Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc
View course-specific entry requirements
You should normally have the equivalent of a good Honours degree and demonstrate strong motivation in the subject area. Alternative qualifications with relevant professional experience will also be considered. The programme has been devised to appeal to graduates who wish to develop their career in an international environment concerned with logistics. 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.
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.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Core modules for 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.
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 (Westminster route)
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, Planning and Transport
This module focuses on the interaction between transport and land-use, including the effect of land-use on travel patterns and the contribution of transport to development. Topics you will explore include changing planning system impact on transport systems and their sustainability, LUTI modelling and the role of forecasting in relation to transport planning, sustainable accessibility planning, Transit Oriented Development, perspectives on planning major transport infrastructure, and scenario planning.
Public Passenger Transport
This module will give you an understanding of contemporary issues concerning planning and operation of public passenger transport systems, primarily in the urban context and with reference to rural and long-distance markets. This is interpreted mainly in respect of rail and bus/coach, but also demand-responsive systems, taxis, cycle hire schemes and integration among different public transport modes. You will analyse and critically compare different experiences from the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.
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.
Dr Allan Woodburn, Course Leader
This MSc course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and graduates are exempt from the Institute's exams.
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.
Length of course
One year full-time
Students on the Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc normally need to attend classes at University on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during Semester One. Days of attendance in Semester Two depend on whether students continue with their studies at Westminster or go to Arnhem and, if staying at Westminster, on their option module choice. Semester Two core modules at Westminster are normally scheduled for Wednesday and Friday and the option modules normally run on Tuesday and Thursday. Additional events are occasionally scheduled for other days, so students are expected to be available Monday to Friday. Please note, this timetable is subject to change.
Other Logistics and Supply Chain Management courses
We also offer a Logistics and Supply Chain Management Postgraduate Diploma and a Logistics and Supply Chain Management Postgraduate Certificate.
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. If you wish to apply for the Postgraduate Diploma you should apply now via UKPASS (UKPASS code 052051).
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. If you wish to apply for the Postgraduate Certificate you should apply now via UKPASS (UKPASS code 052050).
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Professionally accredited course
The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).
Central London location and contacts
Based in central London, we have direct access to professional institutions and practice. The course is informed by current industry priorities.
You will be taught by academic specialists and guest lecturers from industry.
An international experience
You can choose to study your second semester at Arnhem Business School (HAN University, Netherlands).
Join a diverse and vibrant student community, with one of the UK's largest international student populations
Westminster and Arnhem Business School conduct logistics-related research and consultancy, which informs the course curriculum. 20% of our research in Architecture and the Built Environment was judged as 'World Leading and a further 45% as 'Internationally Excellent' in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
Study at the newly refurbished Marylebone Campus, where a £20million development has provided world-class facilities.
Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc, graduated 2013
“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.”
Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc, graduated 2010
“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.”
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