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Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Executive) (MSc)

Course Description

Course overview

The Executive Masters in Logistics and Supply Chain Management is a two-year part-time course that begins in January each year. The course is delivered in nine intensive week-long modules with remote study in between, and includes a thesis which can be tailored to suit you and your organisation. The first year modules include a supply chain simulation and the second-year modules include a five-day international study tour.

The course will:
- Raise your awareness of and appreciation of advanced logistics and supply chain practices
- Develop your ability to critically select the tools and techniques that are most relevant to the challenges you are facing
- Teach you how best to provide effective leadership throughout the logistics and supply chain lifecycle
- Enable you to carry out independent and robust research that is relevant to your organisation
- Blend your understanding of logistics and supply chain management tools and techniques with strategic, practical and ethical perspectives
- Ensure you feel confident to take on more senior roles and more challenging projects
- Help you to take your career to the next level.

The programme includes a five-day international study tour, which gives you the opportunity to experience the challenges involved in logistics and supply chain management in a different economic region in the world.

English Language Requirements

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:

IELTS - 6.5 overall and 6.5 in the writing component
TOEFL - 92 and a writing score 21
Pearson PTE Academic - 65
Cambridge English Scale - 180
Cambridge English: Advanced - C
Cambridge English: Proficiency- C

In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).


The course is delivered in nine intensive week-long modules delivered at Cranfield with remote study in between, and a thesis which can be tailored to suit you and your organisation.

- Supply Chain Design
- Logistics Management
- Supply Chain of the Future
- Quality and Performance in Supply Chains; Research Methods
- International Study Tour
- Manufacturing, Inventory and Finance
- Supply Chain Analysis & Modelling Tools
- Supply Chain Concepts
- Supply Chain Information Systems and Procurement Management

Individual Project

Your individual thesis project provides you with an opportunity to investigate an area of particular interest to you and your organisation, and to develop a specialist's capacity to carry out research combining organisational and academic perspectives. You may wish to address a particular problem that your business is facing and create real value for your organisation. Each year, a prize is awarded to the participant writing the best thesis.

Group Project

The Supply Chain Concepts module includes a supply chain simulation game based on a retail operation. In this game, students take on the role of managing the supply of products into a European fashion business, which involves ordering product, organising international freight movements and distribution into stores. The aim is to maximise profit for the business whilst ensuring a smooth flow of product, and the game simulates many of the typical problems encountered in today's supply chains.


Each module will be assessed through assignments, exams or both. The residential modules will help to prepare you for the assessments but you will be expected to conduct private study in order to complete the assessments.

Career opportunities

The programme is designed for experienced professionals working in logistics and supply chain management. It will help you to progress your career in the field by:
- Teaching you how best to provide effective leadership throughout the logistics and supply chain lifecycle
- Ensuring you feel confident to take on more senior roles and more challenging projects
- Giving you the opportunity to carry out a project of real value to your organisation.

For further information

On this course, please visit our course webpage http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/executive-msc-in-logistics-and-supply-chain-management

Visit the Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Executive) (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

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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)

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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)

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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)


Entry Requirements

You will need: a UK first or second class Honours degree in a relevant subject area or; an equivalent international qualification (find out whether your qualification meets our requirements by visiting our International Students page) or; relevant work experience in combination with a degree below second class Honours.

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