MSc Supply Chain & Purchasing Management


Supply chain and purchasing professionals with the right skills and expertise are in high demand. You need to source both locally and globally, apply the latest digital technologies, deal with increasing supply chain risks and ensure a sustainable supply chain. Become a multi-skilled international mover.

Created in 2009, this programme can launch your career in a thriving field with unlimited career prospects. Our unique approach brings together procurement, global sourcing and supply chain strategies, while also covering contemporary topics such as green logistics, big data, digital transformation, negotiation and commercial law.

  • Conduct exciting consulting projects with top corporations
  • Attract top employers, enjoy personalised career services and complete an international internship
  • Build your reputation at a triple-accredited, highly ranked institution that is also certified by IPSERA
  • Live in the heart of beautiful Nantes, France, one of Europe’s most liveable cities and a hub of business and innovation – the ideal place to develop your skills

The MSCPM programme is accredited by the French accrediting body "Conférence des grandes écoles".

As of Fall 2024, this programme will be renamed to the MSc in Responsible Procurement & Supply Chain Management.

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Key information


Master of Science in Supply Chain and Purchasing Management

LANGUAGEProgramme taught in English
FORMATIn-person terms 1-2; anywhere in the world term 3
    ELIGIBILITYProficiency in English
    1-year MSc: 4-year bachelor’s degree in business, science or engineering OR exceptionally a 4-year degree in another field with business experience or academic honours; 2-year MSc strongly recommended for those without a degree in business
    2-year MSc: 3-year or 4-year degree in any field
    PROGRAMME STARTSeptember 2023
    TUITION1-year MSc: €18,000
    2-year MSc: €25,000  


    Influential industry leaders from across the globe design and partner with Audencia’s MSCPM to give you the expertise and skills you need to thrive. Audencia is triple-accredited, highly ranked and internationally oriented. We are known for global responsibility research and teaching – and great career results.

    Our main campus is in Nantes, France – widely recognised for quality of life, and an ideal location for growing your international professional network. Located at the mouth of the Loire river, bordering the Atlantic Ocean and just two hours from Paris, Nantes is the perfect place to study supply chain and purchasing management. Learn more about life in Nantes.

    Term 1 (September to January)

    The first Term equips you with the key components of supply chain and purchasing management.

    Supply Chain & Purchasing Fundamentals:

    • Operations Management
    • Purchasing Management
    • Distribution & Logistics Management
    • Supply Chain Strategy
    • Negotiation

    Business Context:

    • Financial & Accounting Management
    • International Business Management
    • Digital Transformation & Technology
    • Commercial Law

    Soft Skills & Competences:

    • Personal Effectiveness

    Term 2 (February to July)

    In the second Term, you will deepen your understanding of current themes such as sustainability and digital purchasing, and supply chain tools and applications. This will involve live company projects.

    Supply Chain & Purchasing Projects:

    • Project Management
    • Supply Chain Consulting Project

    Responsible Supply Chain & Purchasing Management:

    • CSR & Global Sourcing
    • Green Logistics & Circular Supply Chains

    Digital & Technology Applications:

    • Big Data & Analytics
    • Supply Chain Digitalisation & Artificial Intelligence

    Advanced Tools & Methods:

    • Supply Chain Finance
    • Advanced Procurement
    • Research Methods

    Soft Skills & Competences:

    • Leadership/Managerial Posture

    Term 3 (July to December)

    (Minimum 4 months, maximum 6 months)

    During your final Term, you will complete an individual internship, a collective company mission for a company, or a research project. This is an opportunity for you to further develop your expertise in either supply chain management, logistics or procurement. Our career services consultants, strong corporate network, and successful Alumni network will support you in making your professional objectives a reality.

    Internship or Company Mission

    You’ll secure your work experience anywhere in the world with the assistance of our career advisors. This professional mission will be guided by a faculty member, so you’ll gain both a hands-on practical understanding and an academic one – something that looks good on any resume.

    Examples of companies MSCPM students have interned with include: Airbus, Chanel, Coca-Cola, Energizer, IKEA, L’Oréal, Samsung, Valeo

    Internships in France are paid; this will vary from country to country, depending on local laws. Apply your knowledge and skills within your sector, and further strengthen your network and employability.

    Research Project

    Instead, you may choose to work on a research project with a faculty member, delving into research questions applied to concrete company problems.

    Concurrent with Terms 2 and 3 (January to November)

    Delve into your real-world international study of a current topic within supply chain and purchasing management that will influence the trajectory of your career. This dissertation is both academic and practical, allowing you to showcase what you have learned and how you plan to apply it.

    You’ll write this dissertation and can defend it either in person in Nantes or from any place in the world via online communication tools.

    While your programme is 100% English-taught, you have the option of adding French to your steadily increasing list of qualifications – for work or for fun!

    You will have the opportunity to take optional French language courses in September before the programme begins. Audencia offers a four-week French language course with 20 hours of lessons a week for an additional cost of €600.

    You may also learn independently at any time using your exclusive online access to Assimil, a proven intuitive language learning method, provided at no additional cost.

    Additionally, you can choose to attend French as a Foreign Language (FLE) evening classes at the University of Nantes’ language department, which is situated just across the road from our main campus. There are a wide range of levels available. Contact the University of Nantes [CM1] directly to register. Register early to secure your place.

    Programme Structure

    The MSc in Supply Chain & Purchasing Management is available in two formats:

    If you are a highly qualified student with a four-year degree in business, science or engineering, you may be eligible for the 1-year MSc in Supply Chain & Purchasing Management programme. If you have a degree in another field, or a three-year degree, the 2-year MSc programme is for you.

    In the 1-year MSc programme, students start directly in the core courses, specialising further in their second semester, as outlined above.

    Students starting the 1-year MSc programme in Fall 2023 will be completing the MSc Supply Chain & Purchasing Management programme.

    If you have a four-year degree in a field other than business or a three-year degree in any field, you may be eligible for the 2-year MSc programme OR the 2-year Master in Management programme.

    The first year of both programmes provide students with solid foundations in management and busines, while the second year allows students to specialise in their area of interest:

    In the second year of the programme, students begin the core MSc courses, and specialise further in the following semester.

    Students starting the 2-year MSc or Master in Management programme in Fall 2023 will be completing or specialisating in the newly renamed MSc Responsible Procurement & Supply Chain Management programme.

    of graduates work internationally
    found a job before graduation


    You’ll gain expertise from industry insiders, as business executives visit and share their professional insights during the programme. With a diverse group of faculty members, professionals, peers and partner companies to learn from, you’ll develop a practical and theoretical understanding of Supply Chain and Purchasing Management.

    Axys Consultants is a premier partner of your programme.

    Career & Alumni

    Proven career outcomes for international success

    Audencia works hand in hand with the corporate world and is a leader in responsible management practices. As a result, 79% of MSc in Supply Chain and Purchasing Management graduates are employed before graduation.

    Note: Statistics are based on the number of replies to the question. They relate to all classes to date unless otherwise stipulated.

    Discover our Corporate Partners

    • Aeronautics
    • Agribusiness
    • Automotive
    • Building
    • Chemical
    • Civil engineering
    • Consulting
    • Electronics
    • Energy distribution
    • Engineering
    • Fashion
    • Government
    • Information systems
    • Insurance
    • Mechanical
    • Metals
    • Non-profit
    • Professional services
    • Retail
    • Textile
    • Transportation

    Here are a few of the positions graduates are qualified to hold:

    • Purchasing manager
    • Buyer
    • Demand planner
    • Logistics manager
    • Logistics project manager
    • Commodity procurement manager
    • Supply chain manager
    • Logistics performance manager
    • Operations manager – logistics and warehousing
    • Procurement consultant
    • Category manager

    Here are just a few examples of companies employing MSCPM graduates:

    • AMAZON
    • CGI
    • HUAWEI
    • LVMH
    • NESTLE
    • SODEXO
    • TOYOTA
    • VALEO

    Audencia provides you with personalised career services that address your specific experiences, strengths and weaknesses, and goals. We also cultivate close ties with the business world, which benefit you in the classroom and in your future career.

    • Individual career coaching and advising
    • 15,000+ employment opportunities posted each year on our dedicated intranet
    • Employment fairs with 120+ companies
    • CV workshops
    • Interview preparation and mock interviews
    • Panel discussions with professionals and alumni
    • Assessment centre preparation
    • Personal development programme on topics including leadership skills, communication skills, ethics, intercultural management and networking
    • Auditing sector fair
    • Information resources and online tools
    • Access to 100+ career events on various topics

    Audencia also has a business incubator that supports select graduates in their entrepreneurial work.

    Join more than 24,000 Audencia Business School alumni working across the globe. Audencia Alumni includes 200+ communities in cities such as London, New York and Shanghai. Furthermore, over 2,000 of our alumni have become CEOs.

    The alumni association will help you connect with other professionals and provide additional development and networking opportunities to support your career.

    Admissions & Finance

    For a full breakdown of programme pathways, eligibility requirements and application procedures, see: Admissions Pathways.

    Join us in Nantes to internationalise your future career!