MSc
2021 start

Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Management School, Faculty of Social Sciences

Give yourself a competitive professional edge by learning how to identify the most efficient strategy to manage and improve international supply chains. Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.
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Course description

The modern supply chain is ubiquitous, reaching into many aspects of consumers’ daily lives, and becoming increasingly important for companies. On this programme, you’ll develop the skills to manage and improve international supply chains.

We’ll show you how the right technology and strategy can give you a competitive edge. We use case studies, industry links and company visits to enhance our teaching. 

Exploring operations, supply chain and green logistics and core sub-disciplines, you’ll acquire expertise in the contribution these systems make and the skills necessary to become a future leader in the low carbon area. Green skills have been identified as a major gap by many governments and industry leaders. This programme will give you an important skill set in an area, likely to be key for future business and organisational leaders.

You can apply to do a company-based dissertation, working with an external organisation. Recent dissertation projects include working with a large logistics company to reduce their fleet’s carbon footprint and a report for an electrical company on the supply chain and market structure of their goods industry.

Applying for this course

We use a staged admissions process to assess applications for this course. You'll still apply for this course in the usual way, using our Postgraduate Online Application Form.

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Accreditation

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply

Modules

Core modules

Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Green logistics and supply chain management enables students to learn the latest development in this field, anchoring on the issues of sustainability and low carbon futures. Practices and challenges in decarbonisation of logistics and supply chain will be debated. The degree of success and failure of greening interventions will also be critically discussed. Future trends and direction in this area will be presented providing students with up to date knowledge and understanding of the subject area.

15 credits
Supply Chain Accounting and Finance

The unit focuses on developments in supply chain accounting and finance. New organisational forms demand new approaches to accounting and finance in order to maximise opportunities arising out of collaborative forms of engagement. Firms compete with each other on the relative merits of their respective supply chains and therefore accounting and finance practices must support this reality rather than being rooted in traditional organisational settings. The unit will critically evaluate accounting and finance in this context and identify developing tools and techniques in the area.

15 credits
Supply Chain Technology

Supply chain technology relates to various technology (e.g. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)) used for logistics and supply chain to make it more efficient, productive and cost effective. This module will introduce students with a range of technology (e.g. RFID, Bar code etc.) and related practices within the logistics and supply chain operations. It will demonstrate the theories and principles underpinning supply chain technologies and give demonstration of the modern implementations in real life scenarios. This module will enrich the practical skills and knowledge relating to supply chain technology of students, in turn enabling them to immediately and effectively contribute towards a supply chain and logistics-related role.

15 credits
Logistics System

In broad terms, Logistics systems enable the right material to the right place in the right time. This module will introduce students with three major activities of logistics system including order processing, inventory management and freight transportation. It will demonstrate the theories and principles underpinning logistics systems and logistics managerial issues with real life scenarios. It will highlight the decision support methods and emerging trends in the global logistics. This module will enrich the practical skills and knowledge of students relating to logistics system, enabling them to immediately and effectively contribute towards a logistics and supply chain related role.

15 credits
Global Supply Chain Leadership

Global Supply Chain Leadership is a module designed to enable students to learn the latest strategic thinking and issues in developing a strong leadership to manage a global supply chain. Some theories from strategic management, organisations, international business, HR and leadership will be used. This is a multi-disciplinary module that prepares students with the relevant knowledge and skill sets required in order to successfully manage a global supply chain.

15 credits
Supply Networks Management

This unit will enable students to understand the complexities of managing supply networks across different industries. It will introduce students to the relevant principles and management frameworks to effectively identify and analyze the problems associated with network management. The unit will highlight the importance of supply networks in successfully managing the businesses, and will enable students to evaluate emerging trends in current and future industry landscape. Practical examples and case studies will be discussed to provide practitioners' perspectives over various issues in supply networks management.

15 credits
Operations Management for Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Operations Management (OM) deals with the production of goods and services and relates closely to other business functions. It is concerned with the effective and efficient marshalling of the organisations resources to meet its objectives. OM is the business function that generates income and is therefore central to all commercial businesses. Operational Research (OR) is introduced on this module to support OM decision-making processes. It is a systematic and logical approach involving the construction and manipulation of mathematical models. The aim of this module is to take a general view of OM in all sectors of business and to provide a wider experience of OM and OR for the MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

15 credits
Research Methods

The unit provides an introduction to a wide range of research methods used in management research. It prepares students for their dissertation by helping them to make an informed choice of objectives and methods (design, data collection and analysis) for thier own research. It also prepared students to review the literature and critically evaluate the methods used by others, to consider ethical issues around research and to prepare a plan for their dissertation research.

15 credits
Project Dissertation

This unit requires the student to research a topic appropriate to the field of management. The topic chosen by the student must receive approval from a supervisor. A dissertation written by the student should be delivered to the School at the conclusion of the study. The study, and the resulting dissertation, may take the form of an academic research or of a managerial problem-solving exercise. In either case, it requires the student to apply critical analysis and to set the issues within the context of appropriate management literature.

45 credits

Optional modules - one from:

Strategic Management

This unit introduces key theories of Stategic Management of business organisations; those concerned with strategy design and development, techniques and frameworks for crafting strategic options, competitive challenges of a global market environment, implementation of strategy and change. This theoretical understanding will then be illustrated and examined by reference to the way particular companies in contrasting industries have designed and executed their strategies.Particular attention will be devoted to expose students to many facets of strategy formulation/analysis and strategy implementation issues.

15 credits
International Business

This module introduces students to the important subject of international business, exploring how and why companies operate internationally. The module examines the international environment Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) operate in, exploring how that environment affects the activities of MNEs. Students will study how MNE managers seek to maximize value and minimize costs by locating different activities in different countries around the world. The module not only builds theoretical understanding of international expansion, but also seeks to apply this understanding to explain how organizations perform in host countries and how organizations can adapt to the dynamic international business environment. Key issues that are explored in this module include internationalisation, cross-cultural management and sustainability.

15 credits

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

Teaching

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Case studies
  • Group work for collaborative learning
  • Web-based discussion groups

Assessment

  • Individual assignments
  • Group projects
  • End-of-semester examinations
  • Dissertation

Duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree or an approved professional qualification.

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

Fees and funding

More scholarships and fees information can be found on the Management School website.

Apply

We use a staged admissions process to assess applications for this course. You'll still apply for this course in the usual way, using our Postgraduate Online Application Form.

Apply now

Contact

management-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 3376

Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

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