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Do you have a sense of foresight and risk management? Are you interested in the processes of the supply chain?
Logistics and Supply Chain Management is the process of managing a product from creation to transportation. It involves processing orders, storing, moving and delivering goods, but also predicting the future needs of your customers.
On this detail-driven MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management course, our in-house academic experts teach you the vital theory, modes and systems to succeed in this area. You’ll graduate with the ability to plan, predict and perform in an ever-important field.
What you’ll learn: You’ll learn vital topics of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, such as planning, modelling and analytics, operations management and digital transformation alongside the imperative topics of sustainable procurement, warehouse and global transportation management. You will end your Master's with a detailed report on logistics and supply chain management research which you can apply to a real business.
“The different modules gave me the tools to solve real logistics and supply chain problems.”
~ Maria de la Luz Lino, MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management, 2020
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For 2022, in response to the challenges caused by Covid-19 we will consider applicants either holding or projected a 2:2. This response is part of our flexible approach to admissions whereby we consider each student and their personal circumstances. If you have any questions, please get in touch.
A minimum of a second-class UK degree, or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in a range of academic subjects will be accepted.
All applicants are considered on an individual basis and those 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.
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Duration: 1 year full-time
This flexible course is studied over one year full-time and consists of seven compulsory and two optional modules in Stage 1. Stage 2 consists of a piece of research.
Stage 1 aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of Logistics and Supply Chain Management topics, such as planning, modelling and analytics, operations management and digital transformation, sustainable procurement, warehouse and global transportation management.
Stage 2 is a detailed piece of logistics and supply chain research.
The MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management course is available with an optional industrial placement, which will require you to complete the Industrial placement Report.
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. You may study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.
Today's increasingly complex global operations and new digital technologies are giving rise to a sea of data and increased need for modelling supply chain environments with the objective of measuring the performance of various strategies, methods and technologies. Supply chain modelling and analytics skills are in high demand and are a must-have for supply chain management career success. This module will cover the following indicative topics:
1. Supply chain modelling: This part aims to formulate key activities of the supply chain while emphasizing both the need for formulation and implementation. These include Networks and Routing Transportation models, Resource Allocation and Production Scheduling models, Inventory management models, Quality control models, and Project Management.
2. Spreadsheet Modelling: This part will cover the use of basic and advanced spreadsheet tools and functions (e.g., sorting, ranges, look-up tables, formatting, plotting graphs, optimisation tools, statistical functions).
3. Analytics Techniques: This part demonstrate how analytics techniques, such as Forecasting, Regression, Descriptive analytics, Probability and Decision Analysis and Optimisation, can be applied to improve supply chains’ efficiency and effectiveness by enabling data-driven decisions at strategic, operational and tactical levels.
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 warehouse management activities, such as picking strategies and warehouse layout, packaging, etc and of distribution decisions, such as transport modes and single-, multi- or omni-channel planning. 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:
- Warehousing/Storage (the warehouse location, layout problem, storage equipment, picking strategies, packaging, labelling, etc)
- Inventory management (how much you need to stock to minimise your cost and retain your competitive advantage)
- Distribution & Global Transportation
* Global transportation and techniques adopted in practice (air, sea, railroads, trucks, motorbikes/bicycles, pipelines, others)
* Transport/road technology including software and hardware (trucking devices, software used, etc)
* Transport modelling and its impact on the environment and safety.
Procurement is often the most significant source of immediate and long-term value creation available to any organisation. This module explores the trends and challenges of procurement and discusses its strategic role in supply chain management in today's global and digital 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 indicative aspects of procurement:
- Procurement strategy, tactics and operations: the dynamics of make-or-buy decisions, ways of building sourcing competences and capabilities, strategical selection of suppliers and the effective management of their relationship, the ways technology enables access to data on cost structures, supply availability, lead times, financial and operational risks, and service and quality metrics.
- Key procurement issues: pitfalls in outsourcing and protectionism and de-globalisation trends, pressures for time compression, sustainability and corporate social responsibility, Procurement 4.0 as an innovation catalyst and competitive advantage.
- Procurement applications: case studies 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.
Employers are in search for individuals who possess logical thinking, analytical capability, leadership, communication and the ability to work under pressure. This module develops the necessary research knowledge and skills for students to be able to successfully complete a piece of research in industry or consultancy contexts or academia.
Indicative topics are:
• Choosing the topic of interest and literature review
• Research process and Ethics in in business research
• Choosing your research design
• Preparing the research proposal
• Communicating the Research
The operations management function has always been of vital importance in a wide variety of organisations and industries whether manufacturing- or service-oriented, public or private, small or large. With the rise of Industry 4.0, managers are expected to continuously optimise operations to enable even faster, more flexible, and more efficient processes to create and deliver higher-quality goods and services at reduced costs. This digital revolution means that operations managers need to be prepared to face extraordinary levels of complexity and competitive pressures. Indicative topics include:
1. Provide with fundamental knowledge in operations management and understanding of how operations are being transformed by digital technologies, such as Blockchain, IoT, Big data, Cloud computing, driverless vehicles and 3D printing.
2. Inform and debate how operations management can deliver real competitive advantage by managing and leading digital transformation in businesses
3. Discuss the challenges of operations management to leverage the principles of Industry 4.0 to drive efficiency into the creation and delivery of products and services
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.
• Queuing theory: Students will be introduced to the basic underpinnings of queuing theory, including key assumptions, benefits, and limitations.
• 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).
This module will cover the design, planning, execution, control, and monitoring of supply chain activities, such as supplier relationship, production, inventory, transportation and demand management. Strategic questions regarding efficiency versus responsiveness will be addressed with the objective of creating net value, building competitive strategies, leveraging worldwide logistics and synchronizing supply with demand. The module will equip students with appropriate methods that are adopted in practice.
The module will be given in two parts with indicative topics to include:
- An overview of logistic systems and supply chain management, the various activities involved, the main supply chain drivers, responsiveness vs. efficiency, pull versus push strategies and global supply chain management strategies.
- Appropriate techniques to enhance the efficiency and responsiveness of supply chain activities, including the distribution design and planning (e.g., where to locate facilities and how to transport goods), the inventory control (to guarantee high customer service levels) and the forecasting activity (to plan operations capacity levels).
This module will cover the following topics:
• Investment appraisal techniques and decisions
• Stock market efficiency – capital market behaviour
• Portfolio theory
• The Capital Asset Pricing Model
• Sources of finance
• Capital Structure
Business failures in the global financial sector, and the subsequent repercussions for a range of different groups, not just shareholders, have put the spotlight on the role of business and the behaviour of managers. Is business just responsible for maximising profit for its owners, or does it have responsibilities to other groups? This raises a number of difficult questions; which groups? responsible for what? And if so, how to discharge these responsibilities?
This module has three main aims:
• To develop critical thought, insight and debate regarding the changing role of business in today's society.
• To broaden your views on the role of business in society.
• To provide you with the tools, skills and knowledge to manage responsibly.
The nature of the topic is constantly changing and evolving; therefore the module will be subject to continual refinement according to developments in industry, government and academia.
Indicative topics are:
• Definitions of Corporate Responsibility
• The Role of Business and Society
• Theories of Corporate Responsibility
• Ethics Theory
• Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
• Areas of Corporate Responsibility
• Firm Level Responses
• Social Accounting
• Criticisms of Corporate Responsibility
• Social Entrepreneurship
This module advances students' knowledge on core innovation management theories and new product development practice. It is based around understanding of the nature of sustainable innovation and ability to identify the relevance and potential for sustainable innovation in value-creating, consumer-driven businesses. Indicative topics may include:
a) Innovation Management (e.g. innovation typologies / degrees of innovation, models of innovation and innovation management),
b) Innovation Systems (e.g. people, leadership and organisation structures for innovation),
c) Innovation Performance (e.g. determining how innovative an organisation is),
d) New Product Development (e.g. how to define and quickly implement concepts for new products, services and processes)
In this module, students will learn about the fundamentals of machine learning and forecasting techniques and gain hands-on experience with analysing and solving a variety of problems encountered in business and management.
Three indicative areas of the module could include:
- Machine learning: The introduction of modern machine learning techniques used in business data analysis, including both supervised learning (e.g. regression, classification, and artificial neural networks) and unsupervised learning (e.g. association rule discovery and cluster analysis).
- Forecasting: Students will learn about various forecasting methods, including exponential smoothing methods and the Box-Jenkins method (i.e. the ARIMA model and variants).
- Data analysis report writing. Students will systematically carry out a data analysis project and write a data analysis report.
The data analysis packages such as R, SPSS, and Weka may be used in this module.
This module aims to provide students with a rigorous framework of knowledge and practical applications concerning leadership, people management and organisational change that they will need whatever the degree of specialisation they later elect to follow. It has a number of distinct learning objectives.
Firstly, the module seeks to familiarise students with major contemporary research evidence on effective approaches to leadership in various contexts. Research focusing on the links between people management practices, organisational processes and positive organisational outcomes is examined, as is research that highlights the role of leadership in addressing major contemporary challenges to sustainable development. Secondly, the module introduces students to major debates about theory and practice in the specific fields of leadership, change management, and leadership development. It aims to help them become effective leaders as well as effective managers, managing others fairly and effectively and increasing levels of engagement, commitment, motivation and performance. Finally, the module requires students to reflect critically on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.
According to the traditional marketing concept, the Consumer is at the heart of all marketing activities. Thus, how consumers and organisations buy, own, consume and dispose of products, brands, marketplace communities, and experiences is the heart of marketing. Consumption is researched by a diverse array of disciplines including economics, anthropology, psychology, sociology and cultural studies, (human) geography, history and linguistics and political science. This interdisciplinarity has brought great depth and complexity to marketing's understanding of consumption.
Although the focus of this module is consumer behaviour, organisational behaviour will also be explored. Students will develop an understanding of how theories relating to consumer and organisation decision-making, and buyer behaviour inform marketing practice. There will be an emphasis on (i) a micro-level analysis, which relates to more immediate or individual aspects of Consumer and organisational buying behaviour; and (ii) the macro-level, relating to how the broader environment and cultural issues influence consumption.
This module introduces students to the area of global value chain (GVC) and its implications for different types of business enterprises (multinational enterprises (MNEs), suppliers, small, large), with a special focus on key theoretical and empirical academic publications as well as available datasets. GVCs are transforming the nature of trade, and it has brought both opportunities and challenges for business enterprises around the world. Such an understanding of GVCs is vital for managers to develop optimal relationships with their value chains partners, adapt to changing business circumstances, and make responsible decisions.
This module aims to introduce students to the power of big data analytics and data visualisation techniques in contributing to business value creation. The module will also enable students to solve a variety of complex data centred business problems using computer software tools like Apache Spark and Python.
The module covers two main themes as follows.
1. Theoretical understanding of big data analytics: This part involves learning about the theoretical foundations of big data analytics, text mining, and social media data mining. It also introduces the effective use of data visualisation and database management concepts and their links with big data analytics. Example applications of big data analytics and visualisation techniques discussed within the module will focus on addressing contemporary challenges faced by industry.
2. Building practical skills and managerial insights: In this part of the module, students will learn how to interact with both SQL and NoSQL databases and how to solve business problems using advanced functions within the Apache Spark and Python software platforms. Students will be guided through demonstrations involving a variety of exercises that will prepare them to be data-driven managers and executives capable of utilising big data analytics for business value creation.
In today's competitive and global economy, companies are turning to project management to consistently deliver business results. Increased number of international and complex projects brings with it a growing demand for project management specialists, according to Project Management Institute (PMI). This module introduces the principles and practice of project management in a global context. The module aims to:
Equip you with project management tools, techniques and management issues, focusing on key challenges that arise from managing complex projects, such as with regards to project time, quality and cost, resource constraints, stakeholder analysis, cultural diversity and teamwork.
Analyse contemporary project management issues and employ a range of established and innovative methodologies for adequate project plan, execution and control;
Critically analyse risks in projects, develop sustainable contingency plans and demonstrate ability to set reasonable and achievable deadlines and milestones across different project tasks with due consideration to economic, social, and environmental aspects surrounding a project.
The module provides a basic understanding of how accounting information can be used to interpret the financial position and performance of a business in an international scenario. It will also develop key skills in relation to how accounting information can inform planning and control decisions in multinational companies. The key principles and international standards upon which financial accounting is based and the form and content of the main financial statements prepared by different types of businesses, with a focus on public limited companies will be studied. The importance of corporate governance in modern businesses and the financial situation and performance of a global corporation by means of ratio analysis will be analysed as well as the importance of cost information for decision making purposes. This module covers the key internationally recognised management accounting techniques that modern businesses use for short-term and long-term decision making.
Indicative areas of the syllabus include:
• Concepts underpinning accounting systems and financial statements
• The construction of the primary financial statements and their interpretation and evaluation
• Classification and behaviour of costs and their use in short-term and long-term decision making
• Responsibility accounting systems and performance appraisal measures, including the balanced scorecard and budgeting
The aim of this module is to enable students to apply basic statistical inference methods for tackling real-world business questions and equip them with basic knowledge of the R statistical programming package.
The module covers two indicative areas:
1. Business Statistics: Students will learn about descriptive analysis of quantitative data, focusing mainly on how to effectively summarise data, and inferential analysis of quantitative data, which includes identifying key properties of a given dataset, deriving point and interval estimates, hypothesis testing, correlation analysis, and simple linear regression.
2. Python programming package: This will cover the Python programming language and introduce students to basic and more advanced concepts within Python, as well as how to use Python for performing statistical data analyses.
The aim of this module is to introduce students to optimisation modelling and solution techniques, typical applications areas within strategic/operation business planning, and the use of commercial optimisation software.
The module covers the following indicative topics:
• Linear Programming: Students will be introduced to the building blocks of optimisation (i.e. decision variables, objectives, constraints), how to mathematically formulate linear programming (LP) models, LP solution techniques, sensitivity analysis (e.g. range of optimality reduced costs, dual prices), and typical applications like production planning, scheduling, and portfolio selection.
• Network Models: This topic includes a range of concepts and modelling techniques for formulating classic network models, including transportation and assignment, shortest path, maximum flow, and minimum spanning tree problems, and common solution approaches.
• Integer Programming: This will cover integer linear programming (ILP) models, including binary integer models, classic exact and heuristic solution methods (e.g. branch and bound, greedy heuristics), and typical application areas of ILP, including capital budgeting, fixed charge production, and facility location.
This module provides the opportunity to specialise in a topic of your interest and to develop transferable intellectual and employability skills to enter the logistics and supply chain management job market. Working under the guidance of an academic supervisor, students will be offered the opportunity to work on an industry-based project to 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. Students may opt to contact companies and arrange access themselves to collect relevant primary data or to conduct secondary research using documentary records, case notes, archives and other secondary data sources.
We use a variety of teaching methods, including:
Classroom-based learning is supported by the latest online technologies and learning platforms.
Your progress on this course is assessed by coursework only. Students wishing to undertake the optional industrial placement will be required to successfully complete all stage 1 modules. The Industrial Placement is assessed by the completion of the Industrial Placement Report.
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Our Logistics and Supply Chain Management graduates find work in public and private sectors, both overseas and in the UK, in a wide range of companies and organisations, including:
Many of our students also stay local and find job opportunities regionally in small and medium firms or even set-up their own businesses as well-equipped entrepreneurs.
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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.
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