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Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £7,050
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £39.20 per credit
International full time annual tuition fee: £14,450

Course type



Maritime and Mechancial Engineering

Study mode

Full Time

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.

Research excellence

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.

Level 7
  • 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 courses@ljmu.ac.uk 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.

Will I be interviewed?



6.0 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?


Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All 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 in instalments. If you need advice about how to pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team.

Funding sources

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans and Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs) to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Graduate employment

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 Study

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

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