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Logistics and Supply Chain Management Masters (MSc) degree course – London postgraduate courses – Kingston


Logistics and Supply Chain Management Masters (MSc)

Choose Kingston’s Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc

The Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc prepares students from a wide variety of backgrounds for a rewarding career in the supply chain function. With full accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS). and a solid syllabus built on concepts and ideas from Kingston University’s renowned Operations Research and Management Science Group (ORMS). our logistics masters is a both an academic and a professional qualification.

  • Gain the practical skills and knowledge to make an immediate and effective contribution in a logistics-related role and a solid understanding of global business from a strategic and operational perspective.
  • The opportunity to conduct your research project and dissertation on a specific issue that matches your career interests and put theory into practice.
  • MSc students can add study at the prestigious Boston University to their programme and gain a dual masters degree.
  • Become a CIPS member after three years’ experience in purchasing and supply chain management.
  • One-year student membership of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) .
  • Guest speaker programme featuring leading experts in logistics and supply chain management.
  • Students come from all over the world to study at Kingston Business School, so you will finish the course with an international network of contacts.
  • Grow a network of logistics and supply chain management professionals during the course.
  • Kingston Business School is one of only a few of the 120 UK business schools to be awarded an ‘excellent’ rating for its teaching quality by the Higher Education Funding Council. Kingston upon Thames has been rated one of London’s happiest boroughs and has the one of the lowest crime rates in London, as well as fast transport links to the city centre.
  • Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world’s business schools.

What will you study?

The programme is delivered on a full-time basis over one year, starting in September. You will be expected to attend scheduled sessions throughout the day (although not necessarily all day) between Monday and Friday.

In the first semester, you will develop a broad understanding of management concepts, theories and ideas, such as how to manage organisations and supply chains. This provides you with a solid foundation from both strategic and operational perspectives.

In the second semester and dissertation, you will put this knowledge to use through practical application to real situations. One example is through company visits, which students often arrange for themselves. These opportunities to engage with real supply chain managers build your confidence and ability to question established practice.


Formal examinations, coursework (on an individual and group basis), in-class presentations and reflective diary.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

  • Fundamentals of Business Management

Fundamentals of Business Management

This module will provide you with an understanding of the main areas of business: marketing, finance, human resource management, operations management, information and IT management. It introduces you to the fundamentals of business theory and practice in a diverse and evolving international context to enable you to:

  • understand markets;
  • develop and implement functional strategies;
  • build and lead diverse teams;
  • prepare and analyse financial statements (profit and loss, balance sheet);
  • use the marketing mix and develop effective marketing plans;
  • identify and use IT and IS systems to drive strategy; and
  • use basic statistical tools and analyses
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management

    The operations management element consists of:

    • contextualising operations management;
    • the delivery process and service design;
    • managing capacity by effective design of processes, effective deployment of labour, materials and resources, and by managing demand;
    • supply chain management: maintaining a competitive operations strategy by the managing materials and information effectively throughout the various elements of the supply chain;
    • using technology in operations management;
    • approaches to quality management and performance improvement; and
    • operations strategy: the relationship between broader strategic decision making and detailed operational implementation.

    The supply chain management element consists of:

    • fundamentals of supply chain management, including issues relating to power, transparency and buyer:supplier relationships;
    • supply chain management issues on a national, international and global level;
    • effective supply chain management as a source of competitive advantage; and
    • different approaches to managing supply chains.

    You will undertake a company visit and conduct live research and consultancy with real companies. Each student explores one company’s supply chain, even visiting the suppliers where products are produced. You analyse the whole process, identify problems and come up with solutions. Then you present your recommendations to the organisation and to your lecturer.

  • Strategic Operations and Outsourcing
  • Strategic Operations and Outsourcing

    This module focuses on strategic aspects of operations management and outsourcing issues on a global/international level. It covers:

    • introduction to Strategic Operations and Outsourcing;
    • understanding the different levels of strategy within an organisation;
    • developing and implementing an operations and outsourcing strategy;
    • developing a resource-based or market-led operations strategy;
    • aligning operations to support and/or drive markets;
    • examining the alternative drivers, strategies and methods of outsourcing; and
    • understanding the practical aspects of outsourcing: legal, procurement, technology, managing suppliers and contemporary trends.

    Logistics Management

    This module focuses on local, national and international logistics. You will study:

    • introduction to logistics management;
    • procurement and logistics service providers;
    • warehousing management and materials handling;
    • inventory management;
    • transport systems and management;
    • contemporary issues in logistics;
    • customer service;
    • global business environment in relation to international logistics;
    • international marketing;
    • international logistics supply chain;
    • location decisions;
    • risk management in international logistics;
    • global transport systems;
    • international shipping;
    • port management;
    • carrier selection and intermediaries;
    • terms of sales, payment, trade documentation and insurance; and
    • outsourcing and global sourcing.
  • Supply Chain Research Proposal and Dissertation
  • Supply Chain Research Proposal and Dissertation

    During this module, you will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to complete a research project successfully. You will investigate a specific business problem via a substantial piece of independent work, and demonstrate your proficiency in:

    • designing a research project;
    • applying appropriate methods;
    • collecting and analysing data; and
    • presenting results.

    Work placement scheme

    Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to do a 12-month work placement as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the placement is with the student; we cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, the work placement is covered by a student’s tier 4 visa. Find out more about the postgraduate work placement.

    You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

    Find out more about Logistics and Supply Chain Management Masters (MSc)

    We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision .

    A copy of the regulations governing this course is available here

    Details of terms dates for this course can be found here

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