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Course content

Developments in the last two decades have seen huge investments into the technologies necessary to deliver reduced operating costs, shorter lead times and better value for customers.

Whether you intend to specialise in International Logistics as a career, or enter general management, today’s professionals require a deep and systematic understanding of the technology, staff, infrastructure and operational processes that define this important business sector. This programme has been designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of the key concepts affecting Logistics and Supply Chain Management today.

Our online learning programmes are flexible and designed so you can balance study with your commitments at work and home. The programme structure and learning materials enable you to study at your own convenience and develop your own study schedule while offering opportunities for you to engage with your peers.

Northampton Integrated Learning Environment (NILE) is a dedicated online university learning space for students. Your tutors will use NILE to engage with you, and you will use NILE to access course materials, assessment information, virtual classrooms and discussion boards. Your assessed work will be submitted and graded online, so you will be able to see your grades and feedback wherever you are in the world. The system that underpins NILE is Blackboard and access to this system is through nile.northampton.ac.uk. We also have a mobile app so you can stay connected to the University of Northampton wherever you are; iNorthampton is available for Android and Apple mobile devices.

Course content

You will investigate and evaluate the range of alternative approaches to Logistics and Supply Chain Management today, looking forward over the next five years, making use of theoretical and industry sources. Every stage of the supply chain, from raw material supply to resource recovery will be covered, as will the many modes of transport, on land, sea and in the air.

Strategic issues such as multi-channel retailing, supply chain collaboration and lead time compression will be covered in workshop style sessions led by our experienced teaching staff, many of whom have previously held board level appointments in globally renowned logistics companies.

Topics of global significance, such as disaster relief and sustainable distribution, are also included in a broad and topical study programme.

How you will study

Core learning will be delivered electronically and you will be encouraged to engage with your fellow students and tutors online. Studying online will give you the flexibility to study at your convenience* without the need to travel or physically attend classes, whilst enhancing your employment opportunities. You will be supported throughout the process by our great teaching staff that are professionally qualified and have industry and academic experience to share with you.

*Modules are delivered within trimester periods so you will need to complete them in specified times.

What you will study

This programme is 30 months in duration. The academic year is split into trimesters. For a September start you will study as follows;
-Trimester one – September to December
-Trimester two – January to April
-Trimester three – May to July

Year One
Trimester one – September to December
You will study one module; Managing Operations.
Trimester two – January to April
You will study two modules; International Logistics and Project Management.
Trimester three – May to July
You will study one module; Strategic Issues in Logistics.

Year Two
Trimester four – September to December
You will study one module; Strategic Management.
Trimester five – January to April
You will study one module; Perspectives of Applied Logistics and commence work on your Logistics Research Project.
Trimester six – May to July
You will continue work on your Logistics Research Project.
Trimester seven – September to December
You will study one module; Organisational Behaviour and complete work on your Logistics Research Project.

For further information on course content and modules please refer to the NILE site: https://nile.northampton.ac.uk/webapps/blackboard/content/listContentEditable.jsp?content_id=_1281679_1&course_id=_32034_1&mode=reset%E2%80%8B


Per module you should expect to spend between 10/20 hours per week engaging with online activities and study through NILE as well as self-directed study time. Typical time to completion is 30 months.


Your assessment will be a combination of reports, portfolio, peer assessment and case studies.


Successful completion of this course will prepare you for a career in logistics with the potential to achieve success as a senior manager within a multinational organisation.

Visit the International Logistics (Distance Learning) MSc page on the University of Northampton website for more details!





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