M.Sc. Supply Chain and Purchasing Management

Audencia Nantes School of Management

Application deadline: To benefit from the scholarships, candidates need to finish their application before the deadlines published on our website.
Tuition fee:
  • € 14,000 / Year (EEA)
  • € 14,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015, February  2016
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
Partnership: Joint
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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The strengths of the programme

  • A full-time programme taught in English.
  • Study at two internationally renowned schools: Audencia Nantes and MIP Politecnico di Milano.
  • The MSCPM program is offered in two different lengths depending on your previous academic background:
  • Eighteen months for those already holding a four-year Bachelor’s degree in business or engineering.
  • Two years for those holding three-year Bachelor’s degree in any field or four-year Bachelor’s degree in a field other than business or engineering.

Supply chain and purchasing management are integral to the success of international businesses who are striving towards competitive advantages on a global level. The key to this success is having the right skills and knowledge to plan and execute strategies that boost revenues and reduce costs.
The programme has been designed in collaboration with MIP politecnico di Milano and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. Graduates of this programme will be well equipped to meet the challenges associated associated with managing international business transactions in the field of supply chain and purchasing management.
The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) has awarded its accreditation to this programme. Students receive automatic membership to CIPS.


For students registered in the Extended (two-year) version of the MSCPM programme, you will begin with a selection of courses which focus on the core skills of management. You will then proceed with three phases of study focusing specifically on supply chain and purchasing management.

Courses will be taught in Nantes by Audencia's permanent or visiting faculty and they aim at providing the knowledge, skills and techniques that are fundamental to management studies. Skills learned during this phase will be your foundation for the subsequent programme courses.

Core Management Phase: Courses in Nantes (Extended programme only)

Topics covered:

  • Financial Analysis
  • Human Resource Management
  • Entrepreneurship Project
  • Management Control
  • Business Simulation
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Sectoral Marketing
  • Managing and Leading a Team

Semester 1 (or 2 for Extended version students) in Nantes.

Topics covered:

  • Introduction to Supply Chain and Purchasing Management
  • Purchasing Management
  • International Management and Legal Issues
  • Financial Accounting and Consulting Methods
  • Logistics Management
  • Sectoral Approaches

Semester 2 (or 3 for Extended version students) in Milan.

Topics covered:

  • Introduction to Supply Chain and Purchasing Management
  • ICT for supply chain and purchasing management
  • Manufacturing & Quality Management
  • Strategic Supply Chain & Purchasing Management
  • Demand Management & Forecasting
  • Sectoral Approaches

Semester 3 (or 4 for Extended version students) anywhere in the world.

Final project/Internship. A supervisor will be allocated to help with the first part of the thesis (literature review) and to read and grade the final report.

For Extended programme students an additional 30 credit project/internship is required which lasts for 6 months after the end of the last academic courses


Students and professionals coming from a wide array of backgrounds and an excellent level of written and spoken English, who wish to develop a career in the field of supply chain management, purchasing management, procurement, operations management, logistics or other related fields.
2014 Class profile:
150 students divided in four groups.
93% non-French students coming from China, Colombia, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Italy, Ivory Coast, Libya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Venezuela.
25 average age
59% women


Admission Requirements

  • Eighteen-month Programme: 4-year Bachelors degree in business or engineering.
  • Two-year Programme: 3-year Bachelors degree or 4-year Bachelors degree in other fields.
  • Proficiency in English (TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, GMAT, GRE).


  • Application on the Audencia website
  • CV and cover letter in English
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts
  • English test score (TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS)
  • Copy of identity document
  • Essay/Interview in situ or on-line in the month following pre-selection
  • Admission confirmed shortly after the interview



The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) has awarded its accreditation to this programme.

This programme is offered in partnership with MIP Politecnico di Milano.


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