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Logistics and Supply Chain Management (MSc)

Course Description

Developed in partnership with Arnhem Business School (HAN University, Netherlands), this international MSc course will develop your ability to initiate and carry out advanced analysis, research and problem solving in the field of logistics and supply chain management.

If you study this MSc, you will study the first semester at the University of Westminster, and then have the choice either to continue studying in London (Westminster route) or to spend the second semester at our partner institution in the Netherlands (Arnhem route). You will not only benefit from the wider range of module choices, but also from the opportunity to study in two countries.

During the third semester you will work on a research-based dissertation. It is expected that you will spend the equivalent of three to four months' full-time work on this research. The MSc course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), and graduates are exempt from the Institute's exams.

If you are unable to study for a full Masters course, we also offer a Logistics and Supply Chain Management Postgraduate Diploma and a Logistics and Supply Chain Management Postgraduate Certificate. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for information on these courses. Alternatively, you can also study individual modules from this Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc course as stand alone short courses.

Core modules

(All students)
•Logistics and the External Environment
This module is designed to make you aware of the external influences that companies must take into account in the design and operation of their logistics systems. Supply chains do not exist in a vacuum, and there are many issues that companies need to consider to ensure that they operate legally and responsibly in addition to meeting their own internal company objectives.

•Logistics Management and Planning
This module provides you with the foundation for studying logistics, ensuring that you are aware of the components of the logistics system and how they interact with each other to influence the design and operation of supply chains. You will focus on the aspects of logistics operations that tend to be directly within the control of companies.

•Research Dissertation
Your dissertation will draw on techniques and background material introduced during the Masters course, and will incorporate original analysis. This module provides you with an opportunity for an in-depth, extended study of a specific topic within the logistics and/or transport sector. You are encouraged to undertake original research, and write a critical analysis and draw rational conclusions.

•Statistics and Operational Research for Logistics
This module aims to equip you with the statistical and operational research concepts and techniques necessary for logistics, and give you some grounding in the practical application of these methods. You will develop your ability to suggest and apply suitable probability and statistical models to the analysis of logistics and transport data. You will also learn to analyse a time series and produce forecasts for future values, analyse a stock control system, analyse a transport scheduling problem, and analyse a route network.

•Sustainability and Freight Transport
In this module you will focus on the study of sustainability and green logistics, with a particular emphasis on freight transport. The first part of the module provides the context for sustainable supply chains, examining the business and public policy reasons for attempting to address sustainability issues, and examining how sustainability impacts are measured, monitored and reported. In the second part of the module you will focus on the freight transport element of supply chain management, looking at the strategic, operational and public policy perspectives.

Core modules

(Arnhem route)
•Commercial Distribution of Fast Moving Goods
The distribution of fast moving goods has seen a tremendous change during the last decade. Fashion, electronic devices etc have to be developed, produced and distributed in a very short timeframe. This requires quick and fast response of all concerned with the supply value chain. By studying analytical models and using them in case studies, the student will be provided with knowledge and skills in order to organise supply value chains effectively in an ever-changing, international environment.

•Distributing for the Future
The world of transportation and the world within which transportation takes place are changing rapidly. The course material will be discussed in two parts of three weeks. The first part teaches you the different aspects of the supply chain, such as the set up and management of the logistics network, the management of strategic suppliers and the development of partnerships with logistic service providers. The second part teaches you how to apply scenario planning models to discover how logistic service providers should adapt in future to counter possible situations. The course ends with a summary overview and tips for implementation.

•Finance and Management
With the increase of the volume of goods shipped all over the world, logistics needs more and more to consider the financial implications of these international flows. This module provides a framework necessary for the analysis and solutions of financial and accounting problems which are relevant to firms trading and investing on an international basis. For example, what are the impacts of interest rates and exchange rates risk on stock values and international distribution channels, and how should a logistician evaluate the financial impact on international shipments and commercial distribution?

Core modules

(Westminster route)
•Freight Transport and Logistics Services
In this module you will examine the changing market for freight transport and logistics services in a European and increasingly global context. You will evaluate economic principles in terms of costs and revenues, and assess the changing demands for new services. Fleet operations and warehouse management are investigated in relation to technology and market requirements, and you will also explore strategic options for service providers.

•Retail Supply Chain Management
You will examine retail markets by country and sector, and investigate developments in control of the supply chain between retailers and manufacturers. You will explore cost structures in the retail supply chain, and new patterns of retailing and their implication for logistics; international comparisons are also made.

Option modules

•Airline Planning and Management
In this module you will examine the international regulatory framework for air transport and the impact of deregulation. You will evaluate economic principles in terms of costs and revenue structures. You will assess airline commercial strategies. You will investigate aircraft operations in relation to both technical and market requirements.

•Airport Planning and Management
This module gives you the opportunity to examine the organisation and management of the airport industry. You will assess airport economics and performance, and discuss aeronautical and non-aeronautical revenues. You will also examine airport operations and capacity issues, terminal operations and airport marketing, airport expansion issues, and the role of regional airports. You will analyse surface access strategies and discuss planning procedures for expansion.

•Land Use and Transport
This module outlines the key land use and transport issues in contemporary Britain. You will look at transport in evolving urban land use systems, modelling and forecasting land use and transport relationships, transport demands and retail development, light rail and land use, and sustainable residential and workplace development.

•Public Passenger Transport
This module will give you an understanding of issues involved in planning and operation of public passenger transport systems. This is interpreted mainly in respect of the principal modes (ie bus/coach and rail) but reference is also made to the roles of non-motorised modes, and taxis. You will analyse a primarily UK/European context, with reference to the experience of other countries where appropriate.

•Traffic in Urban Areas
The first half of the course introduces a range of theoretical concepts relating to traffic and travel behaviour in urban areas. It also familiarises you with key strategic policy issues affecting both the movement and management of urban traffic.

In the second part, you will explore practical design feasibility and management issues associated with the implementation of policy measures at the street level.

Associated careers

Previous graduates have gained employment with third party logistics providers, the airline industry, manufacturing companies, retailers, shipping lines, etc. Examples of companies that have recruited graduates in recent years are Kuehne + Nagel, DHL, TNT, Norbert Dentressangle, Maersk Logistics, GIST, Volvo Logistics, Honda, GlaxoSmithKlein, Procter and Gamble and IKEA. You will also be equipped for further research (eg Doctoral studies) should you wish to continue in an academic environment.

Logistics and Supply Chain Management Postgraduate Diploma

If you take the Logistics and Supply Chain Management Postgraduate Diploma you take either six 20 credit core modules from the MSc course (listed above), or five 20 credit core modules plus one option module. All your modules must be from the Westminster pathway. The Postgraduate Diploma usually takes one year to complete full-time.

Logistics and Supply Chain Management Postgraduate Certificate

If you take the Logistics and Supply Chain Management Postgraduate Certificate you take either three 20 credit core modules from the MSc course (listed above), or two 20 credit core modules and one option module. All your modules must be from the Westminster pathway. The Postgraduate Certificate usually takes six months to one year to complete part-time.

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

(Student Profile)

Oleksii Romanenko

“Having a degree from Westminster was a significant advantage and strengthened my position during my job interview. My new boss appreciated my knowledge of English, analytical skills, ambition, and academic achievements. The culture of Westminster and its high standards shaped my tenacity and developed a positive ‘can-do’ attitude to any task. In my case it made a critical difference.”

(Student Profile)

David Lomott

“The course exceeded my expectations. It provided a great overview of the logistics world and prepared students for the real practical challenges in supply chain management. The mix of students from different cultural backgrounds made for interesting group work and interactions, sharpening everyone’s personal development.”


Entry Requirements

You should normally have the equivalent of a good Honours degree and demonstrate strong motivation in the subject. Alternative qualifications with relevant professional experience will also be considered. Directly relevant degree disciplines include economics, business studies, management, geography and operations research. However, students with qualifications in other disciplines such as languages and the humanities, engineering, and environmental sciences are also encouraged to apply. If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

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