Business with Supply Chain Management BA(Hons) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

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About the course

This course combines a general business education with a focus on supply chain management a discipline that lies at the heart of any business. You'll learn how leading companies organise and manage the planning, sourcing, manufacturing and physical logistics of their supply chains to ensure business success and you will be given the opportunity to develop your business management, leadership and decision making skills to enable you to make an effective contribution in this field. This innovative professional programme has been developed in partnership with the NOVUS Trust, an industry led organisation dedicated to attracting and developing talent within the supply chain. During the course you'll have a company mentor, participate in industry-led seminars and site visits, as well as enjoying paid holiday and a placement year with leading employers. The NOVUS Trust will also support you to gain additional professional qualifications and, most importantly, guarantee an offer of employment with one of the supporting companies on successful completion of the programme (subject to meeting scheme criteria).This degree provides an excellent opportunity to develop a career in the dynamic supply chain industry and offers a unique set of valuable benefits - including guaranteed employment on graduation.

Here's more information on the NOVUS scheme at the University of Huddersfield.

UCAS code:

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


4 years inc. placement year

Course type:

Inc. placement year


Clearing helpline:
03301 232 277

Course content

The NOVUS Trust scheme is backed by leading retailers, manufacturers and logistics companies, such as John Lewis, Sainsbury's, Marks and Spencer, asos, Dixons Retail Travis Perkins, Premier Foods, Arla Foods, Cummins, DHL and Wincanton. Visit the NOVUS Trust web pagesfor full details of the companies supporting the scheme.

Year 1

Core modules:

Principles of Logistics and Supply Chain Management

This module introduces you to logistics and supply chain management, outlining the principles underpinning effective production, inventory and distribution management.

Managing Human Resources and Personal Development

This module provides an introduction to aspects of managing and developing people in organisations. The module explores the varied roles of people management specialists and line managers in areas such as people resourcing, employment relations, and equality and diversity. An integral element of the module is a programme of activities to enables students to identify, analyse and develop a range of skills for success in academic study in addition to the development of a broad range of employability related skills.

Professional Aspects of Business

This module introduces you to key areas in both legal and financial aspects of business. You’ll look at how financial information is prepared, presented and interpreted by internal and external users and consider aspects of employment and contract law relevant to non-specialists. As well as delivering theory and technical information, practical application is presented through worked examples, group working and discussions.

Introduction to Business Management

This module provides an introduction to Business Management and the essential knowledge and skills required to be a successful manager. It will focus on a range of key business management topics so you can learn about the integrated nature of business. It will allow you to understand the behaviour of markets and consider issues relevant to operating in a global business environment.

Year 2

Core modules:

Human Resource and Project Management Skills for Supply Chain Managers

This module will help you develop the practical skills and knowledge to work in the Supply Chain Industry. The module’s HR element focuses on the relationships both inside and outside such projects in terms of management theory related to leadership, motivation, team working and organisational structures. The project management skills will help you plan and organise a range of projects for the industry and in the module you will have the opportunity to work on alive project with a partner organisation.

Management Research Methods and Decision Making

This module introduces you to the theory and practice of research methods and decision making theory to learn and identify the different techniques needed to conduct high quality research and then apply that research to how decisions are made in business.

Planning Techniques for Logistics and Transport Operations

This module introduces a range of practical and analytical planning techniques used within the logistics industry. Basic techniques used to solve logistics problems will be explained in lectures whilst more complex issues are addressed in computing tutorials. You’ll become familiar with the use of industry specific software in the area of linear programming, planning, inventory control, forecasting and simulation in logistics.

Purchasing and Supply

This module explores the role of purchasing and supply as a key driver enabling the smooth flow of goods at optimum cost whilst meeting the specific requirements of the end user. The module will examine the different approaches to managing the inputs to the supply chain and will analyse how the function can contribute to an efficient and effective organisation.

Physical Logistics Management

This module focuses on the physical logistics elements of the supply chain, considering material handling, storage and freight transportation and the associated management of these activities. In addition to examining the benefits and operation of alternative modes of transport.

Year 3

The course offers a compulsory (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, with one of the companies backing the NOVUS scheme.

Final year

Core modules:

Strategic Supply Chain Management

This module evaluates the role of logistics and supply chain management in helping to achieve the strategic objectives of an organisation. You’ll explore how managing strategically across the entire supply chain can help an organisation to achieve and maintain its competitive edge in terms of market share and / or profitability. You’ll have the opportunity to diagnose problems within supply chains and to demonstrate your grasp of how different supply chain strategies can positively impact the performance of the firm.

Management Work and Society

In modern society work is important for economic and social wellbeing, playing a central part in our lives. This core module builds on management theory studied in year one, exploring contemporary issues in the workplace and how to deal with them from a management perspective. Topics on this module include the role of gender in the workplace, professional work, the globalisation of work, the labour process, unemployment and the future of work.

Managing Organisational Design and Change

The module provides an insight and understanding of the concept, theory, tools and techniques associated with organisational design for sustained performance. Organisational design is the process of initial configuration and continual adjustment that enables an organisation to respond to demands and meet challenges encountered in the operating environment.

Retail and Manufacturing Logistics

This module examines the role of logistics in supporting the retail industry and providing a basis for competitive advantage. You’ll have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the structure of the retailing industry and the increased pressures being placed on suppliers and distributors. Retail network structures are analysed recognising the impact of globalisation and the growth in e-retailing on the total supply chain.

Management Dissertation

This differs from other modules in that it requires you to choose the topic and then use research skills to address the topic identified. You are provided with 7 hours tutor support from an allocated supervisor throughout the year. It is envisaged that the length of the thesis is 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.


The course offers a compulsory (48 weeks) work placement after the second year with one of the companies backing the NOVUS scheme.

Huddersfield Business School's Placement Unit won the National Undergradute Employability (NUE) award in 2017 for ‘Best University Placement Service' for their hard work and innovative ideas.

Placements will be with companies within the NOVUS scheme who are committed to providing a rewarding placement experience and who will invest in your professional development. Companies include John Lewis, Sainsbury's, Marks and Spencer, asos, Dixons Carphone, Travis Perkins, Premier Foods, Arla Foods, Cummins, DHL and Wincanton.

Visit NOVUS Trust for full details of the companies supporting the scheme.

Career opportunities

93% - 100% of graduates from courses in this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating. *

There is currently a shortage of skilled professionals within logistics and supply chain management - one of the key reasons that the industry has formed the NOVUS Trust to attract new talent and why you will be in demand. Business and supply chain courses at Huddersfield have always enjoyed exceptionally high levels of graduate employment. The NOVUS Trust scheme offers career opportunities unparalleled in other courses - including a guaranteed offer of employment with one of the member companies. To qualify for the guarantee you will need to graduate with a 2.1 degree and achieve satisfactory references from your placement employer and your personal tutor at the University.

*Source: DLHE survey

Professional links and accreditations

The course has been developed in partnership with NOVUS Trust and throughout your time at the University you will have regular contact with industry professionals and leaders through mentoring, guest lectures, industry-led seminars and site visits.

In addition, you can register with Chartered Management Institute and achieve a Level 6 Diploma in Management and Leadership with no additional study or assessment.

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, computer aided learning packages, directed study and project work. Assessment will include exams, oral presentations, individual or group essays or reports, case studies, in-class tests, peer assessment, individual reflective learning portfolios, time constrained assignments, group projects and management and marketing projects or dissertations for final year students.

20.3% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

If you are concerned about adapting to study at university level, then our Learning Development Group, (LDG) based in the Business School building offers a dedicated service helping our students to improve their academic skills in areas such as presentations skills, time-management, academic reading, referencing or academic writing, research for essay preparation and how to prepare effectively for examinations.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

How much will it cost me?

The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 17/18 entry is £9250.

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).

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

You will have to pay to register with the CMI to gain the Level 6 Diploma in Management and Leadership this is approximately £200. In addition, you will have to pay for text books and printing of course work and lecture slides where required.

Other information

You can find out more by watching our NOVUS Trust promotional video

In addition to the core course, the NOVUS Trust will provide opportunities for you to undertake additional professional qualifications that will enhance your CV and increase your value in the workplace. You will be mentored throughout the programme by a mentor drawn from industry, tasked with assisting you with your professional development. In addition you will have a University personal tutor, guiding you in personal and academic development.

Further study

Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies, there may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.


This programme is available to EU/UK students only. If you are an EU student you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

Find out more about the professional bodies we work with: Chartered Management Institute

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website

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