This module can be taken as a Short Course for Credit or a Standalone Short Course.

Please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section for more information.

The aim of this module is to give a general understanding of the principles and techniques of logistics modelling. The emphasis is on the development and application of quantitative models to support logistical analysis.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 22 - 26 Feb 2021
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost

    Short Course for Credit fee - £1,310

    Standalone Short Course fee - £1,750

Course structure

The Use of Simulation Techniques tuition will be by means of lectures, case studies and exercises. Computer software will be used in support of a number of these and various case studies will be presented and discussed

What you will learn

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • Describe the most important logistical methodologies such as Just In Time, Integrated Logistic Systems and Material Requirement Planning,
  • Describe the similarities and differences between commercial and military logistics systems,
  • Perform simple reliability and replacement calculations,
  • Calculate the optimum level of spare parts to hold in some simple settings,
  • Derive and apply the Economic Order Quantity formula in inventory control,
  • Describe various inventory control systems and understand their strengths and weaknesses,
  • Perform a Pareto analysis of an organisation’s stockholding,
  • Formulate and solve simple shortest-path, assignment, transportation and transshipment problems,
  • Perform a set of Material Requirement Planning calculations,
  • Describe the role of simulation in designing logistical systems.

Core content

Module topics: 

  • inventory control models,
  • forecasting techniques,
  • routing and resource allocation models,
  • reliability, maintenance and replacement modelling distribution networks.


Residential teaching is run for 5 days once a year. Distance learning is also required both before and after the residential.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

When taken as a Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards the Defence and Security (Technology) MSc or Military Operational Research MSc.

Find out more about short course credit points.

Who should attend

Those who wish to understand the issues associated with military logistics modelling and the methods used to conduct quantitative assessment.


Location and travel

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.

Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.

Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.

All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.

For further location and travel details

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