Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Duration:

    Full Time: 1 Year

  • Starting:

    September
    February

  • UK Fees 23/24:

    £8,010

  • International Fees 23/24:

    £16,500

  • Location:

    Waterside

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 893981

Overview


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 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.

Accreditation: Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

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Updated 15/11/2022

Highlights


  • Taught by highly experienced academic staff with specialist knowledge.
  • Teaching team with extensive links with local and international industry
  • Taught modules are delivered using a combination of lecture and workshop sessions
  • This course is externally accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).
  • Optional Placement route available

Course Content


  • 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Modules

    The modules below are for the non-placement route. For the modules on the placement route, please see the MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management (placement route) Award Map.

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 22/23. The modules relating to the academic year 23/24 will be available from June 2023.

      • Module code: BSOM023
        Status: Compulsory
        This module critically evaluates concepts related to International Supply Chain and Logistics Management. It enables the learners to recognise the complex workings of the whole supply chain, and to coordinate and manage relevant decisions within their own organisations. Operations and supply chain decisions often require numerical analysis, therefore the module also entails the application of quantitative techniques.
      • Module code: BSOM034
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to focus on the different elements that make up a holistic view of Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Supply Chains are sources of competitive advantage. The module evaluates the reasons by which improved performance in Logistics and Supply Chain management leads to lower operating costs, shorter lead times and better value for customers.
      • Module code: BSOM040
        Status: Compulsory
        The module examines strategic issues in the logistics & supply chain industry, enabling students to develop a thorough understanding of the implications related to such strategic issues. Real case scenarios are investigated with a view to identify the impact of such issues and to highlight related strategic decisions as potential resolving responses.
      • Module code: BSOM064
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide future managers with an introduction to International Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management providing them with the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to operate effectively beyond the bounds of their own organisations. The module brings theory to a contextualised environment, fostering good appreciation of stakeholder management.
      • Module code: BSOM072
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide future business managers with an introduction to risk and resilience. It also enables the students to understand the workings of holistic supply chains and the required managerial decisions and how these intercede with risk mitigation strategies and resilience planning.
      • Module code: BSOM077
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to offer the opportunity to the learners to develop skills in completing an investigative research project. The students will use their project management skills, their specialist skills gained in other modules and they will work towards successfully completing the capstone project of their masters degree.
      • Module code: BSOM078
        Status: Compulsory
        Digital Twin technologies are revolutionary phenomena for developing an exact digital or cyber replica of a physical asset or a system. Within this module, the learners will have the opportunity to investigate Digital Twin (DT) as an emerging technology, Internet of Things (IoT) as an enabler and other related theories and practices.

    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.

    Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme

    MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management is part of the Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELCS). The ELCS is an opportunity for members of the Armed Forces to further or expand on their education. The scheme offers support financially in a maximum of three separate financial years for higher level learning of a nationally recognised qualification at a Level three or above.

  • To be eligible for this course in Logistics and Supply Chain Management 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.

  • 23/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK: £7,650
    • International: £16,500
    • Placement fee*: £1,100

    *The placement is payable in year 2 of the course for both UK and International students.

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2023. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    22/23 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK: £7,650
    • International: £15,000
    • Placement fee*: £500

    *The placement is payable in year 2 of the course for both UK and International students.

  • 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.

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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.

Postgraduate Discount Scheme

We offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for students who have previously studied a full time undergraduate degree at the University of Northampton.