Global Logistics Management MSc | 2018/19

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Global Logistics Management MSc 2018/19 entry

Course code:

ECT123 (Full time)
ECT124 (Evening)

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

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January 2019



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Logistics has been instrumental in the globilisation of modern society; the demands of retailers, shippers and manufacturers and the growth of information systems and technology, making it possible to link people, products, business, cities, regions and countries more closely than ever before.

The potential and opportunities created by easier international movement of goods has, however, created new challenges – within the context of increasing complexity in the manufacturing, buying and distributing of goods, companies are being placed under pressure to develop faster, more efficient transnational supply chains.

This Master’s programme has been designed with input from employers within the global logistics industry, including Deutsche Post and Exact Logistics. It aims to provide knowledge, technical expertise and confidence in key areas, such as logistics strategy, transport economics, simulation, costing/pricing tools and IT project management – with the possibility of achieving PRINCE2 certification. We will cover global distribution network development, multi modal transportation and shipping, logistics operations and supply chain management.

This course is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and member of our teaching staff are active Chartered members and Fellows of CILT. 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. 

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


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)

This course is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), which has a presence in more than 30 countries around the world.

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)

This course offers full exemption from the educational requirements for Chartered Membership on successful completion and the opportunity to enrol as a student affiliate during study.

Course information

On successful completion of the course, you will have learnt theories and practices to managing logistics on an international scale creates significant opportunities, such as deeper market penetration, an increased customer base and higher levels of profit, but frequently this comes at a price – often literally.

We will cover how the substantial challenges in managing international logistics and supply chains, not least language barriers, but also the increased levels of bureaucracy associated with multiple intermediaries, customs clearance, banking, foreign exchange rates and so on. The cost is often greater, the timeline longer and there are also more risks for delay or damage to goods.

You will be introduced to a range of information management technology tools and analytical methods to support the analysis and design of policy and practice international logistics and the management of the global supply chain. Computer technology has changed the way that warehouses operate, making it possible within a few hours of receiving an order to ensure that items are assembled and delivered to a factory, store, business or home. 

We will use Excel spreadsheets and simulation tools, such as HeuristicLab, SIMUL8 and  MATLAB, to model typical logistics processes, giving you the opportunity to consider operational issues such as journey times and scheduling of loading and unloading or inventory management, including purchasing and invoicing. For example, you will consider transport economics, such as the pricing of loads and the impact on cost when there is less than a full truckload.

We will also consider different models of change management and their relevancy and efficacy within organisations, as well as professional responsibilities and the associated sustainable, ethical and legal issues, such the desire to disassemble and recycle materials and components. There is an increasing demand within the automotive industry to sell parts as second hand spares or scrap them for reuse, which requires their collection and distribution.  

A feature of the course is our encouragement of creative and innovative thinking, which acknowledges the importance of innovation as a key enabler for the success and growth of companies, whether this is through technological innovation or business model innovation. We will explore the broad context of innovation and its impact on businesses, but with focus on areas relevant to technology businesses; for example, the impact of additive manufacturing on logistics, autonomous transportation and its impact on mapping and the future of logistics infrastructure.

We will look at emerging trends, for example, the influence of the ‘internet of things’ on logistics technologies of the future, such as containers, material handling equipment, warehouses and storage equipment. 

Your learning culminates with a research project on a topic of your choosing. You may, for example, focus on the impact of big data analytics for logistics industry, conduct a reverse logistics exercise in returning products at the end of their life cycle or carry out an assessment of the recycling of refrigerator parts. Examples of past projects include developing a framework for siting a port to best benefit and develop port-centric logistics services, analysis of the impact of mapping software on routing and scheduling decisions within a local third party distributor and an investigation of bulk rail services in Brazil for the extraction of commodities for export.

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


  • Semester 1

    • Supply Chain Management
    • Supply Chain and Logistics Economics
    • Logistics Business Simulation
    • Logistics and Supply Chain Operations
  • Semester 2

    • Strategic Logistics Management
    • IT Project management
    • Global Distribution Networks
    • Study Skills and Research Methods
    • CMI Professional Development - Consultancy
  • Semester 3

    • Individual Project

In more detail...

  • Study in our Engineering and Computing building, with access to significant industry simulation software and data sources.
  • Recent graduates now working with leading companies worldwide, including TNT, Lufthansa Air Cargo, CEVA, Agility Logistics, Peugeot, Emirates Airline, Asda and others.
  • Accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) 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.
  • Hear from industry guest speakers, which have previously included directors and managers from Unipart, Deutsche Bahn (DB) and Kuehne and Nagel, who will share their experiences and the latest responses to challenges facing the sector, such as how to manage and leverage data more effectively.
  • 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. High levels of student satisfaction among the University’s postgraduate students – 85% overall compared with a sector average of 83% in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016.

Opportunity to achieve 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: 

  • Supply chain management: We review the nature, role and contribution of supply chain management and its application to business supply chains in an international context from both a customer and supplier perspective.

  • Economics logistics and supply chain management: Incorporating costing and pricing, we take a practical approach to the economics of logistics and supply chain businesses from a management perspective. We cover a range of economic frameworks and concepts, using them within mathematical, statistical and software tools, such as Standard Deviation, for averaging, forecasting, regression analysis and capital investment appraisal. Many of these quantitative tools can be used for management decision making and as predictive models to calculate the cost and price of logistics services, forecast activities and allocate resources, while taking economic factors into consideration

  • Logistics and Supply Chain Operations: We examine the various functions and elements related to logistics and supply chain management, including the associated distribution systems involved in local, national and international contexts. We cover supply chain, procurement and inventory management, warehousing and storage, materials management and the operation of freight transport systems. The concept of the supply chain within which these activities are managed, the importance of coordinating both physical and information flows and the support provided by IT systems are explored.

  • Global Distribution Networks: We consider various modes of operating international distribution networks, preparing you to choose appropriate networks based on the physical characteristics of goods and the expectations of customers. We will look at different logistics operating systems, including how to optimise various modes of transport such as trains aircraft, ships, and road vehicles. 

  • IT project management: You will be encouraged to see the role of the project manager within the broader perspective of strategic business management, understanding where projects come from and why they are selected, as well as recognising the importance of scheduling, quality control and deadlines. We will focus on IT projects involving major changes, including issues related to new products, new plant and equipment and new operating systems, which will affect the lives of people both within and without the organisation. There will be opportunities to practice skills in relation to IT project management through PRINCE2 methodology, with opportunity to achieve certification.

This course has been designed to operate over one year of full-time study with the taught modules delivered over two semesters. It may be studied on a part-time basis over three years and offers some evening modules, though the majority are taught alongside full-time students. You can start in September or January.

We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods as part of our innovative activity-led learning, such as a project, problem, scenario, case study or enquiry in a classroom, laboratory or work setting. Case studies incorporating real data from employers are used to demonstrate the significance of logistics to different industries and to explore different logistics management options, for example, in shipping, retailing, transportation, warehousing and distribution. 

We use scenario based games and team building skills to solve problems and highlight how to develop solutions to real logistics issues, such as where to site a transport terminal or distribution centre with consideration to other stakeholders. There will be opportunities to undertake a range of feasibility exercises in which you focus on a specific problem, such as port logistics in Africa, where you must consider how to expand the business infrastructure to make transport more efficient and how you might transfer Western logistics techniques on the ground. You may be asked to establish a simulated global distribution network, considering 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. We will also consider how the characteristics of products – the way they are designed from the outset – can affect logistics and future recycling opportunities, advocating an integrated design, production and distribution process instead.

We provide training in research methods and skills, improving your research capabilities to enable you to undertake investigations, identify business opportunities and make recommendations in different operational settings. You will then be given opportunities to work with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups, as you would in professional practice. For example, in the past, students have tackled big data mapping for routing and scheduling, taking into consideration variables such as the price of multiple deliveries and the changing cost of fuel to determine ‘whole’ cost options. Another past project looked at the distribution of medical prescriptions from local pharmacies to patients.

You will also be given opportunities to attend our inspiring programme of guest speakers, which in the past has featured visits to a Jaguar car plant, BMW mini engine plant, Asda distribution centre and East Midlands Airport Air Cargo terminal to see how logistics works within a supply chain and how distribution networks function. 

Teaching methods include: lectures, seminars and workshops.

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes, as well as providing an overall percentage grade. You need to achieve above 40% to pass; anything above 70% is classified as ‘outstanding’. 

The assessment types vary throughout the course with both individual and group work assessed using methods, such as presentations, laboratory work, formal examinations, technical reports, in-class test, online quizzes, posters and simulation models.

Each module will have at least one written assignment. An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows: 

  • Coursework, tests, essays: 50%
  • Formal examinations: 30%
  • Practical or project work: 10%
  • Group work, presentations, posters, other placements etc.: 10%

50% assessed by coursework, tests, essays

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The development and importance of logistics and its operational orientation in an organisation.
  • The key concepts, frameworks and techniques of logistics management.
  • The key economic and financial concepts appropriate to a logistics business.
  • A range of advanced business, analytical and management techniques to achieve competitive advantage.

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Apply the concepts and principles in the management of logistics operations to various manufacturing, retail and service environments. 
  • Analyse and evaluate a range of supply chain and logistics strategies and consider how they may be used to achieve competitive advantage.
  • Evaluate the opportunities for improving logistics business processes using business simulation tools.
  • Evaluate and select an appropriate transport mode strategy for an organisation, including both national and international distribution requirements.
  • Evaluate appropriate tools, techniques and systems associated with project management.
  • Analyse financial and operational information of both an external and internal nature for the purposes of business decision making.
  • To be able to provide the rationale for the selection of an appropriate logistics strategy in a variety of organisations.
  • Apply advanced financial techniques to secure a company’s long-term financial stability. 
  • Apply advanced business and project management techniques across a wide range of business settings.
  • Plan and implement new business and operational systems using project management and simulation tools.
  • Plan and implement activities which will improve business processes.

In a typical week you will have up to 17 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as follows:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 9 hours of tutorials and seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 8 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week, eg. Revising, using guided handouts, online activities etc.

By its nature, course content adopts a global perspective and throughout we will consider the impact of logistics across borders and for companies operating in multiple country destinations.

Lecturers are involved in teaching overseas in Tanzania, Ghana, Dubai and India, which enables staff to link up with overseas institutes and students so they can exchange local experiences, case studies and logistics stories with UK-based students.

We also attract a number of international students from countries including Africa, China, the Middle East and India, who share their own professional experiences.

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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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 2016/17)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


and counting

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


global programmes

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

Entry Requirements

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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.



January 2019

£7,750 (per year)


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.



January 2019

£7,750 (per year)


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!



January 2019

£15,050 (per year)


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!

Career prospects

On successful completion of this course, you should be equipped with the required knowledge and skills necessary to secure a managerial or technical role in the shipping, freight haulage, passenger transport or retail distribution industries.

You can also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.

Alumni from our established courses have become directors, senior managers, consultants and business owners, and regularly return to the University to support current students as guest speakers and by hosting visits to their companies. This networking often leads to job and internship opportunities, which can jump start students’ careers and provide valuable work experience.

Coventry University aims to prepare you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’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 found positions across a wide variety of industries, such as logistics, shipping, freight haulage, passenger transport, retail and manufacturing distribution, working with leading organisations worldwide such as TNT, Lufthansa Air Cargo, CEVA, Agility Logistics, Peugeot, Emirates Airline, Asda and others.


By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. The 18/19 PG Contract will be published shortly.