About your course
Learn to analyse and evaluate the business, financial and management strategies applicable to Logistics and Supply Chain Management on this fascinating Masters programme at LJMU.
- Learn to analyse and evaluate business, financial and management strategies as they apply to Logistics and Supply Chain Management
- Study on a year-long, modular programme with each module delivered over a period of five to six weeks
- Programme is allied with the work of the Liverpool Logistics, Offshore and Marine (LOOM) Research Institute
- Course appeals to an international student base
Introduction to the School
The Department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering has a long and distinguished history of teaching and research and an established reputation for producing excellent engineers and maritime professionals.
All of our postgraduate courses are taught by academics active in industrially-oriented research and scholarship. Our teaching and research is supported by long-term partnerships with universities and employers in the UK and overseas.
Such links help ensure that our courses are kept up-to-date and that you have opportunities to develop skills and experience in solving realistic problems during your studies. It’s also why we attract so many applicants from around the world and why our graduates are highly sought after by UK and international employers.
95% of our research is considered world leading or internationally important (REF 2014). This research directly informs what you will study on this degree, ensuring your studies are at the leading edge of developments in the field. Plus you will be working alongside internationally acclaimed experts and researchers.
Research covers the following areas:
- Microelectronic Systems
- Electric Machines and Drives
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Mechanical Engineering and Materials, and Process Control
- Logistics Offshore and Marine Research
Why study this course at LJMU?
This programme examines the processes in and around supply chains, enabling you to establish a career in the sector.
We all depend on logistics in our everyday lives, whether it’s for the food on the supermarket shelves, the fuel at the filling station, the parcels carrier which brings our internet purchases, or one of many, many other applications. But the integrated chain of supply goes back further than that, to the production facility from where the goods emerge, and yet further through component suppliers and, ultimately, to the raw material stage.
The process in highly complex sectors – such as automotive or aviation – requires an equally complex process of supply to ensure that it works with complete accuracy and quality. This programme will enable you to analyse and evaluate business, financial and management strategies and apply them to Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Particular emphasis will be placed on markets, customers, finance, people, operations, communications and information technology, and business policy and strategy.
To achieve our goal we have designed a programme that is built on a strong knowledge base and is taught in such a way that means you will be able to build on your learning as your career develops.
Our student base for Maritime and Logistics Masters programmes at LJMU is an international one and, over the last few years, it is estimated that students have come from about 30 different countries.
Many graduates really appreciate the wide scope of friends and future contacts they make on the programme.
Programme outline and structure
This is a modular programme with each module delivered over a period of five to six weeks. In most cases, modules are assessed by a piece of applied coursework.
This programme will enable you to:
- develop Masters-level research techniques
- reflect on your prior learning and experience
- plan your own study programme
- learn about manufacturing operations management, focusing on the manufacturing plant and services
- find out about the fundamentals of production planning, inventory control and process modelling and control
- discover how goods are moved around the world within the logistics system
- consider a range of information technology issues which a logistics manager may encounter in a complex supply chain environment
- analyse the components of a logistics system and appraise contemporary developments
- apply operations research techniques to solving business problems in the sector
The 60 credit Project is the culmination of the programme and is undertaken after the entire taught element has been completed. Projects are self-generated, although if you are an externally-funded student you may choose to study an area which will be of value to your employer or sponsor.
You will be allocated a supervisor from amongst the staff programme team with whom you will work closely during the Project stage, culminating with the submission of your dissertation in mid-September.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
- Research skills - is embedded into induction week
- Manufacturing management - runs in various short blocks at stages during the year
- Global transport systems
- Data systems for maritime and logistics
- Legal principles and export trade law - aimed at those with an interest in legal and contractual matters
- International trade - addresses the wider context of global logistics
- Project management - obtain awareness of planning, monitoring and controlling processes
- Logistics systems - analyses the components of logistics system and, through a case study, appraises contemporary developments
- Operations research - you will apply OR techniques to solving business problems in the sector
- Supply chain modelling - applies some of the principles specifically to logistics and supply chain issues
- Safety and reliability - modern risk management techniques are used to enable improvements in the safety and reliability of systems
- Information Management and Communication Systems
- Preparing for project - you will develop a coherent set of aims and objectives, and a realistic work plan, in readiness for your individual project
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.
Please email email@example.com if you require further guidance or clarification.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment on the programme is predominantly coursework-based.
The majority of modules have a single piece of written coursework which is submitted three weeks after teaching on that module has been completed. You will receive written feedback on your work within three weeks of submission, allowing you to monitor your progress as you go along.
There are examinations in Manufacturing Management and Safety and Reliability and time-constrained assessments in Project Management and Operations Research.
Preparing for Project has a multi-part assessment framework, allowing you to present and defend your project proposal in written and oral form.
The Project itself involves an 18,000 word dissertation.
Staff research interests
The programme is closely allied to the work of the Liverpool Logistics, Offshore and Marine (LOOM) Research Institute and the majority of the staff who teach on the programme are also research-active members of LOOM.
LOOM has links with many partner institutions around the globe and a number of MSc graduates have progressed to a research programme with the institute.
Entry requirements (Home)
You will need a minimum of a 2:2 Honours Degree, or equivalent, in Maritime, Transport, Business, Management, Manufacturing Engineering or related studies. Applications are also encouraged from holders of undergraduate Engineering degree qualifications (BEng or MEng) who may wish to reposition themselves towards a role involving logistics. Please contact our programme team prior to application.
We also take applications from those who do not hold any of the above qualifications but have significant relevant experience in the field or a related area. Please contact the programme team prior to application.
Entry requirements (International)
Applicants from non-English speaking countries, outside of the EU, must possess a current IELTS qualification of at least 6.0. If you have completed a programme at another UK university within two years of your application, you are exempt from this requirement. Overseas applicants will, however, need to obtain ATAS clearance.
6.0 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.
Sources of funding
Postgraduate loans for students from England, Wales and the EU
Postgraduate Masters loans are available for those studying in the 2017/18 academic year. The new government loans, of up to £10,280, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses. To be eligible part time courses need to be studied at 50% intensity. Personal Eligibility is based on your age, your residency and if you have studied at Masters level previously.
Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to:-
Postgraduate Loans for students from Northern Ireland
The Northern Irish government is also introducing a loan for students commencing postgraduate study from September 2017 onwards. Unlike the loan for students from England and Wales this scheme offers a loan for tuition fees only with no funding available from the NI government for living costs. The loan for tuition fees will be paid direct to LJMU.
The maximum loan for those starting in 2017 is £5,500 per course. Please note this means in some instances the loan will not cover your tuition fees in full and you will need to make alternative arrangements to pay the balance as well as source funding for your living costs.
LJMU Alumni Award
Alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).
Postgraduate International Scholarships
LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants.
English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary
A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.
Earn While You Learn
Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.
LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)
Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs.
Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
The cross-disciplinary nature of the programme makes it attractive to those who want to gain employment in the vibrant logistics and supply chain sector.
The programme will serve graduate entrants into markets and roles where a broad base of skills is required across business functions.
Typical roles could be in automotive logistics, aerospace manufacturing and offshore supply, but you will be equally attractive to those recruiting for roles in the international supply chain and globalised logistics industries.
International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.
Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.
Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.
Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.
These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.
You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:
- new international applicants
- current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
- LJMU international alumni
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes