MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management

One year Masters degree in Germany

Key Information

Duration

One academic year

Intake dates

October 2023

Location

Leipzig

Tuition Fees 2023/24

€22,500

Overview

The Leipzig region is one of the top 3 logistics regions in Germany. 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, as a top logistics region with world biggest companies based here and offering exciting job prospects for university graduates, is the perfect location to study for your MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (L & SCM).

Why study here

Dr Sebastian Schiffels, Programme Director, explains why Lancaster University Leipzig is the perfect place to study MSc Supply Chain and Logistics Management.

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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 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.

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.

Teaching is delivered via a combination of small group lectures and group-based tutorial coursework (oral and written presentation), and assessment is via individual coursework (oral and written presentation) and examinations. You will be encouraged throughout to undertake independent study to supplement what is being taught/learnt and to broaden your personal knowledge.

All teaching is conducted in English. 

We set our fees on an annual basis.

As a guide, our tuition fees for the academic year 2022/23 are 

  • €22,500.

There will be a year-on-year increase of up to 5% for all fees.

At Lancaster University Leipzig we offer a range of scholarships and funding/loans options to our students to help cover the cost of tuition and/or living expenses. 

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

Please click on the link below to visit the full, country specific entry requirements for this programme.

The language of instruction at Lancaster University Leipzig is English. To enter the degree, you must be able to demonstrate you are suitably proficient in English. 

Please note that proof of German language is not required to study in Germany in English.

Visit the link below for information about English entry levels.

Careers

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, Amazon Air, Future Electronics, Kühne & Nagel, World Courier, Sachsenland, TAS, Helo, to name just a few. They are bundled and connected in Lancaster University Leipzig's partner Netzwerk Logistik Mitteldeutschland.

In addition to the companies working in logistics, Leipzig and Saxony also host the car industry (with BMW and Porsche in Leipzig, VW in Dresden, Audi in Zwickau), and numerous supply companies heavily relying on supply chains and global exchange. 

Job market

"The Leipzig Region is a key logistics hub for European and global markets with Germany’s 2nd busiest Cargo airport."

Invest Region Leipzig

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