The course

Delivery
Full-time, Part-time, Per course
Course type
Taught
Location
Edinburgh
Entry date
September

Contact

Overview

Our MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management with Lean Six Sigma is designed to provide in-depth understanding of current practices, trends and issues in logistics and supply chain along with the tools and techniques of Lean Six Sigma methodologies.

It looks at broad strategic issues of organisation management and how these impact on continuous improvement.

Programme duration

Mode of Study MSc PG Diploma
Full-time 12 months 9 months
Part-time 24 months 21 months

Accreditation

We are delighted that both the industry bodies;  The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK), and the Institute of Lean Six Sigma Professionals have accredited our MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management with Lean Six Sigma programme.

Industry continues to look to individuals who can demonstrate their continued commitment to acquiring industry specific knowledge. Membership of internationally recognised professional bodies is therefore an important consideration in building a successful career.

This means students who successfully graduate from this degree 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.

For further details of CILT accreditation and membership visit www.ciltuk.org.uk


Course content

Detailed course guide
Semester 1 (Sep - Dec) Semester 2 (Jan - April)
Strategies for Managing Supply Chains Demand and Inventory Planning
Global Purchasing and Supply Quality Management and Engineering
Freight Transport and Warehouse Management Research Philosophy and Practice
Fundamentals of Lean Six Sigma

1 option from:

  • System Thinking and Analysis
  • Green and Sustainable Logistics
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Project Management

A dissertation is then completed between May and August.

Strategies for Managing Supply Chains

Semester 1 (mandatory)

This course explores how logistics and supply chain management can be leveraged to gain competitive advantage.  When designing a supply chain strategy we consider taxonomies for supply chain process selection as well as approaches to design and optimise 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.

Global Purchasing and Supply

Semester 1 (mandatory)

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.

Freight Transport and Warehouse Management

Semester 1 (mandatory)

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.

Fundamentals of Lean Six Sigma

Semester 1 (mandatory)

Introduces the principles of Lean Six Sigma thinking, tools and techniques of Lean Six Sigma and looks at wider implications of the broader strategic issues of organisation management and how they impact on continuous improvement programme. Also covers Lean Six Sigma methodology, use of statistics to support business and management decisions, and importance of data collection and analysis for process improvements in the context of manufacturing, service and public sector organisations.

Demand and Inventory Planning

Semester 2 (mandatory)

This course develops in depth knowledge and understanding of relevant demand and inventory management concepts; an awareness of the impact of forecasting and inventory on supply chain performance; and critical appreciation of the complexities and dynamics of managing inventories in multi-echelon network.

Quality Management and Engineering

Semester 2 (mandatory)

Provides in-depth understanding of the principles, concepts, tools and techniques of quality management, quality engineering and continuous improvement together with awareness of how in practice these could be integrated to design and deliver an integrated continuous improvement programme. The module also aims to introduce students how to statistically plan, design and execute industrial experiments for process understanding and improvement in both manufacturing and service environments.

Research Philosophy and Practice

Semester 2 (mandatory)

Provides an understanding of the social science research process, as well as theory and approaches to research. Develops practical skills (i.e. quantitative and qualitative techniques) in data analysis to transform the raw data into information that guides marketing management valuations.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (first or second class) or its non-UK equivalent in a relevant subject from a recognised British or overseas university.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability.

The minimum English language requirement for entry to this programme is IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component lower than 6.0.

If you do not have IELTS 6.5, we offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement for this programme prior to commencing your studies:

  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills)
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum 5.5 in all skills)

Fees

Tuition fees for 2019 entry (by residency status)
Status* Full-time Part-time Per course
Scotland / Non-UK EU £8448 £4224 £1056**
England / Northern Ireland / Wales £8448 £4224 £1056**
Overseas £17720 £8860 £2215**

* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.

** Fee per course (module). Refer to the Course Content to see how many courses comprise the full programme.

Scholarships and bursaries

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate taught scholarships.