New Masters programme at IT Carlow shortlisted for 'Best New Course' at Higher Education Awards

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Rachel Mulhall pictured with, from left: John Trehy, Deputy Head of Lifelong Learning; Judy Murphy, Career Guidance Officer and Larry Banville, Programme Director, MSc SCM

The Master of Science in Supply Chain Management programme at Institute of Technology Carlow has been shortlisted for Best New Course at the gradireland Higher Education Awards, which take place in Dublin on November 23.

Designed in consultation with leading industry and academic experts, the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management was the brainchild of Michael O’Fearghail, a programme leader for supply chain management.

The programme includes lectures, practical work, company visits and guest lectures and draws heavily on the report by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) that assessed the Demand for Skills in the Freight Transport, Distribution and Logistics (FDTL) sector in Ireland (2015 – 2020).

A research project module acts as a capstone module for the programme, enabling students to build a deeper knowledge and understanding in a relevant topic while allowing them to demonstrate their level of knowledge and capability.

An important consideration for this programme is the effect that Brexit might have on Supply Chains.

The MSc. programme builds on the expertise of the Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Supply Chain Management and Higher Diploma in Business in Supply Chain Management, currently being delivered by the Institute.

“It’s an honour to have the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management shortlisted as Best New Postgraduate Course in the gradireland Higher Education Awards 2019. The course offers both a solid academic grounding in the concepts and practices of Supply Chain Management and direct contact with the experience and expertise of professionals from the field of Supply Chain Management”, said Larry Banville, Programme Leader Supply Chain Management

Rachel Mulhall, a recent graduate in the Masters programme spoke about the opportunities the master’s degree offered her.

She said: "The MSc in Supply Chain Management presented so many opportunities. With the structure of the course and classes, alongside lecturers with years of industry experience, I was able to gain extensive knowledge about supply chain management, from end to end.

"The job opportunities that were available after this course, in many different industries, were amazing. After completing my masters, I now work for Dell through a Supply Chain Development Programme, where I can apply my knowledge gained from the course in my supply chain role."

The MSc. Supply Chain Management is funded through Springboard+ in the current 2018/19 academic year. The springboard+ upskilling initiative in higher education offers free courses at certificate, degree and masters level leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy.

Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2020.