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.

Key information

Award:

MSc

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

1 year

Location:

University of Bolton

Start date:

To be confirmed

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.

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.
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).


  • 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.
  • We'll also consider applications where appropriate work experience can be demonstrated in lieu of, or in addition to, the published academic qualifications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.
  • 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 6.0 with no less than 5.5 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.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


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

Graduates can typically go on to work in logistics and supply management for a company, although the managerial and leadership skills acquired when studying for a logistics Master’s degree can be applied to senior management job positions in many fields. Graduates can also use this qualification to enter a range of other careers, and for some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or further postgraduate study may be required. They include:

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

Course fees
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/23
2021£5,400-£5,400
International Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/23
2021£12,450-£12,450

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on www.gov.uk for information.

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.

Bursaries

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For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

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Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Admissions
University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

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.

This course is not currently accepting online applications

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Admissions
University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk


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.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown 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
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 65%, Practical exams 2%, Written exams 33%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 77%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 23%

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. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. 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.

Programme Contacts

Mildred Brown-Houston
Programme Leader

M.E.Brown@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903617

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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