Accredited by the internationally respected Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), our International 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.
The term logistics addresses every aspect of operation of product-based and service industry sectors. International logistics can affect operations from the initial design process and sourcing of the raw materials and bought in components to the long-term satisfaction of the customer. Customer satisfaction is achieved by ensuring the supply of the right goods, in the right quantity, of the right quality, at the right price, to the right place, anywhere in the world, at the right time.
With companies facing ever-increasing competition, coupled with the need to reduce waste and improve the overall service offered to customers from initial design to final delivery, the need for highly skilled logistics practitioners and managers has never been more pronounced.
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Applicants are expected to have obtained an honours degree in a relevant technology-related subject, with at least a 2:2 classification.
Alternatively, provide evidence of a portfolio of relevant industrial experience to successfully enter the course.
Designed primarily for delegates with prior knowledge of information systems and/or technologies, logistics and distribution, wishing to specialise and extend intellectually and practically according to their abilities.
The course provides an opportunity to acquire skills in response to the market need for competent Logistics and Supply Chain practitioners operating across multi-national organisations embracing differing cultural dimensions.
|MSc||Jan 2018||DL||24 months||£877 per 20 credit module|
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|MSc||Jan 2018||DL||24 months||£877 per 20 credit module|
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UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*
Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?
Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.
Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.
Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?
You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.
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*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.
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.
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The module aims to provide you with a foundation for academic research skills employed in all modules, but particularly the Master’s dissertation. This will enhance your learning experience, so your research is both industry-relevant and academically valuable. You will learn to evaluate the conceptual nature of research philosophies and methods, appraise existing literature to develop a literature review using appropriate research methods and techniques, design a poster presentation which outlines integrated and analysed data using appropriate research methods and techniques, and make critical judgements on the applicability of appropriate professional skills and research ethics within a given research context.
This module focuses on resource management and its effective deployment and allocation to achieve sustainable competitive advantage for organisations. Two main resources will be considered – human and financial. You will be introduced to theoretical concepts underpinning resource development and deployment such as human capital development, change management, motivational theories, learning organisations, financial methods, investment appraisal and budgeting, as well as financial and management accounting. You will also identify the theories and techniques relating to human capital development, in particular those around motivation, as well as examining the role of financial management techniques for the monitoring and control of financial resources.
Procurement and Contract Law
All organisations need input of goods and services from external suppliers or providers. This module examines the developing role of purchasing and procurement within the supply function. Using contract law and its relevant legal duties, rights and processes, you will gain an understanding of the underpinning contractual obligations for individuals and organisations. You will evaluate common challenges faced by procurement and supply chain managers and how to overcome them. You will also appraise the main contracting issues for major programmes and projects, the main legal issues that relate to the formation of relationships in supply chains, and the legal implications of contractual non-performance in procurement and supply.
International Operations and Logistics Systems
This module will provide you with the opportunity to undertake a critical evaluation of supply chain management and its links to the marketplace, distribution networks, the manufacturing process and the procurement activity required, ensuring that customers are served by lower operational costs through effective logistics and supply chain operations. You will learn to critically appraise current practices in operations management, evaluating a variety of delivery modes and sales order planning. You will also evaluate and interpret the nature, scope and purpose of strategies for efficient logistics and supply chain management as well as best practice in procurement cycle concepts.
This module equips you to develop core skills and knowledge to support organisations in the management of Enterprise Systems and business process change, integrating different processes, people and technology to help streamline operations. You will be given a case study of an industrial challenge which you will then apply theories to as you create an Enterprise System – a set of interconnected activities and processes working in cohesion to achieve a particular goal. You will gain practical, hands-on experience to provide an in-depth understanding of Enterprise System functionality that complements and enhances the theoretical perspectives.
Strategic Planning for the Supply Chain
The module will consider in depth the effect of increasing competitive demand on all parts of the supply chain. You will also consider how companies can gain competitive advantage by aligning both their internal and external supply chains to enhance customer satisfaction, product profitability, customer-supplier partnerships, and manufacturing and distribution efficiencies. You will evaluate the impact Information Systems have on business performance and the strategic development of organisations, as well as appraising the creation of future resilient supply chains including business continuity, knowledge and innovation, waste minimisation in the supply chain and supply chain visibility.
Individual Master’s Project
You will undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed project, exploring an area of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, you will decide on your topic which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material. Your topic must be aligned to the programme you are studying and informed by the research strategy of your school. You should also consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development. You are expected to work independently but will receive additional one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your chosen topic area.
The programme is designed solely for distance learning, part-time study and utilises teaching and learning strategies and tools developed by the University for the delivery of similar programmes, including the virtual learning environment (VLE) Moodle, and the continuing personal and professional development tools available for an effective VLE.
There is an emphasis on active and participative learning, as well as practical work, problem-based learning and group work, all of which will develop your analytical and decision-making skills. Throughout the programme, you will relate real-life problems to industry and commerce, as well as applying new technologies and techniques to solve present and future problems.
This postgraduate programme is designed to allow maximum flexibility in learning to allow you to decide for yourself how and when it is most convenient to fit your studies around employment commitments.
This degree course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
There are opportunities to apply for a research (MPhil or PhD) programme in an area of logistics or supply chain management that you are interested in. Details can be found on the postgraduate section of the website.
Logistics at NATO
Already working in the field of logistics for NATO, Christopher Cheesman was looking for a Master's level qualification that he could study from Luxembourg, and the distance learning course from Birmingham City University fitted the bill.
When he joined the course, he was a member of the Management and Planning Section, working as part of the General Manager's staff in the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency. He has since continued in the same field of work, although he has now been promoted to lead the team. The Agency has been through a major integration with two other agencies to form the NATO Support Agency and the General Manager that Christopher works for leads the integrated group.
We will prepare you for employment by providing you with the skills, experience and industry links you’ll need to thrive upon graduating.
The University also has its Graduate+ scheme, an extracurricular programme which is designed to augment and enhance the subject-based skills you develop through the programme. These additional skills and attributes will further enhance your employment options and prospects once you leave the University.
The programme will help you develop your skills in CV writing, presentations, covering letters and creating winning portfolios.
Wajeeh Ahmed has launched his own logistics and supply chain company – Texture Shipping – in Dubai since completing his Master’s course.
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.
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 (U.K.) Ltd, Ishida Europe, DHL Manufacturing Logistics Services, Palletways UK, APL Logistics, and BAE Systems.
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:
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.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
Building work on our new Conservatoire began in the summer of 2015 – and is scheduled for completion in summer 2017. This, along with the construction of a new city centre accommodation block, means our students have access to their very own building sites.
We couple this with the more traditional, office-based facilities:
Part of your learning activity will be hands-on, including carrying out survey work using a range of equipment, such as levels, theodolites, measuring tapes.
You will be provided with the latest CAD software – free of charge – to enable you to acquire the skills you need in a modern design office.
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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.