HD2 Supply Chain Management

Copenhagen Business School’s Graduate Diploma program in Supply Chain Management (SCM) provides you with the right skills to become a leader in orchestrating end-to-end value creation. We offer you the right mix of qualitative and quantitative tools to develop your expertise in supply chain management!

Supply chains are the backbone of global business. They are the link between suppliers, manufacturers, retailers, service providers and consumers. In today’s business world, it is not single companies that generate competitive advantage, but the global supply chains they are a part of. Supply chain management tears down the walls that separate operations, logistics, procurement, IT and strategic management – within and between companies.

The role of supply chain managers has become increasingly central: Current or former CEOs of leading companies like Apple, General Motors, Lego, Mærsk or Procter & Gamble and many service companies all have an operations and supply chain management background.

Which competencies will you develop?

The Graduate Diploma (HD) in Supply Chain Management provides the right mix between strategic decision-making, critical thinking, problem solving, process management, business analytics, and people management.

Supply Chain Management is of high value for managers who aim to widen and broaden their personal toolsets. You will develop the competences and skills in areas such as:

  • leadership
  • business process design & automation
  • data analytics
  • network design
  • strategic management
  • sustainability and social responsibility
  • lean management
  • functional knowledge (operations, logistics and procurement)
  • negotiation and relationship management
  • digitalization
  • software tools
  • planning

The Graduate Diploma (HD) in Supply Chain Management also gives you the choice between different specializations.

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma (HD) in Supply Chain Management is divided into a first year of study consisting of compulsory courses and a second year of study during which students can specialise.

Many of the diploma courses apply Blended Learning which alters between teaching activities at CBS and interactive online activities. Especially in those programmes with much time between the attendance-based teaching activities, online elements will support your learning along the way.

Blended Learning is an initiative which incorporates digital teaching methods in the attendance-based teaching activities.


The structure is for students starting in autumn 2022. For current single courses please see here

1st semester (autumn )

Here you acquire important competences in operational, tactical and strategies areas of SCM. We go through theories and specific management tools that enable you to design, plan, control and develop the value chains and business processes of the enterprise internally and within its global network.

2nd semester (spring)
Here, we focus on the connection between the digital transformation of the enterprise and supply chain management. In parallel with this, you will gain important negotiation and coordination competences. The semester ends with a Business Project in which you apply the learning of the first year to a practical problem in an enterprise.

1st semester 2nd semester

Global Supply Chain Strategy - 5 ECTS
Subject to changes
Lectures Wednesday from 18.05 - 20.40 and Saturdays 08.55 - 11.30 in weeks 33 - 36


Negotiation & Relationship Management - 5 ECTS
Subject to changes
Lectures Wednesday 17.10 - 20.40 in weeks 3,4,5, 6 and 8
Lecture Saturday from 08.55 - 11.30 in weeks 4,6,8


Operations & Logistics Planning - 5 ECTS
Subject to changes
Lectures Monday from 18.05 - 20.40  in weeks 36 - 44 no lecture in week 42


The Digital Supply Chain - 5 ECTS
Subject to changes
Lectures Wednesday from 18.05 - 20.50 in weeks 6-18


Circular Economy - 5 ECTS
Subject to changes
Lectures Thursday from 18.05 - 20.40  in weeks 40 - 48 no lecture in week 42


Business Project - 5 ECTS
Subject to changes
Workshop Thursdays from 18.05 - 20.40 in weeks 50, 4, 11



3rd semester (autumn)
Here you specialise via elective courses of which you must make a selection adding up to 15 ECTS. Read more and watch the electives video presentations below.

4th semester (spring)
The 4th semester is reserved for the Final Project, and you select a topic of your choice for the Final Project. The project applies knowledge gained from the courses from your electives specialisation as a starting point. An SCM problem from your own enterprise or the enterprise of a fellow student typically provides the practical framework for the project.

3rd semester 4th semester

3 electives - totalling 15 ECTS

Final Project - 15 ECTS
Subject to changes


In your 3rd semester you have to select three elective courses (15 ECTS in total). You have to choose at least 5 ECTS from within this programmes electives. The last 10 ECTS can be chosen from the overall Graduate Diploma Programmes portfolio of electives.

In autumn 2022 our new electives will be:

International Sourcing & Strategic Procurement  - 5 ECTS Subject to changes

Video presentation of International Sourcing and Strategic Procurement

Business Intelligence & Data Analytics - 5 ECTS Subject to changes

Video presentation of Business Intelligence & Data Analytics

In case an insufficient number of student have registered for an individual elective, the elective is cancelled. You will be contacted by your programme administrator, if a course you have elected is not provided as a result of an insufficient number of registrations.

During the programme you will be able to:

Supply chain leaders of the 21st century are both specialists in their functional areas (operations, logistics and procurement), and generalists, who are able to connect the dots between strategy, processes, data and performance. They are the “spiders in the web” of a company, which provides them with a great overview over the entire company, and offers great career opportunities across the company.

This program is suitable for you if your work is either in a manufacturing or service sector.

How the programme benefits your employer:

The Graduate Diploma (HD) in SCM is a research-based program where you will be enabled to provide solutions for real-world business problems.

How we ensure that the programme is relevant for you and your company

You will get the right set of tools, methods and concepts. The program is constantly updated to newest practices and trends.


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Fact Box

Number of students: Approximately 80 students
Average age: 33 years
Gender distribution: 35% women and 65% men (at the 2019 Admission)

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