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MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management


Course Description

Key Facts
- The MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management course has been designed to provide an understanding of the complex production flows, production processes and distribution channels of supply chains, together with operational issues of logistics, purchasing and supply chain management.
- This course will equip you with the expertise required to apply new technologies and techniques to solve present and future problems facing logistics providers or supply chain managers in the UK and overseas.
- This new and exciting course will act as a foundation for a career as a logistician or supply chain manager, or alternatively give you the necessary skills and knowledge for research at doctoral level (PhD).

Why Choose Us?
- Located in the prestigious £114 million City Centre Campus at Millennium Point in the heart of Birmingham, we have fantastic facilities that support students from all levels of study including foundation, professional development short courses and postgraduate research.
- Our well-equipped laboratories enhance students' educational experience, providing a bridge between theoretical learning and hands-on teaching to prepare them for a career in industry.
- Birmingham City University’s School of Engineering, Design and Manufacturing Systems is a recognised leader in education, training and business solutions, offering a wide range of courses that benefit from active engagement with regional, national and international industry - giving students the best possible introduction to modern engineering.
- The School is the first UK-based academy for PTC Inc – a major software solutions provider to international business and the US Government, giving our students access to industry-standard tools such as ProE. We are a lighthouse member of the SAP University Alliance Programme and are also working with leading international technology and engineering solution provider, Technosoft, providing our students with access to the latest industry-standard computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools.
- The School has approximately 800 students and 40 academic and support staff, in disciplines extending from automotive, aerospace and manufacturing to ICT and the environment.
- The School has strong academic and research links with business and industry, such as Morgan Motor Company, and actively works with leading international technology and engineering solution partners.

The MSc Logistics course has been designed to provide a multi-disciplinary approach and understanding of the complex production flows, production processes, distribution channels of supply chains and operational issues of logistics, purchasing and supply chain management.

This course aims to:

- Meet the market need for practitioners and managers with the necessary knowledge and skills to operate in companies, so
that they may be able to identify and provide solutions to a wide range of logistical problems.
- Relate to industry and equip you with the knowledge to apply new technologies and techniques to solve present and future
problems concerning both UK and international companies.

Assessment
Effective communication is key in a professional environment. For this reason, we use project reports, record keeping and oral presentations extensively in our assessments, although we may use time-constrained tests where appropriate. Assessment focuses largely on projects and case studies and we make personal development planning an integral part of the learning process.

Career Prospects
Examples of career outcomes are varied for many of our past MSc students but include:

Logistics Manager, WEG Electric Motors (U.K.) Ltd
Logistics Manager, Ishida Europe
Head of Sales & Product Development, DHL Manufacturing Logistics Services
Logistics Operations Manager, Palletways UK
Regional Manager (Middle East & Africa), APL Logistics
Procurement Manager, BAE Systems
Supply Chain Manager, Staffordshire Perkins UK

There is a growing market need for practitioners and managers with the necessary knowledge to identify and provide solutions to a wide range of logistical and supply chain problems. This course is designed to produce managers who can operate at a senior level in this field. Typical roles include:

Supply Chain Managers
Distribution Managers
Logistics Managers
Logistics Analysts
Procurement Managers
Further Study Options
The University has a range of research (MPhil and PhD) postgraduate programmes. Details can be found on the postgraduate section of the website. http://www.bcu.ac.uk/tee

More Information
For more information please contact our course enquiries team. The Faculty runs a series of general Open Days please see the website for dates and times http://www.bcu.ac.uk/opendays

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

Videos
(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.


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Entry Requirements

2:2 or equivalent in an appropriate discipline

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