University of Huddersfield

University of Huddersfield

Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Within a business context, it is now recognised that one of the main ways in which competitive advantage can be gained is through the effective and efficient management of the supply chain - the term used to describe the flow of products or services from their point of origin through to the final point of sale or use. Logistics is essentially an interactive process within the supply chain it seeks to optimise these flows, from both a physical and information standpoint. This course provides the essential framework, concepts and toolkit required for the strategic management of logistics and the supply chain. You can: Learn through innovative teaching techniques including: cases, simulations and interactive games. Gain the opportunity to network with experts from industry, exploring real-world expertise. Get an introduction to the enterprise resource planning software SAP. *The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics (CILT) and is seeking accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.

Entry requirements

A good first degree (2.2 or above) in a wide range of disciplines or professional body equivalent. Applicants with the appropriate professional qualifications or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Course modules

Your year in Huddersfield will be divided into 3 terms. For terms 1 and 2 you will enjoy a carefully designed program that covers the core theories and knowledge of the Supply Chain Management and Logistics profession. In your final term, you will take the opportunity to lead your own research through a dissertation project. Core modules: Principles of Supply Chain Management.
This module introduces the basics of supply chain management. It will present the role of logistics and supply chain within various business contexts. The module will provide students an ability to identify and analyse the complexities and uncertainties affecting global supply chains. The module will also discuss the emerging trends and concepts in logistics and supply chain management. The assessment for this module will be based on an individual report and an examination. Retail Logistics: This module examines the impact of changes in the structure of the retailing market, customer buying patterns and product sourcing on logistics requirements. It assesses what initiatives may be considered by major retailers to respond to increasing pressures for wider product ranges, increased service levels and lower prices. It also demonstrates how distribution tactics should be aligned to different retail strategies. The relevance of concepts such as quick response (QR) and efficient consumer response (ECR) is assessed. The assessment is based on an individual assignment (50 per cent) and an in-class test (50 per cent). Strategic Management: The module addresses strategic challenges facing firms with regard to sustainable development through process improvement pressures for a business excellence total quality management and performance monitoring. The module will use case studies and provide tools and techniques to show how a firm might prepare a strategic response to internal and external challenges. Freight Transport Management: This module evaluates the role of transport in global logistics and supply chain management. The influence of transport options on the operation, design and sustainability of global supply chains is explained and evaluated. The approach used is to look at commercial aspects of freight transport management from an operational and strategic point of view. The assessment is based on an individual report (30 per cent) and a case study assignment (70 per cent). Supply Chain Planning and Control: The module will demonstrate how data can be obtained, extracted and manipulated to enable decision support tools to be used to underpin the planning and control of operations and the supply chain. The assessment for this module is based on an individual report and an In-class test. Throughout the delivery of the module the tutors will use software and other teaching aids to enhance learning and provide feedback. Procurement and Purchasing: The role of purchasing has become a key driver for enabling the smooth flow of goods as well as achieving optimum cost whilst meeting the customer requirements. The module will examine the different approaches to managing the purchasing function, which can contribute to an efficient and effective management of the organization's operations. The module will utilise case studies to demonstrate how companies manage their purchasing and procurement. The assessment is based on an individual assignment and an exam. Professional Development and Research Methods: This module will enable you to develop your professional, academic and research skills through a series of lectures workshops and seminars and provide an understanding of an integrated research methodology. The module will also help to prepare for the dissertation and will outline the basic steps in the formulation of research questions research design and research implementation. Information Systems:
This module examines the role of different types of information systems in modern operations and supply chains. It explains why they are critical for linking different business functions and facilitating integrated processes within and between companies. The students will be introduced to different types of software including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) packages, Advanced Planning Systems (APS) Inventory Optimisation (IO) tools and Warehouse Management Systems (WMS). The assessment is based on an individual assignment (50 per cent) and an in-class test (50 per cent). Logistics Management: This module explains the tactical planning models needed to support corporate logistics goals and outlines the principles underpinning effective inventory and distribution management. It focuses on determining appropriate stock levels, where the products should be held and how orders may be handled in modern warehouses serving different channels to market. The module will examine inventory models, network configurations, process improvement and performance measurement within logistics. The assessment is based on an individual assignment and an in-class test. Dissertation: The dissertation develops the student's skills and ability to carry out an original investigation into a particular logistics/ operations and/or supply chain management problem. Students will receive regular supervision from their supervisor who will provide further guidance on methodology, literature sources and review techniques, specification of data requirements, data collection and analysis, and final presentation. The dissertation will normally be of between 12,000 and 15,000 words.

Assessment methods

Teaching methods include lectures, case study discussions, group work, lab based activities and an individual project. Assessments will include individual assignments, examinations and in class tests.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Huddersfield Huddersfield HD1 3DH Yorkshire and the Humber

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