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MSc Supply Chain Management and Logistics (1 year)

A strong focus on quantitative and analytical skills sets this course apart from most other UK masters degrees in supply chain management and logistics, giving you the skills recruiters are looking for.

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Introducing your degree

Gain the specialist knowledge, management capabilities and analytical skills required to manage the movement of goods, people, data, and money across a supply chain. With a greater quantitative focus than many similar UK masters degrees, this course will develop your analytical and modelling capabilities to an advanced level, making you highly employable. You’ll have the opportunity to gain invaluable professional experience by working with an organisation to tackle a real business problem during a three-month project. And the course is taught by researchers from one of the country’s leading analytics research groups, who bring their extensive experience to the course.

Supply Chain Management and Logistics

Overview

Successfully negotiating the complexities of supply chain and logistics management requires thorough subject-specific knowledge, advanced management capabilities and the capacity to analyse and use information to good effect. The MSc in Supply Chain Management and Logistics covers all these areas, providing a foundation in core theories and technical skills, and enabling you to study relevant managerial topics in more depth.

What makes this MSc different from many other UK masters degrees in this field is its strong emphasis on the analytical and quantitative aspects of the subject. We aim to produce graduates with critical thinking and problem solving skills who can analyse data to make sound business decisions.

The course is taught in conjunction with the University’s Centre of Operational Research, Management Sciences and Information Systems (CORMSIS). This cross-disciplinary group, which includes academics from Southampton Business School, Mathematics and other related subject areas, is one of the largest of its type in the UK. The link with CORMSIS gives you a wider choice of modules, while input from the CORMSIS business advisory board ensures we are teaching you the right skills for today’s job market.

We welcome applications from students from a range of backgrounds who have undertaken an element of quantitative study or have relevant professional experience.

View the programme specification document for this course.

Programme Structure

The MSc in Supply Chain Management and Logistics is a full-time, one-year course. You’ll take a range of compulsory and optional modules, and will have the opportunity to work with an organisation on a real business project, which will inform your dissertation.

The compulsory modules provide a thorough grounding in the main principles of purchasing and supply management and integrated logistics, as well as the underpinning quantitative, qualitative and technical skills required to put your learning into practice. For example, you will learn how to formulate hypotheses and use data to test them, how to use mathematical techniques to support decision making, and how to develop computer decision support systems to produce useful insights from data.  

The range of optional modules on offer give you the flexibility to shape the course to suit your interests. They include topics with valuable applications in supply chain and logistics management, which broadly fall within two categories:

  • The human and behavioural factors that impact on effective management of supply chains and logistics. For example, you could choose to study game theory and explore models of conflict and cooperation between decision makers, or gain a greater understanding of the factors that influence decision making in uncertain environments.
  • The mathematical or quantitative aspects of the subject. You can take modules such as credit scoring and data mining, simulation or forecasting to develop your analytical and modelling skills.

Transferable software skills

The course offers experience of working with various software packages, providing valuable workplace skills. These include programmes for statistical analysis, simulation, decision modelling and specialised credit scoring and data mining software. You can also choose to learn fundamental programming skills using Visual Basic that can be applied to many other programming applications.

Summer project in industry

A special feature of this MSc is the industry-based summer project, which replaces the traditional dissertation. It provides an invaluable opportunity to put your knowledge into practice and enhance your professional skills. Working directly with an organisation for three months, you’ll apply your learning to a real supply chain or logistics management business challenge. You’ll present your findings to the organisation and write them up for your dissertation. 

Partner organisations include Rolls-Royce, Virgin Media, IBM, Barclaycard, Boeing, Tesco, JP Morgan, Lloyd’s Register, and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

We offer a high level of career support before and during your project so that you can get the best out of your placement.

  • A seminar series presented by industry partners and former students who have completed a summer project will give you an insight into different sectors, roles and project types.
  • Workshops in semester two cover essential skills such as CV writing and interview skills, preparing you for the project application process.
  • Organisations from a range of sectors provide project briefs and students are invited to choose projects of interest and submit their CVs to the relevant companies.
  • You’ll be matched with a business following a recruitment day, when you’ll meet the industry partners.
  • You’ll receive regular academic supervision during your project.

Past students have worked with:

  • Arup, on airport baggage management
  • Eurostar, on long-term revenue management
  • Rolls-Royce, on inventory optimisation
  • Tesco, on trends in retail

Outstanding academics

Our academics are active researchers and include leading experts in the area of logistics and supply chain management as well as fields such as risk management, game theory and data modelling.

  • Programme leader Dr Patrick Beullens has an impressive track record of research in supply chain and logistics management. He has worked with numerous industry partners and government agencies on areas such as vehicle routing, production planning, reverse logistics and inventory control.
  • Professor Johnnie Johnson is at the forefront of research into decision making in uncertain environments. He leads the Risk Taking and Decision Making module.
  • Dr Tri-Dung Nguyen’s research interests include game theory and complex systems modelling, with recent projects including a collaboration with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution on optimising lifeboat operation and maintenance schedules. He leads the Game Theory for Business module.
  • Professor Sally Brailsford, who leads modules on simulation and credit scoring/data mining, is an award-winning expert in healthcare modelling, through which she tackles issues such as workforce scheduling and patient flow.

Key Facts

This masters degree has a stronger emphasis on analytical and quantitative skills than you’ll find on many masters degrees in this field, enhancing your employability.

It offers the opportunity to work with a company on a three-month business project, providing invaluable professional experience.

Industry project partner organisations include Rolls-Royce, Arup, Tesco and Eurostar.

Benefit from the expertise of leading academics in the Business School and the University’s Centre of Operational Research, Management Sciences and Information Systems, one of the country’s largest research groups in this field.

The course content is informed by an industry advisory panel to ensure it is up to date and teaches you the skills that businesses need.

 

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Bachelors degree

2:1 classification UK bachelors degree or equivalent

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Acceptable subjects: A wide range of subjects accepted in Business, Economics, Science, Engineering, IT, Management and Marketing, Communication, Education, Political Science, and Sociology

Required module areas: Evidence of quantitative study eg accounting, economics, finance, maths, management sciences or engineering. Other subjects considered if quantitative ability demonstrated at A levels.

Excluded subjects: English translation, Art/Performing Art, Vocational Studies

Work experience in a related field can compensate for degree subject/grades.

Selection process

The University’s Admissions Policy, available at www.southampton.ac.uk/admissions_policy, applies equally to all programmes of study. These are the typical entry criteria to be used for selecting candidates for admission. The University’s approved equivalencies for the requirements listed will also be acceptable. The entry criteria for our programmes are reviewed annually by the Faculty. Those stated were correct as of July 2015. Applicants should refer to their specific offer conditions on their offer letter.

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that you have reached a satisfactory standard in an approved English language test.

The following scores are accepted for direct entry:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in reading and writing, 6.0 in listening and speaking

All tests must be no more than two years old at the time of enrolment.

For more information visit a list of equivalent English language tests that are also accepted.

If you do not quite meet our English language requirements for direct entry, you may be eligible to apply for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. Please visit the Centre for Language Studies website for further information.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. Read the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

All Core and Compulsory modules must be taken.

You must choose 15 CATS/7.5 ECTS of Option modules in Semester 1 and 30 CATS/15 ECTS of Option modules in Semester 2. All option modules are offered subject to availability and timetabling constraints.

MANG6095 Dissertation supervision starts in Semester 2 and should be submitted in September.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items (eg pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However, due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and copyingIn most cases, written coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations are submitted online and by hard copy. The costs of printing a hard copy for submission of such coursework will be the responsibility of the student. The cost of photocopying will also be the responsibility of the student. For more information about University printing costs, visit www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing
TravelSome modules may include optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.
OtherCandidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

The blend of knowledge and skills offered by this degree will be attractive to private or public sector employers looking for supply chain or logistics expertise. You will be prepared for a career in sectors such as manufacturing, retail, and national or international transportation across all modes – land, sea or air.

You could choose to join one of the specialist consultancy firms or software development companies that offer support to large companies in areas such as distribution network planning, vehicle route planning, public transport, warehouse management, location decision support, enterprise resource planning, production scheduling, healthcare logistics and workforce planning.

Typical entry roles include supply chain analyst, logistics planner, project manager, event planner, production planner, supplier relationship manager, inventory and warehouse manager, vehicle fleet manager, customer service support manager, and reverse logistics manager.

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