Undergraduate DipHE

Supply Chain and Project Management

Salford Business School





Two year

Four year

Next enrolment

September 2024


In a nutshell

Developed in consultation with employers, this programme will support you in developing an understanding of the fundamentals of how organisations operate, the impact of supply and demand patterns and how an effective and efficient management of procurement, logistics and operations, as well as harnessing Industry 5.0 technologies, can help achieve competitive advantage.

Developed in an integrated manner that starts with core principles, you will be equipped with specific subject skills on resource allocation, negotiation, forecasting, costing, contract development, managing supplier performance, risk and mitigation and scheduling. In addition, the modules will provide you with a unique opportunity to develop and apply core skills, such as problem solving, leadership, digital and data management, which are all highly required by employers.

The course culminates in a business simulation project, which draws together key elements from the previous module and gives you the opportunity to use these in an applied and industry-relevant setting. This course is mapped to the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education Occupational Standard for Commercial Procurement and Supply, meaning it develops in students the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) demanded by employers in this sector.

What is a 'DipHE'? 

A Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) at Level 5 is awarded after two years of full-time study at university. Our DipHE programmes are hands-on and practical, with flexible learning options available so you can choose to study full or part-time. 

You can take a DipHE straight from college when you have completed qualifications like BTECs or A-Levels. Some people choose to take a gap year first or spend some time working before they start a DipHE. 

Diplomas of Higher Education are perfect for people who want a university experience, but do not want to take a full undergraduate degree qualification. You get the support and teaching quality of a degree but don’t have to commit to three years of study before you begin. A DipHE can lead directly to a career as you will have gained valued skills and experience, or you might choose to continue with further studies. 

The course combines academic best practice and real-world expertise, ensuring students emerge ready to tackle various industry challenges head-on. It presents a great opportunity for students to gain practical and real-world experience of supply chains and projects and how they are critical to any business.  

Drew Robertson, Senior Group Procurement Manager, Barratt Developments PLC   

You will:

  • Develop an understanding of advanced supply chain and project management techniques that can be used to help organisations deal with fast-moving changes in the global economic environment.
  • Apply a range of problem-specific skills in procurement and contractual agreements, operations management issues and analysis of global logistics.
  • Develop digital business skills in supply chain and project management.
  • Acquire knowledge of recent developments in key Industry 5.0 technology drivers.
  • Evaluate a range of management practices and strategies in a business simulation environment.
  • Facilitate links with the industry and foster a new vision of innovation and entrepreneurial leadership of a sustainable future.
Course details

All about the course


At level 4, the modules are designed to support effective transition to higher education, embed important academic and professional skills, and lay the foundations for the technical knowledge, skills, and behaviours required to succeed and gain employment in the field of commercial procurement and supply chain. Two 30-credit and four 15-credit modules will introduce you to fundamental topics, providing an effective grounding in the role and purpose of commercial procurement and supply within the wider business environment. You will undertake a range of practically-focussed tasks and authentic formative and summative assessments, enabling you to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and behaviours required in the industry.

Level 5 will build on the skills, knowledge, and behaviours developed at level 4, providing you with advanced knowledge and experience in procurement and contractual agreements, financial techniques used in supply chains, and analysis of global logistics in warehouse management and transportation. This will be achieved through two 30-credit and four 15-credit modules, culminating in a live supply chain and project management business simulation project. Throughout all modules, you will continue to develop your academic and professional skills and will be required to demonstrate them through a range of authentic assessments.

Year one

Fundamentals of Organisations

This module will introduce you to a range of organisational concepts, where you'll learn to apply various techniques and approaches to various organisation and industry types, i.e public and private. You will acquire knowledge of how organisations work through an exploration of their structures, strategies, spend, and the concept of supply and demand.

Principles of Project Management, People and Processes

During this module you will gain knowledge of a range of project management concepts and learn key approaches and techniques used in the workplace. This module will also cover the contexts and environments in which projects can be delivered, key contents of a project communication plan, as well as the principles of leadership and teamwork.

Digital Business Skills in Supply Chain and Project Management

In this module you will be provided with knowledge and experience of a range of Digital Business Skills used in the workplace, such as MS Excel and MS Access and study Maths in a Business Context (supply chain and demand) and be introduced to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. You will be supported to develop skills and knowledge in analysing, interpreting, and presenting data to a range of possible audiences.

Supply Chain Structures and Integration

This module will provide you with knowledge and experience of a range of supply chain management issues and the key approaches and techniques used in the workplace. Starting from an understanding of supply markets through to the role of supplier and managing relationships, fundamentals of cost management and supplier pricing.

The Procurement Process

This module will introduce you to a range of procurement concepts, tools, approaches and techniques used in the workplace. You will learn about the procurement process and lifecycles, from supplier selection to management and the impact of embedding principles of sustainability.

Industry 5.0

This module will provide you with knowledge and experience in Industry 5.0. You will learn how technology such as automation and artificial intelligence is driving industry 5.0 and the opportunities and challenges provided by big data analytics, the internet of things, the digital economy, drone applications, 3D printing, robotics, augmented reality and more.

Year two

Contracts & Procurement Management

This module builds on your studies from level 4 and will introduce you to more advanced knowledge, experience, and skills in a range of contractual elements of procurement used in the workplace, such as contractual agreements, disputes and conflict, negotiation, and tendering.

Financial Management of Supply Chains and Projects

This module enriches your knowledge, appreciation, and detailed awareness of the skills required to manage a range of financial techniques in supply chain and project management used in the workplace, including forecasting, costing, pricing methods, and the role of budgeting.

Global Logistics

Focusing on a range of logistics activities and challenges, such as warehouse management and analysing modes of transportation, you will advance your knowledge, experience, and skills developed in your level 4 studies.

Sustainable Project Delivery

This module will provide you with more advanced knowledge, experience, and skills of a range of project management tools and techniques used in the workplace, and will look at managing multi-project environments and resource planning and scheduling. 

Managing Business Operations

This module develops deeper knowledge, experience, and skills in a range of operations-management issues used in the workplace, including data analytics and statistics, risk mitigation strategies, capacity management, quality management and process types/layout. 

    Business Simulation Project

    In the final module, you will engage with a business simulation project, utilising the skills, knowledge, and experience from previous modules to demonstrate the ability to be creative, solve problems, make effective decisions, and sustain arguments in complex and unpredictable context. Areas of application include stakeholder analysis, cash flow, balance supply chain, and profitability.

    Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

    What will I be doing?


    This course is designed to be highly practical in nature, with employer input throughout, including guest lectures, live and simulated briefs, and employer visits. Teaching will be in small groups and will consist primarily of seminars and workshops where you will work collaboratively with others to develop your knowledge and skills.


    Our friendly library team at the Clifford Whitworth Library will help you find the necessary resources and develop the skills you need to be successful in your studies and work. 


    We use different forms of assessment in different modules and wherever possible these will reflect the types of work you will do in the ‘real world’, including projects, business reports, portfolios, and presentations.

    Throughout your studies, the work you produce will help to build your personal portfolio of professional evidence that you will be able to use in job applications and interviews.


    Located across England, Institutes of Technology (IoTs) are a national network of partnerships between local colleges, universities, and leading employers. 

    We are a proud partner in the Greater Manchester Institute of Technology. This means as a student on this course you will benefit from being part of the University of Salford community, with access to our facilities and support, and taught by our tutors. You will also be part of the GMIoT network, with access to additional events and activities


    Salford Business School aims to foster the next generation of leaders and create a new vision of innovative and entrepreneurial leadership. We are integrated into the local business community as a hub for knowledge creation and exchange. We are proud that our industry collaborations and partnerships benefit students, businesses and the community.

    Our goal is to prepare you for a fulfilling life and professional career. Along the way, you’ll learn to be curious, adaptable and confident, ready to meet the digital, ethical and sustainability challenges of the 21st century. 

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    What about after uni?


    Upon completion of this course, you may wish to continue your studies to Level 6 to achieve a full Honours degree. This course will position you well to continue your studies and progress onto the final year of the BSc Business with Supply Chain and Project Management undergraduate degree programme.


    Upon completion of this course, you will have developed the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by major employers in the field of Commercial Procurement and Supply Chain. You will be confident to apply for a variety of roles in this sector, in both large and smaller organisations, such as:

    • Supply Chain Management roles
    • Warehousing roles
    • Supply Chain Analytics roles
    • Procurement roles
    • Project Management roles
    • Operations and Logistics roles

    Career Links

    This course has been designed in collaboration with major regional employers and is aligned to the national Occupational Standard for Commercial Procurement and Supply, published by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE). This means this course will enable you to develop the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSBs) that are demanded by employers and will position you to take advantage of the many career opportunities in the discipline.


    What you need to know


    This course is ideal for anyone looking to pursue a career or further advance your skills within the field of Commercial Procurement and Supply Chain. You may already be in employment, and looking to retrain or upskill, or you may be in education and looking to take your next step towards a rewarding career. This course has been designed to ensure flexibility and enable you to complete the programme and progress on to employment or further study in the shortest time possible.


    We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have the traditional entry requirements may be able to apply through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University.

    Standard entry requirements


    Maths and English at grade C or grade 4

    UCAS Tariff points

    72 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of two A levels

    How much?

    Type of study Year Fees
    Full-time home 2024/25 £8,500.00per year
    Full-time home 2025/26 £9,250.00per year
    Full-time international 2025/26 £15,720.00per year

    Additional costs

    You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. 

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    Still have some questions? Register for one of our Open Days or contact us:

    By email: enquiries@salford.ac.uk
    By phone: +44 (0)161 295 4545

    Enrolment dates

    September 2024

    September 2025