Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

Within a business context, it is now recognised that one of the main ways in which competitive advantage can be gained is through the effective and efficient management of the supply chain - the term used to describe the flow of products or services from their point of origin through to the final point of sale or use. Logistics is essentially an interactive process within the supply chain it seeks to optimise these flows, from both a physical and information standpoint.

This course provides the essential framework, concepts and toolkit required for the strategic management of logistics and the supply chain.

You can:

• Learn through innovative teaching techniques including: cases, simulations and interactive games

• Gain the opportunity to network with experts from industry, exploring real-world expertise

• Get an introduction to the enterprise resource planning software SAP

*The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics (CILT) and is seeking accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply

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Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


September start - 1 year full-time

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• An Honours degree (2:2 or above) or professional body equivalent in a wide range of disciplines. Applicants with other professional qualifications and/or experience will be considered individually.


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Course content

Your year in Huddersfield will be divided into three terms. For terms one and two you will enjoy a carefully designed program that covers the core theories and knowledge of the Supply Chain Management and Logistics profession. In your final term, you will take the opportunity to lead your own research through a dissertation project.

Core modules

Principles of Supply Chain Management

This module introduces the basics of supply chain management. It will present the role of logistics and supply chain within various business contexts. The module will provide students an ability to identify and analyse the complexities and uncertainties affecting global supply chains. The module will also discuss the emerging trends and concepts in logistics and supply chain management. The assessment for this module will be based on an individual report and an examination.

Retail Logistics

This module examines the impact of changes in the structure of the retailing market, customer buying patterns and product sourcing on logistics requirements. It assesses what initiatives may be considered by major retailers to respond to increasing pressures for wider product ranges, increased service levels and lower prices. It also demonstrates how distribution tactics should be aligned to different retail strategies. The relevance of concepts such as quick response (QR) and efficient consumer response (ECR) is assessed.

Strategic Management

The module addresses strategic challenges facing firms with regard to sustainable development through process improvement pressures for a business excellence total quality management and performance monitoring. The module will use case studies and provide tools and techniques to show how a firm might prepare a strategic response to internal and external challenges.

Freight Transport Management

This module evaluates the role of transport in global logistics and supply chain management. The influence of transport options on the operation, design and sustainability of global supply chains is explained and evaluated. The approach used is to look at commercial aspects of freight transport management from an operational and strategic point of view.

Supply Chain Planning and Control

The module will demonstrate how data can be obtained, extracted and manipulated to enable decision support tools to be used to underpin the planning and control of operations and the supply chain.

The assessment for this module is based on an individual report and an In-class test. Throughout the delivery of the module the tutors will use software and other teaching aids to enhance learning and provide feedback.

Procurement and Purchasing

The role of purchasing has become a key driver for enabling the smooth flow of goods as well as achieving optimum cost whilst meeting the customer requirements. The module will examine the different approaches to managing the purchasing function, which can contribute to an efficient and effective management of the organization's operations. The module will utilise case studies to demonstrate how companies manage their purchasing and procurement. The assessment is based on an individual assignment and an exam.

Professional Development and Research Methods

This module will enable you to develop your professional, academic and research skills through a series of lectures workshops and seminars and provide an understanding of an integrated research methodology. The module will also help to prepare for the dissertation and will outline the basic steps in the formulation of research questions research design and research implementation.

Information Systems

This module examines the role of different types of information systems in modern operations and supply chains. It explains why they are critical for linking different business functions and facilitating integrated processes within and between companies. The students will be introduced to different types of software including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) packages, Advanced Planning Systems (APS) Inventory Optimisation (IO) tools and Warehouse Management Systems (WMS). The assessment is based on an individual assignment (50%) and an in-class test (50%).

Logistics Management

This module explains the tactical planning models needed to support corporate logistics goals and outlines the principles underpinning effective inventory and distribution management. It focuses on determining appropriate stock levels, where the products should be held and how orders may be handled in modern warehouses serving different channels to market. The module will examine inventory models, network configurations, process improvement and performance measurement within logistics. The assessment is based on an individual assignment and an in-class test.


The dissertation develops the student’s skills and ability to carry out an original investigation into a particular logistics/ operations and/or supply chain management problem. Students will receive regular supervision from their supervisor who will provide further guidance on methodology, literature sources and review techniques, specification of data requirements, data collection and analysis, and final presentation. The dissertation will normally be of between 12,000 and 15,000 words.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

This programme is aimed primarily at graduates who wish to move into a logistics, operations or supply chain role but whose first degree is in another subject. It is suited to both those who wish to work in the supply chain functions of major manufacturers and retailers, as operations managers and for those seeking a career in the rapidly expanding third party logistics industry that services such organisations. The programme provides an in-depth understanding of logistics, operations and supply chain management and their importance to contemporary businesses, including the need to manage and plan supply chains, in an integrated manner, within an overall business environment. Our aim is that graduates leave the course equipped with the skills and tools they require for a career in this challenging but highly rewarding environment.

Professional links and accreditations

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods include lectures, case study discussions, group work, lab based activities and an individual project.

Assessments will include individual assignments, examinations and in class tests.


The £17m Business School is the most eco-friendly building on campus. It's a state-of-the art facility and provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop.

All teaching rooms are high quality and the school has a number of computer labs for teaching or for students' individual or group use. You'll have comprehensive access to online resources through Unilearn, an online learning environment which gives access to all the study materials you'll need.

The Street Café is a perfect area for socialising, networking and relaxation over a wide range of fresh food, hot and cold drinks and free wi-fi. Set in landscaped grounds by the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, the Business School is in close proximity to the Library and Student Central which offers a number of places to eat, areas to socialise with friends, the Students' Union, student services and modern sporting and fitness facilities.

Our Learning Development Group can provide advice on how to improve your academic work including writing assignments, referencing, research skills, presentation skills and time management. There are also specialist learning advisors for international students who can help with a range of skills including academic English and language support.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £5,100 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Other information

The programme offers an opportunity for you to apply your newly acquired knowledge in this subject area through a three-month research project, which is undertaken during the summer, in order to demonstrate your integrated knowledge and professional development.

Tuition fee loans

Postgraduate students from the UK/EU (full or part-time) can now receive tuition fee support to cover the cost of their studies. You may be eligible to access up to £10,280 in loans towards your study costs. You can find out more from Student Finance England.

How to apply

Research community

The Transport, Aviation Logistics and Supply Chain Research group (TALoS) and the Business Operations, Systems Rail and Projects Research Group(BOSRaP) research group are at the core of research activities related to Supply Chain Management, Transport ,Logistics and Operations Management, at the Business School. The group focuses on aspects of key research areas in supply chain management, and transport and logistics, the design and management of processes, products, services, strategic operations management, service innovation, performance measurement systems.

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