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Our MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management with Shipping and Port Operations examines current practices, trends and issues in the field of global logistics with a particular focus shipping and port logistics.

It looks at links between global trade, logistics and maritime transport as well as assessing the role and contribution of the shipping and port industry within global trade.

Students have the opportunity to take part in team-building and leadership events during the first few weeks of the programme. View our Team Building 2015 photo gallery.

Programme duration

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


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An important industry body, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK), has accredited our MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management with Shipping and Port Operations 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

Course content

   Detailed course guide
Semester 1 (Sep - Dec) Semester 2 (Jan - April)
Strategies for Managing Supply Chains Demand and Inventory Planning
Global Purchasing & Supply Supply Network Design & Optimisation
Freight Transport and Warehouse Management Maritime Business & Economics
Shipping & Port Operations Research Philosophy and Practice

A dissertation is then completed between May and August.

Strategies for Managing Supply Chains

Semester 1 (mandatory)

This course sets out the evolution of supply chain thinking and identifies the challenges faced by organisations. The nature and means of formulating business strategy is first identified before looking at the scope of supply chain strategic planning and the different perspectives of producers, retailers and logistics service providers.

Global Purchasing & 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.

Shipping & Port Operations

Semester 1 (mandatory)

Provides detailed understanding of the theory, principles, practice and technologies of shipping and port operations. Looks at links between global trade, logistics and maritime transport as well as assessing the role and contribution of the shipping and port industry within global trade. Examines
the role of maritime transport in integrated, intermodal logistics systems and within individual supply chains. provides insights into the role played by shipping companies, global port operators and global logistics service providers (LSPs).

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.

Supply Network Design & Optimisation

Semester 2 (mandatory)

Examines the key issues that companies must address in designing a supply network and the theories underpinning this; the practice of supply network design and optimisation; as well as awareness of the trade-offs involved in the optimization of logistical networks.

Maritime Business & Economics

Semester 2 (mandatory)

The course explores the analytical frameworks and tools of maritime business and economics, examines maritime economics and policy in relation to the shipping and port industry and develops understanding of international business and its impact on maritime business organisations.

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.