The Masters programme is structured in two streams, with one stream doing the Foundation, Core and Elective courses and finishing off with Capstone Integrative Course resulting in a Report/Practicum. The second stream are required do the Core and Elective courses and then undertake a non-credit Research Methodology course and finish off with a Dissertation. This is allowing a wider variety of participants to take the programme as they will have the option to choose the stream they are interested in.

The structure of the programme is as follows:

Without Dissertation

With Dissertation

Course Type

No of Courses


No of Courses


Foundation courses





Core courses





Elective courses





Capstone Course





Research Methodology










Total Credits




Course Numbering System:

Courses are numbered in three parts: first part with alphabets PSM representing Procurement and Supply Management, the central piece of the programme, and second part refers to the level of the course.

Foundation Courses (3 credits each)-15 Credits

Course No

Course Name


Sourcing and Procurement


Negotiation and Contracts in Supply Chain Management


Performance Measures for Supply Chain Management


Managing Purchasing and Supply Relationships


Supply Chain Flow Planning and Network Planning

The Core Courses are:

Course No

Course Name


Management in the Purchasing Function


Risk Management and Supply Chain Vulnerability


Improving Supply Chain Performance


Leading and Influencing in Purchasing


Strategic Supply Chain Management

The Elective Courses are:

Electives:  Choice of any four (3 credits each) – 12 credits

Course No

Course Name


Marketing for Purchasers


Storage and Distribution


Supply Chain Operational Management


The Machinery of Government


Contracting in the Public Sector


Sustainable Procurement


Advanced Project Management


Finance for Purchasers


Strategic Public Sector Programme Management


Public Sector Stakeholders and Governance

Capstone Integrative Course: 6 credits

PSM-665: Supply Chain Management in Practice – Report/Practicum


PSM- 666: Research Methodology (non-credit)

PSM- 667: Dissertation   (6 credits)


Programme Contents:

The performance of the students will be evaluated throughout the course by class tests, quizzes, and assignments: including group works and case studies. Similarly participatory performance in the class will also be evaluated. Final examination will be held on pre-announced dates. Numerical scores earned by students in tests, exams, assignments are cumulated and turned into letter grades at the end of the semester.

Foundation Courses

PSM-501:  Sourcing and Procurement

• The Development of commercial agreements
• The  formation of Contracts
• Contractual terms
• Letting contracts
• Legal Issues of E-Tendering

PSM-502: Negotiation and Contracts in Supply Chain Management

• Planning and Preparing for Negotiations
• Financial Tools for Negotiations
• The Negotiation Process
• Understanding Effective Behaviour For Negotiation

PSM-503: Performance Measures for Supply Chain Management

• Measuring the performance of the purchasing and supply function
• Measuring the performance of the supplier
• Measuring the performance of the buyer
• Comparison of performance measures of buyers with suppliers.

PSM-504: Managing Purchasing and Supply Relationships

• The context of relationships in supply chain management
• Assessing and selecting suppliers
• Managing outsourced relationships
• Developing and managing relationships with suppliers

PSM-505: Supply Chain Flow Planning and Network Planning

• Understanding diverse organisations, contexts and situations
• Recognising the need for different approaches to purchasing different types of goods and services
• Analysing and evaluating the drivers for international purchasing,
• Factors and organisations that affect international trade and the impact on the purchasing

Core Courses

PSM-521: Management in the Purchasing Function

• The challenges of management
• Organisation structures and culture
• Management decision making
• Managing work groups and teams
• Managing Change

PSM-522: Risk Management and Supply Chain Vulnerability

• Nature of risk in purchasing and supply
• Risk management processes and structures
• Managing risk and vulnerability

PSM-523: Improving Supply Chain Performance

• Developing and improving supplier performance
• Maximising competitiveness
• Advanced negotiation in the supply chain
• Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the supply chain

PSM-524: Leading and Influencing in Purchasing

• Leading and managing in purchasing
• Leading and influencing in the supply chain
• Developing a culture of productivity through leading others
• Leading change in the supply chain

PSM-525: Strategic Supply Chain Management

• The concept of strategy and the process of developing corporate     strategy
• Converting strategy into action through effective alignment and     implementation
• The contribution of strategic supply chain management to corporate     strategy
• The nature of supply chains
• The role of strategic supply chain management in achieving     competitive advantage

Elective Courses

PSM-601: Marketing for Purchasers

• Marketing management, planning and control
• Understanding customers and their needs
• The marketing mix
• Marketing information and research
• Managing Relationships

PSM-602: Storage and Distribution

• Objectives and scope of storage and distribution
• Distribution planning and moving goods
• Warehousing and management of goods
• Controlling storage and distribution, including legal aspects
• Evaluating the role of ICT in storage and distribution

PSM-603:  Supply Chain Operational Management

• The concept of operations
• The design of products and services
• The design and management of the operations network
• The planning and control of resources
• Philosophies and methods for making improvements in operations   management

PSM-604: The Machinery of Government

• The background to current public procurement policies and procedures
• The value and scope of public procurement and the roles of key   decision makers and organisations
• The impact of Procurement Policy and government initiatives on   procurement
• The significance of the financial accountability cycle and the role   of audit for improving Procurement Policy and practice    

PSM-605: Contracting in the Public Sector

• Preparing a business case for contracts
• The scope and nature of the contract in the public sector
• Managing the supplier selection process in public sector
• The importance of positive relationships with suppliers

PSM-606:  Sustainable Procurement

• Defining and developing sustainable procurement
• Operational implementation of Sustainable Procurement policy
• Operating a sustainable procurement approach
• Sustainable Procurement challenges

PSM-607: Advanced Project Management

• Organisational and Strategic Management issues concerned with Project   Management
• Assess and justify approaches to managing projects
• The application of practical project management tools and techniques   to the management of a project from initiation to completion
• Key success factors in successful project management

PSM-608: Finance for Purchasers

• Financial Management tools
• Financial and non-financial factors in decision-making
• Sources of finance available for business and major capital   acquisitions and projects
• Budget and cost management control procedures
• Effective capital purchasing plans
• Financial risk in Procurement

PSM-609: Strategic Public Sector Programme Management

• Programme and project management structures and processes for major   complex projects
• Risk management and mitigation for Knowledge Management and strategic   supplier relationships in the Public Sector
• Principles underlying the selection of funding methods and financial   models for major projects
The selection of major programme and project monitoring and management strategies

PSM-610: Public Sector Stakeholders and Governance

• Relationships with stakeholders relevant to public procurement
• Conflict management strategies to resolve differences with   stakeholders
• The significance of changing social and political agendas for public   procurement
• Governance and oversight arrangements for procurement
• Methods and processes of performance evaluation of procurement

BUS-503••: Environment and Business

Topics include integrated strategy, activists and the media, legislation affecting business, intellectual property, Internet privacy, and international trade policy.

OPN-605••: Quality and Productivity Management

Content includes a discussion of quality systems in production and service environments, quality management philosophies, and how managers can plan, organise, and maintain quality in all functions
of their organisation.

OPN-608••: Operations Research

Most operations research projects involve elements of data collection and analysis, development of skills in formulating and solving mathematical models dealing with inventory, waiting lines, game theory, linear programming, transportation and other decision tools.

BUS-504••: Business Economics

The course studies aggregate demand and supply, supply and demand side considerations of economic development, determinants of the level of national income, employment, investment, interest rates, fiscal and monetary policy, and inflation.

MSC-643••: E-Business

Applications such as customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning, and supply chain management are explored in this course.

PSM-665:  Supply Chain Management in Practice –Report/Practicum

The Course is project based and require the submission of a Report/ Practicum, where the student have to also develop investigative, analytical and communication skills, including the use of secondary and, if required, primary research where appropriate. The Report/ Practicum will be around 3000-4000 words.

PSM- 666: Research Methodology (non-credit)

Topics include preparing a research proposal, problem formulation, research design, data collection methods and analysis, hypothesis testing, etc will be covered in this course.

•• Courses marked with asterisk are currently offered by BRAC Business School of BRAC University.

PSM- 667: Dissertation

The students will be asked to identify possible topics for their dissertation and in the final semester, the students will collect, collate and analyze data, and complete a dissertation consisting of 10,000-12,000 words.