MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University’s online MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management calls upon established industry links and sector-leading research to equip you with cutting-edge expertise. The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has shown the importance of supply chain management in managing global risk. It will provide you with a robust understanding of global logistics and supply chains and the analytical tools for manging them in the modern business environment. The programme also gives you a great opportunity to engage with real-life case studies and to develop the skills required to make informed decisions.
The Edinburgh Business School approach
Our mix of research-led, industry-focussed learning offers the ideal preparation for those who aspire to build successful careers in the ever-advancing discipline of Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Students will study a mix of core courses and then choose from a range of optional courses. If you study this programme you will develop expertise across key areas of the subject, including: Logistics and Supply Chain Strategies, Operations Management and Planning, Procurement and Supplier Management and Freight Transport and Warehousing.
Transferrable skills for industry
On top of expertise you will gain in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, this programme will equip you with the ability to think critically, identify problems, evaluate options and communicate solutions. These crucial, transferable skills will allow you to effectively implement your specialist knowledge and adapt to any logistical problem you may face in your career.
It takes approximately 150 study hours per course. On average, it takes four years to complete a full MSc, but it can be completed faster or over a longer period. You can choose your own pace by picking up or setting aside your studies whenever it suits you best. Your schedule always takes priority.
Who should study this programme?
Our online programmes are designed for you to complete a MSc degree. Our students also have the option to study each of our individual course modules in order to upskill or reskill to progress your career, whether this is to fulfil a professional requirement or to specialise in a specific area.
Online learning delivery
Our progressive course materials are made available online through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The VLE links you with our expert academics and course materials through videos, webinars, articles, journals, assessments and discussion boards. With us, it’s completely up to you when and where you sit your exams and you need only pay for one at a time. You can choose when to sit your exams and if you need to rearrange, that’s no problem either. To find out more about the programme structure, resources and support please visit our Online learning delivery and support pages.
Even the most gifted and most confident of students need a little help from time to time. Whether you study online at home or with a learning partner you’re never far from the support of our faculty and your fellow learners. Additional support is available through optional online tuition and revision sessions and other online resources such as tests, practice essays, collaborative discussion forums where you can engage with your fellow students around the world and tools to help you track your progress through the course materials.
Industry continues to look to individuals who can demonstrate their continued commitment to acquiring industry specific knowledge. Membership of internationally recognised professional body is therefore an important consideration in building a successful career.
Two important industry bodies, the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (UK) (CILT), and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) have accredited our MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management programme.
Students who successfully graduate from the above degrees will receive an exemption from the academic requirements for membership at either Chartered Member or Member level of the CILT. There may also be a reduction in the length of experience that they would require.
Find out more about CILT accreditation and membership.
Whilst you are studying you can join as a Student Member becoming an Affiliate Member and then Member (MCIPS).
Find out more about CIPS accreditation and membership.
The MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management calls upon established global industry links and sector-leading research and practice to equip students with cutting-edge expertise.
The programme comprises of five mandatory courses, and three optional. Students wishing to progress onto the MSc will also have to complete a dissertation. Courses are assessed by a written examination and/or written coursework. Pass these and join our global network of Edinburgh Business School graduates and business professionals.
- Research Philosophy and Practice
- Strategies for Managing Supply Chains
- Operations Management
- Freight Transport and Warehouse Management
- Global Purchasing and Supply
- Business Analytics and Introduction to Big Data
- Measuring and Managing Performance
- System Thinking and Analysis
- Big Data Analytics
Full details of optional courses can be located in the Detailed Course Guide above.
Mandatory course descriptors
Research Philosophy and Practice
Designed to provide a foundation for the capstone project or dissertation, this course develops an understanding of the social science research process and provides an understanding of the theory and approaches to research. It also develops practical skills (i.e. quantitative and qualitative techniques) in data analysis to transform the raw data into information that guides marketing management valuations.
Strategies for Managing Supply Chains
This course explores how logistics and supply chain management can be leveraged to gain a competitive advantage. When designing a supply chain strategy we consider taxonomies for the supply chain process selection as well as approaches to design and optimisation of the physical logistics network. Finally, we explore how disruptive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT), might affect the logistics sector and transform supply chains in the future.
To find out more information, view the Strategies for Managing Supply Chains syllabus.
This course will help students understand the scope and importance of Operations Management and the role of operations managers. Students will study the interaction of operations on the organisation, employees and customers. You will examine the links between process and operations design, business strategy and globalisation. You will learn about the different elements of operations and how to analyse an operational environment. You will also explore the challenges facing the operations manager in adopting innovative practices such as lean, new technologies and the growing social agendas such as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
To find out more information, view the Operations Management syllabus.
Freight Transport and Warehouse Management
This course examines the activities, resources and processes used in freight transport and warehousing including the foundations of multi-modal freight (road, rail, air-freight, sea-freight, pipeline); the change from warehouse (storage) to a distribution centre and value-adding activates; foundations of warehouse management (storage systems, handling systems, order picking systems, equipment choices and selection); and freight and distribution centre interface and implications.
Global Purchasing and Supply
Content includes purchasing processes and activities; theory and the make or buy decision; category management and supplier sourcing; supplier performance and relationship management; supplier development and the role that purchasing plays in New Product Development (NPD); procuring complex performance; partnership; ethics and social responsibility.
The MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management is aimed at both graduates and professionals seeking the leadership and technical skills to confront the challenges for a new era in business management. The programme offers students the opportunity to advance with a highly employability skillset, in-depth knowledge and expertise which are required for variety of jobs.
These jobs are in great demand and include supply chain consultant, supply chain manager, global logistics manager, procurement specialist, supply chain analyst, distribution manager and others.
Why Heriot-Watt Online?
Study towards the same high-quality qualification as if you were studying in-person, with no difference in degree certificate or transcript, including an Edinburgh campus graduation ceremony.
Flexibility and affordability
Study at a time and pace that suits you, and even while you work. HW Online offers pay-as-you-study courses and fees inclusive of exams and study materials, meaning you can focus on success, not extra costs.
Online community and help
Studying with us means you join an online community of over X students, allowing you to chat and learn from your fellow students through our virtual learning environment.
Employability and careers
Heriot-Watt produces more CEOs than any other University in Scotland, and 95% of graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduation.
Upon completing your studies you will automatically join the UK’s oldest alumni association The Watt Club, with 147k members worldwide.
We’ve been providing high quality online and distance learning across the world for over 25 years.
Be part of a Business & STEM renowned University with over 200 years of heritage. We’re proud to be ranked #1 by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 for a number of our Engineering subjects, including Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
Typically, you will hold a recognised first or second class honours degree, or equivalent professional qualification. Students whose native language is not English and who have not been educated previously in the English language must provide evidence of their English language proficiency. Alternatively, Heriot-Watt Online students can take exams in two courses of the programmes, Operations Management and Strategies for Managing Supply Chains. Based on the result from these two courses you will continue the programme at MSc level.
Rewarding previous study
If you have gained a qualification in a relevant subject prior to the start of your online Edinburgh Business School programme, we may be able to reward this hard work with an exemption from certain courses.
These exemptions are only ever at our discretion and are considered on the basis of qualifications gained through formal examination - whether at degree level or through a professional body. The qualification being presented for consideration should have been gained within the last five years. Qualifications gained over five years ago may be considered if additional supporting evidence shows that you have keep abreast of current developments in the subject area through CPD.
Exemption from core courses may be granted on the basis of bachelor level and professional qualifications. Exemption from core and elective courses may be granted on the basis of postgraduate level qualifications (except fully completed degrees) and professional qualifications.
Exemptions will not be awarded on the basis of courses which have been used towards the award of another degree at Masters level, whether this was awarded by Heriot-Watt University or any other institution. For example, a student who has gained an MSc in Accounting will not be given an exemption in Accounting from Edinburgh Business School’s MBA or MSc degree programmes.
If you would like to enquire about your eligibility, please complete an Exemption Application Form.
Additional fees information
The MSc degree comprises of eight courses and a capstone project. Each course is £1,340 and the capstone project is £1,480. The full programme fee is £12,200. You can study on a course-by-course basis and pay as you learn, or sign up for two or three courses at once.
Additional scholarship information
Each year Edinburgh Business School makes available a number of scholarships and discounts to help students to achieve one of our awards.
Fully funded scholarships for some of the courses contained within the MSc are available to people living and working in Scotland. Find out more information about the Upskilling Scotland Scholarship.