This programme explores contemporary and exciting issues in the fields of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, including disruptive innovation in the Supply Chain 4.0 era, such as Big Data, 3D Printing, IoT, Blockchain-enabled Financing, Traceability and Ethical Sourcing, Crowdsourcing and Omni Channels. The programme also offers:
- Industry visit: we have taken our students to BMW Mini Cooper, Port of Dover, Amazon and DHL
- Employability workshop: offered by our Employability and Careers team to help in the search for jobs and placements in the area of logistics and supply chain management
- In-Company Student Consultancy Project: high performing students are selected to solve real business problems
- Industrial placement option: you will have the opportunity to undertake work experience in the UK or overseas as part of your programme.
The programme is delivered by world-class staff, from the The Centre for Logistics and Heuristic Optimisation who have introduced supply chain improvements for a number of high profile companies, including Parker Steel, Priority Freight, Port of Dover and Eurostar. This course is suitable for graduates from any discipline and you are not expected to have any prior knowledge of Logistics or Supply Chain Management.
This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply
(CIPS) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).
CIPS offers you complimentary student membership for the duration of the programme. Students who successfully complete this programme and meet the conditions specified may apply for MCIPS, the globally recognised standard for procurement and supply management professionals.
CILT is the UK‘s independent professional body for logistics, supply chains and transport. The CILT network connects members worldwide and is the greatest source of professional expertise for the industry. Accreditation and membership deliver significant benefit in terms of career prospects.
Students who graduate from MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management are exempt from the academic requirement for Chartered Membership, and while studying your student membership is paid for by Kent Business School.
Industrial Placement option
The MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management programme is available with an optional industrial placement. Find out more under Course structure.
The Business School has a wide range of funding opportunities for postgraduate students, which include Scholarships, Bursaries, the Double Loyalty Scheme for University of Kent undergraduates and the KBS Early Bird Scheme. The Early Bird equates to a 10% discount on tuition fees.
For more information on funding available from the University of Kent visit Student Funding.
Kent Business School has excellent links with business schools globally, including in China, USA, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Italy. Our wide array of exchange partners give you the opportunity to gain international experience. Our partners are committed to enhancing their international outlook while providing excellent teaching. You will gain invaluable work experience, develop your understanding of a new culture and improve your language skills.
Our exchange partners include these top ranked institutions amongst others:
- University of Technology, Sydney
- Renmin University of China, School of Business
- University of Hong Kong
- Neoma Business School
- Freie Universitat Berlin
- University of Florence
- IE Madrid University
- Stockholm Business School
- Georgetown University.
Knowledge and understanding
You will gain knowledge and understanding of:
- all of the activities that exist within logistics and their effect on the overall performance of the company in gaining competitive advantage
- the various challenges that exist when studying the integration of the various logistical drivers
- specific strategies to maximize the flow of products/services and information and raw materials to the final point of consumption
- some quantitative methods that are used to achieve the best option when addressing a given activity within logistics
- a critical awareness of current issues in logistic research, such as green and reverse logistics, new technology that is informed by leading-edge research and practice in the field
- the uses and limitations of a range of research methods/techniques in the field of logistics and an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses for providing information and evaluating options in the design and control of a supply chain.
You develop intellectual skills in:
- critical thinking and creativity, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to develop and interpret knowledge in business and management
- learning through reflection in practice and experience
- the ability to select, organise, develop and synthesise complex material
- the ability to formulate and test hypotheses using appropriate quantitative techniques, including statistical data analysis
- the ability to plan, work and study independently and use resources in a way which reflects best current practice and anticipated future practice
- the integrative capability to communicate and co-ordinate or eventually lead a team of multifunctional specialists.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- problem-solving and decision-making: establishing criteria, using appropriate decision-making techniques, including identifying, formulating and solving business problems; the ability to create, identify and evaluate options; the ability to implement and review decisions
- the ability to conduct research into the design of a supply chain by considering all the logistical drivers, so as to gain a competitive edge
- the ability to identify critical issues within logistics that could add value to a company’s product or service
- the ability to prepare technical reports
- the effective use of literature and secondary data sources
- give technical presentations to informed audiences
- the use of statistical and computational tools and packages.
You will gain the following transferable skills:
- the ability to communicate effectively through oral and written presentations
- the ability to apply quantitative techniques appropriately
- information and knowledge: scanning and organising data, abstracting meaning from information and sharing knowledge
- the ability to demonstrate the use of a range of media, including ICT
- the ability to operate effectively in a variety of team roles and take leadership roles where appropriate
- personal effectiveness: self-awareness and self management, time management, sensitivity to diversity in people and in different situations, the ability to continue learning.
This programme aims to:
- provide you with advanced study in the design, analysis and implementation of the techniques used in the area of logistics and supply chain management
- educate you as logistic specialists, and thus to improve the quality of management as a profession
- prepare you to be operationally effective in the area of logistics and prepare you for an academic career in logistic research, if desired
- foster the enhancement of your lifelong learning skills and personal development so you can work with self-direction and originality and contribute to business and society at large
- provide you with a range of conceptual, analytical and research skills in logistics that enhance company visibility and add value to its products, so as to gain a competitive advantage
- educate you as a manager and logistics specialist to operate in co-ordinated, multi-enterprise organisations and thus improve the quality of management as a profession
- provide career development opportunities by enhancing the understanding and professional competence in individuals who are already experienced managers and who wish to enhance their competence through a structured course of study
- add value to your first degree by offering you a theoretical and practical examination of the main activities that have an impact within the supply chain to respond to today’s global and highly competitive markets
- develop an appropriate range of cognitive, critical and intellectual skills, research skills and relevant personal and interpersonal skills
- enhance the quality of applicants to Kent Business School programmes, both from the UK and overseas
- use the expertise and experiences of the members of the Centre for Logistics and Heuristic Optimisation.
- build an effective performance within team environments and the ability to recognise and use individuals’ contributions in group processes and to negotiate and persuade or influence others; team selection, delegation, development and management
- the ability to recognise and address ethical dilemmas and corporate social responsibility issues, applying ethical and organisational values to situations and choices.