Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Course contact

Dr Athanassios Kourouklis
0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

MSc (full-time/part-time) 1–2 years/3 years


Start date(s)

  • January and September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.

Entry requirements

Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma should normally possess an Ordinary degree, or equivalent, and have obtained an average mark of 50% or more across their final year taught modules. MSc applicants require an Honours degree or equivalent. The first degree should be from a related subject discipline such as engineering, maths, economics, business studies, geography, planning or social studies.

Applicants with professional experience will also be considered. Diploma students who satisfy the progression requirements will then be eligible to pursue the MSc.

International students:
in addition to the above, overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no less than 5.5 in any individual component.
This programme will equip you with specialist knowledge and training to design and manage effective logistics and supply chain systems, creating managerial opportunities in the public and private sectors. Practical experience in a local company may be possible during your dissertation.
You will study all aspects of logistics and supply chain management, covering the range of activities associated with the efficient flow and storage of goods, services and related information from the point of origin to the point of consumption in response to consumer requirements.

You will acquire cross-functional knowledge, gaining the sound technical and managerial skills that are essential to meet the challenges of consumers’ demands for greater choice and improved value, the globalisation of operations, intensified competition, environmental issues and increasingly turbulent and expanding markets.

Your learning

There are four core modules and a choice of options offering in-depth study in specialist areas.

You will study the following core modules:

  • Logistical Resources (20 credits)
  • Global Supply Chain Management (20 credits)
  • Modelling the Supply Chain (20 credits)
  • Operations and Project Management (20 credits)

You will also select 40 credits from the option modules. These include:

  • Financial Resources (10 credits)
  • Statistical Quality Control (20 credits)
  • Business to Business Marketing (10 credits)
  • Project Management Fundamentals (20 credits)
  • Risk Management (20 credits)
  • Advances in Project Management (completion of Project Management Fundamentals is a prerequisite) (10 credits)
  • Service Quality (20 credits)
  • Interpersonal Skills and Change Management (10 credits)
  • Knowledge Management – Principles and Practice (10 credits)


Successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma ensures progress to the MSc dissertation, which involves an individual thesis on a research or application-based topic.
Employment possibilities for qualified supply chain managers include government agencies, consultancy firms (supply chain management), manufacturing and retailing companies, transport companies, and local authorities’ planning and transport departments. UWS graduates work for Toyota UK, Vestas (renewable energies), Rawlplug, The Edrington Group, European consultancy groups, and international companies. Placement with a local company may be available during the MSc dissertation, supervised by lecturers and company employees.

Useful Information

  • Financial support
    In session 2015/16 the Postgraduate Diploma element of this programme carried SAAS postgraduate loan funding for eligible students. Check www.saas.gov.uk for 2016/17 info.