Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc
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Courses start in September, unless otherwise stated
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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.
The Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc has been designed to develop your ability to carry out advanced analysis and research in the field of logistics and supply chain management within a global context. The MSc course has been running since 1998 and is offered by the Department of Planning and Transport. The 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.
FREIGHT TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS SERVICES
This module examines the changing market for freight transport and logistics services in a European and increasingly global context. The key modes of transport are evaluated in terms of their costs, operational capabilities and performance. Changing demands for new services are assessed. Strategic options for service providers are explored within the broader policy and planning framework.
LOGISTICS AND THE EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT
This module is designed to make students 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 IN A RETAIL SUPPLY CHAIN CONTEXT
This module provides the foundation for studying logistics and supply chain management. A particular focus is on the retail sector, which is at the forefront of logistics and supply chain developments. The module ensures that students are aware of the components of the logistics system and how they interact with each other to influence the design and operation of retail supply chains. It focuses on the aspects of logistics operations that tend to be directly within the control of companies. New patterns of retailing and the implication for logistics are assessed. International comparisons are made.
The module purpose is for students to gain knowledge of the topic, including the purchasing management process, negotiation techniques, supplier appraisal and the buyer's role, purchasing in the supply chain, technology in e-procurement and collaborative relationships in the international supply system. The emphasis will be on the supply chain, both internationally and in e-business.
This module builds on the Research Skills for Logistics module, leading to completion of an individual research dissertation. This draws on techniques and background material introduced on the course, and incorporating original analysis. The main work phase takes place between March and September.
RESEARCH SKILLS FOR LOGISTICS
The module aims to develop your knowledge and competence of the research process and the application of research methods relevant to logistics and supply chain management. It covers an introduction to qualitative, quantitative and mixed method research and considers the contexts within which different methods are useful and how they should be applied in practice. It introduces the areas of research design, data collection and analysis, and presentation of findings. The module is intended to complement more specialised course-specific modules and provides the foundations for the Research Dissertation (Logistics) module.
SUSTAINABILITY AND FREIGHT TRANSPORT
This module is focused 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. The second part of the module focuses on the freight transport element of supply chain management, looking at the strategic, operational and public policy perspectives.
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.
BUSINESS PROCESS INTEGRATION WITH SAP
This module considers the role of information and process integration within organisations, focusing on enterprise-wide software and business process integration. It evaluates the impact that enterprise wide systems can have, and the crucial role they play in organisational communication. The role of information in enabling process integration and how this underpins organisational knowledge and strategy provides the theoretical framework for the module. The module incorporates extensive practical work using the University’s SAP system for students enabling enhanced conceptual understanding of process integration issues.
LAND USE, PLANNING AND TRANSPORT
This module outlines the key land use and transport issues in contemporary Britain. You will look at transport in evolving urban land use systems, modelling and forecasting land use and transport relationships, transport demands and retail development, light rail and land use, and sustainable residential and workplace development.
PUBLIC PASSENGER TRANSPORT
This module will give you an understanding of issues involved in planning and operation of public passenger transport systems. This is interpreted mainly in respect of the principal modes (ie bus/coach and rail), but reference is also made to the roles of non-motorised modes and taxis. You will analyse a primarily UK/European context, with reference to the experience of other countries where appropriate.
TRAFFIC AND STREETS
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.
Students on the full-time Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc normally need to attend classes at University on Tuesday to Friday during Semester One. In Semester Two attendance is normally on Wednesday, Friday and one other day (dependent on option module chosen). 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.
The part-time study option is based on a half-day attendance per week per module, with the following planned sequence (depending on timetabling):
|Year 1, Semester 1||Purchasing Management|
Logistics Management in a Retail Supply Chain Context
|Year 1, Semester 2||Freight Transport and Logistics Services|
Logistics and the External Environment
|Year 2, Semester 1||Sustainability and Freight Transport|
Research Skills for Logistics
|Year 2, Semester 2||Option module|
|Year 2, year long||Research Dissertation (Logistics)|
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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Career options in your subject area
We offer targeted careers information for this course. View the range of careers options that are available to you after you graduate:
Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support including subject specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.
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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