Higher Diploma in Business in Supply Chain Management

  • Higher Diploma in Business in Supply Chain Management
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Full details available from Admissions
  • 1 year Full-time/1 Year Part-time (2 nights per week, 7-10pm with some Saturdays throughout the year)
  • Carlow/Wexford/Wicklow
  • Not applicable
  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Further Study & Careers
  • PAC Codes & Fees
  • How to apply
  • Contact


This one-year graduate diploma programme has been designed for graduates of business and nonbusiness disciplines in order to equip them with the necessary knowledge and competencies in Supply Chain Management and business. Supply Chain Management is concerned with the management of the flow of goods and information through the value chain, from materials acquisition to final consumption. Put more simply, SCM is about being right: it is about getting the right product, in the right quantity, at the right quality, in the right place at the right time, for the right consumer at the right cost. In achieving all of this, supply chain management takes on many of the functions of a business including: forecasting, inventory management, purchasing management, warehouse management, information technology and transport management. Management professionals in logistics and supply chain management functions also work closely with other areas of the business including human resource management, manufacturing, marketing and finance.

What will I be able to do when I finish this course?

Graduates of this programme will find employment opportunities in all manufacturing sectors including: electronics; pharmaceuticals and food processing - as buyers and material planners. Many opportunities also exist in logistics and distribution. This work involves using sophisticated computerised planning tools such as MRP/ERP, interacting and negotiating with external suppliers and internal customers and contributing to project management as members of crossfunctional teams.

What subjects will I study?

  • Purchasing and Supplier Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Supply Chain Planning and Control
  • Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Strategic Procurement

    Elective Subjects
  • Work Based Research Project
  • Dissertation

NOTE: Specific modules may be subject to amendment after our 2021 programmatic review.

Entry Requirements

Applicants require an NFQ Level 8 Award or equivalent, for entry to this programme. Other applicants will be considered on an individual basis in accordance with the Institute policy on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). The department reserves the right to require applicants to attend for interview to determine their suitability for the programme.

Study & Career Opportunities

This qualification will allow the participant to apply for the MBA or MB, depending on his/her business experience, and continue to develop and extend his/her skills base and knowledge at NFQ Level 9.

Potential employment opportunities:

  • Supply Chain/Warehouse/Inventory Control Manager
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Procurement Manager
  • Business Development Manager
  • Supply Chain/Logistics Consultant.

Course Codes & Fees

Course Code Course Title Campus Location Schedule Fees Closing date for applications
CWB16 Higher Diploma in Business in Supply Chain Management Carlow Full-time €3,000 Full details available on all courses from Admissions
CWL27 Higher Diploma in Business in Supply Chain Management Carlow Part-time €2,500  
CWX11 Higher Diploma in Business in Supply Chain Management Wexford Part-time €2,500  
CWW14 Higher Diploma in Business in Supply Chain Management  Wickow Part-time €2,500  

How to apply

  1. Research & choose your course from our wide range of postgraduate offerings on our website or in our prospectus.
  2. Check all of the relevant course information including entry requirements, course code and closing dates, taking time to read the Application Instructions.
  3. Get started on your postgraduate journey at IT Carlow!

For admissions queries from Irish or European applicants, please email: graduatestudies@itcarlow.ie.

All Non-EU international applicants should refer to the International section of the website for further details or email: international@itcarlow.ie.


Full-time applicants may contact:

Dr Martin Meagher
BComm, MBA, MA, FCA, PhD
Head of Department
E: martin.meagher@itcarlow.ie


Part-time applicants may contact:

Eoin O'Brien
BA, DBS, CBS, Cert Mgmt, MBA
Faculty of Lifelong Learning Manager
E: eoin.obrien@itcarlow.ie

International (Non-EU) applicants may contact:
E: international@itcarlow.ie      
P: 00353-59-9175205