Logistics and Supply Chain Management - MSc


Logistics and supply chain management has significant implications for every industry. As a supply chain professional, you can work in virtually any sector of the economy, pursuing career in procurement, operations and production, warehousing and distribution.

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 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
and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). 

Chartered Institute of Logisics 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.

Industrial Placement option

The MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management programme is available with an optional industrial placement. Find out more under Course structure.

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.

Exchange partners

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.

KBS - Open for Business Summer Webinar Series

We are delighted to announce our Open for Business Summer Webinar Series - a free programme of Zoom webinars hosted by Kent Business School academics and professional services staff. 

You are welcome to register for one or two, or for the whole series! Each event will feature a Q&A session so be sure to submit your questions in the chat function. Click here for the full schedule.

Kent Business School

With over 25 years’ experience delivering business education, Kent Business School is a leading 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.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

A good honours degree (minimum 2:2) from the UK or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification.

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

International students

Please see our International website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Due to visa restrictions, international fee-paying students cannot study part-time unless undertaking a distance or blended-learning programme with no on-campus provision.

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. 

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. 

Need help with English?

Applicants who are required to meet an English language condition may be able to study a pre-sessional course in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.


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Course structure

Duration: 1 year full-time

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.


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.

Industrial Placement

For students who wish to enhance their employability further, this programme offers the opportunity to undertake work experience in the UK or overseas, through the option to undertake the programme with an additional industrial placement. Placements are self-sought and can range from an additional 12 to 50 weeks. This would extend the normal 12 month Masters programme to a maximum of 24 months.

The School offers support to those students seeking the industrial placement option, through extra-curricular engagement with our dedicated placements team. Our dedicated placement team can help you gain a suitable paid position and provide support throughout your placement. Students considering this option should be aware that they will be required to successfully complete all stage 1 modules and that there may be additional costs for students in terms of visa extensions, Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) and accommodation, for example.

Compulsory modules currently include

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.

Find out more about CB9058

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.

Find out more about CB9107

Employers are in search for individuals who possess logical thinking, analytical capability, leadership, communication and negotiation skills and the ability to work under pressure. This module will equip you with skills of consultancy, negotiation and fundamentals of research methodology. Experts from the industry will be invited to share their real-world experiences and to inspire with their success stories.

The module covers three main areas. Indicative topics include:

- . Consultancy skills: Approaches to analyse a series of real-world problems in a structured manner and then develop solution diagnosis to such problems will be taught. Consultancy and report writing skills will also be taught.

- Negotiation skills: Approaches to manage conflict, optimise beneficial compromise, fair play and improve people management skills.

- Research methodology: Fundamentals of research methodology, such as data gathering, preparation and analysis and project management skills.

Find out more about CB8005

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:

- 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.

- 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).

- 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.

Find out more about CB8034

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

Find out more about CB932

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 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).

Find out more about CB966

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).

Find out more about CB996

Optional modules may include

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.

Find out more about CB9040

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.

Find out more about CB9146

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.

Find out more about CB9173

As global supply chains stretch across the globe with buyers from numerous countries on one side and multinational suppliers on the other, corporations are under pressure to unlock the working capital trapped in their supply chains. In this module, we will explore a set of traditional and technology-driven solutions that optimise cash flow by allowing businesses to lengthen their payment terms to their suppliers while providing the option for their suppliers to get paid early, resulting in a win-win outcomes and risk minimisation across the supply chain. The module will cover the following indicative topics:

- Working capital and cash-to-cash cycle approaches as indicators of supply chain efficiency and methods for improving cash flow

- Transitional stages of supply chain finance, its barriers, challenges and opportunities, the new role of financial service providers, supply chain finance options, platforms, costs, benefits and risks

- Blockchain technology and its application in supply chain financing and traceability, through smart contracts, peer-to-peer value exchange, transparent private and public distributed validation.

Find out more about CB9174

Compulsory modules currently include

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.

Find out more about CB9175

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.


The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this programme are:

  • Home/EU full-time £10740
  • International full-time £19800

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

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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The Complete University Guide

In The Complete University Guide 2020, the University of Kent was ranked in the top 10 for research intensity. This is a measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the university.

Please see the University League Tables 2020 for more information.

Independent rankings

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.

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 : Reader in Sustainability

Development and application of sustainability frameworks and models used to inform business practice, sustainability research and policies for a sustainable and low carbon society.

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Professor Fragkiskos Filippaios : Professor of International Business

Roles of subsidiaries of Multinational Enterprises. Location strategies of multinationals’ subsidiaries. Role of technology in the multinational group and empirical assessment of FDI.

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Professor Yannis Georgellis : Professor of Management

Psychological aspects of decision-making processes within the general context of employee happiness, well-being, and engagement, and their impact on organisational performance.

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Dr Des Laffey : Senior Lecturer in e-Commerce

Social media, online gambling, search engines, comparison websites and new venture creation.

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Professor Ben Lowe : Professor of Marketing

Consumer behaviour and adoption of innovations, Introductory pricing and promotional strategies, Pioneer Advantage, Social Marketing, Autonomous vehicles and automated technologies.

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

Global and parallel optimisation methods, numerical simulation and modelling, simulation and optimisation of highly complex systems, production and operations management, productivity analysis.

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Dr Gabor Nagy : Senior Lecturer in Management Science

Logistics problems such as facility location and vehicle routing (and combined location-routing problems).

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Professor Jesse O'Hanley : Professor of Environmental Systems Management

Development of optimisation and simulation techniques for environmental management, facility location, transportation, and logistics.

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Professor Said Salhi : Professor of Management Science and Operational Research

Heuristic optimisation (with a focus on routing and location including green aspects of logistic research), logistics, routing, location.

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Dr Niaz Ahmed Wassan : Reader in Management Science

Optimisation techniques, in particular, heuristic optimisation modelling and intelligent decision support systems for logistics and supply chain management.

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Dr Shaomin Wu : Reader in Business-Applied Statistics

Applied Stochastic Processes, Statistical Data Analysis, Data Mining, and Risk Management.

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

The challenges of digital transformation, innovative technology organisation and management, technology and people.

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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.  

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