In order to gain the competitive edge for management roles in the logistics and transport sectors international logistics and supply chain managers need to use data and analytics to improve business performance.
MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management trains you in analytical approached and 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 at our Southend campus, close to London’s major port, providing potential opportunities for site visits and placements.
You explore topics including:
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.
CILT accreditation offers the students an introduction to a professional body. Students studying on an accredited course will receive an exemption from the academic requirements for membership at either Chartered Member or membership level of the CILT. It may also reduce the length of experience that they would also require.
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK (CILT) is the membership organisation for professionals involved in the management of transportation and logistics systems and supply chains. Our MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management is a CILT (UK) accredited degree.
Based in Southend-on-Sea, members of the Strategy, Operations and Entrepreneurship Group have well-established reputations for research in:
During your course, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from Professor Niraj Kumar, Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at Essex Business School.
Professor Kumar has published extensively on various aspects of operations and supply chain management in reputed international journals and books. His research interests are primarily in sustainable operations and supply chain management; food supply chains; supply chain innovation and big data practices in supply chains.
Academic members of staff from our Strategy, Operations and Entrepreneurship Group are supported in their research activities by our flourishing Centre for Research on Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Management and Internationalisation (REIMI).
The Centre is well known for international business research on emerging-market multinational enterprises (MNEs); technology management; novel research in migrant entrepreneurship and firm internationalisation.
MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management is taught 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 just five minutes from campus by train, and offers flights to over 50 destinations across Europe – providing excellent opportunities for work placements or case studies.
Choose our Southend Campus for your studies, and you’ll have access to a superb learning environment with state-of-the-art facilities, including:
Southend-on-Sea combines the charms of a traditional seaside resort with the attractions of a vibrant, modern town and our campus sits right at the centre. With seven miles of coastline, a thriving arts and cultural scene and a wide variety of restaurants and nightlife all on your doorstep, it’s the perfect place to live and study. Our town centre location has excellent transport links too, with London only 40 minutes away by train.
A Master’s degree in International Logistics and Supply Chain Management will develop the industry-specific skills and management expertise you need to gain the competitive edge for management roles in the logistics and transport sectors. Typical roles include:
Your knowledge of business analytics to improve business performance may also make you a suitable candidate for general management positions in both large and small organisations in the private and public sectors. Many of our graduates also go on to pursue a career in academia.
Read our graduate profiles to find out the types of organisations our Masters students go on to work for.
Our Student Support team work closely with the University’s Employability and Careers service to help you with careers information and advice and CV support. They will help you find work experience, internships, placements and voluntary opportunities and provide access to employer talks on campus. We also work closely with the Essex Startups team to support our budding entrepreneurs get their business ideas off the ground.
“The lectures did not only teach from the book but also used real case-studies to help me understand more about the modules. Almost every module provided the last hour for students to discuss certain cases according to the themes of the module.”
“Since graduating, I have been working for a supply chain financing and technology company. So far, the supply chain management modules have been really helpful for me. I didn't expect that working in a supply chain position means literally take care of the whole supply chain, but I learned so much through this job.”
Lisa Nurfhatia Prizasaputri, MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management (2019)
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A postgraduate research degree is a level 8 qualification.
The term the module will be taught in.
COMPONENT 01: CORE
COMPONENT 02: COMPULSORY
COMPONENT 03: COMPULSORY
COMPONENT 04: COMPULSORY
COMPONENT 05: COMPULSORY
COMPONENT 06: COMPULSORY
COMPONENT 07: COMPULSORY
COMPONENT 08: OPTIONALOption(s) from list
You are assessed via a combination of group work, presentations, reports, project works and exams.
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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