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

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The aim of this course 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
    • 03 - 07 Mar 2025
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£2,350 - Short Course for Credit fee 

    £2,100 - Standalone Short Course fee  Concessions available

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

  • 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.



There are limited places on these modules. You may not receive an offer until places have been confirmed, usually 1 to 2 weeks before the start date.

Location and travel


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