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Logistics and Supply Chain Management, MSc

Course content

Logistics and Supply Chain Management is basically about planning and controlling the activities of a company in order to secure that the right product is delivered in the right quantities to the right customer at the right time to the right price.

Though at first glance, this may sound easy, it is of course a challenging task. Furthermore, it is not enough just to be a good planner, it is also important to understand how various business processes must be in place in order to support a well functioning supply chain.

The programme provides you with an in-depth knowledge about

- Methods for planning and controlling flows of goods and information in a supply chain. This includes a solid understanding of how to develop the necessary IT based tools.
- How to design a strategy for Supply Chain Management.

The courses of the programme will provide you with analytical skills that enable you to appraise, systematically structure and analyse the possible solutions to complex logistical problems. The teaching form of the programme encourages student participation and this in combination with the final thesis work will provide you with self-management and communication skills.


Prerequisite courses
In the first semester you follow the prerequisite courses that form the methodological and academic basis for the further study programme.

In Research Methods in Logistics you are introduced to the research traditions in the field of logistics, in particular how Operations Research can and should be used.

In Advanced Excel you will get beyond basic Excel knowledge as you will also be introduced to simulation by use of Crystal Ball and to Visual Basic programming.

In Simulation: Modelling and Analysis you will be acquainted with the discrete event simulation methodology and how this can be applied for solving logistical problems.

In Optimisation Methods you acquire basic knowledge about how to model and solve optimisation problems.

In Production Planning and Control you get knowledge about the methodologies that are the foundation of the production planning modules in any ERP system.

Supply Chain Management: Strategy and Design will focus on high-level supply chain strategies and concepts but also provide you with an understanding of the role quantitative models play for doing a supply chain analysis.

Specialisation courses
In the second semester you follow the specialisation courses of the programme.

In Demand Management the students learn tools for forecasting and learn to understand the relationship between forecasts and planning within the company.

In Global Sourcing Strategic focus is on business relations between buyers and sellers on the industrial market. The students will learn to analyse this relationship and to develop well-founded possible solutions for complex problems within the subject area.

In Inventory Control the students get a solid understanding of issues about allocation and dimensioning of inventories in a supply chain.

Distribution and Transportation will be focused on how to solve practical logistical problems within the fields of transportation and Distribution Planning.

Supply Chain Performance Management deals with how decision making units in a supply chain can track their strategic focus while controlling that operations are lean and agile. Essential elements are the roles of key performance indicators (KPIs) and score card tools , as well as the links to issues in management accounting and financial performance measurement.

In Project Management with Accounting Perspectives the student will learn about the qualitative as well as the quantitative issues regarding the management of projects.

In the third semester you can choose elective courses within your areas of interest. The courses can either be taken at Aarhus BSS during the semester, at the AU Summer University or at one of our more than 200 partner universities abroad. You can also participate in internship programmes either in Denmark or abroad.

The fourth semester is devoted to the final thesis. You may choose the topic of the thesis freely and in this way get a chance to concentrate on and specialise in a specific field of interest. The thesis may be written in collaboration with another student or it may be the result of your individual effort. When the thesis has been submitted, it is defended before the academic advisor as well as an external examiner.

Visit the Logistics and Supply Chain Management, MSc page on the Aarhus University website for more details!






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