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Logistics and Supply Chain Management (MSc)

Course Description

This programme will equip you with specialist knowledge and training to design and manage effective logistics and supply chain systems, creating managerial opportunities in the public and private sectors. Practical experience in a local company may be possible during your dissertation.

About the programme

You will study all aspects of logistics and supply chain management, covering the range of activities associated with the efficient flow and storage of goods, services and related information from the point of origin to the point of consumption in response to consumer requirements.

You will acquire cross-functional knowledge, gaining the sound technical and managerial skills that are essential to meet the challenges of consumers’ demands for greater choice and improved value, the globalisation of operations, intensified competition, environmental issues and increasingly turbulent and expanding markets.

This course was rated 100% student satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2015.

Practical experience

Placement with a local company may be available during the MSc dissertation, supervised by lecturers and company employees.

Your learning

There are four core modules and a choice of options offering in-depth study in specialist areas.

You will study the following core modules:
• Logistical Resources (20 credits)
• Global Supply Chain Management (20 credits)
• Modelling the Supply Chain (20 credits)
• Operations and Project Management (20 credits)

You will also select 40 credits from the option modules. These include:
• Financial Resources (10 credits)
• Statistical Quality Control (20 credits)
• Business to Business Marketing (10 credits)
• Project Management Fundamentals (20 credits)
• Risk Management (20 credits)
• Advances in Project Management (completion of Project Management Fundamentals is a prerequisite) (10 credits)
• Service Quality (20 credits)
• Interpersonal Skills and Change Management (10 credits)
• Knowledge Management – Principles and Practice (10 credits)


Diploma students who satisfy the progression requirements will then be eligible to pursue the MSc. Successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma ensures progress to the MSc dissertation, which involves an individual thesis on a research or application-based topic.

Our Careers Adviser says

Employment possibilities for qualified supply chain managers include government agencies, consultancy firms (supply chain management), manufacturing and retailing companies, transport companies, and local authorities’ planning and transport departments. UWS graduates work for Toyota UK, Vestas (renewable energies), Rawlplug, The Edrington Group, European consultancy groups, and international companies.

Financial support

In session 2015/16 the Postgraduate Diploma element of this programme carried SAAS postgraduate loan funding for eligible students. Check
http://www.saas.gov.uk for 2016/17 info.


We have invested in new facilities at our Lanarkshire Campus. There are new teaching rooms and a postgraduate student learning space which ensures our environment supports your learning. The use of technology (such as virtual learning environments, mobile applications, smart boards, etc.) at all campuses will add to your experience. Library and study spaces have also been upgraded and are regularly reviewed.

Visit the Logistics and Supply Chain Management (MSc) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma should possess an Ordinary degree, or equivalent, and have obtained an average mark of 50% or more across their final year taught modules. MSc applicants require an Honours degree or equivalent. The first degree should be from related subject disciplines such as engineering, maths, economics, business studies, geography, planning or social studies. Applicants with professional experience will also be considered. International students: in addition to the above, overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no less than 5.5 in any individual component.

Course Fees

Scottish/EU Students: £3,400, Rest of UK Students: £3,400, International Students £11,000

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