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International Logistics MSc


Course Description

Students taking this course will develop their knowledge and understanding of the key concepts affecting Logistics and Supply Chain Management today. Whether they 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 is externally accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). Successful completion of the course will facilitate admission as a full member (MCIPS).

You also have the option to study this programme via distance learning: http://www.northampton.ac.uk/study/courses/international-logistics-distance-learning-msc/

Course content

In many of the largest economies in the world, up to one person in eight is employed in logistics and transportation. A career in logistics can be the key to a lifetime of discovering the diversity of the modern world of business.

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.

Students taking this course will develop their knowledge and understanding of the key concepts affecting Logistics and Supply Chain Management today. Whether they intend to specialize 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.

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.

Our Master’s degree students typically represent a wide range of nationalities, cultures and ambitions. Our courses have a truly international feel from the first day of study, providing another valuable dimension to the learning experience.

Aims of the MSc International Logistics:
-To develop proactive managers who are confident in managing projects and business improvement of functional areas through effective leadership.
-To allow students to follow a programme of management study containing a considerable element of specialism related to the supply chain of both local and multinational companies.
-To 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.
-To build on students’ existing capabilities and transferable skills in order to develop masters level knowledge and skills in the business and logistics management field, so enhancing their employability and future career prospects in the field of logistics
-To enable them to develop a strong, conceptual and theoretical understanding of logistics management issues, problems and opportunities.
-To equip them with the skills, analytical techniques and tools to make a significant, sustained contribution to the achievement of employer goals.
-To enable them 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.
-To develop skills in effective scholarly research and reflection.

A modular approach to teaching is employed at Northampton Business School. MSc International Logistics shares a number of key features with our other postgraduate study programmes in Management.

All our Masters students will follow a core programme of study designed to broaden and reinforce their management knowledge:
-Organisational behaviour.
-Managing operations.
-Project management.
-Strategy.
-Accounting and finance.

Students following the MSc International Logistics will additionally cover a range of topics specific to their chosen subject:
-International logistics.
-Perspectives of applied logistics.
-Strategic issues in logistics.
-Sustainability and environment.

Students are given a further opportunity to explore these subjects, or subjects of their own choosing, in their final Logistics Research Project.

The logistics faculty has extensive links with local and international industry, which may lead to opportunities for students to undertake their research within logistics businesses.

To find out more about the modules, view the course award map: http://oldweb.northampton.ac.uk/caf/pgmsaward/international-logistics-msc.htm

Course modules (16/17)

-Strategic Management
-Organisational Behaviour
-Managing Operations
-Project Management
-International Logistics and Supply Chain
-Strategic Issues in Logistics
-Applied Logistics, Procurement and Supply
-Logistics Research Project

Schedule

One year full time. A combination of lectures, seminars and workshops are taught on this programme. Usually 9-12 hours per week of activities are timetabled; we recommend students spend at least the same amount of hours per week in self-directed study time.

Assessments

Your progress will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written assessment.

Facilities and Special Features

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. Extensive use is made of case studies and exercises to bring concepts and theories to life.

Careers

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

Visit the International Logistics MSc page on the University of Northampton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page: View Website

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