The MSc in Logistics is designed around three themes: logistics, business management and research. The programme is underpinned by the study of logistics strategies and operations. Future developments in logistics is the focus of sustainable logistics. The management of complex scenarios is the rationale for modelling logistics.
To deal with suppliers it is necessary to have an understanding of financial management and the law relating to contracts. To make logistics changes happen requires skills in managing human and organisational resources.
Connecting these two themes is an overall emphasis on undertaking research: learning and using qualitative and quantitative research techniques which culminate in an individual research project.
Efficient, safe and sustainable logistics is critical to all sectors and this allows students to develop innovative and varied research projects.
Logistics management offers a career that will continually develop an individual’s potential and reward ambition in a challenging global environment. And since the demand for logistics professionals outstrips the supply, there are excellent opportunities for rapid career progression for those with the drive to succeed. Careers in logistics management offer early responsibility, exciting challenges with good remuneration and opportunities to travel.
At almost every point, supply chain operations will have an impact on the environment. Companies must address questions such as: ‘is inventory available for planned production runs?’, or ‘is fuel consumption of the vehicle fleet being optimised?’, ‘is the distribution centre energy efficient?’, or ‘can packaging materials be reused or recycled?’ The challenge is how to combine operational development with a sustainable approach to the environment.
Programme Content and Structure
The programme consists of two parts: a taught part equivalent to twelve modules followed by a second part (the dissertation) requiring in-depth research, the equivalent of six modules.
Part I consists of the equivalent of twelve taught modules, at the end of which a student may be eligible for the award of a Post-graduate Diploma. Each equivalent module will involve around 100 hours of student time, 70 hours of which will be self-study.
Logistics Strategies & Operations (20 Credit)
Sustainable Logistics (20 Credit)
Logistics Modelling (20 Credit)
Financial Management and Contract Law (20 Credit)
Management of Human & Organisational Resources (20 Credit)
Research Methods (20 Credit)
Part II, the dissertation, is an individual in-depth investigation into a particular area. This element of the programme will be equivalent to six modules. The subject for the dissertation will primarily be the student's decision, but will have to be approved by the Dissertation Coordinator.
The taught modules in Part I are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations. Part II is assessed through the submission of the dissertation which may involve an oral examination.
The full-time scheme runs over a calendar year. The equivalent of 12 taught modules in Part I will be studied over two 15 week semesters. Each semester includes an allowance for revision and assessment of a module. Part II (the dissertation) will involve regular tutorials with members of the Programme Team.
The normal entry requirements for admission to the MSc programme are:
1. an Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline
2. for graduates of non-UK universities, sufficient command of spoken and written English to meet the demands of the programme (e.g. TOEFL 550 or equivalent)
The nature of the programme is such that candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds will be considered.
Equivalent qualifications will be considered for entry onto the programme. For example, a candidate with a good HND, together with at least five years relevant experience would be considered. The candidate would be expected to provide evidence to support his/her application.
Mature candidates (over 25 years old) who lack the normal entry qualifications are welcome to apply. Each candidate will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Evidence of personal, professional and educational experience will be sought, to provide indicators of the ability of an individual to satisfy the requirements of the programme. All students accepted onto the programme must be eligible for matriculation under the University of Wales regulations.
For information on our postgraduate study scholarships please visit: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bursaries/