Karin Stalenhoef_alumna Supply Chain Management

Program and courses Supply Chain Management

Study global and local perspectives on supply chain issues. This program strongly focuses on real-world application with tutorials, guest lecturers, practice related assignments and internship opportunities as part of your Master’s thesis.

Program structure

This one-year program consists of 60 credits (ECTS):

  • 8 core courses (42 ECTS)
  • Master’s thesis (18 ECTS)

You can start in either Fall or Spring. The fall semester runs from the end of August to January. The Spring semester runs from the end of January to June.

Program content

Core courses

Courses if you start at the end of August:

Block 1: August - October

  • Supply Chain Strategy (6 ECTS)
  • Supply Chain Design and Planning (6 ECTS)
  • Research Methods in SCM  (3 ECTS)

Block 2: October - December

  • Collaboration in SCM and Advanced Topics (6 ECTS)
  • Data Science Skills  (3 ECTS)
  • SCM Thesis Proposal and Literature Study  (3 ECTS)
  • Research Methods in SCM  (3 ECTS)

Block 3: January - March

  • Sustainable Supply Management (6 ECTS)
  • Data-Driven Design Approaches in SCM (6 ECTS) 
  • Master's Thesis

Block 4: March - June

  • Master's Thesis

Courses if you start at the end of January:

Block 3: January - March

  • Sustainable Supply Management (6 ECTS)
  • Data-Driven Design Approaches in SCM (6 ECTS) 
  • Research Methods in SCM  (3 ECTS)

Block 4: March - June

  • Collaboration in SCM and Advanced Topics (6 ECTS)
  • Data Science Skills  (3 ECTS)
  • SCM Thesis Proposal and Literature Study  (3 ECTS)
  • Research Methods in SCM  (3 ECTS)

Block 1: August - October

  • Supply Chain Strategy (6 ECTS)
  • Supply Chain Design and Planning (6 ECTS)
  • Master's Thesis

Block 2: October - December

  • Master's Thesis
Master's thesis

In the fourth unit (second unit for February entrants) you will write your Master’s thesis (18 ECTS). 

Examples of Master's thesis subjects are:

  • Developing performance measurement systems
  • Improving supply chain inventory management
  • Impact of disruptive technologies on Supply Chain Management

You will find a detailed description of the courses and required literature in our course catalog. Please note that this is the curriculum of the current academic year.

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Please note: programs are subject to change. We advise you to look up the current program in OSIRIS Student at the start of the year.


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Make the most of your Master's

In the first semester of the regular program, ambitious students can apply for the following additional advanced programs:

Extended Master's Program: traineeship (+0.5 years)

Short overview of the Extended Master's Program

During your traineeship, you work on practical assignments for a company, follow professional skills courses, and receive mentoring and guidance. By increasing your professional experience, skills, and network like this, you seriously boost your chances in the job market.

  • If selected, you will fulfill your traineeship from April to October. On average, you will work four days at the company, and attend skills training once a week at Tilburg University. In addition to this, company visits will be organized in the Extended Master's Program network.
  • If both you and the company are happy with the results, you are welcome to extend the traineeship by writing your Master's thesis at the company. Your research topic then needs to be approved by the Tilburg University thesis coordinator.
  • There are no administrative or participation fees for taking part in the Extended Master's Program. You will pay the regular tuition fees for the extra six months the Extended Master's Program takes.

Application and admission

You can apply for the Extended Master's Program once you've started the regular Master's program.

More on the Extended Master's Program

QTEM program: study abroad and traineeship (+1 year)

This Master's program is a proud partner of the prestigious Quantitative Techniques for Economics and Management (QTEM) network.

  • Excellent and ambitious students have the opportunity to extend their one-year Master's program with an additional year.
  • In this additional year, they can spend up to two semesters at different QTEM partner universities, and do an internship abroad at one of the corporate partners. Corporate partners include McKinsey, Bain, Deloitte, and ABInBev.
  • Successful QTEM students are awarded the QTEM Network Certificate.

Application and admission

You can apply for the QTEM program once you've started with the regular Master's program.

More information about the QTEM program

Or apply for a two-year double degree program with one of our international partner universities, to acquire two full Master's degrees.

Double degree: study abroad

Benefits of pursuing a double degree

  • A great opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills in a large number of fields.
  • Gain a greater perspective in addressing international issues and a competitive edge on the job market; potential employers highly value international exposure.
  • Experience two distinct academic, social, and cultural environments.

Partner universities

  • EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht in Wiesbaden, Germany
  • EDHEC Business School in Nice, France
  • Zagreb School of Economics and Management (ZSEM) in Zagreb, Croatia
  • LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, Italy

More on the content of these programs

Application and admission

You can't apply for the double degree program directly. You will first start the regular Master’s program, and then apply for the double degree program. A selection process follows, which means that, when you start the Master’s program there is no guarantee that you can start the double degree program. 

Short overview of Supply Chain Management

  • Study global and local perspectives on supply chain issues, facilitated by international teachers and emphasized by the contrasting ideas of your international classmates.
  • Supply Chain Management focuses strongly on real-world application with tutorials and guest lectures by prominent industry representatives, practice related group assignments and the possibility to do an internship as part of your Master’s thesis.

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