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MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management

The Leipzig region is in the top 3 logistics regions in Germany in leading rankings. It is a trimodal traffic hub with well-developed road network, high-speed lines of the Deutsche Bahn (DB) train system and Leipzig / Halle intercontinental airport with 24-hour operation. Europe’s DHL hub (which is the second-largest hub globally) is also located here.

According to Invest Region Leipzig, currently there are approximately 130 companies in the region employing around 36,000 people and generating around 2.7bn sales a year.

Leipzig, being a top logistics region with world biggest companies based here and exciting job prospects for university graduates, is a perfect location to study for your MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (L & SCM).

The aim of this programme is to equip students with state of the art knowledge and the skill set required to lead a successful career in logistics and supply chain management (SCM) in an international context. The ambition is to help shape the logistics and supply chain managers of the future, enabling them to analyse and solve problems and to make decisions with an awareness of the strategic context, the role of technology and of managing within and between organisations. The programme is designed to  provide students with a solid core of knowledge in operations and SCM, logistics management, procurement and supply, and analytics.

The programme is designed for graduates interested in careers in logistics, supply chain management, physical distribution and transport management. There is a large demand for graduates in logistics and supply chain management. Graduates from this course can expect to work as logistics managers, procurement managers, supply chain analysts, business consultants and business analysts.

Many western companies manufacture overseas with massive logistics hubs now existing in countries such as China. Demand has never been higher for people who can apply quality management science to supply chain and logistics management. This course can give you the skills to achieve this.

Structure and Fees

This programme focuses on the practical aspects of logistics and supply chain management rather than academic theory.

You will learn about all of the major elements of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and will have the opportunity to explore the most recent developments in the field. As well as subject-specific knowledge, we also teach problem-solving, critical thinking and professional skills.

There is a large demand for logistics and supply chain analysts with good modelling skills. Our dedicated industry liaison manager has links with opportunities in production planning and process, forecasting and logistics optimisation. Many of our graduates move on to work as logistics analysts, supply chain analysts, business consultants, business analysts and database managers.

The duration of the MSc programme is one academic year and the cost is €22,500.

Lancaster University Leipzig offers merit-based scholarships and additional funding options. Please contact us if you have any questions. Learn more about Scholarships and Fees and Student Funding options here.

Degree Facts

Degree: MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Duration: One academic year

Delivery mode: Full time

Language: English

Total Credits: 180

Core Modules: 10

Fees: €22,500

Intake Dates

03 October 2022

Core Modules

  • Logistics Management
  • Strategic Supply Chain Management
  • Statistics and Descriptive Analytics
  • Operational Research and Prescriptive Analytics
  • Operations and Supply Chain Excellence
  • Transportation and Logistics Modelling
  • Global Sourcing
  • Forecasting and Predictive Analytics
  • Industry Dissertation (optional)
  • Research Dissertation (optional)

Logistics Management

This module introduces students to the key concepts, approaches, and challenges in logistics management and examines the strategic and value-adding role of logistics within organisations and supply chains. It is designed to provide students with in-depth insights on contemporary issues around the logistics function in order to enhance their decision-making capabilities when confronted with dilemmas in dealing with tactical and strategic issues across industries and contexts.

Trade has become more global and organisations increasingly conduct business in difficult environments. For instance, Shell extracts a substantial amount of its crude oil in politically unstable countries while most disaster relief operations take place in insecure and resource-poor settings. The future logistics professional, therefore, has to seamlessly manage operations across varying contexts, from resource-poor settings to highly industrialised ones. This module, therefore, tackles relevant logistics issues with these developments in mind.

The teaching approach is interactive and combines theoretical and practical aspects. Students learn through role-playing, evaluating and discussing case studies, as well as gathering the perspectives of practitioners and academics. 

Strategic Supply Chain Management

This module examines the principles and practices of supply chain management, and examines supply chain management in a variety of sectors and contexts, from consumer goods markets to business-to-business services. It also looks at supply chain management critically, as just one manifestation of the more general issue of trans-organisational operations management. Most of the time will be spent considering inter-organisational relationships from various perspectives, but it will also be necessary to understand how they relate to matters within the organisation.

Statistics and Descriptive Analytics

At the heart of many management problems lies data that need to be described, analysed and interpreted. The overall objective of this module is to develop the students’ abilities to describe, analyse and interpret data soundly, making effective use of computer software. The skills learned on this course underpin many  of the other modules on the Management Science Department programmes. Although the module assumes little prior knowledge of statistics, those with prior knowledge should not expect to find it easy.

Operational Research and Prescriptive Analytics

This module provides an introduction to Business Analytics and Operational Research. It begins with a description of the origins of the subjects, an overview of their subsequent development, and a discussion on how to model real-life problems adequately. The remainder of the course gives an overview of some of the most widely used models and solution methods, including decision analysis, linear programming, inventory control, simulation and Markov chains.

Operations and Supply Chain Excellence

Successfully managing its operations and its supply chain activities is central to any organisation’s ability to compete for revenues and resources.

The aim of this module is to introduce a series of innovations and capabilities in operations and supply chain management that have been associated with excellence and outstanding performance.

These include strategic procurement management, lean production principles, supply chain contract design and negotiation, supply chain financing and risk management, and managing business process flows.

The module will look at these subjects in both manufacturing and service contexts.

Transportation and Logistics Modelling

The purpose of this course is to understand and use in somewhat simple contexts some of the basic models from logistics. Algebraic formulations will be used as vehicle for describing models and discussing their relationships. There will be a focus on modelling, the use of professional software, and the understanding of results. For problems where exact solutions are hard to achieve even for simple instances of the problem, heuristics will be discussed.

The main topics which are covered are: facility location, network design, warehousing and inventory control, vehicle routing and scheduling, and environmental considerations in transportation and distribution operations.

Global Sourcing

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the key principles, theories, practices and tools of strategic sourcing. The module also aims to initiate students to the main approaches and tactics used in commercial negotiations and to contribute to the development of their negotiation skills. A number of important sourcing topics will be covered: from developing a sourcing strategy and analysing strategic sourcing decisions, setting up an efficient sourcing process and selecting and evaluating suppliers, to planning and conducting buyer-supplier negotiations in an effective way. The module will also make students aware of contemporary developments in PSM such as digital sourcing.

Forecasting and Predictive Analytics

After introducing the topic of forecasting in business organisations, issues concerned with forecasting model building in regression and its extensions are presented, building on material covered earlier in the course(s). Extrapolative forecasting methods, in particular Exponential Smoothing are then considered, as well as Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence methods, in particular Neural Networks. All methods are embedded in a case study in forecasting in organisations.

OPTIONAL

Dissertation (Industry)

The aim of this module is to provide students' a valuable opportunity to research a real business problem for an organisation, delivering a viable and well documented solution to the client. For a successful project, students' will employ their knowledge of methods (qualitative/quantitative), problem scoping and the research literature to identify and implement a solution approach to the business problem. Throughout the project student will develop their knowledge and understanding of professional engagement both in their interactions with the client and in the reporting of their outputs and discourse on their research.

Dissertation (Research Project)

The other option for the dissertation is to undertaken a research project. This module gives you the opportunity to develop into competent and capable research investigators able to design, develop and implement a research methodology appropriate to the research being undertaken. It will provide you with the opportunity to deliver a robust, rigorous and purposeful research project that draws upon and contributes to the body of knowledge in the field of project management. The module, as part of the wider programme, aims to support the development of a generation of reflective practitioners.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent), including degrees in Business and Management Studies, Economics and other Social Sciences and Engineering.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

Additional Requirements

Work experience in a related field would be welcome, but it is not essential.

English Language Requirements

English Language requirements for entry to MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Test

Overall

Reading

Listening

Speaking

Writing

IELTS

7.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL

94

19

19

19

22

Pearson PTE Academic

65

50

50

50

50

Cambridge CAE/CPE

185

169

169

169

169

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

If you do not have the right academic or English requirements, please do not worry. Get in touch and we can try to work out a possible solution.

Lancaster University Degree Award

MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management students will receive their degrees from Lancaster University in the UK.

Employment Prospects

There is a large demand for graduates in logistics and supply chain management. Graduates from this course can expect to work as logistics managers, procurement managers, supply chain analysts, business consultants and business analysts.

More specifically:

  • Business Consultant/Analyst
  • Logistics Engineer/Manager
  • Consultant
  • Customer Service
  • Purchasing/Procurement Manager
  • International Logistics Manager
  • Inventory Manager
  • Supply-Chain Manager/Analyst

Leipzig’s industry has five main clusters – one of which is Logistics. According to the City of Leipzig’s Office of Economic Development, between 2005 and 2017, the number of jobs created in this sector rose by 47.8%; an upward trend that is still ongoing.

Leipzig Region is a logistics hub with a 24/7 airport and Europe’s DHL hub (second-largest hub globally). Together with Lufthansa, DHL runs the joint cargo airline AeroLogic from Leipzig. Currently there are approximately 130 companies in the region employing around 36,000 people and generating around 2.7bn sales a year. Apart from DHL, logistics companies employing large numbers are DB Schenker, Lufthansa Cargo, Future Electronics, Kühne & Nagel, World Courier, Sachsenland, TAS, Helo, to name just a few. They are bundled and connected in Netzwerk Logistik Mitteldeutschland (http://www.logistik-mitteldeutschland.de/).

In addition to the companies working in logistics, Leipzig and Saxony also host a large Amazon Hub, ‘Silicon Saxony’ in Dresden and the car industry (with BMW and Porsche in Leipzig, VW in Dresden, Audi in Zwickau, and numerous supply companies all connected in ACOD (https://www.acod.de/)) – all industries heavily relying on supply chains and global exchange.

 

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