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International Business Logistics MSc 2017/18 entry

Course code:

FBLT002

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017
January 2018

Fees:
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Overview

Business logistics and supply chain management is now viewed as a major value adding activity which can help sustain competitive advantage in a global marketplace. Recognised as a distinct and strategically important function of international business, logistics is often the key to supporting international trade, stimulating economic growth and enhancing business efficiency.

This exciting course is fully accredited by both the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS). It aims to prepare you to work within the global logistics and supply chain industry in areas such as sourcing, transportation, inventory management, production planning and distribution. Through guest speakers, international fieldtrips, case studies and internship opportunities, we use our excellent industry links to share real-world experiences and bring you up-to-speed with the issues facing modern businesses within their logistics and supply chain operations.

The programme sits within Coventry Business School, one of the largest business schools in Europe with over 5,000 students and is ranked in the Excellent Business School (3 Palme’s) worldwide category.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)


Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)


Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

What our students say...

During my time studying the MSc, I had the privilege of learning from world-class experienced professionals who have worked in the supply chain industry for many years. Not only did I learn important industry theory on how supply chains are integrated and flow harmoniously, but also had the chance to see how it works in practice by visiting various enterprises in the UK and abroad.

I firmly believe that by completing this Master’s I will have gained competitive advantage in knowledge that will help raise my profile amongst the competition when searching for job opportunities in the near future. A big thanks to all professors for helping me build strong foundations which will help me excel in my future career.

Alexandre Gonzalez Hernandez, Venezuela, MSc International Business Logistics, current student in 2016/17

Course information

Combining theory and practice, the emphasis of the programme is on interpreting, analysing and evaluating logistic and supply chain information for strategic and managerial purposes.

We aim to provide a solid foundation in the concepts, tools and techniques for effective management and decision making and to foster an integrated approach to information flow, material handling, production, packaging, inventory, transportation, warehousing, and often security.

Building your knowledge of the technology, staff, infrastructure and operational processes that define the industry, you should learn to think strategically and gain in-depth exposure to key issues, such as sourcing strategy, increased fuel prices, transportation management, network design, humanitarian logistics and supplier relationships.

You will model and optimise typical logistics processes, giving you the opportunity to consider operational issues such as journey times and scheduling of loading and unloading, for example. You will have the chance to implement complex business projects in a simulated computer environment, from new facilities setup and location identification to logistic and supply chain network configuration.

In addition to taught modules, in your final semester, you can undertake a dissertation researching an area of interest or to match specific career aspirations. Alternatively, you can apply for a company internship. Typically lasting 8 to 12 weeks, this provides the opportunity to apply skills and management theory in carrying out real projects in logistics and supply chain management for host organisations. In the past, we have supported students to take on projects with ToolsGroup UK and Prophetic Technology.

Modules

Overview

This course includes the Global Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Global Professional Development module.

Modules

  • Semesters 1 and 2*

    • Global Supply Chain and Logistics;
    • Quality Management and Business Excellence;
    • Business Process Integration;
    • Demand Planning and Forecasting;
    • Transportation and Distribution Management 
    • Outsourcing and Procurement 
    • International Business and Global Strategy;
    • Project Management Methodologies
    • Global Professional Development - Consultancy*

    These modules will be offered either within the first or second semester, timetabling varies each year.

  • Semester 3

    • Company internship or dissertation

In more detail...

  • Membership of the Coventry University Supply Chain and Logistics Society.
  • Lecturers from Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and the United Kingdom.
  • High levels of student satisfaction for Business – 88% overall, above the sector average of 80% (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016).
  • Guest speaker programme has drawn prominent speakers from the field of international business to share their knowledge and experiences with students.
  • Strong employer links with companies including Asda, JCB, Jaguar Land Rover, Unipart, Brose, as well as many regional SMEs, such as Exact Logistics near Rugby.
  • Innovative teaching methods which include learning with LEGO and block delivery of the PRINCE2 Foundation training course for professionals from PRINCE2 certified instructors.
  • Coventry is ranked the 12th best university in the country for ‘Geography and Environmental Studies’ and 20th for ‘Business, Management and Marketing’ in the Guardian University Guide 2018.
  • Field trips to multinational organisations within a range of sectors and industries, which have included Jaguar Land Rover Manufacturing at Castle Bromwich, Coca Cola at Milton Keynes, and Athens University of Business and Economics in Athens, Greece (additional costs may apply).
  • Accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) which offers full exemption from the educational requirements for Chartered Membership on successful completion and the opportunity to enrol as a student affiliate during study.
  • Opportunity to apply for the internship programme (subject to satisfying assessment criteria) – we work closely with companies across the UK and Europe to offer a wide variety of internships normally lasting between 8-12 weeks, which enable students to undertake a workplace project on behalf of their host organisation.
  • Hands-on experience of market-leading software packages including: GMMSO (Global Marketing Management System Online) and EIMSO (Export Import Management System Online) from Janavaras and Associates International, Xsol software and SAP, the world’s leading enterprise resource planning (ERP) software provider.

Opportunity to achieve foundation certification in PRINCE2, widely acknowledged as the de facto process-based method for effective project management, widely recognised and used in the UK and internationally.

Your main study themes are:

  • Global supply chain and logistics: Introduces the core concepts and theories that are prerequisite for the successful management of logistics within the overall context of the organisation. The overall fit of the logistics function will be explored in context of attaining and sustaining competitive advantage and world-class status for global organisations. Current logistical trends such as lean management of the logistics and supply chain function will also be analysed. Other areas explored will include inventory management, transportation and warehousing.

  • Quality management and business excellence: Aims to develop a thorough understanding of the management of quality and operational performance excellence in organisations and their supply chains both in terms of manufacturing and service concepts. We cover theory and practice from an operational perspective to understand how business units within an organization are aligned to ensure that they work together to achieve core business goals. You will experience various quality and performance design, control and improvement tools and techniques. 

  • Business process integration: Covers the effective implementation and management of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. You will explore the techniques used to create and improve business processes. 

  • Transportation and distribution management: Aims to develop your understanding of the management of the freight transportation and distribution in contemporary organisations. We explore critical issues such as various modes of transport and their integration, managing freight flow internationally, the materials handling, packaging and warehousing aspects of freight transport and distribution. Emerging issues such as triple-bottom-line of sustainability in supply chain and logistics management will also be addressed.

  • Demand planning and forecasting: Obtaining reliable forecasts of supply chain variables is a challenging task, exacerbated against the backdrop of structural changes and uncertainty in supply chains. We will explore suitable methods for planning and forecasting in these circumstances, including statistical and judgmental forecasting methods and various planning tools and techniques.

  • Outsourcing and procurement: Introduce the issues, methodologies and approaches to strategic outsourcing and procurement, from general drivers and trends in the industry to the development of a strategic business case for outsourcing. Issues around supplier selection, service level agreement development and cultural alignment will also be discussed.

  • International business and global strategy: You will have opportunities to use simulation software to conduct a situation analysis of a company, to identify global market opportunities and high potential countries for a company’s selected products or services and to select best target markets. 

  • Project management (PM) methodologies: Learn to evaluate PM methodologies and their implementation in an organisational setting, and identify good practice as well as areas for development. You should develop knowledge of Agile, the Project Management Institute Body of Knowledge, and PRINCE2 (Projects in Controlled Environments). You will receive training from a certified PRINCE2 trainer, and the knowledge and skills to undertake the PRINCE2 Foundation qualification should you wish (at an additional cost and subject to availability).

This course can be studied full-time over one year and may also be taken part-time over two years. You can start in January or September.

As well as traditional teaching and learning methods, such as lectures, workshops and seminars, specific subjects adopt a mix of experimental approaches to facilitate richer deeper learning. For example, you will be exposed to real-life case studies with recent examples including analysis of the supply chain dynamics in Tesco’s Food Supply Chain and British Sky Broadcasting’s journey to demand planning excellence.

We will undertake a range of feasibility exercises in which you focus on a specific problem, such as establishing a global distribution network. You will consider the resources, warehouse needs and most appropriate transport modes – anything from motorbikes to helicopters – for different parts of the world, which will change depending on the local infrastructure.

Many of our teaching staff are research active and will disseminate up-to-date developments in their fields, fostering debate and discussion. For example, recent cohorts have had the opportunity to consider the impact of special events and promotions in the area of call centre forecasting (ABS 4* ranked research) and the link between errors in demand planning forecasts and inventory management (ABS 3* ranked research).

You will have the opportunity to participate in field trips and industry visits, with recent excursions to Athens University of Business and Economics, Athens, Greece. We also invite a range of guest speakers who will share experiences of managing change and growth in their organisations, supply chain and logistics strategies, marketing and trade management operations, business development and more.

Achievement of learning outcomes in the majority of taught modules is assessed by a combination of coursework assignments, policy documents, verbal exams, presentations plus University examinations set in January or May. Modules in the course are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination or presentations. Modules are mostly 15 credits and the MSc Project (dissertation, placement and internship) is worth 50 credits.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follow:

  • Dissertation/Management Consultancy Project: 30%
  • Reports: 30%
  • Presentations: 15 %
  • Formal examinations: 15%• Practical coursework: 10%

On the successful completion of 180 level Masters credits, awards may be made with a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Merit’, based on the achievement of an average mark of at least 70% or 60% respectively. Students may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) if they achieve 60 credits. Students may only progress to the final stage of Masters programmes after meeting the requirements for award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

15% assessed by presentations

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The global context within which organisations operate, how they are managed and the effects of logistics and supply operations on organisational competitiveness.
  • Key concepts, theories and models of international business logistics and their application to real world situations.
  • The development, management and exploitation of information systems and advanced business, analytical and management techniques for purposes of logistic and supply chain analysis and decision making.
  • Effective management of change within organisations particularly as it relates to international logistics and supply chain applications and projects.
  • The uses and limitations of a range of research methods/techniques, both qualitative and quantitative, and an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses for providing information and evaluating options in business logistics and supply chain management.
  • The impact of contextual forces on the logistic and supply chain operations of organisations including legal systems, ethical, economic, environmental, social and technological change issues, international developments and corporate governance.
  • The strategic significance of transport and logistics systems and interpretation and critical analysis of transport and logistics strategies.
  • The implications of supply and operations planning, including demand planning, inventory control and distribution management on the global value added of international logistics and supply chain.
  • The management of quality and continuous improvement of logistics and supply chain processes and systems including procurement, production, and sales and distribution.;


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the conceptual and theoretical frameworks of international business logistic and supply chain management.
  • Evaluate and appraise the impact of global business strategies on transport and logistics systems and vice versa.
  • Exercise judgment in the selection and application of different methods and approaches to logistics and supply chain management situations/challenges in the international business environment.
  • Extract, interpret and manipulate logistics and supply chain data from multiple sources to gain a coherent understanding of the cross-functional, multidisciplinary and international nature of business logistic operations and supply chains.
  • Critically assess the changing environment in which transport and logistics operate and the implications on their efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Design and conduct research in the field of international business logistics, supply chain management and associated disciplines using appropriate methodologies.
  • Analyse, interpret and extrapolate different types of information in transport and logistics systems and across the supply chain.
  • Exploit diagnostic and decision making skills in dealing with logistics and supply chain problems. Design, implement, manage and assess business projects to deliver value to organisations through effective logistics and supply chain operations.

 

In a typical week you will have up to 14 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as follows:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of tutorials each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 4 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 9 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 26 hours of self-directed studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc.

The course naturally has an international focus as its staff and students come from a wide range of different nationalities. Team work, discussions and group presentations encourage sharing of ideas and knowledge between students of diverse backgrounds. Furthermore, the discipline of logistics itself is international by nature and students get the opportunity to study logistics and supply chain management across the globe. The international experience is also enhanced via the Global Leaders Programme (GLP) activities.

Previous international fieldtrips include a visit to Athens Greece, visiting partner institutions and a range of private and public sector organisations, as well as UK based trips to local multinationals, including the Coca Cola Milton Keynes plant and  Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich plant, home of robotics automobile body assembly and completion. Several modules undertake international online learning (OIL) projects providing students an opportunity to work with other students and academic staff from partnering institutions around the world. Recently students were involved in an OIL project with Toulouse Business School covering issues in sustainable logistics strategy of third-party logistics companies.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our students say...

During my time studying the MSc, I had the privilege of learning from world-class experienced professionals who have worked in the supply chain industry for many years. Not only did I learn important industry theory on how supply chains are integrated and flow harmoniously, but also had the chance to see how it works in practice by visiting various enterprises in the UK and abroad.

I firmly believe that by completing this Master’s I will have gained competitive advantage in knowledge that will help raise my profile amongst the competition when searching for job opportunities in the near future. A big thanks to all professors for helping me build strong foundations which will help me excel in my future career.

Alexandre Gonzalez Hernandez, Venezuela, MSc International Business Logistics, current student in 2016/17

Entry Requirements

Successful applicants will normally hold a good honours degree 2.2 or above in a relevant academic discipline.

Applications from candidates who can demonstrate considerable experience at an appropriate professional level but who do not have formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted on an individual basis.

Successful applicants will normally hold a good honours degree 2.2 or above in a relevant academic discipline.

Applications from candidates who can demonstrate considerable experience at an appropriate professional level but who do not have formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted on an individual basis.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Successful applicants will normally hold a good honours degree 2.2 or above in a relevant academic discipline.

Applications from candidates who can demonstrate considerable experience at an appropriate professional level but who do not have formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted on an individual basis.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

During my time studying the MSc, I had the privilege of learning from world-class experienced professionals who have worked in the supply chain industry for many years. Not only did I learn important industry theory on how supply chains are integrated and flow harmoniously, but also had the chance to see how it works in practice by visiting various enterprises in the UK and abroad.

I firmly believe that by completing this Master’s I will have gained competitive advantage in knowledge that will help raise my profile amongst the competition when searching for job opportunities in the near future. A big thanks to all professors for helping me build strong foundations which will help me excel in my future career.

Alexandre Gonzalez Hernandez, Venezuela, MSc International Business Logistics, current student in 2016/17

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

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January 2018

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Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

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Fee


September 2017

(per year)


January 2018

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Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2017

(per year)


January 2018

(per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

What our students say...

During my time studying the MSc, I had the privilege of learning from world-class experienced professionals who have worked in the supply chain industry for many years. Not only did I learn important industry theory on how supply chains are integrated and flow harmoniously, but also had the chance to see how it works in practice by visiting various enterprises in the UK and abroad.

I firmly believe that by completing this Master’s I will have gained competitive advantage in knowledge that will help raise my profile amongst the competition when searching for job opportunities in the near future. A big thanks to all professors for helping me build strong foundations which will help me excel in my future career.

Alexandre Gonzalez Hernandez, Venezuela, MSc International Business Logistics, current student in 2016/17

Career prospects

Within the UK alone, the logistics sector is worth approximately £55 billion to the economy.

There are over 1.7 million people currently employed in this sector by over 63,000 companies.

The MSc International Business Logistics ains to prepare you for an executive management career in the shipping, freight haulage, passenger transport or retail distribution industries, positioning you well to become a member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS). Survey data has found that procurement management professionals in the UK with MCIPS designation annually earn on average £10K more than their non-MCIPS counterparts. With exemptions from the academic requirements of CIPS (subject to certain conditions), successful completion will enable you to apply for MCIPS status.

You could pursue careers in multinational companies, overseas trade and international organisations, leading and managing supply chain or logistics activities in a global context.

We will develop your capabilities in strategic thinking, effective communication and research, all directly relevant to employers and of great value when seeking future employment.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The Faculty’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Previous graduates have secured roles in a variety of industries, such as third party and fourth party logistics providers, freight forwarders, transport asset operations, retailers, distributors and manufacturing materials management within product supply chains.

What our students say...

During my time studying the MSc, I had the privilege of learning from world-class experienced professionals who have worked in the supply chain industry for many years. Not only did I learn important industry theory on how supply chains are integrated and flow harmoniously, but also had the chance to see how it works in practice by visiting various enterprises in the UK and abroad.

I firmly believe that by completing this Master’s I will have gained competitive advantage in knowledge that will help raise my profile amongst the competition when searching for job opportunities in the near future. A big thanks to all professors for helping me build strong foundations which will help me excel in my future career.

Alexandre Gonzalez Hernandez, Venezuela, MSc International Business Logistics, current student in 2016/17
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