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Location: Online Mode of study: Part-time Qualification: MSc Indicative duration: 2 years
Start date: Tuition fee: £11,836 For queries: Call +44 (0) 1206 489 358 Delivered by: Kaplan Open Learning

Modern supply chain management is about much more than warehousing and transport – it considers every step of the carefully balanced process between procurement of raw materials up to receipt by the final consumer, and those working in this industry need to have academic underpinnings to their experience to reach senior roles.

Our MSc Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics* has been developed to impart the knowledge that a logistics professional needs to know to succeed within the field, with a particular focus on procurement, sustainability, and the use of major developments in digital business management such as artificial intelligence and big data. Tutors will make use of a simple t-shirt example to contextualise their course material throughout the entire programme, encouraging students to see beyond the seemingly straightforward product to the complexities within every stage of its supply.

Modules have been integrated within the programme as a whole to provide a comprehensive and logical progression of course content. Examples of topics you will study include:

  • the role of finance, including corporate finance, economics and management accounting
  • how the sustainability agenda has driven profound changes in the management of supply chains
  • the management decisions, marketing channels and relationships between trading concerns and transport channels

Towards the end of your degree, you will apply the new skills and knowledge you have gained to an individual research project on the topic of your choice.

Why we’re great

  • Focus on contemporary topics including procurement, sustainability and the use of big data.
  • The course has been designed as a whole to allow you to progress seamlessly between modules, building upon your understanding of each topic in turn.
  • Prepares you to enter or progress within the high-demand industry of supply chain management, with up to six job vacancies for every applicant in the field.

The MSc Supply Chain and Management Logistics is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 180 credits.

Immerse yourself in the core concepts of logistics, operations and supply chain management. On this fascinating module, you’ll gain a strong understanding of the sustainability trend that’s a current theme within this industry. You’ll also discover the strategic role of logistics in organisations how this influences different business operations. 

Explore the concept of sustainable supply chain management with this informative module. You’ll explore how businesses are subject to increasingly stringent environmental pressures, their ongoing response to this and the role of innovation to tackle environmental concerns. You'll also gain insight into how businesses are interacting with the Triple Bottom Line approach.  

How can customers’ expectations be met in a global marketplace? Find out in this stimulating module. You’ll examine subjects related to logistics management and study the latest industrial and technological developments. You’ll then discover how they support competitive business operations and how this approach can drive fundamental change within an organisation. 

This comprehensive module will introduce you to key financial topics in supply chain management, key considerations that need to be made the challenges these pose. You’ll unpack the roles of corporate finance, economics and management accounting – and upon completion, you’ll have a solid understanding of how they operate within different organisations. 

What’s the role of innovation in the design and operation of modern supply chains? In this informative module, you’ll consider how new analytical tools can be used to innovative and enact change within this fast-moving field. Upon completion, you’ll have a strong understanding of how different changes are implemented to improve various business functions. 

Think globally about the concepts of procurement and risk management, with this in-depth module. You’ll carefully examine the process of risk management in procurement within the supply chain – while reviewing current sustainability theories, how these theories can be implemented in an operational sense and their potential impacts.  

What is SPSS? Hows data gathered in psychology? Get ready to gain knowledge in qualitative and quantitative research methods and apply these skills in a professional setting. By the end of this comprehensive module, you’ll be able to interpret and present your results, while continuing to build your skills portfolio.

You’ll undertake this exciting research project at the culmination of your postgraduate studies. With the support of your supervisor, you’ll compose a comprehensive report on a topic of your choice and relate this to at least one of the subjects covered in your Masters degree. 

Teaching methods

Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.

Our courses are delivered through a virtual learning environment (VLE) instead of a traditional campus. This means you will have access to your study materials 24/7, including:

  • multimedia lecturecasts made up of written content, short videos, animation, audio recordings, infographics, short tests and mini-assignments
  • discussion forums for you to chat about the course content with fellow students
  • live seminars with your tutors
  • a comprehensive eLibrary of textbooks and academic journals
  • support from academic staff and your dedicated Student Support team

To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we keep our class sizes small.


Assessment methods

Rather than fretting about exams, you will be assessed exclusively through assignments. This can be by engaging in discussion forums throughout your modules, completing reflective journal entries, or by submitting longer written pieces.

We are committed to providing frequent and transparent feedback through the following ways:

  • Our assessment criteria are designed to be simple and transparent.
  • You will always be aware of your current provisional grade, right from the start of the programme.
  • You will be able to view your marks clearly in your gradebook whenever you log onto the learning platform.
  • There is a 7-day turnaround for marking and feedback of assessed work.
  • You will have regular contact with your Student Support team, with whom you can discuss any concerns as soon as they arise.


Study duration

Our MSc Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics has an indicative study duration of 2 years which is a guide to how long your course will take to complete. The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability.

It’s possible to complete your studies faster than the indicative course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.

Our academic year is organised into modules, typically with a one- or two-week break between modules and a structured three-week break for the Christmas period. Students will receive a course timetable during the application process.

All of our courses have regular start dates throughout the year.

On successful completion of your degree, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

Demand for logistics and supply chain management professionals is very high, with an estimated six positions available for each qualified candidate. Possible roles include those within supply chain planning and design, warehouse management, procurement, freight transportation, inventory management and control, and distribution network design.

Gaining a postgraduate qualification with the University of Essex Online also puts you in good stead for your career prospects. Results from our 2021 student survey showed:

  • 92% of students said their course helped develop their research skills
  • 89% of students say their studies fit with their future plans
  • Almost 60% said their studies had a positive effect on their career
  • 25% of students saw their salaries increase by up to 10%

We know that many people from non-traditional backgrounds would succeed on our courses! That’s why we offer two different entry routes, taking into account your prior work experience and relevant qualifications. You will also need to meet our English language requirements.

Additionally, you will need to pass your first assignment set within your two-week induction period of the course in order to continue with your studies.


Academic entry route

In order to satisfy the academic entry route requirements for our MSc Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics, you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:

  • an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant professional qualification


Work experience entry route

In order to satisfy the work experience entry route requirements for our MSc Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics, you must meet the following criteria:

  • at least three years’ relevant work experience within supply chain or logistics


English language requirements

As our courses are delivered in English, a high proficiency with English is required. If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5. Don’t worry if you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification – we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.

You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Full tuition fee: £11,836 (2022-23) Δ

  • Designated for postgraduate student loans in England.
  • Simple monthly payment plan available, enabling you to spread the cost over the duration of your studies.
  • Full payment discount of 5% of the tuition fee if you pay upfront.
  • Partial scholarship available for international students residing in specific regions outside of the UK.
  • Alumni discount of 10% of the tuition fee available if you are a previous graduate with the University of Essex or University of Essex Online.
  •  10% corporate discount available when three or more of your employees study with us.  

Please note that a maximum of two discounts or scholarships can be applied. The corporate discount can only be used in combination with our upfront payment discount, but not in conjunction with any other discount or scholarship. Find out more information about our discounts and scholarships here.

Our course fees are fully inclusive – all teaching materials and required reading are included, and there are no hidden charges for assessments or resits. We also charge the same fee for domestic and international students.

Δ All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process.

Subject specialists, industry authorities and experienced academics: the tutors who teach modules on our MSc Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics are experts in the field.

What our students say


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