Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc


Fact file

Qualification name:Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Duration:1 year full-time
Entry requirements:2.1 (Upper 2nd class hons degree from British University or international equivalent)
Including:Engineering Science or Business
Other requirements:For international equivalences, the entry requirements for non-uk countries can be found at: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/business/msc/admissions.html
IELTS:7.0 (with no less than 6.0 in any element)
Start date:September
Campus:Jubilee Campus

Course Overview

This course is accredited by EQUIS

The school offers four closely-related MSc courses in the field of Operations Management:

  • MSc Operations Management
  • MSc Industrial Engineering and Operations Management 
  • MSc Supply Chain and Operations Management
  • MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management

The MSc courses in Operations and Supply Chain Management and Logistics focus on the management of operations in manufacturing, service and distribution enterprises. They will prepare you for a career in working with companies to build a competitive edge based on high levels of technical and managerial competence. The courses aim to integrate management techniques and the technologies that they control, with emphasis on the strategic relevance of solutions. Our strong links with the University’s Engineering Faculty mean that you can also choose modules from their programmes.

We welcome applications from graduates in engineering, management, and related disciplines. The courses are suitable for you if you want to pursue a career in operations management whether or not you have a first degree in a closely related area.

The full-time courses require a major individual dissertation project that is undertaken in the summer, which is intended to integrate knowledge, methodology, and practical skills. When these projects are successful in advancing knowledge, we encourage our students to present their findings as conference papers or journal articles.

Key facts

  • The Business School is a top 10 UK business school: Finance, Accounting and Management ranks sixth in the 2009 Independent Good University Guide
  • Our Postgraduate Careers Service places third in the UK for career placement success
  • We regularly review and update our MSc programmes to ensure that their content is relevant to the changing global business environment
Professional Accreditation


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 10 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.


The course structure for the MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management Programme are:

Core Modules

Semester One

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

Semester Two

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

Optional Modules

Semester One

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

  • Fundamentals of Management Information Systems
  • Managing Organisations 
  • Project Management

Semester Two

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

  • Quality Management and Quality Techniques
  • Procurement and Purchasing


MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management dissertation.

For more details on our modules, please see the Module Catalogue.


The Business School is offering a number of generous scholarships for the academic year 2014-15

For further details and eligibility please go to:


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 2012, 81.7% 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 £25,547 with the highest being £45,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2011/12.

Previous graduates have entered career areas such as Continuous Improvement, IT, Operations Management, Pharmaceuticals, Supply Chain/Logistics, Project Management, Quality Assurance, Planning and Production Management. Some graduates have gone into self-employment.

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.

The Enquiry Centre

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