Logistics & Supply Chain Management and Strategic Procurement Education at the School of Management


The University of South Australia (UniSA) is a public university and the largest university in South Australia, with 36,156 students, 2396 staff, five campuses (four in Adelaide and one in Whyalla). UniSA was founded in January 1991 through the amalgamation of the South Australian Institute of Technology and the Magill, Salisbury and Underdale campuses of the South Australian College of Advanced Education. According to the latest results, the University of South Australia is ranked equal 256th in the world, and now ranked 11th out of all Australian universities.

UniSA also has been long recognized for the links with industry and in 2008 were awarded the inaugural Ashley Goldsworthy Award for sustained collaboration between business and higher education by the Business/Higher Education Round Table (BHERT). Research profile and performance has increased by a 50 per cent over the past two years. The focus is on supporting strategic and collaborative research in multidisciplinary teams and on the commercialization of intellectual property.

With around 12,820 students, the School of Management is the largest business school in South Australia. The School offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in management with a range of specializations including Human Resources; Tourism and Events; Sport and Recreation; Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

Academic Programs

Undergraduate Programs

  • Bachelor of Management (Logistics and Supply Chain Management) – 3 years: This degree provides an opportunity to study Logistics and Supply Chain Management in conjunction with a range of other specialized areas which suit your interests or career path, such as human resource management, international business or marketing. The program has a strong practical and industry focus and gives students options to gain workplace experience and study overseas. Graduates are eligible for Associate Membership of the Logistics Association of Australia (LAA), provided they agree to undertake regular professional development tasks.
  • Bachelor of Business Administration BBA (Logistics and Supply Chain Management) – 3 years: The Bachelor of Business Administration (Logistics and Supply Chain Management) is an internationally recognized qualification that gives students a general background in all major areas of business. The degree aims to provide students with a broad-based undergraduate business education that takes into account the skills necessary to perform as a professional in the dynamic global business environment, with a specialization.
  • Honours Program – Additional 1 year: The Honors program is an intensive year (in addition to your regular program) of advanced study that develops your abilities to undertake research in a selected topic that interests you.
  • Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Management (Logistics and Supply Chain Management) - Dual Degree, 5 years: Students can complete a law degree in conjunction with another degree such as, Bachelor of Management (Logistics and Supply Chain Management), allowing them to graduate with 2 parchments in just 5 years. To ensure a clash free timetable the School of Law recommends that you alternate between a full year of law courses and a full year of your second discipline courses.

Masters Programs

  • Graduate Certificate in Management (Integrated Supply Chain Management) – 6 months
  • Graduate Diploma in Management (Integrated Supply Chain Management) – 1 year
  • Master of Management (Integrated Supply Chain Management) - 1.5 years
  • Covering manufacturing and service industries, these programs is designed from a strategic management perspective. Students will explore networks and processes as well as global and international benchmarks. The program will encourage students to directly engage with industry. Courses such as Supply Chain Management and Competitive Advantage; Integrated Logistics Management, Managing Sustainable Value Chains and Operations Management will be covered by the program. Graduates of the program will be qualified to work in a number of management positions, including logistics, purchasing, operations, distribution, transportation and materials management. Supply chain managers may find employment in a variety of sectors including defense, corporate and private sectors or as business owners.

  • Graduate Certificate in Management (Strategic Procurement) – 6 months
  • Graduate Diploma in Management (Strategic Procurement) – 1 year
  • Master of Management (Strategic Procurement) – 1.5 years
  • These programs will equip both public and private sector professionals with the requisite competencies, skills and market driven theory needed to deliver aligned procurement strategies and supply chain outcomes. Such individuals are instrumental in the development of a true partnership between a company and a supplier of strategic value. The program is designed for graduates from a multidisciplinary background. Those who do not have a formal qualification but have sufficient relevant work experience in industry are also encouraged to apply.

  • Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management – 1.5 years This program encompasses key topics such as; enterprise resource planning, network design, operations management, logistics, inventory management, economic decision-making, total quality management, project planning and supply chain management. The program incorporates standard industry software and models used by many consulting companies for global and site-specific projects in supply chain integration and improvement. This program is professionally accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Australia (CIPSA) to MCIPS standard (Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Australia).

Combined Programs (Double Masters)

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Management (Integrated Supply Chain Management) – 2 years
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Management (Strategic Procurement) – 2 years
  • These programs provide a high degree of flexibility for students to combine a number of single masters programs in the Division of Business. A double masters provides a number of benefits, in particular: wider career options; significant and wide range of skills and knowledge which employers value; multi-skilling; and the ability to combine a generalist program with a specialist program.

UNISA Features

UniSA is one of the largest, fastest growing and most innovative universities in Australia and continues a long tradition of providing students with a high quality education. The programs have been designed in consultation with industry and the professions and incorporate real world professional experience so graduates can be immediately effective in the workplace. This practical knowledge has spawned the unique UniSA Graduate Qualities - the attributes that employers look for and which help to distinguish the graduates from the rest.

  • Campus: The University of South Australia has five campuses, each with a distinctive profile and offering modern and sophisticated facilities. City West campus is a modern, vibrant campus located amidst Adelaide's educational and cultural precinct. Other campuses are - City East campus; Magill campus; Mawson Lakes campus; and Whyalla campus. Apart from the above there are centers in other locations and offshore (Singapore).
  • Accreditation: University of South Australia is a public university. The Division of Business was the second Australian business school to receive EQUIS accreditation. The Division is a member of several international organizations such as, European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD); Asia Pacific Academy of Business in Society (APABIS); Association of Asia Pacific Business Schools (AAPBS); Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB); and Alliance on Business Education and Scholarship for Tomorrow (ABEST21).
  • Career Services: Career Services works with academic staff to build career management skills into UniSA Programs. The service also works with individual students by providing career guidance, information and advice to help students plan for their future. Areas of support include career planning, job search strategies, resumes, job applications and interview skills. The services provided include on campus workshops, career events, online resources, and a career consultation service.
  • Outbound Student Exchange: Some Division of Business programs includes the 'International Experience Option' written into the program schedule, enabling students to undertake a study period at an overseas institution. However, students in any Division of Business program can study overseas as part of their program, either as a full study period of exchange, or by taking advantage of one of the fantastic short-term study tours that are available.
  • Global Experience: Global Experience is available to all undergraduate, onshore domestic and international students currently enrolled in a UniSA degree. It has four compulsory components, which must be completed before you graduate from your UniSA academic program, that combined add to a total value of 120 points.
  • Work Placements: Many programs offer the opportunity to undertake a practicum, placement or industry project. As a UniSA student you also have access to the Work Placement Scheme coordinated through Career Services. For postgraduates, a 3 month industry placement program is also available.
  • Housing: There are a wide range of student housing options to suit different requirements and budgets. These student apartments, student hostels and residential colleges have been inspected by UniSA staff, and can be booked before arrival in Adelaide.