Course information

Registration Closes:
4 February 2020
Course Starts:
12 February 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation
7–10 hours per week, entirely online
GBP £2,100
Payment Options
University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
Request a call


Dynamic supply chains are at the heart of any successful organisation. With an increase in the pace of change and the Volatile Uncertain Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) environment, organisations are feeling the pressure to rethink operations and improve their supply chain efficiencies.

The University of Cambridge Supply Chain Management online short course focuses on the technological and environmental aspects of supply chain management to prepare you for future challenges. You’ll learn how to leverage industry changes and disruptions to improve supply chains and build resilient business processes. You’ll also gain an in-depth understanding of how supply chain processes and disruptions impact the broader environment.

Drawing on innovative business models, integrated analytics, KPIs and the latest technology, this course will expose you to transformations that are already occurring in supply chains. You’ll be equipped with the tools to implement meaningful change in your role and organisation.

Download course prospectus

What will set you apart

Designed for professionals, from a wide range of industries, looking to support their organisation in creating future-focused supply chain strategies, this course empowers you to:

  • Gain key skills in building a resilient supply chain

  • Draw from innovative business models to equip you and your business with the tools required to implement change and rewire existing supply chains

  • Discover the role of technology in facilitating integration and the opportunities for increased traceability in supply chains

  • Go a level further from supply chain optimisation and learn how to leverage value creation within your supply chain and organisation

  • Become a member of the CISL global alumni network and collaborate with like-minded business leaders around the globe

Course curriculum

Learn to leverage the latest tools and technology to create a more sustainable supply chain management plan as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online course:

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1: Essentials of supply chain management
  • Module 2: Managing supply chains in a changing world
  • Module 3: Practical implications for supply chain management
  • Module 4: Designing efficient, resilient supply chains
  • Module 5: Supply chain analytics
  • Module 6: Innovation and supply chain technology
  • Module 7: Supply chain collaboration and partnerships
  • Module 8: Rewiring your supply chain

Design efficient and resilient supply chains

This University of Cambridge online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you build on your supply chain management knowledge and create a resilient plan of action that aims to withstand disruption

Your Course Convenors

The design of this online course is guided by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) faculty and industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.

Martin Roberts
Martin Roberts
Director of Online Learning, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Roberts helps companies with a global reach to derive value from embedding innovative approaches to sustainability across their organisation and their supply chains. He has extensive experience working with companies and NGOs on sustainability challenges, with particular expertise in the food, agricultural, utility, tourism, and extractive sectors. He has lived in several African countries working with governments and the private sector to tackle the resource challenges of today and the future.


Ian Ellison
Ian Ellison
Senior Associate, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Ellison was previously the head of sustainability at Jaguar Land Rover. He has worked in various director-level roles in the aerospace and defence sector, focusing particularly on sustainable development, procurement, and eco-efficiency. Ellison is educated as a chartered engineer, management accountant, global accountant, and IT professional. He also holds a Master’s degree in Sustainability and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business.

Earn a certificate from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Get recognised for your knowledge when you earn an official certificate of completion from CISL – and use it to set yourself apart as a future-ready supply chain manager.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you, at no additional cost, upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 12 February 2020.

Get More Information

Enter your information below to view the course prospectus from GetSmarter.

Implementing a screen reader to process this form? Please email us on for further assistance.

* Required fields

* Please enter a first name
* Please enter a last name
* Please enter a valid email

Yes, I want to receive additional information about Supply Chain Management online short course. Please contact me:

* Please select a value
* Please select a value

By consenting to receive communications, you agree to the use of your data as described in our privacy policy. You may opt out of receiving communications at any time.

Still have a question? These may help


    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.

  • rise to the top