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Logistics and Supply Chain Management - MSc

Course Description

Become a competent, innovative practitioner with our MSc Logistics Supply Chain Management (CILT) course. Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, our course addresses the key concerns of the subject, ensuring you graduate with the skills the industry demands.

What's covered in the course?

With companies facing ever-increasing competition, coupled with the need to reduce waste and improve the overall service offered to customers from initial design to final delivery, the need for highly skilled logistics practitioners and managers has never been more pronounced.

Supply chain management addresses the main operations aspects of both product-based and service industries. It is concerned with the initial design process, sourcing materials for the long-term satisfaction of the customer. Customer satisfaction is achieved by ensuring the supply of the right goods, in the right quantity, of the right quality, at the right price, to the right place, at the right time.

Why choose us?

-Our accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) ensures our course remains fresh, relevant and replete with key industry insight.
-You'll receive the support of expert staff, who have a wide range of academic, research and industrial experience in sectors such as manufacturing and electronics.
-The course is flexible in delivery, allowing you to decide the best method of study, and ensuring you can fit your course around work and personal commitments.
-You’ll be able to relate real-life, problem-based learning to industry and commerce, while also getting to grips with new technologies and techniques.


This degree course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Course in depth

You will acquire knowledge and understanding through formal lectures, tutor-led seminars and practical activities, as well as a range of independent learning activities.

There is an emphasis on guided, self-directed and student-centred learning with a progressively increasing independence of approach, thought and process. This independent learning includes an element of peer review in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the learning.

Lectures introduce themes, theories and concepts, which are further explored in seminars. You will benefit from technology-enhanced learning, where appropriate, through online resources, discussion forums and other activities.

Transferable/key skills, such as team-working, are pervasive and incorporated into modules and assessments as appropriate. You are encouraged to plan your own work schedules and required to meet deadlines. The course will foster your skills in reflection and self-awareness.

-Research Methods and Professional Development 15 credits
-Developing Financial Capability 15 credits
-Developing Human Capability 15 credits
-International Logistics and Supply Chain Management 15 credits
-Enterprise Systems Design 15 credits
-Operations and Supply Chain Management 15 credits
-Logistics and Distribution Systems 15 credits
-Business and Information Strategy 15 credits
-Master’s Project 60 credits

Enhancing your employability skills

Graduates with the knowledge and practical skills that are taught on this course are in high demand.

This is because the logistics sector has identified a growing need for managers who can competently identify and provide solutions to a wide range of logistical and supply chain problems.

It means when you graduate from this course, you will stand out as a candidate who can operate at a senior level in this field. Typical roles that are suited for graduates of the MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management include supply chain managers, distribution managers, logistics managers, logistics analysts, and procurement managers.

Our graduates have gone on to forge very successful careers with world-leading organisations including WEG Electric Motors (UK) Ltd, Ishida Europe, DHL Manufacturing Logistics Services, Palletways UK, APL Logistics, BAE Systems, and Staffordshire Perkins UK.

Visit the Logistics and Supply Chain Management - MSc page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Dean Bernard

856.jpg Dean completed Birmingham City University’s blended-learning MSc Logistics Programme in 2010.
It was the discovery that University had introduced a flexible, mainly distance-learning, Masters course, blended with tutorial support that enabled Dean, as a London-based logistics professional, to take the opportunity to advance his expertise.

With substantial experience in the parcel and mail sector at managerial level, Dean says: “I wanted to underpin years of practical experience by exploring in-depth more academic knowledge and skills. I particularly enjoyed interacting with tutors and other industry professionals.”

In the course of researching for his MSc dissertation for the University’s Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment (TEE), Dean discovered there was also the opportunity to submit a 2,500 word essay to the ‘Logistics Student of the Year’ competition. This was entitled ‘The Carbon Challenge – What measures should the logistics industry be taking to reduce its carbon footprint?’

Dean’s entry proved to be exceptional with practical environmentally-friendly recommendations for the Logistics Industry to develop ‘greener’ operating methods, which would not increase costs, erode profits or diminish efficiency. His valuable proposals won the UK-Government’s Department of Transport Freight Best Practice ‘Logistics Student of the Year’ prize, comprising a trophy and £500 cheque. These were presented to him at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport’s ‘Logistics Research Network’ conference, at Cardiff University.

Having been further rewarded with a student placement on the Freight Best Practice team at the Department for Transport, Dean recommended that his ‘greener logistics’ propositions should entail practitioners at every level of the sector receiving additional vocational training.

His University Course Director, Dennis Foster, says: “Dean’s award is recognition of his understanding of future challenges facing the UK-Logistics sector.

(Student Profile)

Richard Crook

857.jpg When Richard discovered Birmingham City University had introduced a mainly distance-learning Masters course, blended with campus-based tutorial support, he saw a way of advancing his capabilities through a study course compatible with life with a young family. Sponsored by his company, the MSc programme in Supply Chain Management enabled Richard to develop supply chain management skills relevant to the challenges he regularly faced in managing the logistics for moving valuable, often bulky and complex, machinery and products from Brazil to the UK and European destinations.

Richard says: “I valued highly the opportunity to gain greater, in-depth knowledge of distribution channels, materials management and human resource management skills, as well as learning through sharing experience with fellow students.”

His professional commitment and enthusiasm saw Richard excel in all aspects of his course. The overall high-level of his performance meant Richard was the natural recipient of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) Prize for his graduation year.

His Course Director at the University’s Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment (TEE), Dennis Foster, says: “Richard is one of the first Supply Chain Management MSc students to graduate having had the course delivered by flexible, blended learning. He is the first postgraduate student I can remember to gain distinctions, both for his course work and his major project dissertation. He thoroughly deserves the Institute’s Prize.”
As he considers possible overseas career development, Richard intends to pursue further work-based training.


Entry Requirements

We would normally expect you to hold at least a Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline. However, we can also consider your application without standard entry qualifications if you can provide evidence of the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully complete the course.

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