MSc Logistics

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.

Key Facts

Course Length:
1 to 2 years

School of Engineering, Manufacturing and Logistics
Contact Name:
Graham Orr
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The MSc in Logistics is designed around three themes: logistics, business management and research. The programme is underpinned by the study of logistics strategies and operations. Future developments in logistics is the focus of sustainable logistics.  The management of complex scenarios is the rationale for modelling logistics.

To deal with suppliers it is necessary to have an understanding of financial management and the law relating to contracts. To make logistics changes happen requires skills in managing human and organisational resources.

Connecting these two themes is an overall emphasis on undertaking research: learning and using qualitative and quantitative research techniques which culminate in an individual research project.

Efficient, safe and sustainable logistics is critical to all sectors and this allows students to develop innovative and varied research projects.

Part 1


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


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


  • Research Methods (20 Credit)

Total Part 1 (120 Credit)

Part 2


  • Dissertations (60 Credit)

Total Part 1 and Part 2 (180 Credit)

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.

Part I of the programme is 90% written coursework including spreadsheet work with one examination in one module. 

The dissertation is assessed by the research proposal, the dissertation and a viva voce.

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

(a) An Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline.

(b) 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 up to 5 years 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).