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MSc Logistics Management

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Introduction

The MSc Logistics Management degree programme is distinctly multi-disciplinary and aims to provide you with a framework for improving your own management action and professional practice, and hence, the quality of the organisation you may work at.

The programme provides you with both the systematic acquisition of advanced academic knowledge and the support to explore and develop high-level skills in the field of Logistics Management. These skills are becoming more and more important in an expanding market, with the inevitable challenges brought about by the globalisation of operations. Traditional discussions on reconciling challenging demand with constrained supply, and designing and implementing effective and efficient organisational structures are considered in the curricula. Other contemporary issues that are at the heart of our modules and distinguish our program from other institutions involve how to build resilience in supply chains; exploring SME collaborative approaches to improve their entry in currently unbalanced food supply chains, and the multi-faceted experiences that constitute expeditionary logistics. The programme acts as a catalyst for change at both a personal and organisational level, and it is intentionally designed for those striving towards the improvement of individual and collective performances.

The programme is both stimulating and challenging and the friendly Lincoln Business School staff are always ready to give help and assistance when required. On a regular basis you will be able to engaging in purposeful discussions differing aspects of the course with your tutors who will also provide you with guidance on your dissertation.

Accreditations

We have worked with external bodies to find out what employers want and how this can help you with your professional career development post-graduation. As a result, the MSc Logistics Management degree programme has been accredited by two professional institutes.

Chartered Instituted of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).

Additionally, upon successful graduation from this degree programme, you have met the academic criteria to apply for Chartered Membership with each professional institute (MCIPS and CMILT).

How You Study

This programme is delivered using either full time, part time block or work-based distance learning modes of study.

FULL TIME

This mode of study is delivered over one year, typically September to September. Four modules are delivered in each term until approximately May. The dissertation is completed from May to September.

PART-TIME

For those students currently involved in activities that make unfeasible their constant presence in Lincoln, but have the commitment to engage in this challenging program, a part-time delivery is available. This program is an attractive alternative for candidates involved in full time activities, inside but also outside UK. The part-time block programme is delivered through 2 block periods of study. Students study 4 modules in a two week block and then complete assignments at a distance before returning to complete their final 4 modules in another 2 week block of study followed by another period of distance study. The dissertation is then also completed at a distance. Blocks of study will be made available in the form of Summer and Winter schools. The modular content of the programme can be completed in eighteen months. The dissertation will then take an additional six to nine months to complete.

Applicants should note that the first block period of study is planned for summer 2015 but that interest is welcomed in advance of this period of study.

WORK-BASED DISTANCE LEARNING

The work-based, distance learning version of the MSc Logistics Management degree aims to break down the barriers between learning at work and learning at university. The programme takes into account the high levels of skills and learning that are demonstrated every day in the workplace and provides a degree framework to support and accredit this learning. Students will attend one welcome day at the University and will then complete the first 4 modules via distance learning with tutor support being provided through use of a Virtual Learning Environment and modern communication media such as Skype. A second University day precedes the final 4 modules and upon completion of these modules, students will have a final day on Campus prior to completing their dissertation. Attendance at the on campus days is not mandated and those who are unable to attend will not be disadvantaged in any way.

Applicants should note that the WBDL period of study is planned for winter 2014 but that interest is welcomed in advance of this period of study.

How You Are Assessed

Assessment strategies will reflect the focus of the programme on independent self-managed learning. You will normally be asked to produce an assignment totaling 4000-5000 words or the equivalent for each module on the programme. For your dissertation you will be expected to undertake a piece of research to produce 18,000-20,000 words.

Interviews & Applicant Days

Interviews may be held for all applicants and all applications will be reviewed by an appointed University panel.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for the MSc Logistics Management degree programme may have backgrounds in a variety of subject areas. This might include engineering, mathematics, economics, business studies, geography, planning or social studies. All applicants will ideally either be working or have experience of working within an associated logistics discipline.

Applicants must:

Have a good honours degree (minimum 2:2) of a UK university (or its equivalent), or a professional qualification (or combination of qualifications) recognised as being a good honours (minimum 2:2) equivalence.

Admission may be possible for exceptional students. However, an interview will be required in order to establish eligibility.

Key Contacts

Academic:
Dr Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo
evilaltaperdomo@lincoln.ac.uk
+44 (0)1522 835694

Admissions:
lbs@lincoln.ac.uk
+44 (0)1522 835509

Masters Level

Dissertation/ Project (inc Preparation for Independent Study)

In this module students are encouraged to develop the process and practice of independent learners. A collaborative approach between tutor and student is considered desirable and effective. Such practice involves devising frameworks, which empower students and harness the students’ aims and ambitions, energy and enthusiasm, potential and resources. This module is based upon student focused/student centred practice; it acknowledges the multiple and complex difficulties of the teaching/learning process and seek to establish significant learning that is meaningful to students. The purpose of the Dissertation is to enable students to undertake in depth independent study. In keeping with the spirit of this specialised master’s programme, it does not rule out a conventional dissertation or project but seeks to allow a more flexible outlet. Students will undertake an in-depth study of a topic of logistics but will be encouraged to explore other learning environments and to take responsibility for its assessment. A Learning Contract will be agreed between students and tutors, which will ensure mutuality of intent, process, practice and mode of assessment.

Logistics and Operations Management

This module aims to introduce students to the key concepts within Logistics and Operations Management and build a framework within which they can critically analyse the performance of these functions. Broadly speaking Logistics and Operations Management is about the way in which organisations deliver outputs in support of the organisation’s strategic objectives. In order to supply those outputs economically, efficiently and effectively Operations/Logistics managers need to understand their customer’s requirements so that they can plan the best methods for meeting them. As the economic environment becomes more volatile Logistics and Operations is faced with a more complex and dynamic task. However, within that environment the Logistics and Operations functions are still capable of providing opportunities for organisations to differentiate themselves from their competition.

Management of Project and Contract Risk

The module aims to provide students with:

The opportunity to explore relevant practice, theory and research in the areas of project management and risk management, particularly within the context of procurement projects.

A multi-disciplinary approach, covering risk and legal perspectives, needed to construct a framework for improving management action and professional practice in a procurement environment.

Incentives to investigate their own organisation’s procurement performance.

Acquisition of advanced academic knowledge and support to explore and develop high-level skills in project management and risk management with respect to contemporary issues in logistics management.

The ability to understand the legal issues and risks involved in the negotiation, formation and management of contracts, and in particular contracts for the sale and supply of goods and services.

Managing Self and Leadership

This module is designed to provide the students with an opportunity to explore the behavioural and leadership aspects of organisational life. A focus for the module will be the student’s own experience and they will have the opportunity to examine the extent to which this, together with both organisational behaviour and leadership concepts, provide a vehicle for enhancing their understanding of organisational life. The module will provide a framework for the development of self-awareness, awareness of self in relation to others and interpersonal and social processes as they impact on leadership and organisational effectiveness. It is intended that the module will enable the students to develop a conceptual understanding but one that is grounded impersonal experience and has practical relevance. It is also intended that the module provide a vehicle for the students to develop their abilities in relation to learning and group skills that have relevance for the programme as a whole.

Problem Solving and Innovation

This module is designed to help students develop their problem-solving skills further whilst expanding the conceptual frameworks that students use to think about these situations. Students look at some more unusual approaches to the solving of complex problems and at techniques used outside their own organisation and experience. Throughout the module students will be expected to draw upon their own experiences and relate these to the theories, concepts and methods being presented. The scope of the module includes a wide range of models, methods and techniques that promote creative thinking at various levels of the organisation. For example, there will be emphasis on the value of creative problem solving undertaken by both individuals and groups and a focus on the value of generating a culture of innovation at an organisational level. Intervention in organisational problem situations inevitably involves issues of human values, power, knowledge and the relative appropriateness of the outcome(s) of the intervention. Students will be encouraged to critically reflect on these issues and to explore their implications.

Purchasing and Supply Management

During the past years, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management as a discipline has changed considerably in many companies and organisations. This is reflected in the increased attention this discipline is receiving from business managers and practitioners. Considering the amount of money generally involved in the preparation and execution of purchasing and supply decisions, this is not a surprise and it has been argued that an effective and efficient operating purchasing and supply function can make an important contribution to company results. Traditionally, the purchasing department acts as the intermediary which negotiates the agreements and contracts with suppliers and supervises their compliance to the agreements. However, this ‘traditional’ role is changing rapidly and purchasing & supply chain managers are assuming more strategic roles within organizations, focussed on getting better performance from suppliers and active management of supplier relationships. This module is designed to enhance students understanding of the academic concepts associated with Purchasing & Supply Chain Strategy and to enable them to construct a framework for the application of these ideas within the context of practical Logistics environments.

Research Methodology

This module provides the skills, which will enable students to carry out a research project on a topic of management, which is of relevance to them and their organisations. Students will be briefly introduced to the main philosophical traditions of management research. The appropriate use of a range of research methods and techniques within defined philosophical contexts will then be discussed. The ability to not only to collect but to interpret, analyse and evaluate relevant data and information will be developed. The requirement to underpin research endeavours by means of a rigorous literature search will be highlighted. The need for students to demonstrate critical and analytical skills, with appropriate theoretical underpinning will be emphasised.

Strategic Management (Masters)

This module will introduce the student to some of the conceptual, theoretical and contemporary ideas underpinning the study of strategic management. This will provide the students with an awareness of topical corporate issues and enable them to synthesize some of the specialist functional knowledge gained in the preceding modules. The broad subject of Strategic Management will be covered with the aim of providing students with a cohesive framework of the overall business activity enabling students to critique their experience in relation to the theoretical concepts and to development their ability to evaluate the strategy process.

Supply and Quality Strategy

Supply Chains can involve the sourcing of raw materials, the sub-contracting of office services or the logistical distribution and transportation of finished products. Their common feature however, is the efficient and effective planning and control from initial source to end consumer. Thus, if planning and control is the process of reconciling demand with supply, then the nature of the decisions taken to plan and control an operation will depend on both the nature of demand and the nature of supply in that operation. Subsequently, this means sharing of ‘quality’ information and regular communication; both internally and externally; in order to integrate activities more closely than if merely markets linked them. The module is designed to enhance the students understanding of the concepts of Supply Chain and Quality Strategies and build a framework for these functions within a Logistics environment.

Career and Personal Development

There has been a recent increase in interest in the subject of Logistics Management in the UK and globally, from business and government, as well as within the wider context of society and the community. Therefore, employers are increasingly looking to recruit graduates who can demonstrate that they have the skills and abilities to succeed in the workplace. This degree in conjunction with CIPS and CILT has been devised with the purpose to give you just that edge.

Fees

Scholarships

As a postgraduate student you may be able to apply for one of our scholarships:

Alumni Scholarships 

Non-Alumni Scholarships 

International Scholarships 

Fees

2014/15 Entry* UK/EU International 
Full-time £7,003 £12,707
Part-time £39 per credit point £71 per credit point
Assessment Only £20 per credit point £36 per credit point

* Academic year September- July

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Taught

To complete a standard Masters Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable for students commencing August and September. Fees will be charged pro-rata for enrolments October through to July. For example, if the relevant full time fee is £4088 and you first enrol in November, your tuition fees will be (£4088/12)*9 = £3066

 All continuing students are required to re-enrol no later than September of each academic year. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students each academic year (including continuing students that re-enrol later than September).

A reduced ‘writing-up’ fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required. 

Postgraduate Funding

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages.

Scholarships

As a postgraduate student you may be able to apply for one of our scholarships:

Alumni Scholarships 

Non-Alumni Scholarships 

International Scholarships 

Fees

2014/15 Entry* UK/EU International
Full-time £7,003 £12,707
Part-time £39 per credit point £71 per credit point

 

2015/16 Entry* UK/EU International
Full-time £7,213 £12,961
Part-time £40 per credit point £72 per credit point

* Academic year September- July

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Taught

To complete a standard Masters Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable for students commencing August and September. Fees will be charged pro-rata for enrolments October through to July. For example, if the relevant full time fee is £4088 and you first enrol in November, your tuition fees will be (£4088/12)*9 = £3066

 All continuing students are required to re-enrol no later than September of each academic year. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students each academic year (including continuing students that re-enrol later than September).

A reduced ‘writing-up’ fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required. 

Postgraduate Funding

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

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