University of Greenwich

Business Purchasing and Supply Chain Management BA Hons

Companies need to source and buy materials, so procurement and purchasing skills are much in demand. Our business purchasing and supply chain management graduates have the skills to meet this need.

This degree allows you to specialise in business purchasing and supply chain management in sectors such as retail, service, manufacturing and fashion. You'll study modules in processes and value chains, project management, economics and international purchasing.

This is one of very few purchasing degrees in the UK, and the course helps to meet a demand for qualified personnel who can efficiently source and buy materials and resources. Our graduates have gone on to roles in buying, procurement and logistics in companies such as KPMG, ASDA and Ford.


  • Gain an understanding of business management and specialise in purchasing and supply chain management
  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), improving your career potential
  • Learn about the role of purchasing and supply chain management functions within an organisation.
  • Our business, management and marketing courses are ranked in TOP 3 for course variety in London (University Guide 2021)  

Career Prospects

Will I have a work placement?

Work placements are optional, and you are responsible for arranging your placement with support from the University.

Previous students have secured a placement year at the NHS, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and Menasa & Partners (professional services firm).

How long is my placement?

Work placements are 9-12 months of full-time paid work. You take this between the second and third years of study.

What are the financial arrangements?

UK placement annual salaries range between £13,000-£18,000 pro rata. Some charity / voluntary work organisations offer travel costs and lunch expenses in lieu of a full salary.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Our graduates have gone on to roles in buying, procurement and logistics, and succeeded as supply chain managers, project managers and operations managers. This is one of the few undergraduate degrees in purchasing offered in the UK, and our graduates are sought after by employers such as ASDA, KPMG and Ford.

Are internships available?

Internships are optional, and last for a minimum of six weeks. Gain a Certificate in Professional Practice and valuable employment experience before graduating.

Do you provide employability services?

Our Business School Employability team is committed to supporting your journey towards a rewarding graduate destination. We provide a professional service to empower you to achieve your potential. Services include:

  • CV, cover letter, and interview tips
  • Careers fairs
  • Overseas exchange
  • Mentoring

Course Details

Full Time Year 1

Compulsory modules.
Personal and Professional Development (15 credits)
Introduction to Business Processes (30 credits)
Business Planning and Development (30 credits)
Discover Project Management (15 credits)
Introduction to Logistics and Transport (30 credits)

Full Time Year 2

Compulsory modules.
Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship (15 credits)
Innovation in Competitive Environments (15 credits)
Project Planning and Management (30 credits)
Future Paths
Purchasing and Distribution (30 credits)
Operations Management (30 credits)

Full Time Year 3

Compulsory modules.
Advanced Project Management (15 credits)
Managing Strategy (30 credits)
Negotiations (15 credits)
Personal and Professional Practice 3 (SMS)
International Logistics and Supply Chain Management (30 credits)

Optional modules
Final Year Project: Consultancy Project (30 credits)
Business Creation Project (30 credits)
Thematic Independent Studies (30 credits)

Part Time Year 1

Personal and Professional Development (15 credits)
Introduction to Business Processes (30 credits)
Discover Project Management (15 credits)

Part Time Year 2

Business Planning and Development (30 credits)
Introduction to Logistics and Transport (30 credits)

Part Time Year 3

Project Planning and Management (30 credits)
Future Paths
Operations Management (30 credits)

Part Time Year 4

Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship (15 credits)
Innovation in Competitive Environments (15 credits)
Purchasing and Distribution (30 credits)

Part Time Year 5

Advanced Project Management (15 credits)
Managing Strategy (30 credits)
Negotiations (15 credits)
Personal and Professional Practice 3 (SMS)

Part Time Year 6

Compulsory modules.
International Logistics and Supply Chain Management (30 credits)

Optional modules
Final Year Project: Consultancy Project (30 credits)
Business Creation Project (30 credits)
Thematic Independent Studies (30 credits)

Sandwich Year 1

Personal and Professional Development (15 credits)
Introduction to Business Processes (30 credits)
Business Planning and Development (30 credits)
Discover Project Management (15 credits)
Introduction to Logistics and Transport (30 credits)

Sandwich Year 2

Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship (15 credits)
Innovation in Competitive Environments (15 credits)
Project Planning and Management (30 credits)
Future Paths
Purchasing and Distribution (30 credits)
Operations Management (30 credits)
Placement Preparation (Business School)

Sandwich Year 3

Business Placement (One year) (30 credits)
Work Placement (Business School)

Sandwich Year 4

Compulsory modules
Advanced Project Management (15 credits)
Managing Strategy (30 credits)
Negotiations (15 credits)
Business Placement (One year) (30 credits)
Personal and Professional Practice 3 (SMS)
International Logistics and Supply Chain Management (30 credits)

Optional modules
Final Year Project: Consultancy Project (30 credits)
Business Creation Project (30 credits)
Thematic Independent Studies (30 credits)

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