Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc


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Qualification name:Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Duration:12 months full-time
Entry requirements:2.1 (Upper 2nd class hons degree from British University or international equivalent)
Including:Engineering Science or Business
Other requirements:Personal statement and a list of modules being studied in the final year (for applicants who have not yet completed their bachelor degree). For international equivalences, the entry requirements for non-uk countries can be found at: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/business/documents/msc/internationalequivalents.pdf
IELTS:6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
Start date:September
Campus:Jubilee Campus

Course Overview

The Business School offers six closely-related MSc courses in the field of operations management attracting students from many countries.

These courses explore the decisions made to tackle management problems in business, industry and the public sector. They look at methods, models and techniques that are used to resolve organisational difficulties. The courses integrate management techniques and technologies they control. 

These courses will suit you if you have qualitative and quantitative skills and are a graduate in management, computer science, engineering or a related discipline and want to pursue a career in operations management. You will also need an ability to analyse problems in a structured way.

The MSc Information Systems and Operations Management focuses on the creative potential of information technology for innovation and change.

The MSc Management Science and Operations Management is the most quantitative course, emphasising the increasing trend to apply analytics and management science techniques in business and management.

Such is the demand from employers for graduates with analytical skills who can apply critical thinking to problem resolution, you can expect to enter a career in management science and/or operations and supply chain management.

Your concluding dissertation, which is undertaken during the summer, demonstrates your integrated knowledge, methodology and practical skills.

Presessional English for Academic Purposes

The Centre for English Language Education (CELE) runs 10-week and 5-week Business and Management English language and study skills courses. These courses are designed in collaboration with Nottingham University Business School and prepare students going on to programmes in business and management. 

If you are close to the English language level you need to go on to the Business School's MSc course and you meet the entry requirements for the relevant CELE course, you may be eligible for a joint offer. This means that: 

  • you only need one TIER 4 visa and CAS
  • you take a 10 or 5-week English Language and Academic Skills preparation course, and then go onto your MSc course
  • you have a guaranteed place on the MSc course
  • your progression to the MSc is automatic, provided you attend and complete all the coursework 

For more details, please visit the CELE website.  

Students who enter via the CELE route are exempt from paying the school's £1,000 reservation fee. For more details, please contact wendy.bull@nottingham.ac.uk 

Key facts

  • The Business School, across all three campuses (UK, China and Malaysia), is EQUIS accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) - one of the world's leading accrediting bodies for business schools
  • In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 we rank 6th for 'research power' out of 101 UK business and management institutions
  • We are ranked 12th in the UK in the QS World University Rankings 2015 (76th worldwide)

Course Details

The MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management is taught on a full-time basis over one year.

During this time, you must accumulate 180 credits to qualify for the award of MSc.

You will take 120 credits worth of taught modules, which are examined during two 15-week semesters.

Each taught module typically consists of ten two-hour sessions. Assessment is by a combination of individual essay or group project and written examination.

The remaining 60 credits of this course are allocated to a dissertation, which is completed over the summer period for submission in September.


Semester one

Core modules

  • Management Science for Decisions Support
  • Managing Contemporary Operations: Fundamentals and Challenges
  • Supply Chain Planning and Management

Choose one module from this group subject to meeting any pre-requisites:

  • Fundamentals of Management Information Systems
  • Project Management

Semester two

Core modules

  • Design of Operations Facilities and Systems
  • International Logistics and Transport
  • Supply Chain and Operations Strategy and Practice

Choose one module from this group subject to meeting any pre-requisites:

  • Quality Management and Quality Techniques
  • Procurement and Purchasing


12,000-15,000 word individual dissertation on an approved subject relevant to the MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

For more details on our modules, please see the module catalogue.


Funding may be available through the Business School.

UK/EU students

Funding information can also be found on the Graduate School website.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.


Postgraduate careers service

The school has its own fully qualified postgraduate careers advisers providing career support for all postgraduate programmes. In addition to individual careers consultations, skills development events, recruitment events and guest lectures, you will also have access to a comprehensive career management skills programme. The content of the programme has been developed specifically to suit the needs of the MSc students and sessions are built into the MSc timetable.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 87% of postgraduates in the Nottingham University Business School who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £26,611 with the highest being £34,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.

Career destinations for our graduates include accountants, finance and investment analysts, higher education teaching professionals, investment bankers, IT business analysts, management consultants, marketing professionals, public relations professionals and university researchers. 

Career prospects and employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential.

Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.

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