Skip to main navigationSkip to main content
The University of Southampton
Southampton Business SchoolPostgraduate study

MSc Supply Chain Management and Logistics (1 year)

A strong focus on quantitative and analytical skills sets this course apart from most other UK masters degrees in supply chain management and logistics, giving you the skills recruiters are looking for.

Due to high demand, this course is now closed to international applicants. We have a range of other related postgraduate courses that you may want to consider. The course remains open for UK and EU applicants.

Not sure if you classify as an international applicant? Check our fee status page.

Introducing your degree

Gain the specialist knowledge, management capabilities and analytical skills required to manage the movement of goods, people, data, and money across a supply chain. With a greater quantitative focus than many similar UK masters degrees, this course will develop your analytical and modelling capabilities to an advanced level, making you highly employable. All students on this programme have the opportunity to compete for a three-month summer placement with an external organisation. The courses are taught by top researchers from one of the country’s leading analytics research groups, who bring their extensive experience.

Successfully negotiating the complexities of supply chain and logistics management requires thorough subject-specific knowledge, advanced management capabilities and the capacity to analyse and use information to good effect. The MSc in Supply Chain Management and Logistics covers all these areas, providing a foundation in core theories and technical skills, and enabling you to study relevant managerial topics in more depth.

What makes this MSc different from many other UK masters degrees in this field is its strong emphasis on the analytical and quantitative aspects of the subject. We aim to produce graduates with critical thinking and problem solving skills who can analyse data to make sound business decisions.

The course is taught in conjunction with the University’s Centre of Operational Research, Management Sciences and Information Systems (CORMSIS). This cross-disciplinary group, which includes academics from Southampton Business School, Mathematics and other related subject areas, is one of the largest of its type in the UK. The link with CORMSIS gives you a wider choice of modules, while input from the CORMSIS business advisory board ensures we are teaching you the right skills for today’s job market.

We welcome applications from students from a range of backgrounds who have undertaken an element of quantitative study or have relevant professional experience.

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants


The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Programme Structure

The MSc in Supply Chain Management and Logistics is a full-time, one-year course. You’ll take a range of compulsory and optional modules, and will have the opportunity to work with an organisation on a real business project, which will inform your dissertation.

The compulsory modules provide a thorough grounding in the main principles of purchasing and supply management and integrated logistics, as well as the underpinning quantitative, qualitative and technical skills required to put your learning into practice. For example, you will learn how to formulate hypotheses and use data to test them, how to use mathematical techniques to support decision making, and how to develop computer decision support systems to produce useful insights from data.  

The range of optional modules on offer give you the flexibility to shape the course to suit your interests. They include topics with valuable applications in supply chain and logistics management, which broadly fall within two categories:

  • The human and behavioural factors that impact on effective management of supply chains and logistics. For example, you could choose to study game theory and explore models of conflict and cooperation between decision makers, or gain a greater understanding of the factors that influence decision making in uncertain environments.
  • The mathematical or quantitative aspects of the subject. You can take modules such as credit scoring and data mining, simulation or forecasting to develop your analytical and modelling skills.

Transferable software skills

The course offers experience of working with various software packages, providing valuable workplace skills. These include programmes for statistical analysis, simulation, decision modelling and specialised credit scoring and data mining software. You can also choose to learn fundamental programming skills using Python that can be applied to many other programming applications.

Summer placement in industry

All students on this programme have the opportunity to compete for a three-month summer placement with an external organisation. We offer more than 50 external projects annually and have strong connections with a wide range of organisations including Airbus, Boeing, British Airways, Carnival, Deloitte Analytics, Ford, Heathrow Airport, National Air Traffic Services (NATS), NHS and Royal Mail. We also offer projects in China.

It provides an invaluable opportunity to put your knowledge into practice and enhance your professional skills. Working directly with an organisation for three months, you’ll apply your learning to a real supply chain or logistics management business challenge. You’ll present your findings to the organisation and write them up for your dissertation.

We offer a high level of career support before and during your project so that you can get the best out of your placement.

  • A seminar series presented by industry partners and former students who have completed a summer project will give you an insight into different sectors, roles and project types.
  • Workshops in semester two cover essential skills such as CV writing and interview skills, preparing you for the project application process.
  • Organisations from a range of sectors provide project briefs and selected students are invited to choose projects of interest. The university then produces a shortlist for each project and submits the shortlisted students' CVs to the relevant companies.
  • You'll be interviewed by the companies who are interested in you. If you are successful at interview, you will be assigned a project.
  • You’ll receive regular academic supervision during your project.

Past students have worked with:

  • Arup, on airport baggage management
  • Eurostar, on long-term revenue management
  • Rolls-Royce, on inventory optimisation
  • Tesco, on trends in retail

Outstanding academics

Our academics are active researchers and include leading experts in the area of logistics and supply chain management as well as fields such as risk management, game theory and data modelling. A complete list of outstanding academics that could be involved in either teaching some modules and/or supervising the dissertation can be found here. Below some outstanding academics that have been involved in the delivery of some modules on this programme.

  • Programme leader Dr Antonio Martinez-Sykora has worked with numerous industry partners and on a wide variety of areas such as vehicle routing, production planning, logistics planning and relevant cutting and packing problems.
  • Professor Sally Brailsford, is an award-winning expert in healthcare modelling, through which she tackles issues such as workforce scheduling and patient flow.
  • Professor Steve Brown is Professor of Operations Management. His interests are in the links between operations strategy and performance. He has so far written 12 books and over 100 research papers.

Key Facts

This masters degree has a stronger emphasis on analytical and quantitative skills than you’ll find on many masters degrees in this field, enhancing your employability.

It offers the opportunity to compete for a three-month summer placement with an external organisation, providing invaluable professional experience. An external placement is not guaranteed but you will have the chance to apply and be interviewed by the company.

Industry project partner organisations include Rolls-Royce, Arup, Tesco and Eurostar. (See CORMSIS).

Benefit from the expertise of leading academics in the Business School and the University’s Centre of Operational Research, Management Sciences and Information Systems, one of the country’s largest research groups in this field. (See CORMSIS).

The course content is informed by an industry advisory panel to ensure it is up to date and teaches you the skills that businesses need.


Chinese summer projects

Students do China work placements

Chinese MSc students at Southampton Business School now have the opportunity to apply for placements in their home country, thanks to a pioneering ini

Find out more

Programme Leader

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 and Management

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 on the University Admissions Policy page, 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 7.0 overall with 6.5 in all components

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.

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

Pre-sessional courses

Our pre-sessional English language courses are the best way to prepare for study at the University of Southampton. The courses will improve your capability and confidence in using English language in your studies.

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.

Year 1

Semester One
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Semester Two
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Supply Chain Management and LogisticsMSc 2020Full-time£11,950£20,728
View the full list of course fees


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.

Explore funding opportunities

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

The course is delivered using a range of teaching and learning methods. You’ll attend lectures and seminars as well as undertaking private study.

Many of the modules include group activities that enable you to explore the principles and experience the challenges of contemporary supply chain and logistics management. These exercises will also help you to develop transferable skills such as communication and team-working skills that will be invaluable in the workplace. Some modules include guest lectures from industry who will bring insights into current sector issues.

You’ll be assessed in a range of ways, including exams, individual coursework, group assignments and reflective reports, and your dissertation.

Student support

You will learn in an informal and friendly environment, with approachable academics who can offer any extra support you might need. You’ll also be allocated a personal academic tutor who can advise on course-related matters.

Employability seminars provide additional career support, and you can access the comprehensive services run by the University’s Careers and Employability Service.

You’ll be able to broaden your professional networks at a recruitment fair run by CORMSIS, where you can meet a wide range of employers. We also arrange occasional visits to other major UK recruitment fairs.

Our industry liaison officers will be able to offer any support or advice you might need about the summer project placement.

Study locations

Share this course Share this on Facebook Share this on Twitter Share this on Weibo
Privacy Settings