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International Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Distance Learning) - MSc

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Accredited by the internationally respected Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), our MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management degree 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.

  • Level Postgraduate Taught
  • Study mode Distance Learning
  • Location Online Learning
  • School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
  • Faculty Faculty of Computing, Engineering and The Built Environment

This course is:

Open to International Students

Overview

Accredited by the internationally respected Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), our MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management degree 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.

This course is open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

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.

Accredited By

This course is accredited by:

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  • APM logo

Why Choose Us?

  • Flexible Learning - The course is taught via distance learning, meaning you can fit your studies around your personal and work commitments.
  • Accredited Course – This course is accredited by the Association of Project Management (APM).
  • Route to continue professional development - This programme will offer a route towards membership from APM (Association of Project Management) and PMI (Project Management Institute).
  • Develop transferable skills- You will learn the skills you need to succeed within the industry, as well as valuable transferrable attributes.
  • Highly Employable Graduates - Our graduates have secured roles and promotions at WEG Electric Motors (U.K.) Ltd, Ishida Europe, DHL Manufacturing Logistics Services, Palletways UK, APL Logistics, and BAE Systems.

 

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Entry Requirements

Essential Requirements

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.

Person Specification

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.

Fees & How to Apply

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  • UK Student
  • International Student

UK students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: MSc

Starting: Sep 2024

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 33 months
  • Show fees
  • £1167 per 20 credits
  • Year 1 - 60 credits
  • Year 2 - 60 credits
  • Year 3 - 60 credits

Fees for Distance Learning students

This course can be studied on a Distance Learning study basis. The cost per year of study is based on credit requirements for that year.

Award: MSc

Starting: Jan 2025

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 33 months
  • TBC

International students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: MSc

Starting: Sep 2024

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 33 months
  • Show fees
  • £1167 per 20 credits
  • Year 1 - 60 credits
  • Year 2 - 60 credits
  • Year 3 - 60 credits

Fees for Distance Learning students

This course can be studied on a Distance Learning study basis. The cost per year of study is based on credit requirements for that year.

Award: MSc

Starting: Jan 2025

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 33 months
  • TBC

Access to Microsoft Office 365

Every student at the University can download a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 to use whilst at university and for 18 months after graduation.

Key Software

You will be able to download SPSS, NVivo, Matlab and Simulink to your home computer to support with your studies and research, so that you can access this software on and off campus. We also provide remote access to campus software which is essential to engage with the module contents. 

Key subscriptions

Subscriptions to key journals and websites are available through our library.

Media consumable items (mandatory)

This course requires the use of consumables.

Excess printing (optional)

Once you have spent your £5 credit, additional printing on campus costs from 5p per sheet.

Books (optional)

All module key texts will be in the University library, but in limited numbers. You may choose to purchase a copy.

Personal statement

You’ll need to submit a personal statement as part of your application for this course. This will need to highlight your passion for postgraduate study – and your chosen course – as well as your personal skills and experience, academic success, and any other factors that will support your application for further study.

Not sure what to include? We’re here to help – take a look at our top tips for writing personal statements and download our free postgraduate personal statement guide for further advice and examples from real students.

Course in Depth

Module

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 180 credits):

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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.

Student stories Christopher Cheesman

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.

This course is accredited by the following organisation:

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CILT

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

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APM Academic Accreditation

This course has achieved Academic Accreditation from the Association of Project Management. APM Academic Accreditation helps students and professionals choose the best education in support of their project management careers.

Employability

Enhancing employability

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. 

International

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:

Facilities & Staff

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Our Facilities

The Department of Engineering provides the perfect setting for practical work with modern-day teaching and learning facilities. We pride ourselves on equipping our students with the skill set that they need not only working on industry standard equipment, but having industrial links, which set them up perfectly for a career in engineering.

We are currently undertaking a £400 million investment programme in our facilities, including a major expansion of our City Centre Campus. As part of this, our facilities in Millennium Point have undergone a £6.5 million investment to include a new maker area, engineering labs and equipment.

We have invested in industry-standard facilities to support the practice-based elements of our Engineering courses and give students as much practical learning as possible, to prepare for industry placements and job opportunities after graduation. Students have access to our facilities during classes, and can book out of class sessions with our specialist technicians. 

We are a partner of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Institute of Technology (GBSIoT) and have secured £1.1 million of government funding for investment in brand-new equipment and facilities. Funding of £808,000 from the Department for Education has supported our development of an Electric Vehicle (EV) Test Rig, an Additive Manufacturing Machine (3D printer) and a material testing-split zone furnace.

The IoT has enabled procurement of new technologies for material testing, electronics prototyping and production and 3D scanning to compliment computer aided design for manufacture

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Our staff

Jahangir Akhtar

Associate Professor

Jahangir worked in the electronics and automotive industries on manufacturing systems and Supply Chain Management activities, prior to moving into the public sector to work on European funded Programs for Birmingham City Council and provide training support local Small and Medium Enterprises. He worked with GEC Avery and Rover Group and later...

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Dr Reza Kia

Lecturer

Reza Kia received his Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering from Mazandaran University of Science and Technology in 2014, IRAN. By starting his PhD in 2008, he joined Islamic Azad University (IAU) in Iran as a lecturer and continued teaching along with working on his PhD. By finishing his PhD in 2014, he promoted to an assistant professor position...

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Omer Ozturkoglu

Senior Lecturer of Supply Chain and Logistics

After earning a BSc and MSc degrees in Industrial Engineering in Turkey, Omer started his doctoral studies in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Auburn University (Alabama, USA) in 2006. He earned a Master’s in Industrial and Systems Engineering degree in 2010. He completed Ph.D. studies with a dissertation entitled “New...

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