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Logistics and Supply Chain Management - MSc

2019

Logistics and Supply Chain Management forms a significant part of any business and improvement in this area will give the company an added advantage. This MSc equips you with advanced skills to identify areas for improvement within an organisation in order to gain the competitive edge.

2019

Overview

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: helping students in the search for jobs and placement in the area of logistics and supply chain management
  • Industry-based project: high performing students are selected to solve real business problems

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 SteelPriority FreightPort 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). 

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

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.

Funding opportunities

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

With over 25 years’ experience delivering business education, Kent Business School is ranked as a top 30 UK business school, both for the standard of our teaching and student satisfaction. Our portfolio of postgraduate programmes demonstrates the breadth and depth of our expertise. Academic research and links with global business inform our teaching, ensuring a curriculum that is relevant and current. We also hold a number of accreditations by professional bodies.

Studying at Kent Business School (KBS) gives you the opportunity to increase your employability with real-life case studies, a student council and a business society. We have strong links to local and national organisations providing opportunities for projects, internships and graduate placements. The School attracts many high-profile speakers from industry and last year included visits and lectures from staff of the Bank of England, BAE Systems, Barclays, Lloyds Insurance, Cummins, Delphi and Kent County Council.

The School currently has 60 PhD students, who form a dynamic and close-knit research community.

National ratings

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, we were placed 25th (out of 101 institutions) in the UK for research intensity in business and management studies and 98% of our research was judged to be of international quality. The School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of research of international excellence.

The School was also ranked 24th for its breadth and depth of research across the whole community of research active staff by the Association of Business Schools.

Course structure

As well as studying a combination of compulsory and optional modules you will benefit from project work, live case studies with real organisations, including a visit to a company, and guest lectures that may enhance your employability.

Modules

The course structure below provides a sample of the modules available for this programme. Most programmes require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

The following modules are offered to our current students. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.

Modules may include Credits

Logistics has evolved significantly, both in terms of its role in local and global business practices and in terms of academic study. This module introduces students to a wide range of modern topics in logistics and equips them with an understanding of current trends, challenges and opportunities in the field. The aim of the module is to bridge the gap between academic and pragmatic approaches to address contemporary logistics problems.

Typical topics may include: innovation in supply chain management, supply chain risk and resilience, facility location, reverse logistics, green logistics and supply chain sustainability, humanitarian logistics, and GIS integration in transport management.

The module will be delivered by KBS academics and logistics/supply chain professionals. As part of the module, students are also taught research and consultancy skills in preparation for their final project.

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This module covers a variety of real-world industry type logistical models. The main aim of this module is to enable students to use spreadsheets (Microsoft Excel) to structure, analyse and solve logistical business problems. It will also provide the students with a basic knowledge of Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) as a means to automate Excel functionalities and create user-friendly applications.

The module is divided into three parts with indicative topics outlined below.

1) Logistical Modelling: This part will aim to model some of the activities of the supply chain while emphasizing both the need for modelling and implementation. These

include Networks and Routing Transportation models, Resource Allocation and Production Scheduling models, Inventory management models and Forecasting,

Descriptive analytics and Quality control models, Decision Analysis, and Project Management.

2) Spreadsheet Modelling: This part will cover the use of basic and advanced spreadsheet facilities (e.g., sorting, ranges, look-up tables, formatting, plotting graphs,

optimisation tools, statistical functions).

3) Coding: This part will aim to provide an overview of some software that are used in logistics and give a basic training in coding using for instance Visual Basic for

Applications (VBA). This is used to make students appreciate the power and flexibility that comes with this task when solving logistical problems.

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The aim of this module is to enable learners to understand the trends and challenges of supply management within an organisation and to comprehend the strategic role of procurement in supply chain management in today's global environment. The module will also discuss the importance of sustainable procurement in creating new sales opportunities, reducing supply chain risks and providing cost savings. The module will cover the following aspects of procurement:

1. Procurement strategy, tactics and operations. This part starts by introducing and distinguishing key terminologies, such as procurement, purchasing, in/outsourcing and offshoring. It will also discuss the dynamics of make-or-buy decisions, how suppliers build sourcing competences and capabilities, how buyers strategically select suppliers and manage their relationship effectively.

2. Key procurement issues. This part will cover current procurement issues, such as pitfalls in outsourcing and protectionism and de-globalisation trends, pressures for time compression, sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

3. Procurement applications. In this part, students will have the opportunity to compare procurement applications in different contexts, for instance in projects, services, manufacturing and retail operations from both private and public sectors.

Weekly seminars will utilise contemporary case studies and students will be encouraged to present and explore different procurement strategies in practice.

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The operations function is of vital importance in a wide variety of today's organisations whether manufacturing or service oriented, public or private, small or large. This module focusses on how organisations produce goods and services that meet customer's expectations. It is concerned with the effective and efficient use of resources and their transformation processes.

The aims of the module are four-fold:

1. To describe the overall operations and service management task, market requirements and the development of business and operations strategies

2. To identify how operations and service management can deliver real competitive advantage

3. To develop a capacity for analysing operations management problems using appropriate techniques

4. To allow students to develop their personal learning skills, group working skills, and their ability to critically analyse problems in operations and service sector

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The aim of this module is to enable students to critically evaluate the roles warehouses, transportation centres and the different modes of transport have on the logistic and supply chain systems. It will also provide the student with an understanding of the warehouse management such as picking strategies and warehouse layout, packaging, etc. Students will be able to appreciate the use of appropriate methods that are used in practice and their impact in generating the company competitive advantage.

Indicative topics are as follows:

1) Warehousing/Storage (the warehouse location, layout problem, storage equipment, picking strategies, packaging, labelling, etc)

2) Inventory management (how much you need to stock to minimise your cost and retain your competitive advantage)

3) Distribution & Global Transportation

a. Global transportation and techniques adopted in practice (air, sea, railroads, trucks, motorbikes/bicycles, pipelines, others)

b. Transport/road technology including software and hardware (trucking devices, software used, etc)

c. Transport modelling and its impact on the environment and safety.

The module will be subject to continual refinement to ensure the content is kept relevant to logistic industry and CILT requirements.

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The aim of this module is to enable students to understand the various activities that makes up the Supply Chain and their interrelations. The chain usually starts from the supplier going through the operations to the end user namely the customer. The concept of efficiency versus responsiveness is highly emphasized as this depends on the company strategic vision and its competitors. As the supply chain contains activities such as supply selection, production, inventory, transportation, marketing, some of these are highlighted and their impact emphasized. Students will be able to appreciate the use of appropriate methods that are used in practice and their impact in generating the company competitive advantage.

The module will be given in two parts:

1. An overview of Logistic Systems and Supply Chain (SC), the various activities involved, the main SC drivers, responsiveness vs. efficiency, pull versus push

strategies and global SCs.

2. A brief on appropriate techniques that are used to enhance the efficiency of running some of the activities. These include the distribution activity (e.g., where to locate

your facilities and how to transport your goods), the inventory activity to guarantee that you are storing just enough and the forecasting activity as you need to know

how much you expect to store or to sell. As there are unexpected events which can have an effect on the SC due to globalisation some basic techniques are also

given.

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This module covers a variety of complex real-world business, management and industry related problems. The aim is to teach students modern optimisation and decision modelling tools and to give them hands-on experience using commercial software.

The module delves into various application areas, indicative topics include marketing strategy, financial planning, product mix design, manufacturing, production management, inventory control, logistics and distribution, facility location, scheduling, portfolio selection, and capital budgeting.

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The module aims to equip students with the knowledge to participate in the digital marketing efforts of organisations.

Indicative topics are:

• The digital marketing environment;

• Enabling technologies for digital marketing;

• Website design, implementation and analysis;

• Social media;

• Customers in the Internet age: knowing, reaching & retaining the customer;

• Network effects and versioning; Internet marketing strategy;

• Loyalty, Customer Relationship Management and Data Mining;

• Brands in the Internet age;

• Data protection, privacy and legal issues;

• Digital marketing and globalisation

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The curriculum aims to provide key learning materials for systematic understanding of the important quantitative and quantitative approaches used in performance management. Indicative topics are:

1. Introductions to basic concepts and theories of performance management, which include key concept of performance management, performance measurements and indicators, classic approaches in performance management such as the Balanced Scorecard, and Analytic Hierarchy Process.

2. Performance management approaches in practices, which include Soft Systems Methodology (SSM), development of 3E indicator system, and how to set up performance management system by applying Balanced Scorecard. Performance evaluation and benchmarking methods: Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA), which include basic multiplier DEA models, dual DEA models, index models, and their applications.

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Indicative topics are:

• Marketing planning

• The market: understanding and analysing the marketing environment

• Segmentation, targeting and positioning

• Marketing research

• Understanding customers and buyer behaviour

• The organisation: marketing strategy and ethics

• The marketing mix (goods and services)

• New product development

• Marketing communications

• Pricing

• Marketing channels

• Contemporary issues in marketing

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Indicative topics are:

• Introduction to OB and HRM

• Strategic HRM

• Performance Management

• Strategic Recruitment and Selection

• Diversity and Equal Opportunity in the Workplace

• Organisational Culture and International HRM

• Reward Management

• Learning and Training at Work

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The indicative module content is as follows

• The nature and purpose of accounting and its management interface

• Concepts underpinning accounting systems and financial statements

• The construction of the primary financial statements and their interpretation and evaluation

• The regulatory framework of financial reporting

• Corporate governance

• The cash cycle and its management.

• Classification and behaviour of costs

• Short-term decision techniques

• Costing systems and costing for overhead expenditure

• Budgeting and the budgetary process

• Accounting control information

• Investment appraisal

• Responsibility accounting systems and performance appraisal measures, including the Balanced score card.

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The aim of the module is to give students hands-on experience in using industry-standard simulation modelling software in order to structure and solve complex and large-scale managerial decision problems.

The module will cover the following indicative topics:

1. Queuing theory: Students will be introduced to the basic underpinnings of queuing theory, including key assumptions, benefits, and limitations.

2. Discrete-event simulation: Core theory of discrete-event simulation will be covered, including a review of simulation mechanics, how to incorporate randomness into a simulation, and the systematic analysis of simulation model results. This will be supplemented with practical training in how to build and run simulation models using commercial software. Example applications will be drawn from a variety of sectors, such as manufacturing/production, transportation, healthcare, and other service industries (e.g., banking, retail, customer service).

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The aim of this module is to equip student with basic knowledge of database management systems and SQL (Structured Query Language) and to enable students to use basic statistical inference methods to solve real-world business questions.

The module covers two main topics:

1. Database Management Systems and SQL. This part introduces the structure of a database management system, helps students understand the basic to advanced concepts of SQL, and introduces how to use SQL to collect data for further analysis.

2. Business Statistics. In this part of the module, students will learn descriptive analysis of quantitative data, which mainly focuses on how to summarise your data; and inferential analysis of quantitative data, which covers how to deduce interesting properties from a given dataset, such as testing hypotheses and deriving estimates.

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Understanding the Multinational Enterprise (MNE) and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is a key issue in economic theory and business. Since the emergence of the contemporary MNE at the end of the 19th century, changes in the macroeconomic and microeconomic environment, forced multinationals to change as a response to the rise of new technologies and products, the wider international division of labour and of course the greater integration of production, services, and – financial and other – markets. This changing process became more intense after the 1960s when U.S. and Japanese MNEs emerged as basic players in the international chessboard. Accompanied by the traditional European MNEs formed a triad that still dominates FDI in the world.

The changing geography of international production and investment reflects the dynamic interaction of many economic, organizational and policy factors. While many of these factors have long been relevant, their combination today represents the new forces influencing MNEs' location decisions. A simplistic approach of FDI towards location would not be appropriate to allow us to understand the complexity of international investments decisions. What is needed is a multidisciplinary approach of the phenomenon. It is the aim of this module to offer this multidisciplinary approach to students.

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This module aims to equip students with fundamentals of data mining and hands-on experience to analyse and solve a variety of problems encountered in business and management.

The module covers three main topics:

1. Multivariate data analysis. This part introduces data analysis methods for datasets with many variables, which include association rule discovery, factor analysis, cluster analysis, classification modelling;

2. Forecasting. In this part of the module, students will learn forecasting methods, including different modelling methods for time series data;

3. Data analysis report writing. This part discusses how to carry out a data analysis (or data mining) project and how to write a data analysis report.

Data analysis packages SPSS and weka will be used in this module, as well as EXCEL and R on some occasions.

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This module allows the student to put into practice the knowledge and skills gained in the other modules on the MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Working under the guidance of an academic supervisor and with a Logistics company (or data from a logistics company), students solve practical problems that require an application-oriented thinking. The problems are varied and interesting, such as routing and distribution, supply chain systems design, strategic role of procurement within an organisation, warehouse layout optimisation, strategic and sustainable sourcing and marketing decisions, offshoring decisions and evaluation and sourcing from international suppliers, contract management, demand forecasting and bus route network design.

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Teaching and Assessment

The programme involves a taught and a project component. The taught programme is assessed by a mixture of coursework assignments throughout the year, and by examinations in May and June.

Once these are completed, you work full-time on the project with a real company, or use related data that contextualises real-world logistics and supply chain management to write a dissertation. This dissertation is an opportunity to apply the techniques and insights presented in the programme and apply them to a particular problem area.

Programme aims

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.

Learning outcomes

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.

Intellectual skills

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.

Subject-specific skills

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.

Transferable skills

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.

Careers

You gain much more than an academic qualification when you graduate from Kent Business School – we enhance your student experience and accelerate your career prospects.

In today’s business climate employers are increasingly demanding more from new employees, we are therefore proud that they continually target our graduates for their organisations across the globe. Employers respect our robust teaching and reputation for delivering international business expertise, leading global research and an outstanding international learning experience.

From the moment you start with us, our efforts are focused on helping you gain the knowledge, skills and experience you need to thrive in an increasingly competitive workplace.

Professional recognition

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.

Kent Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS); and the Kent MBA is an Association of MBAs (AMBA) accredited programme.

In addition, KBS has accredited programmes with the following professional bodies:

  • The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
  • The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)
  • The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
  • The Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
  • The Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA)
  • The Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP)
  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • CFA Institute

KBS is a signatory of the United Nation's Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), which provides a global network for academic institutions to advance corporate sustainability and social responsibility.

Study support

Postgraduate resources

Kent Business School currently occupies a purpose-designed building consisting of executive learning facilities with wireless provision throughout. Each postgraduate student is assigned a specific member of academic staff who acts as your first point of contact throughout your studies. There is a lively postgraduate community at the School, with plenty of space to relax and interact with your fellow students and our academic staff.

On the Canterbury Campus, Kent Business School will soon be moving into a new academic building, known as The Sibson Building, a vibrant new campus destination.New academic facilities and social spaces for Kent Business School at Medway have also recently opened. The Sail and Colour Loft features six seminar rooms, a group learning room, a computer suite, quiet study areas, student social spaces and a special reference collection of core text books. Kent’s libraries offer over a million books, periodicals and journals, and we have subject-specific librarians to help you secure access to the information you need.

We also offer excellent teaching facilities with tailor-made specialist resources. Postgraduate students can access a range of specialist software packages used in quantitative analysis and in finance. Most academic schools have specific study areas for postgraduates and there is also a general postgraduate common room with work area.

An international focus

Kent Business School has more than 60 internationally recognised academics from 22 different countries. Most of our teaching faculty are involved with researching the latest issues in business and management, working with organisations to provide new insight for business leaders and policymakers. Their knowledge and findings feed into the programmes to ensure they are both cutting-edge and globally relevant.

Worldwide partnerships

Kent Business School has close links with: ifs (Institute of Financial Services); dunnhumby, who partners the Consumer Insight Service in the Centre for Value Chain Research; Hong Kong Baptist University, with whom we offer a joint Master’s programme in Operational Research and Finance Business Statistics; University of Castellanza (Italy); Audencia Nantes Business School (France); Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences (Denmark); Universiti Teknologi Malaysia; University of Ingolstadt, Bayern (Germany); City University of Hong Kong; Renmin University of China, School of Business.

Dynamic publishing culture

Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money; International Journal of Finance & Economics; Journal of Banking and Finance; European Journal of Operational Research; Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting; Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control; European Journal of Finance; Journal of Asset Management; International Review of Financial Analysis.

Global skills

All students registered for a taught Master's programme are eligible to apply for a place on our Global Skills Award Programme. The programme is designed to broaden your understanding of global issues and current affairs as well as to develop personal skills which will enhance your employability.

Global Skills Award

All students registered for a taught Master's programme are eligible to apply for a place on our Global Skills Award Programme. The programme is designed to broaden your understanding of global issues and current affairs as well as to develop personal skills which will enhance your employability.  

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Students who wish to apply for a higher degree should have a good honours degree from the UK (minimum 2:2) or equivalent internationally recognised qualifications  in a in an engineering, logistics, mathematics, economics or statistics discipline.

Applicants without an honours degree may also be considered on the basis of work experience, professional qualifications and the relevance of the programme to their current professional role.

English language requirements

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. 

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications. 

International students

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information for your country.  Please note that international fee-paying students cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

English language entry requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. 

Need help with English?

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Research areas

Research activities at Kent Business School are broadly organised into six areas;

Our Management Science group covers a wide range of research areas in Operational Research and Systems Thinking. These include research in the area of logistics including green logistics and network security with a special emphasis on the innovative design and analysis of heuristic and exact optimisation, DEA, operation management, multi-variate analysis, biometrics, multi-methodology and Soft OR/Systems. The group is now a member of NATCOR.

For more information, see our Applied Research Centres:

Staff research interests

Full details of staff research interests can be found on the School's website.

Dr Adolf Acquaye: Lecturer in Sustainability

Sustainability Research in Business Practice and CSR; Lifecycle Assessments; Environmental Modelling and Scenario Developments; Supply Chains Management; Procurement; Sustainable Frameworks and Resource Accounting; Climate Change Policy and Mitigation; Development of Decision Support Tools; Sustainable and Renewable Energy Systems.

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Professor Fragkiskos Filippaios: Reader in International Business

Multinationals; foreign direct investment; culture; cultural distance; performance; political and civil liberties; roles of subsidiaries; technology.

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Professor Yannis Georgellis: Professor of Management

Employee well-being and engagement, psychological theories of adaption, work-life conflict/enrichment, social comparisons at work, evaluation of HRM practices, workplace training and skills, intrinsic motivation in the public sector, happiness research and behavioural and personal economics.

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Dr Des Laffey: Senior Lecturer in e-Commerce

Search engines; comparison websites; social media; online gambling; new venture creation.

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Dr Ben Lowe: Reader in Marketing

Consumer behaviour; pricing; reference price; innovation acceptance; innovation; water consumption; virtual health communities; nutrition labelling.

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Professor Steve Wenbin Liu: Professor of Management Science and Computational Mathematics

Performance management; bibliometrics; DEA; optimisation.

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Dr Gabor Nagy: Senior Lecturer in Management Science

Logistics problems such as Facility Location and Vehicle Routing. Heuristics, exact methods.

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Dr Jesse O'Hanley: Senior Lecturer in Environmental Systems Management

Integer programming; heuristic algorithms; facility location; biodiversity conservation; natural resource management; fish passage; species distribution modelling; climate change impacts; nature reserve selection.

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Professor Said Salhi: Professor of Management Science and Operational Research

Logistics; routing problems; location problems; heuristics; optimisation.

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Dr Niaz Ahmed Wassan: Reader in Management Science

Vehicle Routing and its Variants; Supply Chain Management; Classical Heuristics and Meta-heuristics Optimisation; Tabu Search (Reactive Tabu and Adaptive Memory Programming); Variable Neighbourhood Search; Simulated Annealing, Genetic Algorithms; Hybrid heuristic methods.

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Dr Shaomin Wu: Reader in Business-Applied Statistics

Stochastic operations research; statistical data analysis; warranty management; reliability analysis and maintenance policy optimisation.

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Mr Tuan Yu: Lecturer in Organisational Management and E-Commerce

The role, effective use, leadership and management of technology in organisations and the opportunities as well as the organisational and operational challenges, issues and problems that can arise out of this.

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Fees

The 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this programme are:

Logistics and Supply Chain Management - MSc at Canterbury:
UK/EU Overseas
Full-time £10480 £18400

For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact information@kent.ac.uk

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