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MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Why we're great

  • Join a leading UK university for data analytics and management science.
  • Master green logistics to gain a career advantage.
  • Take advantage of the benefits of studying close to London’s major logistics hubs.

Course options2017-18

Duration: 1 year
Start month: October
Location: Southend Campus
Based in: Essex Business School
Fee (Home/EU): £10,200
Fee (International): £15,950
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
PGT fees information

Duration: 2 years
Start month: October
Location: Southend Campus
Based in: Essex Business School
Fee (Home/EU): £5,100
Fee (International): £7,975
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
PGT fees information

Course enquiries

Telephone 01206 872719
Email pgadmit@essex.ac.uk

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About the course

Do you want to gain the competitive edge for management roles in the logistics and transport sectors? Do you want to use data and analytics to improve business performance?

This quantitative course trains you in applying management techniques to solve business problems arising from supply chains, including areas such as transportation, warehousing and inventory and supplier relations. It has been designed with industry input in response to sector skills gaps and is located close to London’s major port, providing potential opportunities for site visits and placements.

Study areas may include:

  • global supply chain management, planning and control
  • international operations management
  • business analytics, applied statistics and forecasting
  • environmentally-friendly logistics
  • logistics planning and control
  • business strategy and strategic management
  • innovation management

In the summer, you undertake an applied research project about a real-world organisation or issue.

This course draws upon Essex Business School’s strengths in big data and analytics to help you be a more effective logistics manager.

We develop your practical skills in data analysis so you can better understand markets, consumers and competitors to improve business performance. Computer generated simulations expose you to a range of business scenarios, helping you to understand how managers and entrepreneurs use analytics to solve logistics problems.

Another unique feature of this course is a focus on green logistics, addressing employer needs for greater training in this area.

With organisations coming under increasing pressure to manage issues around waste, recycling, transportation and raw materials, many businesses lack qualified staff who can ensure compliance with environmental law. We can equip you with the knowledge and skills to design and operate efficient and sustainable supply chains and logistics networks to give you a distinct career advantage.

MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management can also be studied part-time and you may be eligible for a number of scholarships and discounts. Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.

Professional accreditation

We are currently seeking professional accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

Our expert staff

The University of Essex is recognised as a leading UK university for expertise in data science. Many of our academics are members of the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre and work with organisations to help them turn big data into actionable and meaningful insights to improve business performance.

Our teaching staff are at the forefront of the big data debate and specialise in research in the areas of international management, data analytics, business ethics and corporate social responsibility.

Essex Business School is ranked in the UK’s top 20 by the Chartered Association of Business Schools and in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014). We are signatories of the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) and champion sustainable business in our teaching and research. Our international community of students, academics and entrepreneurs use creativity and innovation to make organisations better places to do business.

Specialist facilities

This course is taught at Essex Business School at our Southend Campus, close to the principle port for London and Britain’s Greenest Port.

A major logistics hub for the South of England, The Port of Tilbury is the largest deep water port on the River Thames and provides potential opportunities for site visits and student projects. London Southend Airport is less than 30 minutes from Campus, offering the chance to seek work placements or case studies.

You are based at our town centre campus amongst the buzz of the High Street, with its array of bars, shops, restaurants and opportunities for part-time work. You have access to the Forum, a state-of-the-art building with excellent learning facilities, including 24-computer suites and study pods.

The University of Essex also provides study skills initiatives, including those for international students, to help you perform to your best academic potential, such as free academic English classes.

Your future

By developing your industry-specific skills and management expertise, MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management can enhance your employability potential for roles such as:

  • Project Manager
  • Logistics Planner
  • Warehouse Supervisor
  • Logistics Controller
  • Quality Manager
  • Logistics Network Developer
  • Procurement Manager

Your knowledge of business analytics may also make you a suitable candidate for general management positions in both large and small organisations in the private and public sectors.

Essex Business School at our Southend Campus has a dedicated employability team to help you find work opportunities both during and after your course. The University of Essex Employability and Careers Centre also runs events and activities to help you increase your appeal to employers.

In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE). Read our graduate profiles to find out the types of organisations our Masters students go on to work for.

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Example structure

Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core and optional module structure may be subject to change.

For many of our courses you’ll have a wide range of optional modules to choose from – those listed in this example structure are, in many instances, just a selection of those available. Our Programme Specification gives more detail about the structure available to our current postgraduate students, including details of all optional modules.

Year 1

Matching the ability to supply a product or service with customer demand is vital for any organisation. Excess supply can lead to wastage and increased costs, but too little can irritate customers and result in lost revenue. Supply chain management is a complex and challenging task, but, done right, it can create significant competitive advantage. This module explores how organisations manage their product range and operations to best align supply with demand in a global environment, categorised by expanding product variety, increasing outsourcing, and continuous advances in business analytics. You explore areas such as industry competition, resource allocation, organisational learning and competitive dynamics.

Data analytics presents a massive opportunity for business leaders, managers and entrepreneurs alike in modern globalised economies. You explore how crucial data analytics is in today's business world, and consider real-world examples where businesses have harnessed this power to solve critical problems. You learn a wide variety of data mining, visual and analytical techniques which can be applied to data generated from different markets and businesses.

The importance of data and evidence driven decision making cannot be overstated in today’s world. Managers have access to vast amounts of data, as well as tools which can help them analyse the data. The ability to understand this data and use it to support your decisions is increasingly proving to be a necessary skill in a typical manager’s portfolio.

Gain the key skills and competencies to carry out management research or prepare a comprehensive business plan, suitable for the completion of a Masters level programme. You address the philosophical issues underlying management research, and discover how to select methods and judge the quality and value of research outcomes.

Your dissertation is the culmination of your Masters programme, where you apply the knowledge gained on your course to produce a 15,000 word independent piece of work. You generate an original idea, analyse literature and current knowledge and produce a coherent argument that shows your ability to relate theory to practice. Your dissertation will help you develop vital skills for the workplace, as well as the ability to analyse real problems through an academic lens. You are assigned a supervisor for the duration of your project.

In this module, you develop the quantitative skills required to model and solve managerial challenges. You learn how to use mathematical programming methods and specialised software to represent and solve decision making problems. We equip you with a deep understanding of key optimisation methods so you can identify the most relevant approach to solve particular issues.

This module explores the planning, management and control of logistics and supply chain operations. We look at the areas to consider when designing and managing logistic and supply chain networks. You learn the basics of production planning, including Material Requirements Planning (MRP) and Just-in-Time (JIT) systems, inventory management and quality management. You also explore mathematical and computational models that can support your decision making.

This module explores how organisations use innovation to gain a competitive advantage by capitalising on organisational, market and technological change. You examine how innovation strategies are developed and managed and acquire the knowledge and skills needed to manage innovation at operational and strategic levels.

Develop your critical understanding of the strategic and functional aspects of international marketing activities of firms of varying sizes and industries. You explore the roles of external and internal environments against key international marketing decisions such as modes of foreign market entry and market selection, or the design and implementation of marketing mix approaches at the international level.

Gain an advanced understanding of the external context within which international businesses operate, and the opportunities and challenges this poses to entrepreneurial firms, large and small. You are introduced to key international trade theories and practices, and the application of these to the study of entrepreneurship. You also discuss the external challenges facing international firms, particularly economic, financial, political-legal, technological and cultural challenges.

This module explores how to develop profitable business strategies. You learn how to analyse a firm’s external environment, including examining the economy and its competitors, assess its internal resources and set objectives. You examine the differences between corporate, competitive and functional business strategies and develop your decision making and analytical skills. By the end of the module, you understand how a manger can shape a firm’s direction to meet its goals and stakeholder expectations.

Achieve an advanced understanding of international business and strategy, and the content and processes of different international expansion modes. You examine why firms enter international markets, and explore different forms of international growth by observing current business practice, case study evidence and theory.

Teaching

  • you learn via a combination of lectures, seminars and lab-based sessions
  • you study a selection of compulsory modules and can choose two elective modules to tailor the course to your career aspirations
  • you have the option to attend regular research seminars outside of your course to gain access to cutting-edge thinking from leading academics
  • Assessment

    You are assessed via a combination of group work, presentations, reports, project works and exams.

    Dissertation

    You undertake an applied research project about a real-world organisation or issue in the field of logistics and supply chain management.

    The dissertation demonstrates your grasp of the theoretical and practical skills you acquire throughout your course.

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    Qualifications

    UK entry requirements

    A 1st, 2:1 or good 2:2 degree in a business subject, engineering, computing or sciences.

    If you have a degree in another subject area, we require two years of relevant work experience.

    International and EU entry requirements

    We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Email pgadmit@essex.ac.uk for further details about the qualifications we accept. Include information in your email about the undergraduate qualification you have already completed or are currently taking.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5

    If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

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    Applying

    You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. You’ll need to provide us with your academic qualifications, as well as supporting documents such as transcripts, English language qualifications and certificates. You can find a list of necessary documents online, but please note we won’t be able to process your application until we have everything we need.

    There is no application deadline but we recommend that you apply before 1 July for our taught courses starting in October. We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.

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    Open days

    We hold postgraduate events in February/March and November, and open days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Southend Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:

    • tour our campus and accommodation
    • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
    • meet our students and staff

    If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing southend@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

    Virtual tours

    If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tour allows you to explore the Southend Campus from the comfort of your home. Check out our accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.

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