Social Sciences Masters Degree

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). 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.

Management Student Centre (MSC)

Phone: +64 838 4303 or 0800 654 303
Email: msc@waikato.ac.nz
Website: www.management.ac.nz/msc

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.

Department of Management Systems

Associate Professor Stuart Dillon
Chairperson of Management Systems

Email: stuart@waikato.ac.nz

Associate Professor Chuda Basnet
Email: chuda@waikato.ac.nz

Natalie Walmsley
Department administrator

Phone: +64 7 838 4561
Email: nwalm@waikato.ac.nz

Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS)

To complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Management Studies major you'll need to pass 120 points at 200 level or above from one subject area and include at least 60 points at 300 level or above of which 40 points must be at 400 level. You must also meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject.

The specific requirements for Supply Chain Management are that you must include:

  • MSYS277 Global Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Either MSYS376 Operations Management or MSYS476 Advanced Operations Management
  • Either MSYS377 Supply Chain Management or MSYS477 Advanced Supply Chain Management (see note below)

If Supply Chain Management is your second major, then you can count MNGT221 as a major paper for this subject.

Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours (BMS(Hons))

To complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours major, you'll need to pass 120 points at 200-level or above from one subject area. You must include at least 60 points at 300-level or above, which includes at least 40 points at 400-level or above and at least 30 points at 500-level. You'll also need to meet the specific requirements for any subject.

The specific requirements for Supply Chain Management are that you must include:

  • MSYS277 Global Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Either MSYS376 Operations Management or MSYS476 Advanced Operations Management
  • Either MSYS377 Supply Chain Management or MSYS477 Advanced Supply Chain Management (see notes below)

If you are taking two majors you can count either the compulsory 599 or MNGT596 towards your WMS major papers provided it is approved as relevant to that major and you have included a further 30 points at 500 level in that major.

Don't forget, you must pass 120 points at 500-level for the qualification, and submit a Portfolio of Achievement. If you have only selected 30 points at 500-level for your major, then a further 90 points at 500-level is required to meet this degree regulation.

Bachelor of Electronic Commerce (BECom)

To complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Electronic Commerce major, you'll need to pass 120 points at 200-level or above from one subject area, and include at least 60 points at 300-level or above. You'll also need to meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject.

The specific requirements for Supply Chain Management are that you must include:

  • MSYS277 Global Supply Chain and Logistics
  • MSYS319 Industry Experience 2 (see note below)
  • MSYS366 Managing Projects
  • MSYS377 Supply Chain Management

Please note: If you are taking Supply Chain Management as a second major for the Bachelor of Electronic Commerce then the paper MSYS319 may be replaced with another paper available for the subject.

Supply Chain Management as a second major

Even if you are enrolled in an undergraduate degree that doesn't list Supply Chain Management as a major subject, you may normally still take it as a second major. In these circumstances you are required to pass 120 points at 200-level or above from one subject area, and include at least 60 points at 300-level or above. You must also include:

  • MSYS277 Global Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Either MSYS376 Operations Management or MSYS476 Advanced Operations Management
  • Either MSYS377 Supply Chain Management or MSYS477 Advanced Supply Chain Management

Graduate Certificate (GradCert)

To complete the requirements for a Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management, you'll need to pass 60 points at 100-level or above and include at least 40 points at 300-level or above. At least 40 points must be from one subject area. You'll also need to meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject.

There are no specific requirements for this subject.

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your programme of study.

Graduate Diploma (GradDip)

To complete the requirements for a Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain Management, you'll need to pass 120 points at 100-level or above and include at least 80 points at 300-level or above, and pass the Writing Competency Module. You'll also need to meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject.

The specific requirements for Supply Chain Management are that you must include:

  • MSYS277 Global Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Either MSYS376 Operations Management or MSYS476 Advanced Operations Management
  • Either MSYS377 Supply Chain Management or MSYS477 Advanced Supply Chain Management (see notes below)

And choose 60 points from:

  • MSYS212 The Techno-Savvy Manager
  • MSYS221 Entrepreneurial Electronic Commerce
  • MSYS335 Managerial Decision Making
  • MSYS358 E-Business Implementation
  • MSYS365 Business Analysis and Consultancy
  • MSYS366 Managing Projects
  • MSYS435 Advanced Managerial Decision Making
  • MSYS458 Advanced E-Business Implementation
  • MSYS465 Advanced Business Analysis and Consultancy
  • MSYS466 Advanced Project Management

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your programme of study.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Please contact the Department's Graduate Convenor.