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Logistics and Supply Chain Management (MSc)

Course Description

Course Description

Established over 28 years ago, the MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management course has been developed to produce expert logistics and supply chain professionals. Whether you are already a professional in this field or are looking to move into this area, this Masters will provide you with the specialist knowledge and skills to further your career in supply chain management.

The Cranfield MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management is a full-time one-year programme that begins in September each year. The course develops your knowledge and skills in logistics and teaches you how to apply them through: discussion of international case studies, visiting speaker events; a global supply chain simulation game, and the option to complete a company-based project.

The programme also places emphasis on personal and professional development, helping you to manage yourself, collaborate with others, operate effectively within organisations and progress your career. You will have the opportunity to use psychometric tests and self-assessment tools to understand more about how you work and what you value, and you will have support to improve your resilience, teamwork and communication skills.

Course overview

The MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management has been developed to produce expert logistics and supply chain professionals who can take the skills they develop here at Cranfield and make a significant difference in the marketplace.

As a student on the programme, you will complete 10 core modules and then select 5 elective modules designed to help you realise your personal career plan. The programme includes a personal element, which will focus on your improvement of effective communication skills. There is also the opportunity to complete an optional logistics consultancy project, undertaken with a company, and culminates in a thesis which may be company-based or research-based.


As a student on the programme, you will complete 10 core modules and then select 5 elective modules designed to help you realise your personal career plan. The programme includes a personal development element, which will focus on your improvement of effective communication skills. There is also the opportunity to complete an optional logistics consultancy project, undertaken with a company, and culminates in a thesis which may be company-based or research-based.

- Supply Chain Strategy and Sustainability
- Principles of Strategic Procurement
- Accounting and Finance for Supply Chain Management
- Analytical Techniques for Supply Chain Management
- Freight Transport
- Inventory and Operations Management
- Information Systems and eBusiness
- Project Management Induction
- Physical Network Design
- Warehousing

- Supply Chain Resilience
- Business Process Outsourcing
- Master Data
- Planning and Resourcing for Road Freight Transport
- Humanitarian Logistics
- Six Sigma in the Supply Chain
- Performance Measurement
- Sales and Operations Planning
- Negotiation and Contract Management
- Supplier Selection and Evaluation
- Retail Logistics
- Simulation

Individual Project

At the end of the programme, you will write a thesis which will be either company-based or research-based.

A company-based thesis takes place within a real organisation. You will undertake a relevant individual project, identified through our close links with industry and commerce. You will have an academic advisor at Cranfield, but will also work closely with the sponsoring organisation. Recent project sponsors have included: the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority and Exel Logistics Automotive Europe.

A research-based thesis allows you to develop a topic that is practical, innovative and of particular interest to you. You will be supported by faculty whose expertise lies in your chosen area, and will be assisted in developing and following a research plan. This will enable you to formulate the problem, undertake the necessary empirical analysis and draw appropriate conclusions.


Learning is assessed through a combination of assignments and written exams. Modules containing a high theoretical content are assessed by examination, and written assignments are used where practical application is more relevant, or where knowledge and understanding may be demonstrated through discussion or critique of a particular topic.

Career opportunities

Our Career Development Service will help you to plan an effective strategy for your personal and professional development, and to develop a set of career management skills that will remain with you throughout your career.

Services available to students include: interview skills workshops; career planning workshops; CV and cover letter workshops; searchable online CV service; job matching service; networking opportunities; on-campus company presentations; careers fair; sector events; individual career consultations.

Whether you are looking to secure your first role in logistics, or wanting take your supply chain career to the next level, you will receive support and guidance to help you plan an effective strategy for your personal and professional development.

Graduates of the Cranfield MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management go on to work as supply chain managers, purchasing and business development managers, freight specialists and business analysts. Previous employers of our graduates include:
- Amazon
- AT Kearney
- Cadbury Schweppes
- Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
- COSCO Logistics
- Deloitte
- Diageo
- GlaxoSmithKline
- Jaguar Land Rover
- Kuehne & Nagel
- Hewlett Packard
- Johnson & Johnson
- LEGO Systems
- London Underground
- Maersk
- Microsoft
- Nestlé
- Nike
- Polo Ralph Lauren
- Proctor & Gamble
- Rolls Royce
- Shell
- Travis Perkins
- Unilever
- Vodafone

For further information

On this course, please visit our course webpage http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/MSc-in-Logistics-and-Supply-Chain-Management

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

(Student Profile)

Marco Marioni

I chose Cranfield because if its high rankings.
Life on campus is like a little universe of it own. The academics that taught me and the career service are fantastic. The Cranfield alumni network is very powerful and I am pleased to be part of it.
I did a consultancy project whilst studying with an external client which was great experience.

Marco Marioni, Danone Ltd (London), MSc Strategic Marketing, 2014, full-time

(Student Profile)

Allison Alassan

I chose Cranfield for its great reputation which has been formed by the many industry leaders who have studied or worked there. I believe that the knowledge I have acquired will be an invaluable asset to any organisation and be beneficial to my career.
The environment is next-to-none for studying and the lecturers are very experienced. For our group project we worked with a marketing consultancy in London on one of their real-life business problems. Connecting with business in this way brings learning to life.

Allison Alassan, Nigeria (MSc, Strategic Marketing, 2014, full-time)

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Ian Robb

The reputation of the Cranfield course was superb and the course content and delivery backed up that reputation. It was varied and interesting, up-to-date and relevant. The use of external lecturers was also good.
In addition, the course provided a great networking experience which will help me with my career.

Ian Robb, Vice President (Operations), CEVA Logistics

(MSc, Supply Chain & Logistics, 2014)

(Student Profile)

Marco Sturm

Cranfield University has a good reputation in offering valuable education in Supply Chain Management.
I studied with an international cohort with participants from all over the world. The course programme was well structured so that I could cope with my job and my studies. The tutors were very good and covered a broad spectrum of content.
The course has opened my mind and allowed me to make better decisions using my improved skill set. Gaining this postgraduate degree has strengthened by CV.
My studies included several case studies, and some group projects. I focused my thesis on the impact of promotions on a retailer's supply chain. This work was carried out in my own company, covering many different departments such as distribution centres and stores. Whilst it was a demanding project, it was very interesting and very rewarding.

Marco Sturm, Manager Returnable Asset Pool, Migros
(MSc, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, 2014 (part-time)

(Student Profile)

Miss Yue Zhu

I studied full-time at Cranfield, which I chose because of its good reputation in the field of logistics and supply chain management.
I found its close relationships with industry gave me opportunity to work on real things which bring true value for my future career. The research environment is focused and mature.

Some of my experiences when I was at Cranfield were tough but introduced me to new items like popular topics in industry. I found the time constraints for assignments and projects brought challenges but helped me to improve my own processes to deal with tough times.
I learned how to solve complicated problems in a much more effective way. So, all in all, my course has helped me to be more positive when facing difficulties by teaching me how to get over them.

At the beginning of the year we did group assignments. Then, for my thesis project, I worked alone. My thesis project was sponsored by British American Tobacco (BAT) and focused on a procurement-related topic. The company was very supportive - both regarding my project and my career development. My professor at Cranfield also guided me with clear structure and direction. With their help, I reached outcomes I didn't expect I would be capable of when I first arrived.

Miss Yue Zhu, Business Navigator, Carlsberg Supply Company, UK

(MSc, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, 2014, full-time)


Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS) - 20+ Awards

Cranfield University is now able to offer you a more affordable way to study an MSc with loans managed by Prodigy Finance.
With a Cranfield Postgraduate Loan it is possible for you to take up your MSc studies with no repayments while you study. This will leave you free to concentrate on your course and enhance your career prospects.Launched in February 2014, the scheme is designed to support UK and EU students entering postgraduate study and is intended to attract those who may not otherwise progress to this level because of financial constraints.Loans of up to £15,000 are available (dependent on the tuition fees for your chosen course).If you are a UK student, loans are available for tuition fees and maintenance. EU students can apply for a loan covering only tuition fees.Loans are repaid over a seven year period and repayments start six months after you complete your degree. As a not-for-profit scheme, funded by Cranfield and HEFCE, the loans are competitively priced (6.92% APR representative) and considerably more affordable than a standard career development loan.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Loans of up to £15,000 total


You can apply for a loan if you:• are domiciled in the UK or EU and qualify for ‘Home/EU’ fees and
• have an admissions offer to a Cranfield full-time, taught MSc course in a STEM (Science, Technology Engineering or Mathematics) subject

Application Procedure

If you already have an applicable course offer you can apply online through Prodigy Finance. You will need to provide Prodigy Finance with details of your offer from Cranfield. Your loan application will be considered and responded to within a few days.

If you are yet to secure an offer of a place you can register your interest in the scheme and we will keep you up-to-date.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Either: a 1st or 2nd class UK Honours Degree (or equivalent Bachelors Degree); OR a professional qualification with logistics related work experience

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