MSc Logistics

Face to Face or in Webspace: learning that fits to you

The world is in a constant state of change. Political change, the lifting of trade barriers and advances in technology present both global opportunities and threats. Sourcing products from the world’s best suppliers and the capability to reach new markets or deliver anywhere on the globe creates major logistical challenges. Logistics is the management of this end-to-end supply chain that provides the means to achieve strategic goals.

The MSc in Logistics which is currently delivered as a part-time and online course is designed around three themes: logistics, business management and research.

Key Facts

Course Length:
2 to 3 years

School of Engineering, Manufacturing and Logistics
Contact Name:
Graham Orr
Contact Email:
Language Choice

Course delivery

Part 1 of the course comprises 6 taught modules each of which attract 6 days of teaching (ie 3 x weekends or part or all of a 6 day Summer School).   In total there are 2 x 6 day Summer Schools leaving 12 weekends all of which take place in the School of Engineering in Swansea:

The course starts with a compulsory residential long weekend in Swansea (Friday to Sunday). Friday is Induction Day to complete enrolment, collect student ID cards, library briefing and other administrative matters such as how to logon to the student email account and what software and student support is available. Saturday and Sunday are the first part of the Research Methods module.  Unfortunately no university accommodation is available during this weekend and attendees will have to make their own arrangements.

 For the other 11 taught weekends, students have the option of:

  • attending the weekend classes face to face in the School of Engineering


  • joining the class live online as each class will be webcast. The webcasts will be recorded and available online.

Apart from the compulsory residential weekend there are two other compulsory attendances both of which are 6 day long residential Summer Schools in Swansea, generally the first week in July and the first week in September, for which bed & breakfast accommodation in student halls is included.


In addition to lecturer support, cohorts are encouraged to work together as a team. A Facebook Group is also available and restricted to students and staff.   Each student has a dedicated tutor allocated to provide a consistent point of contact. Additional support is available from module tutors (if these are different from the personal tutor), the full range of student support services already available within the university.

Part 1


  • Logistics Strategies & Operations (20 Credits)
  • Sustainable Logistics (20 Credits)
  • Logistics Modelling (20 Credits)


  • Financial Management and Contract Law (20 Credits)
  • Management of Human & Organisational Resources (20 Credits)


  • Research Methods (20 Credits)

Total Part 1 (120 Credits)

Part 2


  • Dissertation (60 Credits)

Total Part 1 and Part 2 (180 Credits)

Logistics management offers a career that will continually develop an individual’s potential and reward ambition in a challenging global environment. And since the demand for logistics professionals outstrips the supply, there are excellent opportunities for rapid career progression for those with the drive to succeed. Careers in logistics management offer early responsibility, exciting challenges with good remuneration and opportunities to travel.

At almost every point, supply chain operations will have an impact on the environment. Companies must address questions such as: ‘is inventory available for planned production runs?’, or ‘is fuel consumption of the vehicle fleet being optimised?’, ‘is the distribution centre energy efficient?’, or ‘can packaging materials be reused or recycled?’ The challenge is how to combine operational development with a sustainable approach to the environment.

Assessment methods for Part 1 of the programme include a variety of written formats from essays (ranging from 1,750 words up to 2,750 words in length), oral presentations delivered both in a group and individually, and one unseen examination. 

In addition to summative assessments the programme includes a range of formative assessments that may include one or more of the following: peer assessed work; group presentations; reflective journals; blogs and wikis; internet searches; document analysis; and, bibliographic exercises.

Part 2 of the programme comprises the student's individual research project and is assessed by the formal research proposal, the dissertation and a viva voce examination.

The normal general entry requirements for admission to the MSc programme are:

  • An Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline.
  • For graduates of non-UK universities, sufficient command of spoken and written English to meet the demands of the Programme (for example IELTS 6.0 or equivalent).

The nature of the programme is such that candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds will be considered.

Equivalent qualifications

Equivalent qualifications will be considered for entry onto the programme. For example, a candidate with a good HND, together with at least five years relevant experience, would be considered. The candidate would be expected to provide evidence to support his/her application. In addition vocational awards such as the CILT(UK) Level 6 Advanced Diploma, combined with relevant experience will be accepted.

Other skills considered

Our offers are not solely based on academic results. We will take you skills, achievement and life experience into consideration.

Evidence of personal, professional and educational experience will be sought, to provide indicators of the ability of an individual to satisfy the requirements of the programme.

In recent years, as supply chains have moved from local, to international, to global in nature, the role of logistics has been strongly highlighted, giving it an increasingly high profile. In addition, lean and agile thinking have forced organisations to focus more strongly on logistical aspects of their operations, particularly as they seek to improve management of their supply chains and networks.

Consequently there is a demand for well qualified individuals to take on management roles, particularly as logistics and supply chain management are now recognised as a key part of an organisation’s operational strategy. The emergence of the recognised discipline of crisis and humanitarian logistics has also increased demand for managers with high level skills in logistics.

The University has been in the forefront of providing appropriate high level logistics educational programmes and professional education and maintains active links with professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation (CILT (UK).