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MSc Supply Chain Management and Logistics (1 year)

Analyse and understand supply chains and logistics on land, sea and in the air.

Introducing your degree

The understanding of relevant scientific principles, modelling techniques, human-related elements, or computer software is gained by their application in various illustrative examples and case studies drawn from the research expertise of the lecturers and selected textbook material.

Student’s active participation in class discussion, group work, tutorials and computer labs during the year is an essential element of the learning experience.

Being able to communicate, work together with various people, and time-manage your work are essential elements in most future professional career paths; hence the attention to group work and writing group coursework reports in many of the modules in this programme.

The majority of compulsory modules on the programme complement the coursework assessment strategy with an end of semester exam so that individual critical understanding and application of the learned material can be tested. In accordance to the specific aims and objectives, the exam carries more weight in some of the modules.

Supply Chain Management and Logistics


This programme aims to train future managers and researchers from a diversity of backgrounds with an academically challenging exposure to state-of-the-art mathematical methods of supply chain and logistics management. The range of subjects reflect the expertise and areas of research of the academic staff, and covers (but is not limited to) operations management, optimisation, simulation, risk management, and data mining methods.

Learning and teaching

A mixture of methods is used, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work, computer labs, and supervised research.


Your understanding of the subject matter and your ability to utilise it will be tested through multiple methods of assessment including coursework, examinations, and dissertation.

View the programme specification document for this course.

Programme Structure

The course is centred on how to make decisions about the organisation and management of the movement, transformation, and storage of flows of goods, people, data, and money so as to meet certain performance criteria across a supply chain. Each module focuses on specific areas of required knowledge or skills related to this, including, for example, the role and relationship management between various divisions in firm or with suppliers and customers, or the mathematical modelling of strategic choice or the optimisation of operational day-to-day decisions, or computer-related knowledge and skills for converting data into useful information for decision support.

Within the programme, students can exercise module choice, including opportunities to take multidisciplinary Curriculum Innovation modules. Student can thus tailor the programme towards their own specific areas of interest within the supply chain management and logistics area.

Special features of the programme

In addition to the scheduled compulsory and optional modules of the programme, students benefit from access to industrial managers insight and support via CORMSIS (the University’s Centre for Operational Research, Management Science, and Information Systems). This includes attendance of practitioner talks organised at the University, and the opportunity to participate in the CORMSIS mentoring scheme in which a manager from a firm may help you towards future job application success. CORMSIS also typically organises company visits or attendance to certain relevant job fairs. Details of these specific additional features of the programme vary from year to year.

The most exciting feature of this programme may well be that students on this programme have the opportunity to experience an industrial placement in the context of the dissertation.

The University offers students an opportunity to bid for industry placements in the context of writing the dissertation. This project will be undertaken during the summer months after completion of the taught component. The set of available projects is typically announced during the second semester, and students will provide a shortlist of their preferred projects. After a successful interview with a sponsor organisation, a student will undertake research around a specific problem encountered in this organisation in close collaboration with this firm and under supervision of an academic of the University, and consequently write the dissertation on this research project and its outcome.

Students who wish to, or who are unsuccessful in bidding for an industrial project offered by the University, can alternatively base their dissertation on their own research project directed by an academic supervisor, or organise their own placement in consultation with the University.

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Bachelors degree

2:1 classification UK bachelors degree or equivalent

Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Acceptable subjects: A wide range of subjects accepted in Business, Economics, Science, Engineering, IT, Management and Marketing, Communication, Education, Political Science, and Sociology

Required module areas: Evidence of quantitative study eg accounting, economics, finance, maths, management sciences or engineering. Other subjects considered if quantitative ability demonstrated at A levels.

Excluded subjects: English translation, Art/Performing Art, Vocational Studies

Work experience in a related field can compensate for degree subject/grades.

Selection process

The University’s Admissions Policy, available at, applies equally to all programmes of study. These are the typical entry criteria to be used for selecting candidates for admission. The University’s approved equivalencies for the requirements listed will also be acceptable. The entry criteria for our programmes are reviewed annually by the Faculty. Those stated were correct as of July 2015. Applicants should refer to their specific offer conditions on their offer letter.

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that you have reached a satisfactory standard in an approved English language test.

The following scores are accepted for direct entry:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in reading and writing, 6.0 in listening and speaking

All tests must be no more than two years old at the time of enrolment.

For more information visit a list of equivalent English language tests that are also accepted.

If you do not quite meet our English language requirements for direct entry, you may be eligible to apply for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. Please visit the Centre for Language Studies website for further information.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. Read the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

All Core and Compulsory modules must be taken.

You must choose 15 CATS/7.5 ECTS of Option modules in Semester 1 and 30 CATS/15 ECTS of Option modules in Semester 2. All option modules are offered subject to availability and timetabling constraints.

MANG6095 Dissertation supervision starts in Semester 2 and should be submitted in September.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items (eg pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However, due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and copyingIn most cases, written coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations are submitted online and by hard copy. The costs of printing a hard copy for submission of such coursework will be the responsibility of the student. The cost of photocopying will also be the responsibility of the student. For more information about University printing costs, visit
TravelSome modules may include optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.
OtherCandidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the programme should enable students to find relevant careers in both the private and public sectors in areas including manufacturing, retail, international and national transportation across all modes (road, train, air, water), third party logistics, and services. There are also opportunities to join consultancy firms and software producers in areas such as distribution network planning, vehicle route planning, public transport, warehouse management, location decision support, enterprise resource planning, production scheduling, healthcare logistics, and workforce planning.

Typical entry roles include supply chain analyst, logistics planner, project manager, events planning, production planner, supplier relationship management, inventory and warehouse management, vehicle fleet management, customer service support, and reverse logistics.

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