Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc
1 year full time
September and January
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If you choose to study MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the key concepts. Whether you intend to pursue careers in Logistics and Supply Chain Management or enter general management, you will require a deep and systematic understanding of the technology, staff, infrastructure and operational processes that define this important business sector.
Our Masters in Logistics and Supply Chain Management covers every stage of the supply chain, from raw material supply to resource recovery, as well as the many modes of transport. Developments in the last two decades have seen huge investments into technologies necessary to deliver reduced operating costs, shorter lead times and better value for customers. You will investigate and evaluate the range of current approaches and how this could change through the use of theoretical and industry sources.
You’ll explore strategic issues such as multi-channel retailing, supply chain collaboration and lead time compression in your Logistics and Supply Chain Management course sessions. You will also examine topics of global significance, such as disaster relief and sustainable distribution, giving you a solid understanding of the industry.
This course has an Industry Placement option.
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When you study a Masters degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management with the University of Northampton, you will be taught by highly experienced academic staff with specialist knowledge, many of whom have also previously held board level appointments in globally renowned logistics companies. The logistics teaching team has extensive links with local and international industry, which may lead to opportunities for you to undertake your research within logistics businesses.
Taught modules are delivered using a combination of lecture and workshop sessions, with an emphasis on participation and discussion. Case studies and exercises are used extensively to bring concepts and theories to life.
This course is externally accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). Successful completion of this Logistics and Supply Chain Management course will allow you admission as a member (MILT) or Chartered Member (CMILT) depending on your professional experience at the time of application. A 12-month Industry Placement is also available.
Our MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management aims to develop proactive managers who are confident in managing projects and business improvement of functional areas through effective leadership. It will allow you to follow a programme of management study containing a considerable element of specialism related to the supply chain of both local and multinational companies.
This course will also provide both pre-experience career preparation and post-experience career progression opportunities for students from any disciplinary background at first degree level, but with the aspiration to enter or progress more rapidly in careers in logistics management or business. It will build on your existing skills and capabilities to develop Masters level knowledge and skills in the business and logistics management field, enhancing your employability and future career prospects.
You will develop a strong, conceptual and theoretical understanding of logistics management issues, problems and opportunities, and gain the skills, analytic techniques and tools to make a significant sustained contribution to the achievement of employer goals. Our teaching will enable you to link theory into practice by a variety of methods, including case studies, business simulations, the completion of an applied research project and, in some cases, by means of a work-based learning component.
As a student on this Logistics and Supply Chain Management course, you’ll follow a core programme of study designed to broaden and reinforce your management knowledge in areas of managing operations, project management, risk and resilience, and the internet of things. You will additionally cover a range of topics specific to your chosen subject area, such as international logistics, applied logistics, procurement and supply, strategic issues in logistics and sustainability and environment. There’s also further opportunity to explore these subjects in your final Logistics Research Project.
Information about the modules for this course can be found on the award map:
This course is externally accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). Successful completion of the course will allow you admission as a member (MILT) or Chartered Member (CMILT) depending on your professional experience at the time of application.
What is Logistics and Supply Chain Management?
Supply chain management integrates the management of supply and demand within business. This encompasses planning for logistics management activities such as procurement, sourcing and conversion, as well as collaboration and coordination with channel partners.
Logistics management is a crucial part of supply chain management. It involves ensuring customer requirements are met by planning, implementing and controlling various factors between the point of origin and consumption, including storage of goods and services amongst other things. It is a complex discipline, with the minimisation of resource use being a common goal.
Why study Logistics and Supply Chain Management?
The ever-expanding e-commerce sector ensures there are plenty of Logistics and Supply Chain Management jobs for graduates. The importance of this discipline has only grown in recent years, with effective and efficient management being a key to success across all businesses. This means that the skills, knowledge and insight gained as part of a Logistics and Supply Chain Management degree makes graduates a strong candidate to employers.
The career prospects are also varied and available with retailers, third-party logistics companies and consultancies. Careers in Logistics and Supply Chain Management can include Distribution, Purchasing and Warehouse Management, as well as in areas such as Supply Chain Design and Planning, Inventory Management and Control, Procurement and Supply Management, Distribution Network Design and Planning, Warehouse Design and Management, and Freight Transportation.
How will I be assessed?
Your progress will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written assessment including reports, portfolio, peer assessment and case studies.
What is the schedule for this course?
This Masters degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management can be studied full-time over one year. You can expect taught study to be a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. Usually 9-12 hours per week of activities are timetabled; we recommend that you spend at least the same amount of hours per week in self-directed study time.
How will I learn?
Throughout the course you are taught by experienced academic staff with specialist knowledge of their own subject areas. Taught modules are delivered using a combination of lecture and workshop sessions, with an emphasis on participation and discussion. Case studies and exercises are used extensively to bring concepts and theories to life.
To be eligible for this course in Supply Chain Management and Logistics, the typical entry requirement would be a 2.2 or higher degree classification from a UK university or equivalent.
For more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.
If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.
English Language Requirements
All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:
- IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band (or equivalent) for study at postgraduate level.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
21/22 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- Home: £7,470
- International: £14,000
For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.
There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2021. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.
20/21 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- Home/EU: £7,425
- International: £13,750
If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2020/21 you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan through Student Finance England.
There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2020. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.
Our graduate discount scheme is open to graduates of the University of Northampton who enrol on a full master’s programme with us.
Qualifying students will receive 20% discount on the full tuition fee for their Master’s course.
Careers and Employability
In many of the largest economies in the world, up to one person in eight is employed in logistics and supply chain management.
A career in logistics and supply chain management can be the key to a lifetime of discovering the diversity of the modern world of business.
Successful completion of this course will prepare you for an exciting career with the potential to achieve success as a senior manager with a multi-national organisation.