MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management


This multi-accredited Masters 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 strong emphasis on sustainability and risk management, the course will prepare you for the world-wide challenges facing modern business.

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. 

The MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management is accredited by the leading professional bodies, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.

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             Course length: 2 years | Part-time

             Start date: 03 February 2020

             Location: Dubai

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 the leading professional bodies, including the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. Course content is also reviewed by a panel of industry advisors (CILT and CIPS), 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.

This 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:


  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Explore the concepts of sustainability in the broadest sense. Never before has there been such pressure on organisations to be sustainable. You will also explore concepts of a robust and resilient supply chain, as well as the application of green and ethical supply chains. 


  • Strategic Operations Management and Operational Research

You will look into the concepts of corporate strategy and how organisations manage their operations to gain a competitive advantage. Focusing on the interface between manufacturing  and the supply chain, this module explores topics such as lean, six sigma, quality, innovation and statistical process control. 


  • Commercial Relationships

This module focuses on the dyadic buyer to supplier relationship. You will explore both the financial and legal requirements of a commercial relationship as well as the negotiation process. A key learning outcome of this module is the critical understanding that commercial relationships are incredibly complex and the nature of them should relate to the strategy being adopted by the organisation. 


  • Globalisation of Logistics and Supply Chain Management

You will look into the concept of a global supply chain, the drivers and implications of adopting a strategy for globalisation. The module also looks at the practice of operating a global logistics network and the implications of international sourcing. 


  • Logistics Operations Management

You will uncover the contemporary issues in logistics such as city logistics, last-mile logistics, smart-cities, omni-channel and the influence of technology on logistics. 


  • Research Methods 

This module prepares you to conduct independent research. You will learn about research philosophy, organisation theory, as well as an overview of quantitative and qualitative research techniques. 


  • Dissertation 

This is an independent research project where you will have the opportunity to conduct some original research to contribute to the study of logistics and supply chain.


Our MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management fast-track course is an excellent opportunity for those looking to deliver best practice in the workplace and further progress with a better understanding of strategic thinking. This flexible part-time route to a Masters degree is ideal if you need to fit your studies around work commitments.

Available only to applicants who have achieved MCIPS through the completion of the CIPS Graduate/Professional Diploma. Students entering through the fast-track route will join the course in September of the second year, and will only be required to study the modules Logistics Operations Management, Research Methods and the Dissertation to attain the MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management qualification. This route does not have accredited status.

For those interested in applying, please complete an application for the MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Our admissions team will review your qualifications and confirm if you're eligible to move on to this study route. 

The six core modules will be taught through block delivery. This means you will attend the University approximately one weekend every six weeks. One module takes two weekends to complete. You will complete four modules in your first year and two  in your second year.

You will be taught by a team of renowned experts, who bring the latest developments and research direct to the classroom. Through a mix of lectures, tutorials and seminars, your studies will be underpinned by the latest research undertaking at the University's Center for Supply Chain Operation and Procurement Excellence and the Procurement Best Practice Academy.

Many of our teaching staff are actively involved in our commercial and research centres and work closely with industry conducting research and consultancy. Most recently, staff have worked with local government and well established firms such as BAE Systems. For you, this means you will be taught by academics who are at the forefront of their specialist fields. 

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


  • 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 Professional/Graduate Diploma, you may be able to gain exemptions from the course. 
  • 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. 

Finance and funding are important factors when choosing where and whether to study. At the University of South Wales, we offer specialist support and advice to help you make sense of it all. 

Find out how to pay your tuition fees and the payment structureScholarships are available for self-funding students. 

National Association of Freight and Logistics (NAFL) members are eligible for a discounted fee, for more information contact stuart.milligan@southwales.ac.uk

For further information on scholarships, including eligibility criteria and application deadlines, visit our fees and scholarships page or contact us directly at dubai@southwales.ac.uk


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