MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management

This multi-accredited Masters degree in International Logistics and Supply Chain Management has been designed to provide you with the specialist skills to confidently manage and adapt supply chains, enabling you to become a pioneer of logistics strategy. With a strong emphasis on sustainability and risk management, the course will prepare you for the worldwide challenges facing modern business.

You’ll be encouraged to develop a forward-thinking approach to strategy development, creating resilient and flexible strategies that will give you a competitive advantage when entering senior management or executive roles. The MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management is accredited by three leading professional bodies, including the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, and the Institute of Operations Management. Course content is also reviewed by a panel of industry advisors, so you can be sure that your studies are relevant to the workplace and your new-found expertise enable you to become a valuable asset to employers.

If you have a relevant professional qualification and have three to five years' industry experience, you may be eligible for exemptions to fast track your studies. Please note that the fast track route does not attract government student finance as you will need to be sitting the whole course, not a lesser amount of credits due to previous study/experience.

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Study Mode
2021
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Treforest A
Part-time 2 Years September Newport City C
Study Mode
2022
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year February Treforest A
Full-time 1 Year September Treforest A
Part-time 2 Years September Newport City C

There are two main study routes to gain the MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management degree. The multi-accredited route requires you to study six core modules from the list below. The diet of modules has been specifically designed to provide you with a unique blend of strategy, operations management, and globalisation, underpinned by issues relating to sustainability to enable you to thrive in industry beyond graduation. Core modules include:

  • Research Methods: This module aims to develop your understanding and research skills in management and professional development. You’ll critically review a range of research methods and ways to provide and present management information for decision making.

  • Strategic Operations Management and Operational Research: In this module, you’ll gain an appreciation of the operational processes and techniques involved in the manufacturing and service industries. You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of qualitative and quantitative measures allowing you to evaluate and improve operational performance.

  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management: This module highlights the importance of achieving sustainable supply chain networks for the future. You’ll examine the influence emerging technologies, and changes to material and information flows, have on your management of an evolving supply chain.

  • Globalisation of Logistics and Supply Chain Management: You’ll delve into the activities of global and international logistics and supply networks – identifying trends and key drivers for the globalisation of industry and its impact on the development and management of the logistics and supply chain.
  • Commercial Relationships: Designed to provide you with the best approaches to develop effective collaborative relationships, this module will look at the practical application of commercial agreements and how to manage relationships with customers and suppliers.
  • Logistics Operations Management: This module will to equip you with the ability to analyse and understand contemporary issues relating to freight transport, warehousing operations and warehouse design, within the strategic context of the wider supply chain.
  • Dissertation - Management Research Project: Building on your research methodology skills, this module provides you with the opportunity to explore the concept, theory and practice of project management and consultancy. You’ll examine the key skills required to make informed decisions – vital to a business’s ability to problem-solve and its ultimate success.

 

Teaching

All students will be taught by a team of renowned experts, who bring the latest developments and research direct to the classroom. Your studies will be underpinned by the latest research undertaken by the University’s Supply Chain, Operations and Procurement Excellence (SCOPE) research group. Many of our teaching staff are actively involved with our commercial and research centres and work closely with industry conducting research and consultancy. For you, this means you will be taught by academics who are at the forefront of their specialist field.

 

Assessment

Each module is assessed through assignments and is completely coursework based, meaning you don’t have to worry about revising for examinations.

Featured Lecturer:
Professor Gareth White

Professor Gareth White

Professor Gareth White's research looks at the range of issues associated with the functioning of business and society. He specifically explores the management and impact of emerging technologies, and the mechanisms through which organisations and society can become sustainable.

His research has helped organisations to identify waste materials and helped in the design of sustainable products and packaging. Also, it has addressed the constraints that are placed upon Social Enterprises in improving social needs. And finally, it has provided critical examination of emerging technologies that have guided organisations adoption strategies.

His career spans automotive and Formula 1 engineering, nuclear systems engineering and food manufacturing in a range of Engineering and Operations Management roles. Consequently, his research interests reflect those broad responsibilities and the need to understand how all of the different parts worked together in unison.

"Our students are taught by active researchers. This is important because human knowledge is not a static entity. In order to equip the business and society leaders of the future, they need to be exposed to contemporary theoretical debates and practical interventions. Engaging in debate with active researchers not only means students’ knowledge is current, but also engenders a critical mind that is capable of addressing the challenges of the future." See current research into supply chain and logistics.

 

 

Lecturers

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (business or non-business) or in exceptional circumstances, three years’ or more significant managerial experience in a related area.

If you already hold a CIPS qualification, you may be able to gain exemptions from the course.

Applicants may be required to attend an interview.

 

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent. Find out more about what entry requirements we ask for from your country or region by visiting our international.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees


  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £14300 

  • Part-time UK:  £1000 per 20 credits

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees


  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Funding

 

Funding to help pay for/cover tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying you’ll have two main costs – tuition fees and living costs. You can get a range of funding to help with these costs.

There are a number of ways to fund your postgraduate study. This can be through student finance, bursaries or help from grants, trusts and charities (see Alternative Funding), or a combination of all three.

Click here to find out more about funding your postgraduate tuition fees and living costs.

 

USW Alumni Postgraduate Discount 

The University of South Wales is offering a 20% reduction in tuition fees for all University of South Wales graduates studying a postgraduate course from September 2021 (this includes students starting their course in January/ February 2022). T's and C's apply.

Click here for more information about the USW Alumni Postgraduate Discount

 

All students 

Apply directly to the University for this course.

Admissions statement 

Your studies will guide you to become pro-active and responsive to the challenges of modern business. You’ll develop key transferrable skills to enhance your ability to manage and lead projects and operations, opening up a range of career opportunities in specialist roles within multinational enterprises.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.