Logistics and Supply Chain Management - MSc

Full Time, Part Time
September 2016, January 2017
£5,500 for UK/EU Full Time 2016 entry (view all fees)

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), our Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc covers complex production flows, production processes, distribution and materials management, channels of supply, procurement strategies and logistics systems management in the UK and international logistics sectors.

You'll be keen to pursue logistics and supply chain management at a high level and our graduates have gone on to secure employment with world-leading companies, including BAE Systems, Palletways UK, and Ishida Europe.

What's covered in the course?

You are expected to have a background in purchasing, supply management, or be a transport and distribution specialist to undertake this highly rigorous course, which is directly relevant to industry's current and expected future needs.

It is designed to equip you with the expertise you will need to be a leading practitioner in a new generation of logistics and supply chain experts, providing you with a wider, more creative, flexible skill set.

Throughout your course, you will benefit from our strong links with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

You'll be based at Millennium Point, at our City Centre Campus, where you'll develop an in-depth understanding of internal and external global customer requirements, logistics and supply chain practice and the interpersonal skills necessary to liaise and work in cross-cultural operational teams.

You will have an academic base that will contribute to the development of knowledge and an opportunity to apply that knowledge to real-life problems in the logistics sector.

You will also gain the ability to appreciate the skills that are needed to manage international projects with frequently changing legislative controls, with respect to safety, legislation, environmental issues and green logistics.

The Master's project will give you the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge to practical problems and to investigate an enterprise systems management research topic.

You'll receive the support of expert staff, who have a wide range of academic, research and industrial experience in sectors such as manufacturing and electronics.

Why Choose Us?

  • We are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and you'll benefit from our strong links with the organisation.
  • We are a recognised leader in education, training and business solutions, offering a wide range of courses that benefit from active engagement with regional, national and international industry.
  • You will work in well-equipped laboratories.
  • The School is the first UK-based academy for PTC Inc – a major software solutions provider to international business and the US Government, giving our students access to industry-standard tools such as ProE.
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New £10,000 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,000 available for postgraduate study.

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This course is accredited by:

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Entry Requirements

UK students

We would normally expect you to hold at least a Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline.

However, we can also consider your application without standard entry qualifications if you can provide evidence of the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully complete the course.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2016 FT 12 months £5,500
PT 29 months £2,750 per year
Jan 2017 FT 17 months £5,500
PT 29 months £2,750 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2016 FT 12 months £12,000
Jan 2017 FT 17 months £12,000

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is available part-time

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Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?

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Semester 1 - Postgraduate Certificate

Enterprise Systems Management

This module will focus on the organisation business processes, requirement analysis techniques, system integration, technology capital development and the relationship between people, processes and tools within organisations. The support for the learning process will come from a variety of methods including formal tutorials, discussion groups, laboratory workshops, invited guest speakers and meetings.

International Logistics and Supply Chain Management

The module aims to provide an overview and broad understanding of logistics and supply chain management from an international perspective. This is a core module aimed at providing students with both practical application and theoretical underpinning of logistics and supply chain management operations on a global scale. The module incorporates green logistics, e-logistics and humanitarian logistics.

Developing Human Capabilities

This module will focus on understanding organisations, organisational behaviour and design, roles and interactions, teamwork, project leadership, development of interpersonal competencies (including self-management and initiative), effective communication, customer relations, effective collaboration, introduction to human capital development and change management.

Logistics and Distribution Systems

This module will introduce distribution and materials management concepts and systems. It will assess the effectiveness of planning and control tools used in distribution and transportation to critically analyse business drivers in different supply chains, highlighting the effects of waste in a particular supply chain and determine an appropriate waste minimisation strategy.

Semester 2 - Postgraduate Diploma

Operations and Supply Chain Management

This module will focus on an organisation's business process and operations, providing you with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of operations, sales order management and the procurement cycle. It will cover operations and productivity, operations strategy for competitive advantage, operations in the global marketplace, and forecasting.

You will explore interfaces between MRPII and PLM and other key ERP techniques. You will gain an understanding of strategic aspects of purchasing, and the structure and organisation of the procurement function; as well as key procurement performance indicators – quality, time, price, vendor selection and development.

Developing Financial Capabilities

This module will focus on developing an understanding of financial and management accounting methods and techniques utilised by managers, which facilitates decision-making and control within the organisation as well as performance monitoring externally. The aspects to be covered include:

  • Financial Accounting: Structure, compilation and relationship between budgets; planning and actual financial accounts; cash flow (forecast and statement); income statement (profit and loss); and balance sheet - analysis and interpretation.
  • Management Accounting: Cost accounting and management; cost identification; budgeting and budgetary control (including fixed and variable, standard costing, variance analysis, performance management and control); and making best use of existing capacity (marginal, absorption and activity based costing).
  • Financial Methods and Techniques: Planning and decision making (investment appraisal - projects/assets, full-life costs); break-even; net present value; ForEx; capital sources; equity; debt (cost and risk); working capital.
Business and Information Strategy

This module will focus on developing an information system strategy using resources to enhance competitive advantage for innovative organisations.

The content will include:

  • Strategic business analysis and planning
  • IS strategy from both practical and theoretical perspectives and related issues
  • The integrated nature of corporate/business strategy
  • Information systems and implementation.
Research Methods and Professional Development

This module will focus on research philosophies, research methods, quantitative and qualitative data acquisition, academic writing, professional practice, and research ethics. The module will be assessed by writing a literature review, in the form of an academic research paper.

You will enhance your knowledge, professionalism and research skills by selecting and applying appropriate research methods. This module aims to prepare you for your dissertation at master's level. You will present your literature review as an academic poster.

Semester 3 - MSc Award

Masters Project

Our well-equipped workshops and laboratories will enhance your learning experience, providing a valuable bridge between theoretical learning and hands-on practice.

You'll focus on industry-relevant learning, consider the latest developments in logistics, transport and supply chain management thinking, examine issues connected with the enhancement of the logistics and supply chain industry practice, study innovative reverse logistics and empties planning, and look at how you can create a resilient supply chain.

Effective communication is critical in a professional environment. To assess you on this course, we use project reports, record keeping and oral presentations, although we may use time-constrained tests where appropriate. Assessment focuses largely on projects and case studies and we make personal development planning an integral part of the learning process.

Your academic year is divided into three and you will study: enterprise systems management,international logistics and supply chain management, developing human capabilities, logistics and distribution systems procurement and operations management, material management, business and information strategy, research methods and professional development.

You will also complete an MSc dissertation project, which will identify a substantial work-based practical problem or research topic.

You can enrol in either September or January. If you enrol in September, you can complete the programme in 13 months (full-time) or 30 months part-time. If you enrol in January, the full-time course will take 17 months to complete.

This course is accredited by the following organisation:

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This degree course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Further Study

The University has a range of research (PhD) postgraduate programmes. Details can be found on the postgraduate section of the website.

Enhancing your employability skills

Graduates with the knowledge and practical skills that are taught on this course are in high demand.

This is because the logistics sector has identified a growing need for managers who can competently identify and provide solutions to a wide range of logistical and supply chain problems.

It means when you graduate from this course, you will stand out as a candidate who can operate at a senior level in this field. Typical roles that are suited for graduates of the MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management include supply chain managers, distribution managers, logistics managers, logistics analysts, and procurement managers.

Our graduates have gone on to forge very successful careers with world-leading organisations including WEG Electric Motors (UK) Ltd, Ishida Europe, DHL Manufacturing Logistics Services, Palletways UK, APL Logistics, BAE Systems, and Staffordshire Perkins UK.


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Graduate jobs

This is a highly regarded qualification by the logistics sector. Many of our graduates have been promoted within their existing organisations or gone on to work with companies such as WEG Electric Motors (UK) Ltd, Ishida Europe, DHL Manufacturing Logistics Services, Palletways UK, APL Logistics, and BAE Systems.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our logistics and supply chain management course is most popular with international students from:

Our Facilities

This course will be taught at Millennium Point at the City Centre Campus. We offer a wide range of technology to help you with your studies.

We have an ongoing strategy to upgrade and further develop our well-equipped laboratories. These plans are supported by global technology providers such as PTC and Technosoft. These two companies alone have recently donated more than £11 million worth of computer aided design, product lifecycle management and knowledge-based engineering software.

In addition, more than £750,000 worth of capital investment has been made in upgrading our engine emissions test facilities, environmental laboratory and thermodynamics equipment.

Test Cell Facilities

The key features of our test cell include:

  • 340 kW fully transient dynamometer
  • Full exhaust gas analysis both pre and post after treatment system
  • Ammonia slip analyser, EGR CO2, THC and non-methane HC

Exhaust Analysis

The key features of our exhaust analysis facilities include:

  • Signal Group Analysers in 3 racks with heated sample systems
  • Sierra BG-3 particulate mini-tunnel
  • AVL 415S smoke meter

Environmental Lab

The environmental lab is part of the Centre for Low Carbon Research (CLCR) and is home of the bioenergy and bioprocessing research group at the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.

The suite is divided into three main areas a wet lab/pilot facility a fully equipped analytical suite and a microbiological lab. This newly refurbished facility offers state of the art analysis and testing of environmental samples as well as scientific evaluation of lab scale and pilot scale technologies and processes.

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Jahangir Akhtar

Associate Professor

Jahangir Akhtar is an associate professor in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment.

Jahangir worked in the electronics industry and manufacturing systems, prior to moving into the public sector to work on accessing European funds for the City Council and provide training support local businesses. He worked with Rover Group and their supplier development programs and later joined Birmingham City University formally University of Central England (UCE), initially as consultant to external bodies and then moved in teaching in 2004 on postgraduate programs.

UK prospective students:

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EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

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