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Master of Science in Supply Chain & Purchasing Management

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Study in Nantes & Shenzhen

The MSc in Supply Chain and Purchasing Management (MSCPM) at Shenzhen Audencia Business School (SABS) prepares you for an exciting career in a domain that is strategic to any company today.  

Double your competencies by studying the field from business and engineering perspectives with global faculty members and a team of professionals. 

Double your cultural immersion by living in two of the best places to study – Nantes, France, one of Europe’s most liveable cities, and Shenzhen, China, a major international business and innovation hub – and home to successful Chinese-grown multinational companies such as Tencent and Huawei.  

Double your network with study through SABS, run jointly by founding institutions Audencia Business School of France and Shenzhen University of China. 

Key Information

Degree earned: MSc (Master of Science) in Supply Chain and Purchasing Management (Audencia Business School)

Language: English

Duration: 12 months, full-time, plus 4-6 month internship

Location: Term 1 in Shenzhen, term 2 in Nantes, internship worldwide

Programme start: September

Tuition: €16,700


  •  4 years bachelor's degree in business or engineering
  • Proficiency in English


Influential international leaders in the industry have designed the MSc in Supply Chain and Purchasing Management to give you expertise and relevancy. You’ll undertake advanced study in Shenzhen, China’s Silicon Valley and an international centre of finance, high-tech innovation and logistics – and Nantes, France’s third-largest industrial city, recognised internationally for its engagement and achievements in the field of sustainable development.

Courses in Shenzhen  

You will begin in Shenzhen, China, with a focused study of supply chain and purchasing management.

  • Introduction to Supply Chain and Purchasing Management
  • Purchasing Management
  • International Business Management
  • Financial Management for Supply Chain and Purchasing
  • Logistics Management
  • Sectoral Approaches
  • Research Methodology

Courses in Nantes  

At this point in the programme, it’s time to move to Nantes, France, and deepen your understanding.

  • Sustainable Supply Chain Module (2 courses)
  • Project Management Module (2 courses)
  • Management Information Systems Module (2 courses)
  • Site visits and company projects

We build a required internship into the curriculum, allowing you to develop connections with our vast network of corporate partners in France, China and abroad. You’ll apply your knowledge and skills within your sector and further strengthen your international portfolio. Internships can be held anywhere in the world.  

Examples of companies Audencia MSCPM students have interned with:


  • Airbus
  • Chanel
  • Coca-Cola
  • Energizer
  • IKEA
  • L’Oréal
  • Samsung
  • Valeo




Delve into your real-world international study of a supply chain and purchasing management area that will influence the trajectory of your career. This master’s dissertation (also known as a “thesis” in the US) is both academic and practical, allowing you to showcase what you have learned and how you plan to apply it.

After you write and submit your dissertation, you’ll prepare an oral presentation to defend in front of a panel. Your panel will include the MSCPM programme director or another permanent professor, your dissertation tutor and any corporate guests you invite. You can complete it in person in Shenzhen or Nantes – or from anywhere in the world via Skype or other means.

Teaching Methods

Our teaching methods emphasise the international aspect of each class and give you the technical, analytical and communication skills to help you succeed. Learn more about our faculty members.

Founding Institutions

You benefit from the strengths of not one but two founding institutions by earning your MSc in Supply Chain and Purchasing Management with Shenzhen Audencia Business School (SABS), an Audencia Business School campus in Shenzhen, China, which is supported by Shenzhen University.

You’ll spend the first portion of your MSc in Supply Chain and Purchasing Management studies on the Shenzhen Audencia Business School (SABS) campus in Shenzhen, China. SABS is located on the Houhai campus of Shenzhen University (SZU) near the picturesque coastline of the Houhai Bay. The beautiful Houhai campus is 1.34 square kilometres and includes rolling hills covered with lychee trees and flowers, two lakes, a forest, an abundance of green space and works of art. SZU has a student population of roughly 35,000. It has 25 colleges and awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees across a full range of disciplines.  

SZU has an impressive list of graduates, including the founders and CEO of Tencent. It’s no coincidence that the city of Shenzhen has maintained the fastest economic growth in China for roughly 20 years. SZU contributes to this hub of high-tech innovation and international business.  

Faculty members  

Life at SABS

Shenzhen Audencia Business School (SABS) is an Audencia Business School campus in Shenzhen, China. You’ll spend the second term of your MSc in Supply Chain and Purchasing Management studies in Nantes, France, at Audencia’s main campus. Audencia is amongst the 1% of business schools holding all top international academic accreditations – EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. The school is known globally for education and research in the fields of business and management, with an emphasis on corporate social responsibility, innovation and finance.  

Audencia is one of France’s elite Grande Ecole higher education institutions, with campuses in Nantes, Paris and Beijing as well as SABS in Shenzhen.  

Faculty members  

Life in France

Career & alumni

Proven career outcomes for international success

We work hand in hand with the corporate world and are leaders in responsible management practices. As a result, 50% of Audencia MSc in Supply Chain and Purchasing Management graduates are employed before graduation. By joining the MSCPM programme through Shenzhen Audencia Business School (SABS), you also gain the connections and prestige of the co-founding institution of Shenzhen University.

  • Aeronautics
  • Agribusiness
  • Automotive
  • Building
  • Chemical
  • Civil engineering
  • Consulting
  • Electronics
  • Energy distribution
  • Engineering
  • Fashion
  • Government
  • Information systems
  • Insurance
  • Mechanical
  • Metals
  • Non-profit
  • Professional services
  • Retail
  • Textile
  • Transportation

The MSCPM qualifies you for roles in:

  • Procurement – logistics
  • Financial management
  • Consulting – auditing (purchasing, supply chain management and IT)
  • General management
  • Communication – marketing
  • Sales – import/export

Here are a few of the positions graduates are qualified to hold.

Purchasing professional

Responsible for pre-contract negotiation, supplier selection, contracting, negotiation, sourcing and assessment

Supply chain & logistics professional

Responsible for organising physical flows, supply processes, material handling in production, distribution, value creation strategies, supply chain integration (enterprise resource planning systems) and outsourcing


Responsible for the development of supply chain and/or purchasing strategies, outsourcing processes and information system management

Here are just a few examples of companies employing MSCPM graduates:

  • Aker Solutions
  • Bombardier
  • Carrefour
  • Caterpillar
  • IBM
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Nokia

Shenzhen Audencia Business School (SABS) has strong relationships with the largest companies based in Shenzhen, including Huawei, TCL Technology, Wanke Real Estate and more. Internships at these companies may be available to qualified students. Furthermore, the school provides you with personalised career services that address your specific experiences, strengths and weaknesses and goals. You’ll have access to:

  • Individual career coaching and advising
  • 15,000+ employment opportunities posted each year on our dedicated intranet
  • Employment fairs with 120+ companies
  • CV workshops
  • Interview preparation and mock interviews
  • Panel discussions with professionals and alumni
  • Assessment centre preparation
  • Personal development programme on topics including leadership skills, communication skills, ethics, intercultural management and networking
  • Auditing sector fair
  • Information resources and online tools
  • Access to 100+ career events on various topics


Audencia also has a business incubator that supports select graduates in their entrepreneurial work.

Audencia Business School  

Shenzhen Audencia Business School (SABS) is an Audencia Business School campus in Shenzhen, China. Audencia has nearly 22,000 alumni working in 110 countries. Audencia Alumni, the school’s alumni association, includes 22 professional and cultural clubs in France and 29 international chapters. Over 2,000 of Audencia’s alumni have become CEOs.
The alumni association will help you connect with these and other professionals and provide additional development and networking opportunities to support your career.  

Shenzhen University  

One of the founding institutions of SABS, Shenzhen University is the only university with its main campus in Shenzhen – China’s Silicon Valley. The school and its alumni have helped shape the city into a global leader in high-tech development, financial services, foreign trade, shipping and creative and cultural industries.  

Alumni include the founders and CEO of Tencent, the fourth-largest internet company globally, and the founder and CEO of Giant Interactive Group, one of China’s largest online gaming companies.

Admissions & finance

Join us in Shenzhen and Nantes to internationalise your future career! Here is a breakdown of everything you’ll need to make it smoothly through the application process. Or simply contact us to apply now.
The MSc in Supply Chain and Purchasing Management has one intake per year. 

MSc in Supply Chain & Purchasing Management (MSCPM)
Shenzhen Audencia Business School (SABS)

  • Proficiency in English
  • Four-year bachelor’s degree in business or engineering 


Note that you can apply during the last year of your bachelor’s studies.

Admissions are based on a point system tied to a set of objective criteria.

GPA (55%)

  • Converted to US system of 0-4.0

English proficiency (25%)

  • Test (up to 25% possible, depending on score)
    TOEFL: 60-120
    TOEIC: 600-990
    IELTS: 5.0-8.0
  • English-taught programme for bachelor’s degree (up to 20% possible)
  • Native speaker (25% automatically awarded)

Professional experience (5%)

  • 1-12 months (1%)
  • 13-36 months (3%)
  • 37+ months (5%)

Essay and/or interview (15%)

  • 0 – Not adequate (0%)
  • 1 – Room for improvement (5%)
  • 2 – Adequate (10%)
  • 3 – Excellent (15%)

We award bonus points for ranked and accredited schools, diversity and high GMAT or GRE scores.

Recognised school (5%)

  • Ranked (ARWU/QS/THE)
  • Accredited (AACSB/EQUIS/AMBA/ABET)

Diversity (5%)

  • Countries not represented in the class in the past two years (contact us to check your eligibility)

French (5%)

  • For B2 language levels

GMAT or GRE (5%)

  • GMAT: 500+
  • GRE: 300+

You may contact us to apply at any time. Admissions are open until the programme is full; however, we strongly recommend applying by the early-application deadlines of 31 June for international students and 31 July for Chinese nationals.  

Note that you can apply during the last year of your bachelor’s studies.

You will be required to submit the following documents:

  • Application form (contact us)
  • CV and cover letter in English
  • Copies of diplomas and academic transcripts
  • English test score (TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS)*
  • Copy of identity document (e.g., passport)
  • Photo (two inches, white background, JPEG, less than 1 MB)
  • Onsite or online essay and interview the month following pre-selection  


*English test scores are not required for native speakers or applicants who have completed their undergraduate degrees in English. Contact us if you have a different English test score or are planning to take a test later in the year.


  1. Submitting your application

Complete your application by submitting all required documents via email. Upon completion, you’ll pay the ¥2,000 (€270) application fee using any major credit card. If you cannot use a credit card, you may contact us for alternatives.
Your application will be evaluated within seven days. If you qualify, step two will also occur within seven days of your application.  

  1. Admission essay and interview  

At a prearranged time, you will have 20 minutes to complete a 250- to 300-word essay (either in person or online) about one randomly selected subject. The subject requires no prior preparation or specific knowledge. The essay will be followed by an interview with the admissions team to assess your level of English and make sure that you are a good fit for the programme.  

  1. Acceptance  

Congratulations! If admitted, you’re invited to officially join the programme. You’ll sign a contract and pay the first instalment of the tuition fees.
Please contact our admissions office with further questions.  

Email us now to get started. 

You may begin your online application any time; you can save it and make changes before submitting. Admissions are open until the programme is full, however we strongly recommend applying by the early-application deadline of 31 January.

Tuition & fees for the 2017-2018 academic year 

MSc in Supply Chain and Purchasing Management through Shenzhen Audencia Business School: €16,700  

Other costs linked to school fees  

Costs such as visa fees, transportation, accommodation and meals are to be paid directly by the student. Visit Student Life to learn more.

Audencia’s commitment to excellence and diversity is shown through the variety of scholarships we give out each year to students of merit from different backgrounds. We award over €500,000 in scholarships per year, giving students around the world the opportunity to study in a world-class environment.

Our aim is to open up the best business education to students who show the skill and motivation to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Early application€1,000For candidates who submit their application before 31 January
Achievement€3,000Merit-based scholarship following admissions criteria
Diversity€3,000Nationality-based scholarship for underrepresented countries or regions
Global Leadership Award€3,000 Merit-based scholarship awarded to selected international fairs participants; contact us to learn about where and how to attend

*Audencia scholarships for the MSCPM programme only apply to the September intake. The awarding of scholarships is subject to availability of funds and final decision from the Office of International Relations. The scholarships are awarded in the form of partial tuition fee waivers to students who are admitted but who have not yet started the programmes. Scholarships, waivers and awards are not cumulative. If two are awarded to the same student, only the one with the highest amount will be kept unless otherwise stated.

Scholarship or loanDetails
Eiffel scholarships
  • Only applies to the September intake.
  • For non-French citizens under 30 years of age
  • Applicants must register to an Audencia programme before 15 December
  • Incompatible with any other scholarship, except early application
  • For more information please visit: 
French government scholarships
Audencia Foundation scholarships
  • Awarded to enrolled students based on criteria chosen by the foundation
FIDERH Banco de Mexico
loan and scholarship
  • For registered students of Mexican nationality
  • Loan granted by FIDERH, scholarship granted by Audencia to beneficiaries of the FIDERH loan
  • For more information: or contact us
COLFUTURO scholarship-loan
  • For registered students of Colombian nationalityScholarship-loan granted by COLFUTURO under specific conditions
  • For more information: 
French bank loans
  • Some French banks offer loans at preferential rates to Audencia students*
  • For more information, see “Offres Bancaires” on this page.
Other scholarships
  • Institutions and companies around the world offer different funding opportunities to students of merit
  • Contact us for more information

*Most loans from French banks require a guarantor who is a French resident. Audencia does not act as an intermediary in these transactions, nor does it have any responsibility in the negotiation of these agreements.