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The current climate of supply chain disruptions, shortages and delays have made it abundantly clear what happens when companies, governments, and other organisations are lacking in supply chain management skills. Addressing both the recent disruptions and the urgent need to create sustainable supply chains that do not create harm to socio-ecological systems requires a radical rethinking of the supply chain network and how it is managed.

Supply chains are complex and global by nature with production and consumption located all over the world. Addressing key sustainability issues, such as reducing a supply chain’s carbon footprint, requires global coordination and action. Managing a supply chain has always centred around engagement between for profit firms. But to create sustainable supply chains also requires engagement with regulators, NGOs, and other members of civil society. This combination of factors means sustainable supply chain managers must be global thinkers with an ability to influence and engage with diverse stakeholders and networks.

The objective of this Diploma in Sustainable Supply Chain Management is to give participants the knowledge, tools, and insights to understand and manage sustainable supply chains. Participants will learn and apply the latest thinking from sustainable operations, logistics and purchasing along with advanced techniques for planning and controlling both operational and project environments. By participating in the Diploma, participants will gain a thorough understanding of how to manage their supply chain both strategically and operationally to positively contribute to their organisation’s economic, environmental, and social outcomes.

Key Details

May 2024

Next Intake

€8,260 & €7,847*(*UCD Business Alumni)


9 Months


6 X 2 day modules


NFQ Level 9 / 30 ECTS

Accredited / Credits

Module Dates





Module 1: Foundations of Sustainable Supply Chain Management 

Thurs 9th May 1.30pm – 5pm

Fri & Sat 10th & 11th May 2024

Mark Pagell & Kate McLoughlin 

Module 2: Sustainable Operations Management

Mon & Tues 24th & 25th June 2024

Eamonn Ambrose & Enrico Secchi

Module 3: Sustainable Logistics

Fri & Sat 6th & 7th Sept 2024

Heletjé van Staden
Module 4: Sustainable Purchasing 

Fri & Sat 18th & 19th Oct 2024

Mark Pagell

Module 5: Applied Sustainable Supply Chain Analytics

Fri & Sat 29th & 30th Nov 2024

Enrico Secchi & Javier Amaya Silva

Module 6: Leading Sustainable Supply Chain Transformation 

Fri & Sat 17th & 18th Jan 2025

Katie McLoughlin & Heletjé van Staden 

MSc Pathway

This standalone diploma also forms part of the optional MSc in Business (Leadership & Management Practice) Pathway. The pathway framework is comprised of twelve diploma programmes. If participants successfully complete any three of these twelve diplomas within a recommended 5-year timeframe, they are awarded with the MSc in Business (Leadership & Management Practice).

Our portfolio of pathway diplomas build on your existing skill set and add relevant value to your business needs. From corporate governance to leadership development, our diplomas deepen your understanding of contemporary business issues and will help you become a stronger leader who can deal with complex issues in rapidly-changing environments. Our unique teaching method, immersive learning environment and world-class faculty combine to produce an educational experience like no other.

The majority of our diploma programmes are delivered over a series of 6 two-day workshops within a 9-12 month period. Workshops are typically held on Fridays and Saturdays to minimise interference with busy work schedules. The majority of our diploma programmes are assessed on a module-by-module basis through a variety of practical assignments. There are no examinations (excluding the Diploma in Corporate Governance).

Smurfit Executive Development ranked 35th globally in latest 2023 Financial Times Rankings

UCD Smurfit Executive Development has been ranked 35th in the world in the 2023 Financial Times Executive Education Open Enrolment rankings. We are ranked 1st in Ireland and 21st in Europe with an increased overall participant satisfaction rating at 9.33/10.

The only Irish business school ranked in the Open Enrolment rankings, Smurfit Executive Development is globally ranked 25th place for New Skills and Learning, 28th place for Aims Achieved and 28th place for International Location which highlights the extent to which programmes are run off-site and outside the school’s base country and region bringing diversity of thought to the learning environment.

In addition, UCD Smurfit Executive Development ranked 34th for Teaching Methods and Materials, 35th for Course Design and 37th for Faculty. Find out more here.

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