Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £775 *
International Fees £1,300 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 2 years

* Price per 20-credit module

Course summary

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.

Indicative timetable

This part-time course 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)

Please note, this timetable is subject to change.

Course structure

Core modules

(20 credits)

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.

(20 credits)

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.

(20 credits)

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.

(20 credits)

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.

(40 credits)

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.

(20 credits)

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.

(20 credits)

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.

Optional modules

(20 credits)

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.

(20 credits)

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.

(20 credits)

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.

(20 credits)

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.

(20 credits)

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.

(20 credits)

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.

Professional accreditation

This MSc course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and graduates are exempt from the institute's exams.

Entry Requirements

You should normally have the equivalent of a good Honour's 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.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

You should normally have the equivalent of a good Honour's 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.

More information

Careers

The course has a strong employment record, with graduates going on to work with a wide range of organisations including logistics service providers, manufacturers, retailers and the public sector.

Examples of companies that have recruited our graduates include:

  • Honda
  • DHL
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Maersk Logistics
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Volvo Logistics
  • Kuehne + Nagel
  • Norbert Dentressangle
  • IKEA

 

 

We include lots of industry speakers within the course and students are encouraged to attend the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) events held frequently in London.

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £775 (Price per 20-credit module)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about postgraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

International tuition fee: £1,300 (Price per 20-credit module)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

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Course Location

Our Marylebone Campus has benefitted from a multi-million pound refurbishment resulting in new workshops, digital studios and development of the Marylebone Library. The campus is home to the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and Westminster Business School. For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

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 or five 20-credit core modules plus one option module. 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 or two 20-credit core modules and one option module. 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).

View fees for the Logistics and Supply Chain Management Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate courses

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