MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Start date(s)

September 2019

Tuition fees 19/20
Home (full-time, per year): £7,800
International (full-time, per year): £14,450

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About this course

This MSc from LJMU will enable you to analyse and evaluate business, financial and management strategies as they apply to Logistics and Supply Chain Management.  

  • Study at LJMU’s renowned Department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering
  • Follow a programme allied with the work of the Liverpool Logistics, Offshore and Marine (LOOM) Research Institute 
  • Learn from research-active academics working in industry 
  • Study alongside students from all over the world

We are all dependent on logistics in our everyday lives, therefore this is a highly important and profitable sector to start a career in. We have designed a programme based on a strong knowledge base that is taught in such a way that means you will be able to build on your learning as your career develops. The programme focuses on markets, customers, finance, people, operations, communications and information technology, and business policy and strategy.

This programme will enable you to: learn about manufacturing operations management, focus on manufacturing plant and services; find out 


about the fundamentals of production planning, inventory control and process modelling and control and discover how goods are moved around the world within the logistics system. You will consider a range of information technology issues which a logistics manager may encounter in a complex supply chain environment. You will analyse the components of a logistics system and appraise contemporary developments and you will apply operations research techniques to solving business problems in the sector.

The course delivers each module over a period of five to six weeks and appeals to an international audience, attracting students from around 30 different countries over the past few years. Many graduates really appreciate the wide range of friends and contacts they make on the programme.

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Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

Due to its cross-disciplinary nature, this Masters in Logistics and Supply Chain Management is ideal if you want to work within the vibrant logistics and supply chain sector. Past graduates have undertaken careers in: automotive logistics, aerospace manufacturing and offshore supply, but would be equally suitable for roles in the international supply chain and globalized logistics industries.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

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Core Modules

Research Skills
10 credits

This module covers effective literature searching and academic writing. It ensures that you are conversant with Harvard Referencing standards and that you can use it in such a way that avoids any implications of plagiarism in subsequent assessments. It aims to provide you with the basic research techniques and academic writing skills to equip you for effective study at Masters-level.

Manufacturing Management
10 credits

This module aims to provide an introduction to manufacturing operations management. It focuses on the manufacturing plant and services covering the fundamentals of production planning, inventory control, and process modelling and control.

Global Transport Systems
10 credits

This module covers the range of transport options available in international shipping to provide an insight into operational and economic matters and to develop a framework for transport mode selection. It covers freight transport operations on an international scale, with particular reference to the role of intermodality.

Data Systems for Maritime and Logistics
10 credits

This module examines a range of specific issues which you may encounter in a complex supply chain environment, including those which relate to the connectivity between logistics processes and manufacturing. It aims to analyse advanced information technologies and systems used by organisations within the logistics and supply chain sector to manage information, business processes and decision making.

Legal Principles
10 credits

This module introduces you to the fundamental legal principles necessary for the further subsequent study of maritime law topics. It aims to introduce you to the legal systems of England and the EU and to provide a basis of knowledge of the common law that underpins commerce. The module will serve as an essential foundation for the other legal modules within the programme.

International Trade
10 credits

This module provides a thorough introduction to key contemporary concepts and practices in international trade, with particular reference to the roles of significant international trade bodies and their impact. It aims to develop an understanding of the key influences affecting the international trade market, with particular reference to the impact they have on global logistics flows.

Project Management
10 credits

The central theme of this module is the management of projects using known standards and methodologies. You are given the opportunity to develop your skills in industry-standard project software and demonstrate your ability through a time-constrained exercise. It aims to develop a sound understanding of the fundamental concepts of managing projects.

Logistics Systems
10 credits

This module examines planning, management and operational issues within the supply chain, with particular reference to applications of the principles to the international environment. It aims to provide an insight into the principles of logistics management with particular reference to its application in the global business environment.

Operations Research
10 credits

This module introduces a set of fundamental techniques and tools to assist in making better decisions in real world management/business problems. It will teach you how to model an operational problem in your business or organisation, how to select and apply a quantitative method to solve it, and how to interpret the results to make a better management decision. It aims to develop your ability to apply numerate operational research techniques to business problems.

Supply Chain Modelling
10 credits

Through the use of appropriate modelling techniques, this module evaluates supply chain operations in a quantitative way to allow for optimisation of performance. It aims to equip you to use a variety of quantitative methods to analyse and solve problems in logistics.

Safety and Reliability
10 credits

This module aims to cover the application of modern risk management techniques for the identification, evaluation and control of the risk to enable improvements in the safety and reliability of engineering systems. It allows you to investigate and apply risk analysis and safe engineering techniques within an industrial setting, including the associated human factors.

Information Management and Communication Systems
10 credits

This module introduces you to applications of position-finding technology and IT systems for port and transport industry. It aims to analyse the operation and impact of a wide-range of information technology applications within the maritime, ports and trade environment.

Preparing for Project
10 credits

This module builds on the skills which you have acquired through your study of research skills. It enables you to prepare a project proposal with appropriate consideration of the theoretical background.


An insight into teaching on your course

Teaching methods

This is a modular programme with each module delivered over five to six weeks. 

Applied learning

Projects for the course 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.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

The majority of modules have a single piece of written coursework which is submitted three weeks after teaching on that module has been completed. Analysis and problem solving skills are assessed through a combination of unseen written exams, case study reports, coursework assignment submissions and an individual project. 

There are exams 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.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Robyn Pyne

Robyn Pyne

Programme Leader

After undergoing Deck Officer Training in theUK Merchant Navy, Robyn undertook a BSc(Hons) Maritime Business and Maritime Law atPlymouth University. She then completed anMSc and PhD as part of an Economic and SocialResearch Council scholarship. This looked intothe implementation of the International MaritimeOrganisation’s Standards of Training Certificationand Watchkeeping (STCW) convention and itsimplementation at Maritime Higher Educationinstitutions in China. Robyn worked for a periodas a member of faculty at Dalian MaritimeUniversity in China, assisting with delivery of aWorld Maritime University MSc programme.

Something I enjoy in my role is the international and multidisciplinary learning environment offered in the department, and the contribution our students make to this. We have a wealth of  academic and industry expertise and produce graduates with the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours. Our students are able to develop and technical knowledge and skills, and the appropriate Logistics and Maritime Management business acumen.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

>The Department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering is located in the Byrom Street site of LJMU’s City Campus. In addition to specialist engineering facilities, Byrom Street has high quality lecture theatres, meeting and seminar rooms plus a large café and social spaces. The Avril Robarts Library, open 24/7 during semesters, is just minutes away on Tithebarn Street. 

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Entry requirements

You will need:

• a minimum 2:2 honours degree in an engineering discipline


• an equivalent qualification such as BEng or MEng

Additional information:

  • IELTS English language requirement: 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • RLP is accepted on this programme

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

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Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

You need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient level of knowledge to embark on the programme and to complete it within the time limits. You should provide evidence, at the interview stage, of your learning capabilities and commitment to a postgraduate programme of study.

Applications from non-standard applicants are welcomed. In exceptional circumstances applications by mature healthcare practitioners without sufficient qualifications will be considered.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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