About

The Cranfield Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.  The course will provide you with the specialist knowledge and skills that you need to further your career as a logistics and supply chain professional.  It has been co-designed with senior logistics and supply chain professionals and is delivered by Europe's largest specialist logistics and supply chain management faculty.

Who is it for?

The course is designed for recent graduates with a good undergraduate degree who want a broad understanding of logistics and supply chain management and wish to prepare for a first professional role and future career in the field. It is also suitable for logistics and supply chain professionals in the early stages of their career looking to enhance their knowledge and skills and move to the next level professionally.

Term Dates

Orientation Week:
24 September 2018 – 28 September 2018
Term One:
1 October 2018 – 14 December 2018
Term Two:
7 January 2019 – 22 March 2019
Term Three:
8 April 2019 – 21 June 2019
Term Four:
24 June 2019 – 6 September 2019

Why this course?

Cranfield School of Management was ranked 1st outside US and 11th globally in the Supply Chain Management World ‘University 100’ annual survey 2016, and 2nd in the Top 20 for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, for providing young people in this field with the skills and mix of expertise required to develop as supply chain leaders of the future.

More than just an academic institution, Cranfield School of Management’s world-class research, expertise and teaching result in practical management solutions that are transforming the world of business today. For 50 years, we have been working with leading companies across the globe, pursuing our mission to improve the practice of management.

Our aim is to develop logistics and supply chain professionals who can take the skills they develop on our programme and make a significant difference in the marketplace. Many of our faculty are regarded as leading experts in this area, combining excellent reputations for teaching with experience drawn from the commercial world. Our approach to teaching is designed to nurture your practical business skills and confidence, and places huge emphasis on real-world challenges.

You will gain an in-depth understanding of supply chain strategy and sustainability, how to analyse and design effective supply chain operations, how to use data, models and software to solve problems and inform decisions, the role of warehousing in modern supply chains, procurement strategy, inventory, operations management, accounting, freight transport and project management.

Modules include a combination of interactive lectures, participative workshops, case studies and presentations from high-profile visiting speakers.

In addition to the modules, the individual thesis offers the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you have developed on the programme.

Informed by Industry

Our full-time faculty team work closely with our advisory board of senior logistics and procurement professionals from global organisations. Their experience and advice drives the continued development of our supply chain courses ensuring they are relevant for today’s global supply chain environment.  Our faculty is also supported by a diverse team of international visiting industry speakers and professors.

Your teaching team

Cranfield boasts Europe's largest specialist logistics, procurement and supply chain management faculty and is renowned as a centre of excellence in this field. Our full-time faculty team is supported by a diverse team of international visiting industry speakers and professors.

  • Dr Denyse Julien - Course Director
  • Dr Emel Aktas
  • John Algar
  • Dr Leila Alinaghian
  • Michael Bernon
  • Professor Michael Bourlakis 
  • Dr Farooq Habib
  • Dr Vahid Mirzabeiki
  • Dr Andrey Pavlov
  • Melvyn Peters
  • Dr Hendrik Reefke
  • Dr Soroosh Saghiri
  • Dr Heather Skipworth
  • Dr Simon Templar
  • Dr Benny Tjahjono
  • Professor Richard Wilding OBE
  • Dr Nicky Yates
  • Dr Andrey Pavlov
  • Dr Uta Juttner
  • Dr Silvia Rossi Tafuri

Accreditation

Our Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. Upon completion of this course, you will be eligible for full membership of both institutes.

Cranfield School of Management is also the first UK-based University to gain the European Logistics Association accreditation. Upon completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for the designation cESLOG (European logistician), which is valid for five years.

Course details

The course comprises ten core modules and four elective modules. This enables you to tailor the course to suit your personal career plan. You will have the opportunity to attend a study tour, subject to additional cost. The culmination of the learning process is your opportunity to undertake an individual thesis project which is in-company or Cranfield led, the topics of which cover a broad range of areas.

Study Tour

The study tour is a unique opportunity to experience a supply chain perspective in a different economic region in Europe. You will gain first-hand experience of how supply strategies in the region are influenced by different pressures (both internal and external) and you will gain a rich understanding of the differences between supply chain practices.  The tour normally takes place over three to four days.  On your return you will have gained valuable insights and will appreciate the diverse nature of supply chain management.

Please note that the study tour is subject to additional costs.

Individual project

You will undertake an empirical research project for your individual thesis, enabling you to apply the knowledge and skills you have learnt during the course. This provides the opportunity to work in an original way, and may involve undertaking a project with either an industrial sponsor or on a Cranfield led project, the topics of which cover a broad range of areas.

Assessment

Taught modules 60%, individual project 40%.

Compulsory modules

All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course:

  • Supply Chain Strategy and Sustainability
  • Principles of Strategic Procurement
  • Inventory and Operations Management
  • Accounting and Finance for Supply Chain Management
  • Analytical Techniques for Supply Chain Management
  • Freight Transport
  • Information Systems and eBusiness
  • Physical Network Design
  • Project Management Introduction
  • Warehousing

Elective modules

A selection of modules from the following list need to be taken as part of this course

  • Logistics Outsourcing
  • Performance Measurement in the Supply Chain
  • Business Process Outsourcing
  • Designing and Managing Resilient Supply Chains
  • Simulation
  • Retail Logistics
  • Six Sigma
  • Sales and Operations Planning
  • Humanitarian Logistics
  • Social Network Analysis in a Supply Chain Context
  • Planning and Resourcing for Road Freight Transport

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from talented candidates of all backgrounds and each application is considered on its individual merit. Usually candidates must hold either a:

first or a second class UK honours degree in a relevant discipline, or
international degree - equivalent of UK qualifications

Candidates who do not meet these criteria may be considered if they have a professional qualification together with 5 years' relevant work experience.

English Language

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. Our minimum requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS - 6.5 overall and 6.5 in the writing component
  • TOEFL - 92 and a writing score 21
  • Pearson PTE Academic - 65
  • Cambridge English Scale - 180
  • Cambridge English: Advanced - C
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency - C
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English III - pass

In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking a IELTS for UKVI test.

Applicants who do not already meet the English language entry requirement for their chosen Cranfield course can apply to attend one of our Presessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. We offer Winter/Spring and Summer programmes each year to offer holders.

Your career

95% of School of Management students were employed within 3 months of graduation*.

The Cranfield Career Development Service offers a comprehensive service to help you develop a set of career management skills that will remain with you throughout your career.

During your course you will receive support and guidance to help you plan an effective strategy for your personal and professional development, whether you are looking to secure your first management role, or wanting take your career to the next level.

Cranfield Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc graduates have secured jobs with a diverse range of companies including Airbus, Tata Consultancy Services, Group Lotus, Adidas, Lidl, BMW Group, Toyota Motors, HelloFresh, KPMG, Kuehne & Nagel, Bentley, Saint Gobain, United Biscuits, Heineken, Eli Lilly UK, Unilever and Deutsche Bank. Their roles have included Buyer, Supply Chain Analyst, Logistics Manager, Demand Planner and Supply Chain Operations Manager.

*based on those students for whom we hold data, across all School of Management full-time master's courses (2015/16 cohort)

 

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