MSc Supply Chain Management and
Global Logistics

Msc Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics


2 Years

Mode of Study


Start Date


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:

Completing this course will help you:

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.

Learning Path

Programme Structure

The MSc Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 180 credits at Level 7.

Level 7 Modules:

  • Core Concepts in Logistics, Operations and Supply Chain Management (20 credits)*
  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management  (20 credits)
  • Global Logistics and Transport Management (20 credits)
  • The Finance of Supply Chain Management (20 credits)
  • Supply Chain Analytics and Innovations (20 credits)
  • Global Procurement and Risk Management (20 credits)
  • Research Methods (20 credits)*
  • Research Project (40 credits)*

* These modules are core and must be passed in order to achieve the award.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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Fees and Funding

Full tuition fee: £11,570

Designated for postgraduate student loans in England.
Designated for postgraduate student loans in England.
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.

Please note that a maximum of two discounts or scholarships can be applied. 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.

Our Expert Staff

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.

Our Expert Staff

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.

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