The Cranfield MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.  The course will provide you with the specialist knowledge and skills that you need to further your career as a logistics and supply chain professional.  

It has been co-designed with senior logistics and supply chain professionals and is delivered by Europe's largest specialist logistics and supply chain management faculty.

At a glance

  • Start date26 September 2016
  • Duration1 year
  • DeliveryTaught modules 60%, individual project 40%
  • QualificationMSc
  • Study typeFull-time

Who is it for?

The course is designed for recent graduates with a good undergraduate degree who want a broad understanding of logistics and supply chain management and wish to prepare for a first professional role and future career in the field. It is also suitable for logistics and supply chain professionals in the early stages of their career looking to enhance their knowledge and skills and move to the next level professionally.

Class Profile 2015/16:

Gender:  Male 48% Female 52%
Age range:  21-53 years
Average age:         24 years
Number of nationalities:    24 

Term Dates

Orientation: 26 September – 30 September 2016

Term One: 3 October – 16 December 2016
Term Two: 9 January 2017 – 24 March 2017
Term Three: 10 April 2017 – 23 June 2017
Term Four: 26 June 2017 – 8 September 2017

Why this course?

Cranfield boasts Europe's largest specialist logistics, procurement and supply chain management faculty and is renowned as a centre of excellence in this field. Many of our faculty are leading experts with international reputations for teaching and have held senior positions in multinational organisations. Teaching at Cranfield is designed to nurture your practical business skills and confidence, and places huge emphasis on real-world challenges.

Cranfield School of Management was voted 1st outside the US and 6th worldwide in the 2015 ranking of the Best Universities for Supply Chain Management by Forbes.

Cranfield School of Management was ranked 1st outside US and 7th and 9th worldwide respectively for Academic and Supply Chain course performance in the 2016 ranking of SCM World Universities 100.


Chang

The content of the MSc programme itself is incredibly practical. We have some of the best professors and doctors in the field, and the international presence of the students on the course is also brilliant for learning different cultures around the world.

Chang Song, current student, MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Informed by Industry

Our full-time faculty team work closely with our advisory board of senior logistics and procurement professionals from global organisations. Their experience and advice drives the continued development of our supply chain courses ensuring they are relevant for today’s global supply chain environment.  Our faculty is also supported by a diverse team of international visiting industry speakers and professors.

Your teaching team

Cranfield boasts Europe's largest specialist logistics, procurement and supply chain management faculty and is renowned as a centre of excellence in this field.  Our full-time faculty team is supported by a diverse team of international visiting industry speakers and professors.

Dr Emel Aktas
John Algar
Dr Leila Alinaghian
Michael Bernon
Professor Michael Bourlakis 
Dr Martin Christopher
Dr Ian Crawford
Dr Farooq Habib
Dr Denyse Julien
Dr Vahid Mirzabeiki
Dr Andrey Pavlov
Melvyn Peters
Dr Hendrik Reefke
Dr Soroosh Saghiri
Dr Heather Skipworth
Dr Simon Templar
Dr Benny Tjahjono
Professor Richard Wilding OBE
Dr Nicky Yates

Accreditation

Our Masters in Logistics and Supply Chain Management is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. Upon completion of this course, you will be eligible for full membership of both institutes.

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Course details

The course comprises 10 core logistics and supply chain modules. Additionally, you will select four elective modules, allowing you to tailor the course to suit your personal career plan. You will have the opportunity to attend an international study tour, subject to additional cost. The culmination of the learning process is your opportunity to undertake an individual thesis project which is in-company or Cranfield led, the topics of which cover a broad range of areas.

International Study Tour

The international study tour is a unique opportunity to experience a supply chain perspective in a different economic region in Europe. You will gain first-hand experience of how supply strategies in the region are influenced by different pressures (both internal and external) and you will gain a rich understanding of the differences between supply chain practices.  The tour normally takes place over three to four days.  On your return you will have gained valuable insights and will appreciate the diverse nature of supply chain management.

Please note that the international study tour is subject to additional costs.


Assessment

Taught modules 60%, individual project 40%

Core modules

Supply Chain Strategy and Sustainability

Module Leader
  • Dr Heather Skipworth
Syllabus

    This module will address the re-design of supply chain processes. It focuses on the application of tools and techniques, introducing the participants to the concept of a systematic approach to supply chain re-design and process re-engineering.

    The module covers:

    • Principles of logistics and supply chain management.
    • Supplier relationships.
    • Time based mapping and time compression.
    • The contribution of Just in Time and Lean thinking.
    • Supply chain sustainability concepts and management.
    • Thinking strategically, corporate responsibility and ethics.
    • Supply chain challenges and opportunities.

       
Intended learning outcomes

As a result of this module, you will be able to:

  • Appraise the key stages in any supply chain re-design project.
  • Understand and evaluate the process mapping tools used to enable supply chain re-design.
  • Recognise the tools and techniques to enable transparency of supply chain problems and the application of these techniques within the supply chain environment.
  • Understand how to critically map and evaluate a supply chain.
  • Apply and appraise a practical framework for the re-design of your supply chain processes.
  • Identify and assess alternative opportunities for improvement within the supply chain.
  • Use and apply some of the key tools and techniques for supply chain process re-design.

Principles of Strategic Procurement

Module Leader
  • Mr Melvyn Peters
Syllabus

    The module will explore the subject of procurement and supply in the industrial and commercial context, explaining its role and purpose within the supply chain. Students will learn how procurement has developed, the skills and information needed by procurement professionals, the academic theory and knowledge accumulated on the subject area and the use of specific tools and techniques employed in managing the procurement function. In addition we will explore and use some of the recently emerged technologies within e-procurement which are designed to improve both process and cost management.

    The module covers:

    • General issues affecting P&S and the role of Procurement, including drivers, context, structures, objectives
    • Supply strategy and segmentation approaches & matrices; buyer-supplier relationships; power issues
    • Managing inter-organizational relationships
    • Supplier selection, development and evaluation, including make versus buy decisions
    • Daikin case study on value creation - to be prepared by students for class presentations and discussion
    • e-Procurement – approaches, benefits and limitations
    • e-Auction live event (double session)
    • New trends in purchasing: retail industry
    • International sourcing and total landed cost  
    • The Supply Chain Partnership model (Prof Douglas Lambert)
    • Sustainable sourcing
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Understanding of the purpose of the procurement function and its role in the organisation
  • Knowledge of both strategic and tactical issues in the management of procurement
  • Appreciation of the processes involved in procurement and their wider relevance to the supply chain processes of the organisation
  • Practical knowledge of the role and use of automated and web-based applications used in procurement and supply operations
  • Use tools and techniques to analyse and evaluate suppliers and supply markets
  • Apply segmentation models to spending within an organisation
  • Develop a procurement strategy, relevant to the supply chain and operational needs of the organisation
  • Evaluate alternatives for automation of the procurement process through  available technologies

Inventory and Operations Management

Module Leader
  • Dr Benny Tjahjono
Syllabus

    To provide students with a comprehension of the roles of Operations within the overall context of Supply Chain Management and enable them to analyse and design effective supply chain operations with the ultimate goal to improve the match between demand and supply.

    The module covers:

    • Supply Chain operations analysis
    • Value Stream Mapping (VSM)
    • “Push and Pull” systems
    • Just-in-time
    • Manufacturing Planning and Control Systems
    • Demand Management and Forecasting
    • Sales & Operations Planning
    • Inventory Management
    • Capacity Management, Sequencing and Scheduling
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Analyse and map operations within a supply chain context to identify where activities add values
  • Contrast between push and pull systems in order to formulate the future manufacturing operations
  • Appraise different inventory and resource management approaches within the supply chain
  • Appraise different tools and techniques used in the Manufacturing Planning and Control Systems
  • Formulate operational strategies for matching demand and supply
  • Assess alternative opportunities improvement within the supply chain

Accounting and Finance for Supply Chain Management

Module Leader
  • Dr Simon Templar
Syllabus

    The aim of the Accounting and Finance for Supply Chain Management (ACF) module is to introduce a number of traditional and contemporary accounting approaches that will increase the visibility of financial information, enabling supply chain managers to make informed decisions, which enhance value for their organisations.The module has six main themes:

    • Interpretation of Company Financial Statements
    • Exploring the relationship between accounting information and supply chain management
    • Introduction to traditional and contemporary accounting tools and  techniques, which can be applied to supply chain analysis
    • The application of accounting tools and techniques to support supply chain decision-making
    • Supply chain management and the implications for financial performance
    • Exploring the many cost trade-offs between supply chain management processes (Source v Make).
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Judge the effect of decisions, transactions and events on financial performance
  • Create simple sets of accounts from basic information
  • Understand the main variables affecting working capital management
  • Interpret financial statements, for good decision making, planning and control
  • Apply an appropriate costing approach to solve a supply chain management issue
  • Apply a number of financial tools and techniques to appraise alternative capital investment opportunities
  • Use financial information to make informed sourcing decisions which enhance firm performance.

Analytical Techniques for Supply Chain Management

Module Leader
  • Dr Emel Aktas
Syllabus

    The module aims to provide students with an introduction to the role and relevance of analytical techniques in logistics and supply chain management. From simple graphs to deterministic and stochastic optimisation models, it offers transferable skills to use associated techniques for the practice of these disciplines. Students will develop the ability to model and solve realistic decision problems in the context of logistics and supply chain management. This process will be facilitated by spreadsheet-based software packages where the students will have an opportunity to build their own spreadsheet models with emphasis on appropriate application of methods and interpretation of output.

    This module will cover:

    • Introduction to module and decision analysis 
    • Fundamentals of discrete probability 
    • Continuous probability distributions and their applications 
    • Statistical sampling 
    • Simulation modelling 
    • Workshop on simulation 
    • Regression models 
    • Workshop on hypothesis testing and regression
    • Forecasting 
    • Workshop on forecasting 
    • Linear optimisation
    • Workshop on linear programming 
    • Multi-criteria decision making
    • Revision and examination preparation
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Discuss the theoretical principles that underpin a range of statistical methods and analytical techniques as they apply to supply chain management.
  • Critically evaluate the limitations, strengths and weaknesses of a range of statistical and analytical techniques.
  • Appraise the options and select the appropriate technique to solve a given problem.
  • Demonstrate effective use of descriptive statistical techniques (measures of central tendency, measures of spread) within the context of supply chain management.
  • Apply in an appropriate manner inferential statistical methods (sampling, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing) to supply chain problems.
  • Construct mathematical models comprising a decision objective and associated constraints and use these models to solve decision problems and evaluate the results
  • Solve decision problems using appropriate software tools and correctly interpret the results.

This course is distinctive because it provides students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of alternative tools and techniques to solve realistic supply chain problems using appropriate software tools.

Freight Transport

Module Leader
  • Mr Melvyn Peters
Syllabus

    The elective broadly consists of the following elements:

    •  Freight transport in the supply chain (MP)
    •  Container shipping (AS)
    •  Ports (AS)
    •  Freight forwarding and shipping documentation (AS)
    •  Air freight (Guest Speaker – TBC)
    •  Rail freight (ST)
    •  Intermodal rail freight case study (ST)
    •  Road freight (regulation and markets) (MP)
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Categorise and critically discuss modal attributes, operational issues and market structures for different transport modes.
  •  Construct and apply freight transport cost models and assess the cost/service  trade-offs inherent in the proposed transport solution.
  • Recognise and calculate the impact of lead/transit time on overall supply chain efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Estimate the breakeven point between modes where distance is the determining factor.
  • Evaluate and choose between the different transport modes and combine them with other elements to form an efficient and effective supply chain
  • Plan and construct manual and computerised routes and schedules in a single depot environment and determine the impact of constraints on vehicle productivity.

Information Systems and eBusiness

Module Leader
  • Dr Vahid Mirza Beiki
Syllabus

    To provide theoretical and practical knowledge about:

    • The value of information and the role of information systems (IS) for supply chain management.
    • The opportunities provided for the supply chain management operations of companies by applying the information systems, and also the challenges that they will have when implementing the information systems
    • The role of information systems in e-business and the impacts of e-business on supply chain management of companies


    The module covers:

    Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for SCM

    • The value of information for supply chain management (VM)
    • The ICT landscape across the supply chain (VM)
    • The role of information technology in business (AF)
    • Identifying technology-enabled business change opportunities (AF)
    • Ensuring benefits realisation from technology-enabled business change investments and agile development (AF)

    Enterprise information management

    •  ERP introduction; demonstration of a sample ERP system
    •  SAP and supply chain planning (Guest)

    E-commerce & inter-organisational information management

    • E-Commerce and Logistics: more dependence on ICT (VM)
    • E-Commerce @ X (guest company speaker)
    •  Capturing and sharing information in SC (VM)
    • Quality of supply chain information (VM)
    • Collaborative Tracking and Tracing (VM)

     

    Conclusion

    • Summary; How the future of logistics ICT will look like? (VM)
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Understand the value of information for managing supply chains and the importance of managing information including information quality and data sharing.
  • Recognise the appropriate information systems required for supporting different functions related to managing supply chains of companies.  
  • Identify the potential opportunities provided by implementing new information systems for supporting the internal and inter-organisational supply chain operations of companies.
  • Analyse the potential difficulties of implementing inter-organisational information systems for managing supply chains and the solutions for solving such issues.
  • Assess where IT can add value to an organisation’s performance.
  • Define an implementation plan for internal and inter-organisational information systems.
  • Evaluate appropriate eBusiness solutions for supply chain problems.

Physical Network Design

Module Leader
  • Dr Nicky Yates
Syllabus

    This module aims to introduce the concepts and techniques of network theory and analysis and use these to demonstrate how physical networks are designed, redesigned and optimised and how current supply chain trends and challenges are influencing this design.  All aspects of the module are illustrated by the use of practical examples, ranging from manual calculations through to computerised network optimisation software.

    The module covers:

    • Introduction to Physical Network Design modelling
    • Advanced modelling techniques and their application in network design and logistics
    • Emerging trends in supply chain network operations and the impact on their design. 
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of practical aspects of supply chain strategy and the underlying cost trade offs
  • Apply the concepts of good design to the analysis of the Physical Network of a Supply Chain
  • Evaluate the use of a range of network analysis concepts and techniques and select the appropriate techniques for the design of a new or the analysis of an existing network.
  • Develop analytical models using a variety of manual and computer based techniques.
  • Assess the impact of current logistics trends on the supply chain network operations and design

Project Management Induction

Module Leader
  • Mr John Algar
Syllabus

    This module will focus on the processes, tools and techniques required to define, scope, plan, resource and then manage an individual project within the context of the enterprise. It will also cover the tools and techniques need to organise and manage an environment characterised by uncertainty.

    The module covers:

    • Project definition.
    • Scoping, planning and resource management.
    • Budgeting, cash flow, monitoring and control.
    • Earned value.
    • Resources, plant and equipment.
Intended learning outcomes

As a result of this module you will be able to:

  • Work on your own and in a team to define, scope and schedule a project.
  • Understand team based risk profiling and the financial management process.
  • Identify a project, set it up and track it, and finally, bring it to completion.
  • Brief and manage consultant project staff on behalf of your organisation.

Warehousing

Module Leader
  • Dr Hendrik Reefke
Syllabus

    The module provides a thorough grounding in the role and operation of warehouses including the range of storage and handling equipment, the design of warehouses and the use of information technology.  It emphasises on the strategic use of methods to analyse the wide range of available options.  Additionally, the module focuses on developing the students’ ability to discern and use appropriate warehouse design techniques.

    This module is taught in light of the wider context of an organisation’s supply chain strategy and, thus, equips students with the means to tackle the warehousing aspects of complex supply chain problems.

    The module covers:

    • Introduction to warehousing
    • Conventional palletised systems
    • Automated palletised systems
    • Non-palletised storage and handling systems
    • Order picking
    • Receiving and despatch
    • Warehousing information systems
    • Warehouse design
    • Computer aided design and simulation
    • Warehousing in modern supply chains
Intended learning outcomes

As a result of this module, you will be able to/have:

  • A sound appreciation of the role of warehousing within modern supply chains.
  • A comprehensive knowledge of the range and applicability of equipment types used for warehouse operations.
  • A practical understanding of recent developments and trends in warehouse technology and information systems.
  • A conceptual understanding of principles, methodologies and practices employed in the design and management of warehouses and their operations.
  • A systematic understanding of how warehouse design decisions should be made with regard to the various options for layout, equipment, staffing and operational processes.
  • On completion of the Warehousing module students will be able to:
  • Analyse alternative methods of warehouse operations in a systematic way, with regard to layout, equipment, processes and supporting information technology.
  • Summarise and critically discuss how a warehouse should be designed to meet an organisation’s supply chain strategy.
  • Assess and evaluate warehousing issues within complex supply chains.

Elective

Logistics Outsourcing

Module Leader
  • Mr Melvyn Peters
Syllabus

    Third party logistics has become a very competitive and dynamic industry over the last ten years and this module will take you through the various aspects related to selecting and working with a third party logistics contractor. Additional aspects will cover the use of third party logistics in international logistics and the development of fourth party logistics will also be covered.

    The module covers:

    • The development of third party logistics.
    • Third party logistics contractor selection framework tender evaluation.
    • Implementation and contract management.
    • Contract management and dispute resolution.
    • New outsourcing business models.
    • Outsourcing global logistics.
Intended learning outcomes

As a result of this module, you will be able to:

  • Understand the relative advantages and disadvantages of outsourcing logistics operations.
  • Recognise the conceptual framework used to plan for the outsourcing of logistics operations.
  • Appreciate the different contractual types with respect to third party logistics outsourcing.
  • Understand the need for contract management.
  • Identify outsourcing opportunities emerging in the third and fourth party logistics markets.
  • Prepare a tender specification.
  • Construct and use a tender evaluation tool.
  • Develop performance measures for ongoing contract management.

Performance Measurement in the Supply Chain

Module Leader
  • Dr Andrey Pavlov
Syllabus

    The module focuses on the types and structures of performance measurement systems such as the balanced scorecard and the performance prism. You will also look at the design of appropriate strategy and success maps, performance targets, and indicators.

    This module covers:

    • The roles of performance measurement.
    • Target gaming and unintended consequences of performance measurement.
    • Performance management.
    • The balanced scorecard and the performance prism.
    • Developing performance indicators and assessing their robustness.
    • Visualising performance data for communication and decision making.
    • Conducting performance management reviews.
Intended learning outcomes

As a result of this module, you will be able to:

  • Identify and discuss the key aspects of performance measurement systems.
  • Understand the key processes associated with the design of a performance measurement system.
  • Appreciate the current research in performance measurement in general and performance measurement in supply networks.
  • Explain the theoretical underpinnings of performance measurement and management practices.
  • Examine and assess an existing performance measurement and management system in an organisation.
  • Assess the robustness of a wide range of performance indicators.
  • Discuss the issues and nuances of measuring performance in supply networks.
  • Guide strategy execution through a comprehensive organisational performance measurement system.
  • Develop strategy/success maps.
  • Design and evaluate performance indicators.
  • Explain and communicate your decisions about the key aspects of performance measurement and management in organisations.

Business Process Outsourcing

Module Leader
  • Dr Vahid Mirza Beiki
Syllabus

    The aim of this module is give students the knowledge and skills to evaluate where and when BPO initiatives are appropriate and to understand how maximize the value and minimize the risk from BPO relationships.

    This module will cover the following topics:

    • Outsourcing and Business Strategy
    • Managing the Outsourcing process
    •  Developing the Business Case for Outsourcing
    •  Selecting Outsourcing Service Providers
    • Managing the Outsourcing Relationship
    • Contracting and Negotiating for Outsourcing
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the reasons that motivate an outsourcing decision.
  • Develop and justify a business case for Business Process Outsourcing
  • Describe and explain the key stages in the process of outsourcing.
  • Identify and analyse the key factors for outsourcing supplier selection.
  • Understand how to manage an outsourcing relationship.
  • Recognize potential risks in outsourcing and prescribe mitigating actions.

Designing and Managing Resilient Supply Chains

Module Leader
  • Dr Uta Juttner
  • Professor Richard Wilding OBE
Syllabus

    This module explores the dimensions, approaches, decision-making and causalities of resilience. Insights from retrospective and real time case studies will provide the basis for understanding the vulnerability of today’s global supply chains. Moreover, they will enable the students to experiment both with the perspectives of supply chain planners anticipating supply chain risks and improving the resilience of the supply chain design and supply chain continuity managers responsible for ensuring rapid recovery after a disruptive event.

    This module will cover:

    • Introduction: Supply chain risk management, vulnerabilities and resilience
    • Supply chain risk and vulnerability analysis
    • Resilient supply chain design principles issues and their implementation
    • Real-time case study project on supply chain risk and resilience
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Describe the relationship and causalities between supply chain risk management, supply chain vulnerability and supply chain resilience
  • Assess the effect of contemporary supply chain practices in routine- and non-routine situations
  • Identify the key steps involved in developing and implementing resilient supply chain designs
  • Evaluate the management challenges of formulating and implementing resilience into supply chains.
  • Identify key concepts from literature / business practice and synthesise them into a resilient supply chain design framework, which is subject to review, development and critique. 

Have an appreciation of how organisations and human beings can prepare and respond to disruption in specific situations and contexts; how an effective and efficient recovery is enabled and how companies and human beings learn from past disruptions in the supply chain

Supply Chain Resilience

Module Leader
  • Dr Uta Juttner
Syllabus

    The main thrust of this elective is that organisations can and should develop supply chain resilience as means to building routines for non-routine events. In today’s interconnected world future supply chain professionals have to recognise potential risks of experiencing a supply chain disruption and be able to prepare for, react to and recover from the unforeseen supply chains, i.e. to develop resilience. This module explores the dimensions, approaches, decision-making and causalities of resilience. Insights from retrospective and real time case studies will provide the basis for understanding the vulnerability of today’s global supply chains. Moreover, they will enable the students to experiment both with the perspectives of supply chain planners anticipating supply chain risks and improving the resilience of the supply chain design and supply chain continuity managers responsible for ensuring rapid recovery after a disruptive event.

    Introduction:

    Supply chain risk management, vulnerabilities and resilience

    • Introduction to the key concepts
    • Examples of large scale disasters and their impact on global supply chains
    • Ripple effects in supply chains
    • Trade-offs in supply chain resilience management (e.g. redundancy versus efficiency; centralisation versus dispersion a.s.o)

    Supply chain risk and vulnerability analysis

    • Overview of existing methods for identifying and assessing supply chain risks and vulnerabilities
    • Application of a selected methodology

    Resilient supply chain design principles issues and their implementation

    • Collaboration
    • Velocity
    • Flexibility
    • Visibility

    Real-time case study project on supply chain risk and resilience

    • Presentation of a supply chain resilience case by a supply chain representative from industry


    Individual written assignment related to the supply chain resilience case presented.

Intended learning outcomes

Simulation

Module Leader
  • Dr Nicky Yates
Syllabus

    The module will provide you with an appreciation of the application, strengths and weaknesses of simulation modelling techniques and the software that can be used to support decision-making in logistics and supply chain management.  You will gain hands-on experience of using spreadsheet models, general purpose simulation software, and special purpose simulation software to solve familiar decision problems in logistics. By the end of the module you will have the skills and confidence to apply or recommend the use of simulation methods to address decision problems in your future career and, if needed, in your thesis project.

    The module covers:

    The underlying principles/concepts of simulation techniques

    • The advantages / disadvantages of using simulation techniques compared to other analytical methods.

    Monte Carlo simulation

    • Using spreadsheets and the Excel add-in known as Crystal Ball to solve stochastic simulation problems, e.g. forecasting, inventory and SC process models.

    Discrete event simulation

    • Using a general-purpose simulation software package known as WITNESS, to model a supply chain operation.
    • Using a special purpose simulation software package known as CLASS warehouse simulation software, to improve warehouse efficiency.
Intended learning outcomes

As a result of this module, you will be able to:

  • Understand the practical framework for designing a simulation model in the logistics and supply chain environment.
  • Understand the theoretical principles that underpin a range of deterministic and stochastic simulation modelling approaches.
  • Understand the limitations, strengths and weaknesses of simulation modelling.
  • Select an appropriate simulation technique to test and evaluate solution options.
  • Demonstrate your ability to construct simple Monte Carlo models using Crystal Ball software.
  • Describe the limitations and assumptions inherent in the different techniques taught on the course.
  • Understand the principles of deterministic and stochastic modelling approaches.

Retail Logistics

Module Leader
  • Professor Michael Bourlakis
Syllabus

    This module will provide you with an overview of retail logistics operations in modern retail organisations. You will learn about the key strategic issues involved in the way retail organisations manage their logistics activities and facilities within and beyond the firm boundaries.

    The module will include the following topics:
    • Retail buying and retail procurement
    • Retail transportation & retail warehousing
    • Efficient Consumer Response, Quick Response
    • Customer Service and Out-of-Stocks
    • Retail supply chain performance measurement
    • Information technology in the retail supply chain
    • Sustainability practices in retail logistics
    • Evolution of retail supply chains
    • Omni channels / Key future trends
    • Global Retail Logistics



Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the Retail Logistics module a diligent student will be able to:

  • Reflect and evaluate the activities, functions and processes associated with managing the Retail Logistics operations
  • Assess critically the significance and application of Retail Logistics theories, concepts and frameworks in the broader context of the retail organisation in its competitive and changing environment
  • Discuss and explain the strategic role of logistics operations for retail firms
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key trends that have an influence and impact  on modern Retail Logistics operations

Six Sigma in the Supply Chain

Module Leader
  • Dr Denyse Julien
Syllabus

    The module provides an understanding and practical utilisation of the Six Sigma methodology following the define-measure-analyse-improve-control approach. You will be able to combine theory with practical case work which will experiment with quantitative and qualitative techniques employed in the solving of typical supply chain problems. The elective is designed to bring students to the equivalent level of a 6 Sigma ‘Green Belt’, enabling them to design solutions to organisational issues.

    The module covers:

    • Evolution of total quality management and 6 Sigma: deming, plan-do-check-act, define-measure-analyse-improve-control, designing projects for improving supply chains.
    • Measure: qualitative and quantitative methods used in value stream mapping and measurement.
    • Analyse: tools and techniques used in the analysis phase, practical exercise on use of failure modes and effects analysis.
    • Improve: based on a case study in a manufacturing company, where a process of improvement must be put in place to turn around the company’s performance.
    • Control: continuation and completion of the case study, evaluating how to control the newly designed solution going forward and manage benefits.
Intended learning outcomes

As a result of this module, you will be able to:

  • Understand the history and purpose of the 6 Sigma philosophy and methods.
  • Appraise a variety of quantitative and qualitative techniques and evaluate their use in solving logistics problems.
  • Evaluate a realistic case of 6 Sigma use within a manufacturing/industrial environment.
  • Apply 6 Sigma tools to problem solving and performance improvement in the supply chain.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of total quality management and 6 Sigma use within logistics and supply chain management.
  • Appraise the range of techniques and solutions deployed within the 6 Sigma tool set.
  • Formulate the use of appropriate analytical tools to analyse and solve problems in the supply chain.
  • Design a supply chain improvement strategy using 6 sigma techniques.

Sales and Operations Planning

Module Leader
  • Dr Heather Skipworth
Syllabus

    The aim of this module is to give students a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practice of Sales and Operations Planning, and in doing so providing them useful tools, technologies and approaches they can implement in their future careers.

    This module covers:

    • Definition and discussion of what Sales and Operations Planning is
    • What the CEO is looking for
    • Step through a vanilla Sales and Operations Planning process
    • A short case study highlighting some of the problems
    • Sales and Operations Planning Issues exploration
    • Tensions and behaviours
    • Volumes and values
    • Different configurations of organisations
    • Main interactive case study, with syndicate groups and multiple phases
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Critically assess weaknesses and strengths of a Sales and Operations Planning process
  • Create a plan to implement or improve an Sales and Operations Planning process
  • Be able to participate on an informed  basis in decision making discussions in Sales and Operations Planning balancing insights from both supply and demand
  • Understand the point of view of other Sales and Operations Planning participants and to manage the likely behavioural drivers of dysfunctional behaviour formulate or adapt appropriate performance metrics to enable effective and balanced decision making

Physical Network Design

Module Leader
  • Dr Nicky Yates
Syllabus

    This module aims to introduce the concepts and techniques of network theory and analysis and use these to demonstrate how physical networks are designed, redesigned and optimised and how current supply chain trends and challenges are influencing this design.  All aspects of the module are illustrated by the use of practical examples, ranging from manual calculations through to computerised network optimisation software.

    The module covers:

    • Introduction to Physical Network Design modelling
    • Advanced modelling techniques and their application in network design and logistics
    • Emerging trends in supply chain network operations and the impact on their design. 
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of practical aspects of supply chain strategy and the underlying cost trade offs
  • Apply the concepts of good design to the analysis of the Physical Network of a Supply Chain
  • Evaluate the use of a range of network analysis concepts and techniques and select the appropriate techniques for the design of a new or the analysis of an existing network.
  • Develop analytical models using a variety of manual and computer based techniques.
  • Assess the impact of current logistics trends on the supply chain network operations and design

Humanitarian Logistics

Module Leader
  • Dr Silvia Rossi Tafuri
Syllabus

    This module covers:

    •  Humanitarian supply chains – a five-phase approach: Prepare, Respond, Resolve, Restore and Evaluate
    •  The major challenge: Coordination among Governmental and non-Governmental organisations, private businesses, charities, military.
    • Data for decision making in a disastrous event: Tool and methodologies to collect and share data
    • Evaluating the response: apply the roadmap
    • Game “The DHL Chaotic Warehouse Game”
    • Response to a catastrophe: Case study
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Assess humanitarian threats (both in on-going situations and in catastrophic disasters)
  • Evaluate humanitarian logistics concepts, processes, and the organisations involved
  • Apply the lean and agile paradigms to humanitarian logistics and develop a roadmap for deploying these principles
  • Assess weaknesses and strengths of past humanitarian logistics responses to their impact across the beneficiaries
  • Formulate appropriate performance metrics according to the nature of the event (emergency, on-going, war, natural disaster, etc..)
  • Organise the available information and develop a plan to manage a humanitarian logistics event
  • Assess the likely outcomes in terms of restoring acceptable living or working conditions

Fees and funding

MSc Full-time £12,500

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • A deposit may be payable, depending on your course.
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged and can be found below.
  • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.
MSc Full-time £20,000

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • A deposit may be payable, depending on your course.
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged and can be found below.
  • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.

Funding Opportunities

To help students in finding and securing appropriate funding we have created a funding finder where you can search for suitable sources of funding by filtering the results to suit your needs. Visit the funding finder.

Bursaries and scholarships

We have a limited number of bursaries available for UK/EU candidates, worth up to a maximum of £4,000. These are awarded at the course director's discretion and are based on merit as well as considerations of financial need. If you would like to be considered for a bursary, please indicate so in in the financial details section of your application.

Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £15,000 are available to UK/EU domiciled students with an admissions offer on the full-time MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from talented candidates of all backgrounds and each application is considered on its individual merit.  Usually candidates must hold either a first or a second class UK honours degree in a relevant discipline; or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications.

Having taken your application into consideration, the course director may also require you to take GMAT (minimum score 600). The GMAT course code for the MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain and Management is K2H-N3-21.

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English Language

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:

IELTS - 6.5, with a minimum of 6.5 in the writing component

TOEFL - 92, with a minimum of 21 in the writing component

Pearson PTE Academic - 65

Cambridge English Scale - 180

Cambridge English: Advanced - C

Cambridge English: Proficiency - C

In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking a IELTS for UKVI test.

Your career

The Cranfield Career Development Service offers a comprehensive service to help you develop a set of career management skills that will remain with you throughout your career.

During your course you will receive support and guidance to help you plan an effective strategy for your personal and professional development, whether you are looking to secure your first management role, or wanting take your career to the next level.

Companies that have recruited graduates from this course into logistics and supply chain management roles include:

  • Amazon
  • British American Tobacco
  • DHL 
  • Diageo
  • Kuehne + Nagel
  • Nestle
  • Nike
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Shell
  • Sony UK
  • Unilever

Applying

To apply you will need to register to use our online system. Once you have set up an account you will be able to create, save and amend your application form before submitting it.

Once your online application has been submitted together with your supporting documentation, it will be processed by our admissions team. You will then be advised by email if you are successful, unsuccessful, or whether the course director would like to interview you before a decision is made.  Applicants based outside of the UK may be interviewed either by telephone or video conference.

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