Taught course

Management (Supply Chain Logistics)

Durham University · Durham Business School

Entry requirements

The equivalent of a UK first or upper second class honours degree. Check the full list of equivalent qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc Management (Supply Chain Management) takes a mixed theoretical and practical approach to provide you with the tools, techniques and knowledge for the study of supply chains and the way they work. As a result, you will learn and then apply the skills needed for the successful management of these vital commercial links that enable products and services to move from producer to consumer.

The course is completed on a full-time basis over one year and is designed to enable you to study the subject with no previous experience in business or management.

You will study core and optional modules as well as completing a dissertation. Core modules include global supply chain leadership, sustainable supply chain management, operations and supply chain management, strategy, business economics and accounting and organisational behaviour.

The course opens up significant opportunities for you to study and learn abroad through international study tours and summer schools organised with our overseas partners as well as the possibility of completing your dissertation abroad.

The Business School has an excellent reputation for its academic standards and teaching quality, and we are in an elite UK group that has been accredited by the three major business accreditation bodies, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the Association of MBAs and the European Quality Improvement System.

You will also be able to participate in events and activities in the School that will add to the sum of your business-related knowledge.

Course structure

Core modules:

Global Supply Chain Leadership gives you an in-depth insight into how decisions are made in the modern global supply chain using examples of real-life case studies. The module introduces the theories and practices of leadership and outlines the challenges faced by supply chain managers.

Sustainable Supply Chain Management explores how businesses and their extended supply chains are having an impact on sustainability, be it environmental, economic or social. The module considers the critical drivers, key barriers, and successes in implementing the principles of sustainability.

Operations and Supply Chain Management provides an understanding of the complexities of managing operations and supply chains in the manufacturing sector in particular but also in the service sector.

Strategy explores success or lack of success in business by considering strategy and its effectiveness in the existing external business environment and the internal relationship between strategy and business resources and capabilities.

Business Economics and Accounting develops your skills in the application of economic analysis in business decision-making and planning. The module provides you with an understanding of key economic aspects of the business environment and the impact of changes in that environment at national and international level. You will also learn accounting information and its forms, purpose and the needs of its users.

Organisational Behaviour covers key issues concerning the behaviour of individuals in organisations.

Research Methods and Dissertation (international study route and business project route available) enables you to carry out research and conduct an in-depth investigation into an issue of interest to you and which is applicable and relevant to your degree subject. Crucially, the module gives you a thorough understanding of key principles of research design and methodology in business and management and develops your skills in conducting and communicating research. You will have the opportunity to conduct your research abroad at a partner university or you may choose to undertake a business project in place of the traditional dissertation format.

Examples of optional modules:

  • Strategy Simulation and System Thinking
  • Competitive Strategies and Organisational Fitness
  • Decision Making and Business Options Modelling
  • Digital Resilient and Sustainable Procurement
  • East Asian Business and Management
  • Employee Reward Strategy
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Financial Management
  • Global Business
  • Global Marketing
  • Global Sport Business
  • Innovation and Technology Management
  • International Study Tour
  • Project Management
  • A language module such as those offered by the University’s Centre for Foreign Language Study

Information for international students

If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take a pre-Masters pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre.

Fees and funding

UK students
£14,500 per year
International students
£31,500 per year

For further information see the course listing.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Durham Business School