Taught course

Logistics & Supply Chain Management

University of Northampton · Northampton Business School

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to hold a first or second-class Honours degree of a British university or equivalent. No work experience is required for admission onto the course.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

If you choose to study our Logistics & Supply Change Management MSc you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the key concepts affecting Logistics and Supply Chain Management today. Whether you intend to specialise in International Logistics as a career, or enter general management, you will require a deep and systematic understanding of the technology, staff, infrastructure and operational processes that define this important business sector.

Developments in the last two decades have seen huge investments into the technologies necessary to deliver reduced operating costs, shorter lead times and better value for customers. You will investigate and evaluate the range of current approaches to Logistics and Supply Chain Management and will look at how this could change in the next five years through the use of theoretical and industry sources.

This course is externally accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). Successful completion of the course will allow you admission as a full member (MCIPS).

You will cover every stage of the supply chain, from raw material supply to resource recovery, as will the many modes of transport, on land, sea and in the air.

You will explore strategic issues such as multi-channel retailing, supply chain collaboration and lead time compression in your course sessions. Our teaching staff are highly experienced, many of whom have previously held board level appointments in globally renowned logistics companies.

You will also examine topics of global significance, such as disaster relief and sustainable distribution, giving you a solid understanding of the industry.

Our MSc in International Logistics aims to:

  • develop proactive managers who are confident in managing projects and business improvement of functional areas through effective leadership
  • allow you to follow a programme of management study containing a considerable element of specialism related to the supply chain of both local and multinational companies
  • provide both pre-experience career preparation and post-experience career progression opportunities for students from any disciplinary background at first degree level, but with the aspiration to enter or progress more rapidly in careers in logistics management or business
  • build on your existing capabilities and transferable skills in order to develop Masters level knowledge and skills in the business and logistics management field, enhancing your employability and future career prospects in the field of logistics
  • enable you to develop a strong, conceptual and theoretical understanding of logistics management issues, problems and opportunities
  • equip you with the skills, analytical techniques and tools to make a significant, sustained contribution to the achievement of employer goals
  • enable you to link theory into practice by a variety of methods including case studies, business simulations, the completion of an applied research project and, in some cases, by means of a work-based learning component
  • develop skills in effective scholarly research and reflection

A modular approach to teaching is employed at the Faculty of Business and Law. Our MSc International Logistics course shares a number of key features with our other postgraduate study programmes in Management.

As a student on this course, you will follow a core programme of study designed to broaden and reinforce your management knowledge in the following areas:

  • organisational behaviour
  • managing operations
  • project management
  • strategy
  • accounting and finance

You will additionally cover a range of topics specific to your chosen subject area, such as:

  • international logistics
  • perspectives of applied logistics
  • strategic issues in logistics
  • sustainability and environment

You will also have a further opportunity to explore these subjects, or subjects of your own choosing, in your final Logistics Research Project.

The logistics teaching team has extensive links with local and international industry, which may lead to opportunities for you to undertake your research within logistics businesses.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
01604 735500