MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Study for an MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the University of Bolton and you’ll have the opportunity to develop skills that prepare you for the global marketplace. Build your business acumen and work to develop the necessary skills for a career in this sought-after profession.

MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Course details

Supply chain and logistics is an under-resourced business sector and graduates with expertise in this area are increasingly in demand. This course is designed to help you achieve the transferable skills and knowledge necessary for a career within logistics and supply chain. You’ll cover subjects like global trade and requirements of the industry, risk mitigation, sustainable business operations and the role of information within supply networks, with the aim of gaining a comprehensive overview of the industry and related elements.

You’ll have the opportunity to explore and apply methods and techniques for business improvement in response to environmental, operational and ethical issues, both current and emerging, to build awareness of the industry and its different facets, including logistics, operations, strategy and information technology.

Created with more than a decade’s industry experience delivering supply chain programmes with partners in Malaysia, Botswana, Zambia and Malawi, the MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management course has a strong international focus to help prepare students for the needs of the global marketplace.

  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: MSc
  • Duration: 1 year

Course highlights:

  • Established in response to the shortage of qualified supply chain professionals, this programme is tailor-made to provide you with the opportunity to build skills relevant to the current and emerging needs of the industry.
  • The programme has been developed in compliance with Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport professional body requirements.
  • There is a strong international flavour to the programme, enabling you to enhance your knowledge and understanding of today’s global market.
  • Our scholarly activity, research and well-established links with industry professional bodies, help to make sure our course content is industry-relevant and introduces you to the latest thinking and innovations.
  • On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded an MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and will have the opportunity for further study up to PhD level.

Key features:

  • The MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management course is designed for the modern, global industry and covers all relevant elements, from sustainability and aggressive marketing of goods and services to the importance of risk mitigation.
  • You’ll have the option to take a study skills module at the beginning of the programme in preparation for Master’s level study.
  • At the end of the course, you’ll be able to apply your knowledge and skills in practice by preparing a dissertation that covers a specific area of the logistics and supply chain management discipline.
  • We’re committed to helping you develop your employability and career network. You’ll be encouraged to attend guest lectures that enhance your learning, help you make contacts in industry and contribute to your professional development.
  • Our dedicated staff team have a wide range of professional experience, industry knowledge, technical expertise and academic credentials, offering you a variety of perspectives and broadening your horizons.

Entry requirements

  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: MSc
  • Duration: 1 year

You should have a UK Honours degree/postgraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Examples of relevant qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in logistics and supply chain management, business administration, information systems or technology, accountancy, operations management, and human resource management, or equivalent Level 6 qualifications such as the CIPS Graduate Diploma.

Work experience in a business or management capacity will give you an advantage.

You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.5 with normally no less than 6.0 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

Career opportunities

Logistics and supply chain work involves the safe delivery of goods and services to consumers. All types of businesses, big and small, need logistics managers to help with inventory and accounts. A small business may have one person in charge of these duties, while large corporations have entire logistics and supply chain departments.

Some of the more common job roles within this discipline include analyst, inventory control manager, logistics engineer, production manager, purchasing manager, supply chain manager, systems support manager , customer service manager, global logistics manager and operations director. A logistics manager will need to be familiar with various software programs, as that is the most common way to keep track of product movement.

What can I do with this qualification?

The majority of our supply chain graduates work in manufacturing or for the government, with other opportunities in scientific and technological fields, transportation, or aerospace. If you’re interested in working abroad or with an international customer base, advanced jobs in logistics often provide such opportunities. In a globalised economy, many logistics companies work with foreign distributors to conduct business.

There’s also the option to work as a consultant. As a consultant, you can work with a variety of different companies, both nationally and abroad, offering tips and strategies on how to streamline processes.

Another route to consider into logistics and supply chain is through graduate schemes in this sector which are offered by a number of third-party logistics companies and retailers. These schemes are sometimes rotational to give you experience of different areas of the business.

Alternative career options

  • Business sustainability
  • Environmental operations
  • Operations management
  • Project management
  • Research and development
  • Teaching and education
  • Retail management
  • Export/import operations
  • Warehouse operations
  • Consultancy

Professional recognition

We are seeking recognition of the course from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

Fees & funding

Home/EU fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/21
2019/20 £5,400-£5,400
2020/21 -nullnull

International fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/21
2019/20 £12,450-£12,450
2020/21 -nullnull

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply

Home/EU

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

Before you commence the online application please read the Application Guidance Notes.

You should also ensure you have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

International

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

Teaching & assessment

Modules

Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Study Skills for Masters Programme
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Procurement and Operations Management
  • Logistics Management
  • Supply Chain Strategy
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation
  • IT for Supply Chain and Project Management
  • Finance and Decision Making
  • Sustainability in Business Operations

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is delivered via a varied programme of teaching and learning methods. You’ll be expected to attend timetabled classes with your module tutor, as well as lectures and workshops, and spend time completing exercises via the Virtual Learning Environment.

Some tutorials will be delivered on a one-to-one basis while others will be group-focused. During lessons you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about your subject area while also working on employability skills and information literacy skills development.

Individual modules may incorporate specific teaching methods. You’ll also be expected to complete independent study, such as background reading, completing assignments and revising for examinations. Assessments take the form of coursework – usually reports – and exams.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.


Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (65%), Practical exams (2%), Written exams (33%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (77%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (23%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
    Full-time
  • Start date:
    23/09/2019
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    MSc
  • Duration:
    1 year

Contact us

Mildred Brown-Houston
Programme Leader
Email: M.E.Brown@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903617

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903