Logistics and Operations Management (MSc)

This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and expertise for management roles in companies involved with logistics and operations management on a national or international basis.

Pursuing a career related to the fields of logistics and operations management is becoming an increasingly popular choice around the world.

The MSc in Logistics and Operations Management aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of the disciplines of logistics and operations management and an insight into the latest developments through our world-leading research.

In the taught stage, you will study a range core and optional modules that equip you with key knowledge in logistics and operations management while enabling more focus in topics that are of particular interest and relevance to you. In doing so, both qualitative and quantitative skills can be developed. Through the dissertation, you can further develop an area of special interest in logistics and operations management, under the supervision of one of our experts, enabling you to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have gained during the taught modules.

Distinctive features

  • The course draws on leading research and empirical best practice to equip you with the skills to manage in these critical business functions.
  • With a variety of options, there are opportunities to specialise in subject areas that are of particular relevance and interest to you.
  • You will be taught at one of the largest groupings of logistics and operations management experts in the UK, with an emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment.
  • You will have the chance to acquire high-quality practical skills and to develop innovative ideas.
  • You will be part of a community at Cardiff Business School which is committed to delivering social improvement alongside economic development in the world’s first Public Value Business School.
  • You will study at a Business School ranked 1st in the UK for research environment and 6th for research excellence (REF 2014), and the only business school in Wales accredited by AACSB International.

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2018
Duration1 year
QualificationMSc
ModeFull-time
Admission Tutor contact(s)

Admissions criteria

Candidates will normally be graduates from a recognised university with a minimum of a 2:1: a sliding scale of specific conditions in terms of academic requirement, based around this 2:1 level, is also in place as the admissions criteria for most international recruitment markets.

The MSc Logistics and Operations Management can be conceived of as a progression degree with applicants gaining their degree in related fields such as Logistics, Supply Chain and/or Operations management, or a conversion degree where a previous degree in a related field such as Engineering, Business/Management disciplines, Computer Science, Economics, Trade, Finance, etc. can be complimented by gaining a degree in logistics and operations management: if this is the case a strong case for motivation to undertake the MSc Logistics and Operations Management needs to be made. In exceptional cases students can be considered with other non-related degrees e.g. English, Physics, Social Sciences, Maths or Humanities, particularly where there is evidence of significant professional experience in a relevant logistics/operations management occupation. Non-graduates with approved professional qualifications or significant relevant work experience may also be considered under certain circumstances.

A score of band 6.5 on IELTS with a minimum of 6.0 in each category is required for non-native English speakers or those who have not had a substantial part of their education taught in the English language.

 

This course runs from September to September. Between September and June you will study 120 credits of taught modules from a range of both compulsory core modules and a range of options.

Following on from this taught stage, you will undertake a dissertation project, submitted in September, with support from an academic supervisor.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2018/19 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2018.

In the first semester, you will study four modules worth 15 credits each. Two compulsory modules aim to give you a detailed understanding of logistics and operations management. The remaining two modules are drawn from a range of options that complement the compulsory components.

You will also study four 15 credit modules in the second semester. Here, one compulsory module provides research methods training to particularly support the dissertation. The remaining modules are drawn from a pool of options, enabling you to explore a range of different aspects of logistics and operations management. In doing so, you are able to customise your learning experience while meeting the overall learning outcomes of the programme.

The taught phase concludes in June and, subject to successful completion, you will progress to the dissertation phase. Through the writing of the dissertation, you will acquire and develop research skills relevant to your choice of subject. The dissertation is submitted in early September. 

Module titleModule codeCredits
Operations ManagementBST13530 credits
DissertationBST30260 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Electronic Commerce and ITBST12330 credits
International LogisticsBST12530 credits
International Transport and Sustainable BusinessBST13130 credits
Lean OperationsBST13330 credits
Strategic Supply Chain ManagementBST13730 credits
Project ManagementBST13830 credits
Operations AnalyticsBST33230 credits
Logistics ModellingBST33330 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

Our teaching is heavily informed by research and combines academic rigour with practical relevance. Our internationally leading faculty consists of academics who are at the forefront of knowledge within their field. They bring the lessons learnt from their most recent research into the classroom, giving you access to up-to-date real-life examples and scenarios and critical business thinking. Reflecting the Business School’s wider strategy, Public Value is embedded within our teaching.

Many teaching and learning resources will be provided electronically through Learning Central. In order to successfully complete the course, you will need to work during and outside formal teaching sessions, and to make good use of the facilities provided.

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials). In a lecture, the lecturer will mainly give an overview of a particular aspect of the module content. You will have opportunities to ask questions and be reflective in lectures. Classes and workshops provide you with the opportunity to practice techniques, discuss ideas, apply concepts and consolidate understanding of the topic.

In addition to timetabled classes, guest presentations by practitioners will also be available, enabling you to relate the knowledge provided by the lecturers to real-world examples.

How will I be supported?

The University offers a wealth of support for postgraduates. These include:

Learning Central

Learning Central is the University’s virtual learning environment.  All programme and module materials are posted here for students to access before, during and after lectures.

Libraries

A variety of hard and electronic copies of books, journals and databases are available for participants on the programme. The Aberconway library is located in the main Business school site, and additional resources are available at other libraries throughout the campus. Many journals and books are also available electronically.

Personal Tutor System

You will be allocated a Personal Tutor. This member of academic staff will maintain an overview of your learning and educational experiences. If you are experiencing difficulties, your Personal Tutor will be there to listen and where possible provide professional guidance or else direct you to the appropriate source of support.

The Student Advisory Service

A free, impartial, non-judgemental and confidential service on a wide range of personal, financial and academic matters is available to you.

Disability & Dyslexia Service

Confidential advice and support is provided for you if you are disabled or have a specific learning difficulty (dyslexia) or long term medical condition.

Counselling Service

The Cardiff University Counselling Service provides members of the university community with an opportunity to examine issues that prevent them from maximising their full potential and to explore options for change. The Counselling Service is confidential and free of charge. It has had international recognition as a Centre for Excellence for individual and group counselling.

The Graduate Centre

The Centre is on the 3rd floor of the Students’ Union Building in Park Place, and serves all enrolled postgraduate taught and research students at Cardiff University, offering facilities and activities specifically designed for the postgraduate community.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods vary from module to module but, across your degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, practical work, presentations, and individual and group projects.

What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  1. a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the principles, theory, philosophy and practice of logistics and operations management.
  2. a comprehensive knowledge of the critical issues in modern logistics and operations management.
  3. an ability to evaluate and appraise the impact of emerging logistics and operations management trends on organisations.

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  1. creativity in applying the principles of logistics and operations management in complex practical environments and in scenarios with incomplete data.
  2. an ability to innovatively and originally apply knowledge to the research of logistics and operations management problems.
  3. a capability to critically evaluate methodologies used in the empirical investigation of logistics and operations management issues and assess the solutions they obtain.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  1. an ability to evaluate the trade-offs inherent in logistics and operations management decision making.
  2. originality and autonomy in tackling and solving a range of different problems in the context of logistics and operations management.
  3. a capability to deal with complex issues in a systematic and creative way.
  4. a competence in analysing complex problems on the basis of rigorous data and communicate clearly their solutions to specialist or non-specialist audiences.

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  1. a competence in communicating ideas, principles and theories effectively by oral, written and practical means.
  2. an ability to work effectively in a team and as an individual
  3. a capability in the usage of it (e.g. the internet, spreadsheets, word processing) in an applied learning environment.
  4. a capacity to work to a range of timescales to fit the requirements of programme tasks and outputs.

 

Our MSc Logistics and Operations Management graduates go on to a vast range of careers in the logistics and/or operations management related industries. This can be with global multi-national companies such as Huawei, Panalpina, DHL, PDO or Amazon, or smaller SME enterprises. Graduates  take up both leadership and operational level positions, as well as pursuing policy-making and academic career paths – a number of former students have subsequently completed their PhD in a subject related to logistics and/or operations management.

Master's Excellence Scholarships

Scholarships available worth £3,000 each for UK/EU students starting a master’s degree in September 2018.

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Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2018/19)

EU students entering in 2018/19 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. No decisions regarding fees and loans for EU students starting in 2019/20 have been made yet. These will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership of the EU and we will provide further details as soon as we can.

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£7,950None

More information about tuition fees, including for part-time and continuing students.

Students from outside the EU (2018/19)

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£19,950£1,000

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

 No specific equipment is needed.

Within the dissertation phase you are offered the opportunity (subject to academic performance) to undertake a project in conjunction with an industrial partner. This provides you with the chance to gain knowledge of industrial practice, while contributing primary data for the dissertation study. A limited number of projects are available each year, and a competitive process is undertaken to identify students suitable for the project.