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This course develops your ability to initiate and implement advanced analysis and research in transport policy, planning and management. Read more

This course develops your ability to initiate and implement advanced analysis and research in transport policy, planning and management. You will learn the techniques and methodologies you need to take decisions, or to provide the necessary information for others to take policy decisions. The MSc course has been running successfully for many years, and is offered by the Department of Planning and Transport. The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), and graduates are exempt from the Institute's exams. The Course also forms part of the pathway to the Transport Planning Professional (TPP) qualification.

The course will enable you to understand the causes and motivations of personal travel and goods movement; to analyse transport problems and develop, and implement policies and measures for resolving such problems; to evaluate transport projects, plans and policies, taking into account the need for stakeholder participation and recognising the political, social, health, environmental and economic issues involved.

The MSc course balances theoretical and practical applications in the three separate components: core modules, option modules and a research dissertation.

If you are unable to study for a full Masters course, we also offer a Transport Planning and Management Postgraduate Diploma and a Transport Planning and Management Postgraduate Certificate.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules

Option modules

Professional accreditation

The MSc course will give you a full exemption from the examination requirement for membership of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (MCILT), and also forms part of the pathway to the Transport Planning Professional (TPP) qualification.

Industry links

We work closely with employers and industry to provide graduates with the technical knowledge, expertise and transferable skills they need for a successful career.

Students gain valuable contact with industry through guest lectures, seminars, field trips, group design activities and individual special project (dissertations) as well as employer presentations.

The course has close links with international consultancies and local authorities. We have worked with organisations such as Arup, AECOM, CH2M, Atkins, Alan Baxter & Associates, WSP, Transport for London and GLA. 

Career path

Transport Planning and Management MSc is the right choice if you see your future work in transport planning as part of the design of sustainable cities.

Graduate students have been very successful in gaining subsequent employment with the following organisations:

  • transport operators
  • consultancies
  • local and central governments
  • international funding institutions
  • third sector and lobby groups
  • public and private utility companies
  • teaching and research


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Our Master's degree explores new approaches to design and analysis of transport and logistics systems. It focuses on contemporary issues, such as e-business, transport systems modelling, and environmental issues in transport and logistics. Read more

Our Master's degree explores new approaches to design and analysis of transport and logistics systems. It focuses on contemporary issues, such as e-business, transport systems modelling, and environmental issues in transport and logistics.

There is a growing demand for transport professionals and logisticians due to the expansion of local and regional trade agreements, free labour flow and rapid growth of globalisation. 

Our courses are designed for graduates who have not previously specialised in logistics and transport. Study this Master's to expand your knowledge in the field.

Accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), improving your career prospects and earning potential. You will be recognised by the CILT as holding their professional qualifications to full professional status Level 6 upon completion.

Career development

You will have the opportunity to participate in CILT activities during your studies, including the annual CILT student conference. These give you an opportunity to network with experts and leaders in the field. 

The latest event featured an address by The Princess Royal in her capacity as the patron of CILT, in which she highlighted the importance of efficient and effective logistics. 

Our students shared their research findings with The Princess Royal on topics including 'smart cities' and transportation strategies, and on various aspects of supply chain management.

You will also visit industrial locations, have seminars delivered by guest speakers from industry and collaborate with business partners for dissertation projects.

Consultancy project

You will undertake a two-week consultancy project with selected companies, which has been highly valued by previous students. Our students' consultancy project reports have been highly complimented by those companies.

Outcomes

This degree aims to:

  • Equip you with the latest knowledge in transport and logistics
  • Develop your ability to critically analyse problems that affect freight and passenger transport
  • Expand your ability to manage practical challenges in the transport and logistics sectors.

Full time

  • Passenger and Freight Transport (15 credits)
  • Smart Transport (15 credits)
  • Foundations of Scholarship and Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Project Management (15 credits)
  • Financial Management (15 credits)
  • Supply Chain Simulation and Modelling (15 credits)
  • Urban Infrastructure Systems (15 credits)
  • Strategic Management (15 credits)
  • Leadership, Personal Development and Career Management (15 credits)
  • Consultancy Project (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (30 credits)

Part time

The courses listed above will be split across two years.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a variety of methods, including reports, essays, research proposals, consultancy reports and presentations, business modelling scenarios and a final dissertation.

Professional recognition

The Master's is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). Its structure, contents and qualifications are also compatible with CILT programmes, ensuring recognition by academic and business sectors across the UK and internationally. Upon completion of this degree you will have full professional status (to Level 6).

Careers

You can pursue opportunities in the service and manufacturing sectors; railways, passenger transport companies, third-party logistics and local authorities; freight transport and shipping companies; and as consultants.

Employability

You can also reach out to top employers through our dedicated Business School Employability Office (BSEO). The BSEO team develops your employment skills through CV support, interview skills workshops and guidance through mentors to progress in the industry. This includes the opportunity to network with employers and recruiters at career fairs.

The BSEO team was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards, which shows its dedication to actively support your career development.



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Getting the right product to the right place in the right quantity at the right time, in the best condition and at an acceptable cost is the challenge of logistics. Read more
Getting the right product to the right place in the right quantity at the right time, in the best condition and at an acceptable cost is the challenge of logistics. It is an area that embraces purchasing and supplier management, materials management and manufacturing, inventory management and warehousing, distribution and transport, and customer service.
The demand for logistics professionals outstrips supply, so there are excellent opportunities for rapid career progression for those with the drive to succeed. Careers in logistics and supply chain management offer early responsibility, exciting challenges with good pay and opportunities to travel.

UWTSD offers the following CILT accredited qualifications from ranging from Level 3 to Level 6. For detailed information on the content of each course search ‘CILT’ on the UWTSD website.

The Level 3 Certificate is taught as an online course only. The Level 5 Diploma can be taught face to face in a classroom setting but is also available as a purely online course. The Level 6 Advanced Diploma is only taught face to face in a classroom setting.

For classroom based courses the start date is September and is subject to minimum numbers. Online learning can be undertaken throughout the year, contact the tutor for more information.

Level 3 (QCF) Certificate in Logistics and Transport (Online only)

• Supply Chain Stream
Management
Warehousing
• Transport Stream (Freight)
Management
Road Freight Transport
• Transport Stream (Passenger)
Management
Passenger Transport Coordinator

Level 5 professional Diploma In Logistics and Transport (Online/Classroom)

• Supply Chain Stream
Management
Supply Chain Management
Inventory
Project Management
• Transport Stream (Freight)
Management
Transport Operations
Transport Planning
Movement of Goods
• Transport Stream (Passenger)
Management
Transport Operations
Movement of People
Transport & Society

Level 6 Advanced Diploma in Logistics and Transport (Classroom only)

• Logistics and Transport in Strategic Context
• Leadership & Strategic Management in Logistics and Transport
• Strategic Network Planning in Logistics and Transport
• Delivering Strategic Performance in Logistics and Transport
• Research Methods and Professional Practice in Logistics and Transport

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Our Transport and Operations Research Group is a leading centre of transport technology in Europe. We conduct world leading research that has commercial impact. Read more
Our Transport and Operations Research Group is a leading centre of transport technology in Europe. We conduct world leading research that has commercial impact. You will be able to develop your work into ground breaking research through working with our experts.

By pursuing research in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences you will join an extremely successful research group focussing on transport and civil engineering. Our mission is to foster, promote and conduct research of international quality. This means that we attract high quality graduates and researchers and train them to international standards.

Research into transport and civil engineering is conducted by our Transport Operations Research Group (TORG), one of the leading centres of transport technology in Europe. We are central to key research in areas such as road user charging and smartcards, developing both the policy ideas and the underlying technologies.

We are currently running a world-leading trial in electric vehicles and public charging infrastructure in the north east of England. This research is informing policy, international standards development and its impact on energy demand and environmental emissions. We have also developed a low-cost wireless sensing technology, Motes, which is being used to monitor traffic pollution, help develop strategies to manage traffic demand and reduce emissions. This world-leading technology is being used commercially by several local authorities and it is being assessed for deployment in a number of high profile international cities.

Our main research areas are:
-Land use and network models
-Passenger transport and policy
-Transport and the environment
-Infrastructure design and telematics

We supervise MPhil and PhD students in the following areas:
-Freight and traffic loading
-Public transport management and operations
-Traffic management and control
-Road traffic safety and accident analysis
-Transport emissions and the environment
-Transport telematics and image processing
-Intelligent transport systems (ITS)
-Travel behaviour
-Highway design and engineering
-Operating speed models
-Environmental impact and monitoring of transport activities

Delivery

During term time, TORG has weekly seminars where staff, current PhD students and invited speakers make presentations. The current research themes deal with:
-Transport telematics
-Public transport
-Transport and the environment
-Pollution and congestion
-Road-user charging and infrastructure

You have the opportunity to attend and make presentations at conferences, including the Universities' Transport Study Group Annual Conference.

Placements

We have extensive UK and international contacts so that research can be carried out in collaboration with industry and government agencies. Research projects are supervised by staff with a wide range of industrial and academic experience.

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The Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc has been designed to develop your ability to carry out advanced analysis and research in the field of logistics and supply chain management within a global context. Read more

The Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc has been designed to develop your ability to carry out advanced analysis and research in the field of logistics and supply chain management within a global context. The MSc course has been running since 1998 and is offered by the Department of Planning and Transport.

If you are unable to study for a full Master's course, we also offer a Logistics and Supply Chain Management Postgraduate Diploma and a Logistics and Supply Chain Management Postgraduate Certificate. 

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you study on this course.

Core modules

Optional modules

Professional accreditation

This MSc course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and graduates are exempt from the Institute's exams.

Industry links

We include lots of industry speakers within the course and students are encouraged to attend the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) events held frequently in London.

Career path

The course has a strong employment record, with graduates going on to work with a wide range of organisations including logistics service providers, manufacturers, retailers and the public sector.

Examples of companies that have recruited our graduates include:

  • Honda
  • DHL
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Maersk Logistics
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Volvo Logistics
  • Kuehne + Nagel
  • Norbert Dentressangle
  • IKEA

 



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IN BRIEF. Member of the national Universities Transport Partnership. Emphasis on methodology and practice, guided by the needs of employers. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Member of the national Universities Transport Partnership
  • Emphasis on methodology and practice, guided by the needs of employers
  • Accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (Institution of Structural Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Highways & Transportation) as fully satisfying requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

This course has been running for more than forty years and is recognised as providing a good grounding for students interested in the management, engineering and planning of transport infrastructure. It takes students from a wide range of relevant backgrounds.

The emphasis of the course is on current methodology and practice to improve your employability with engineering and planning departments of local and central governments, passenger transport executives, and transport consultants.

This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.

COURSE DETAILS

Transport engineering modules relate to traffic engineering and transport systems design. Transport planning modules consider policy (such as reducing car dependency), travel demand forecasting and appraisal. If you have a civil engineering background you can elect to take an optional module in transport infrastructure design as an alternative to the extended modelling and appraisal work.

The course is supported by field surveys, seminars and studio work, allowing students to experience a range of relevant computer packages and methodological approaches.

You are also required to produce a dissertation with the close supervision of an expert academic member of staff.

This course may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. The part-time course enables candidates who would not normally be able to obtain a year’s release from employment to also study in depth and is used by some employers as part of their formal graduate training programme.

TEACHING

The course combines formal lectures and seminars with extensive coursework including transport planning studio work, traffic survey projects, appraisal assignments and statistics tutorials. The teaching panel includes visiting specialists with expert knowledge of specific topics.

You will be exposed to a range of relevant transport software.

Part-time students study the taught modules over two years on a day-release basis (currently Thursdays)

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is by a combination of formal examinations, tutorial and seminar work, course assignment portfolio and a dissertation.  The overall breakdown is:

  • Examination: 50%
  • Coursework: 50%

CAREER PROSPECTS

Graduates from this course work in local authorities, consultancies and transport utilities. Some graduates work on projects overseas. The postgraduate qualification is highly valued by employers.

The MSc award is approved as further learning for those working towards Chartered Engineer status. The  programme team has close contacts with local employers and the Professional Institutions.

FURTHER STUDY

Some of our students go on to study in our Civil Engineering Research Centre.  

Research in this Centre is focused into four main themes, aligned with the core elements of the civil engineering curriculum: Structural Engineering, Transport Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering and Hydraulics. Our aim is to provide leading edge sustainable research that is both fundamental and relevant in today’s changing society and environment that is underpinned by strong links with academics from throughout Europe and with industrial partners, such as Network Rail, GMPTE, Atkins, Veolia and UIC.

http://www.cse.salford.ac.uk/research/engineering-2050/civil-engineering/



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This course provides students with a well recognised qualification which enables them to apply for a wide range of jobs in logistics, distribution, transport, warehousing, freight management, consultancy and other related areas. Read more
This course provides students with a well recognised qualification which enables them to apply for a wide range of jobs in logistics, distribution, transport, warehousing, freight management, consultancy and other related areas.

The course aims to equip you with the knowledge, technical expertise and confidence to become a highly competent and self-sufficient logistics professional. Our unique 'activity-led learning' approach and close collaboration with industry will provide you with practical skills and strategic insights into the important aspects of the profession.

Job satisfaction and remuneration prospects are excellent, with high employer demand for logistics graduates outstripping the supply of suitably qualified applicants in most parts of the world.

The course is applying for accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and has been designed to meet the needs of graduates and professionals alike by offering both full-time and part-time study routes, enabling progression to full membership of CILT.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

This course has your future career as its focus. A key feature of the course is the very strong industry links developed through a programme of visiting industry guests lecturers and client-based individual project work.

The course will enhance your ability to think critically and apply your technical knowledge to the solution of real-life logistical problems both individually and as a member of a team. Our 'activity-led learning' approach will equip you with a wide range of practical skills, analytical tools and research capabilities to enable you to manage effectively in different operational settings and exploit future opportunities.

Importantly, our Global Leadership Programme (GLP) will offer you numerous opportunities to network with, question and learn from highly respected senior managers and leaders. This will help you to learn from successful role models and seize opportunities to maximise your own potential and career development in the future.

We invite you to take advantage of our high quality learning environment which stretches far beyond the classroom and includes:
-Our new state-of-the-art £55m Engineering and Computing Building
-Our prize winning world-class Lanchester library
-Our advanced CU-online 'e-learning' infrastructure
-Our dedicated postgraduate teaching, social and cultural centre
-Our large team of expert and experienced teaching staff

By the time you graduate you should be very well equipped to meet the challenges of the logistics industry.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

This course introduces students to all the key aspects of logistics management, providing a framework within to develop a deep understanding of the subject applicable to a wide range of industries both locally and globally. The course explores different ways that the management of logistics can significantly contribute to wealth creation, competitiveness, and to the advancement of individuals and society.

Industrial visits, case studies, visiting speakers and simulations are used to demonstrate the impact of world-class logistics and supply chain management within different industries.

All students will study the module Study Skills and Research Methods. In Addition, you will take eight taught topics and complete a Masters project. The topics studied are:
-Supply Chain and Logistics Economics;
-Logistics Business Simulation;
-Logistics and Supply Chain Operations;
-Supply Chain Management;
-Strategic Logistics Management;
-Innovation and Knowledge Management;
-IT Project Management;
-Global Distribution Networks.
-Study Skills and Research Methods
-Project

For the award of MSc you must successfully complete an individual masters research project or an industry based applied project.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE BE TAUGHT?

This course offers some evening modules: speak to admissions for further information.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

Successful completion of this course leads to a career in the shipping, freight haulage, passenger transport or retail distribution industries at both technical and managerial levels.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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Why this course?. This course provides rigorous training in the analytical frameworks and methods required in the study of public policy. Read more

Why this course?

This course provides rigorous training in the analytical frameworks and methods required in the study of public policy.

It’s ideal for those wanting professional skills to become a policy practitioner, analyst or to proceed to a PhD.

You’ll explore the various methodological tools and their connections to real world problems facing governments and related organisations. You’ll learn a range of key skills:

  • Analytical & Critical Thinking
  • Research Management
  • Data Analysis
  • Report Writing & Presentation

You can study this course full-time over 12 months or part-time over 24 months.

You’ll study

The MSc in Public Policy is organised into core and optional classes. The core classes provide an introduction to the theory and practice of public policy, as well as a range of skills and methodologies to design, conduct and report on social research.

Facilities

Established in 2010, the School of Government & Public Policy has three research centres:

Learning & teaching

The MSc in Public Policy comprises of core and optional classes and a dissertation. The core classes provide an introduction to the theory and practice of public policy, as well as a range of skills and methodologies relevant to designing, conducting and reporting on social research.

All classes are taught in small-group seminars. You’ll receive considerable time and attention from our staff in the seminars and individual supervision sessions.

If you’re studying part-time you’ll attend classes across two academic years. You’ll work on a dissertation over 10 months.

Classes average 20 contact hours, with additional computer laboratory sessions for some methods classes. Part-time students attend classes across two academic years. They then work on their dissertation over the course of 10 months.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods including essays, options papers and group projects. These account for two thirds of the total assessment. Your dissertation accounts for one third of the total assessment.

Careers

Where are they now?

Examples of organisations our graduates work for include:

  • Audit Scotland
  • Centre for African Family Studies
  • Centre for Scottish Public Policy
  • Confederation of Passenger Transport
  • German Red Cross
  • Hall Aitken Associates
  • Health and Social Care Alliance
  • HMRC
  • Invicta Public Affairs
  • Ministry of Finance Iceland
  • Morgan Stanley
  • National Centre for Social Research
  • NHS 
  • Ofgem
  • Santander Bank UK
  • Scottish Council for Development and Industry
  • Scottish Refugee Council
  • Serco Group
  • The Improvement Service
  • The Scottish Parliament
  • United Nations Development Programme 
  • West and Central Voluntary Network


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This Masters course in Emergency Planning Resilience and Response will provide you with an opportunity for you to develop master’s level education in the… Read more

This Masters course in Emergency Planning Resilience and Response will provide you with an opportunity for you to develop master’s level education in the concepts theories and academic skills for emergency planning, resilience, business continuity and disaster management and recovery .The course caters for professionals who may already be working in this field or those wishing to embark on a career in emergency planning. The course aims to offer a flexible approach to the subjects studied and those already working in this area will be able to develop further their knowledge skills and experience. The course will ensure you develop a sound working knowledge of the principles and practice of emergency planning and the underpinning policy. You will develop valuable skills in communication and strategic leadership. You will also develop a wide range of inter-personal skills for effective use in multi-agency teams. There will be opportunities to take part in exercises and training in simulated emergency settings with a wide range of professional and other Key Stakeholders and organisations involved in emergency planning.

You will study six 20 credit modules and conduct a 60 credit Master’s level piece of independent research. You may also use the accreditation of prior experience and learning process to credit appropriate experience or past level 7 credits for learning, towards the course. You will be able to study a range of subjects for the 60 credits at PG Certificate (Cert) level and 60 credits at PG Diploma (Dip) level. The 60 credit independent study module can be selected from three options, either an evidence based practice module containing two major assessments, usually of relevance to your current workplace (under the supervision of an experienced member of staff), a Consultancy Project which will be negotiated by an employer or third party organisation where you may agree delivery parameters of a consultancy project , carry out the required work and academically evaluate the process and outcomes or the research dissertation. This module consists of an independent study designed, planned & carried out by yourself (under the supervision of an experienced member of staff), written up into dissertation of a minimum of 15,000 words.

You may study the course as a whole and decide on your final award title of MSc Emergency Planning. It is envisaged that this award will have two intermediate awards :

  • PG Cert Management of Passenger Transport Emergency Incidents
  • PG Cert Emergency Planning Resilience and Response
  • PG Dip Emergency Planning Resilience and Response

Career path

Emergencies and disasters have increased globally over the past 20 years and this trend is set to remain high. Organisations across the UK including the National Health Service (NHS), the emergency services, local government, HM Armed Forces and the private sector need to develop the ability to respond to `a variety of major incidents and to manage recovery locally, regionally or nationally and internationally within the context of the UK Civil Contingencies Act (2004)and other international legislation. Each major organisation will have in place a Major Incident Plan that is built upon the principles of risk assessment and emergency planning skills. Most organisations have set up emergency planning departments and career opportunities exist in working in the field of emergency planning at local, regional and national and International levels. This course will give you the advanced underpinning theories, principles and concepts of emergency planning resilience and response and enable you to engage with strategic and national and International guidelines in practice.

Students undertaking this course may already be working in the field of emergency planning or on the front line in accident and emergency services, etc. It is envisaged that students will develop strategic leadership skills and develop further their multi-agency working. The course is built upon best practice and will enable students to gain the knowledge and skills to implement the strategies outlined in the Civil Contingencies Act (2004) and other national policies and guidelines.

Many of our students go on to achieve new jobs and/or promotion as a result of their studies. Often this happens during their course not only after completion. Participating in academic study at all levels will encourage analysis and criticality and hence will improve the opportunity for promotion and advancement. Successful completion of an academic qualification will facilitate students in providing a justification for progression through the skills escalator and will often act as a catalyst to enable the student to pass through the band gateways. This may be an opportunity for you to move into this area of work on completion of your studies.

On completion of your Masters degree you can now progress to a professional doctorate in emergency planning in the School of Health & Well Being.



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Why this course?

What role do powerful states, international organisations and social movements play in international and regional politics? How should we respond to global crises and conflicts? How does power operate in, across and between states? In what ways do international political and economic processes shape the everyday lives of people across the globe? And how can we explain and evaluate such processes?

This MSc in International Relations will help you answer these questions. It will equip you with a systematic grounding in the analysis of international politics, in terms both of the issues, actors and processes that shape the world today and the theoretical frameworks and methodological techniques by which we make sense of them.

The course is distinctive in combining American and British, positivist and critical, approaches to this field of study, as well as in its range of specialist classes on topics as diverse as international law, the EU, security and gender.

In addition, the MSc in International Relations offers rigorous methodological training, drawing on long-established expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods. You'll be encouraged to evaluate these methods and to apply them to international political actors and processes. The course will significantly enhance your employability skills in terms of research management, data analysis and critical thinking.

You’ll study

The course is organised into core and optional classes. The core classes provide an introduction to:

  • theoretical frameworks in the field
  • key issues of interstate cooperation and conflict
  • the role of international organisations
  • principles of research design

There will also be a range of optional classes open to you, on specialised topics in international relations and on research methods. These will vary year to year.

You'll take two core classes and one optional class per semester. Classes average 20 contact hours with additional computer laboratory sessions for some methods classes. You'll also complete a dissertation over the summer, under the supervision of one of our International Relations scholars.

Learning & teaching

All classes are taught in seminars, which combine theoretical discussion with a strong empirical focus and which consist of a variety of teaching techniques, from small-group work to structured debates.

Classes average 20 contact hours with additional computer laboratory sessions for some methods classes.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods including:

  • essays
  • options papers
  • group projects
  • exams

These account for two thirds of the total assessment. Your dissertation, produced over the summer, accounts for one third of the total assessment.

Careers

Where are they now?

Examples of organisations our graduates work for:

  • Audit Scotland
  • Centre for African Family Studies
  • Centre for Scottish Public Policy
  • Confederation of Passenger Transport
  • German Red Cross
  • Hall Aitken Associates
  • Health and Social Care Alliance
  • HMRC
  • Invicta Public Affairs
  • Ministry of Finance Iceland
  • Morgan Stanley
  • National Centre for Social Research
  • NHS 
  • Ofgem
  • Santander Bank UK
  • Scottish Council for Development and Industry
  • Scottish Refugee Council
  • Serco Group
  • The Improvement Service
  • The Scottish Parliament
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • West and Central Voluntary Network


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A unique course created to meet a demand clearly stated by employers for graduates skilled and qualified in airport business development, planning, design, operations and environmental management. Read more

A unique course created to meet a demand clearly stated by employers for graduates skilled and qualified in airport business development, planning, design, operations and environmental management. Study at the only UK university campus with a fully operational airport.

Who is it for?

Cranfield University is the only university in the world to run an English language master's course in airport planning and management. Achieving this highly relevant and globally respected degree will enable you to stand out in a competitive employment market.

Cranfield's Centre for Air Transport Management combines a wealth of practical expertise with extensive research, consultancy and teaching experience in one centre of excellence. We have been providing postgraduate education for almost sixty years. You can be sure that your qualification will be valued and respected by employers throughout the world.

Why this course?

In addition to management, communication, team work and research skills, you will attain the following learning outcomes from this course:

  • A systematic understanding of relevant international and national regulations and the ability to explain their effects on airport business, planning, design, operations and safety management decisions
  • A critical awareness of the key issues that affect users of airport facilities (e.g. airlines and retailers) and the ability to explain the impact of their commercial pressures, strategic decisions and priorities on airport business, planning, design, operations and safety management decisions
  • How to identify, analyse and design solutions in order to address a given research problem within the context of airport planning and management, having regard to regulatory constraints and commercial and environmental imperatives
  • Undertake and successfully complete a substantial programme of independent research, applying robust methods of data collection and analysis, and communicating the findings coherently.

Cranfield University is very well located for visiting students from all over the world, and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This MSc programme benefits from students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds which significantly enhances the learning experience for both staff and students.

Informed by Industry

Directed by an industrial advisory committee comprising senior representatives from leading airports and associated sectors. This group meets annually to ensure that the course content will equip you with the skills and knowledge required by leading employers.

Industrial Advisory Committee members include:

  • Catherine Ashman, Senior Airport Planner, Arup
  • Anna Gawthorpe, Safety and Compliance Manager, Execujet
  • Andrew Gibson, International Technical Director - Aviation, CH2M HILL
  • Andy Jefferson, Programme Director, UK Sustainable Aviation
  • Rob Rushmer, Director, Leigh Fisher
  • Richard Timberlake, Director - Transportation, Dar Group

Accreditation

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

Course details

Nine compulsory taught modules, a group project and an individual research project.

Group project

In April students are divided into groups of seven to ten, and asked to solve a current airport planning and management challenge. The group project draws upon the learning from the taught modules and applies it to real-life simulation. Each member is required to take responsibility for a key area, for example, market analysis, capital expenditure forecast or terminal design. The group submits a report of their findings and recommendations and delivers a presentation to staff, students and industry experts. 

Projects are usually supported by industry and potential future employers value this experience. Industry involvement is an integral component to the group project, to give you first-hand experience of working within real life challenging situations. 

Previous Group Projects have included:

  • Evaluating the business case for extending the runway at Birmingham Airport
  • The preparation of development plans for two new airports in South-West England
  • Designing a new passenger terminal for Leeds-Bradford International Airport.

Individual project

The individual research project is the single largest component of this course and is an opportunity to study a problem in detail. Sponsoring organisations may co-operate in the choice of a suitable subject. Project topics vary widely and are often based on your area of interest. The individual research project component typically takes place between April and August.

Previous individual research projects have included:

  • An analysis of the hubbing strategy of Air France/KLM at Amsterdam Schiphol airport
  • The implications of secondary slot trading on airport revenues
  • Air traffic distribution in a multi-airport environment; the Mumbai metropolitan region

Assessment

Taught modules 50%, Group project 10%, Individual research project 40%

Your career

Working in an airport environment offers varied and exciting career possibilities. Graduates should be able to pursue a career working for an airport authority in business development, operations, design and planning or with one of the many planning and management consultancies that advise airports across the world.

Our passion for the areas of expertise we operate in, and our hands-on relationship with industry are unparalleled. This is recognised globally by potential employers and we have a proven record of graduate employment across airports, consultancies and associated industries.

Previous graduates have secured employment with a range of companies including:

  • Arup
  • Jacobs Consultancy
  • Mott MacDonald
  • Airbus
  • Korean Airports Corporation
  • Malaysian Airports
  • SH&E
  • Aviation Economics
  • Heathrow Airport.

We also provide access to our exclusive LinkedIn Cranfield University - Air Transport Group, which offers unrivalled networking and job opportunities.



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Logistics and supply chain management bring together the business skills to manage the activities and flows of information between suppliers, manufacturers, logistics service providers, retailers and consumers. Read more

Why take this course?

Logistics and supply chain management bring together the business skills to manage the activities and flows of information between suppliers, manufacturers, logistics service providers, retailers and consumers.

This course focuses on the integration of analytical techniques for optimisation with the decision issues and technology relating to logistics and supply chain management.

This course is one of a small number selected as part of the HEFCE PEP Scholarship programme for 2014. Please visit the HEFCE PEP page to see full details of the scheme, eligibility criteria and how to apply.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Have access to ultra-modern computing facilities, and use specialist mathematical and statistical computing packages
Participate in practical sessions to solve real-life case studies using our simulation software
Develop the problem-solving, decision-making and interpersonal abilities essential to professional roles in this field

What opportunities might it lead to?

Logistics analysis is critical to success in both manufacturing and service industries. Competitive advantage will increasingly come from the supplier's ability to rapidly respond to changing customer needs, for which effective logistics are of prime importance. This means that there will be a range of companies and organisations in both the public and private sector, demanding for your skills and expertise.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Production management
Transportation management
Quality control
Distribution
Facilities planning
Supply chain management
Passenger transportation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). Students studying CILT accredited courses receive exemptions from the academic requirements for membership. Graduates of the MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management course at the University of Portsmouth with an overall average pass mark above 50% are eligible to apply for Chartered Membership (CMILT) once they have gained the necessary experience.

Module Details

Supply chain management is a philosophy, the implementation process and the control of this process through which different entities within a supply chain aim to streamline their activities to improve the overall effectiveness and efficiency of meeting final customer requirements. A variety of different techniques will be investigated, ranging from conceptual frameworks, analytical approaches, to computer-based models.

Here are the units you will study:

Supply Chain Management: This unit enable you to develop advanced skills so that you can deal with problems of supply chain management across different products, locations, and companies. The types of problems studied in this course are encountered in industry (e.g. retail, discrete or continuous production and logistics service providers) as well as in service organisations (e.g. banks, hospitals and law firms). Managers dealing with such problems are known under various titles, including production, operations, supply (chain), inventory, purchasing, distribution or logistics managers.

Logistics Modelling: Most problems arising in the fields of logistics and supply chain management have sufficient complexity and detail that they require the use of sophisticated modelling techniques. This unit looks at two of the most commonly used methodologies for modelling and solving logistics problems: simulation and heuristic techniques. In both cases a computer package is used to assist solution. The techniques will be demonstrated with a range of case studies drawn from the field of logistics including transportation, supply chain configuration and management, warehouse design and layout, container port layout, production planning and vehicle routing.

Operations Management: This unit teaches operations management techniques that are relevant to logistics. The commonly used techniques of linear and integer programming will be taught using Microsoft Excel based methods for solution. You will look at case studies covering production planning, transportation, logistics planning and supply chain configuration. You will also be taught about locating facilities such as factories, distribution centres, cross docking centres and retail outlets. The effective scheduling of labour force and machines will be demonstrated, and current state-of-the art production planning models will be covered.

Strategic Logistics: This unit looks at the field of logistics from a strategic point of view. A number of quantitative techniques for strategic decision making such as decision analysis, multi-criteria decision analysis, data envelopment analysis and queuing theory are introduced in the context of logistics applications. The topic of strategic decisions in transportation modelling is then covered. The unit is completed by the analysis of a number of case studies relating to different applications of logistics with respect to financial, environmental, societal and economic objectives.

Project (Masters Logistics): This unit allows you to conduct research into a larger scale or challenging logistics problem. The project may be practical or theoretical and may arise either from the supervisor's research interests or from your own desire to study a particular topic or situation. Typical areas of logistics in which the project will be conducted include (but are not limited to) transportation, supply chain configuration and management, warehouse design and layout, container port layout, production planning, green logistics, facility location and vehicle routing.

Programme Assessment

Our enthusiastic team of lecturers have a wide range of industrial and research experience, ensuring that you graduate with cutting-edge knowledge. You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical computer-based sessions, laboratory and project work.

We assess you in a several ways, but a large portion of the assessment is based on a major project at the end of the year. Here’s how we assess your work:

Examinations
Coursework
Laboratory assignments
A dissertation

Student Destinations

Logistics and transportation are important to any firm where customer service is a strategic objective – whether its core focus is on products or services.

When you graduate from this course you could find employment in a wide range of logistics-related careers. Not only in the traditional areas of manufacturing logistics, distribution and supply chain management, but also postal and express delivery, the fire and rescue emergency operations and even the military and defence industry.

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