About this course
Gain the expertise to manage the movement of goods, people, data or money across a supply chain on this master’s degree course at the University of Southampton. You’ll develop advanced management and analytical skills, and have the chance to work on a real business project during a 3-month industry placement. You’ll be taught by academics from one of the country’s leading analytics research groups, and graduate with the skills and knowledge for a successful career in logistics.
On this MSc Supply Chain Management and Logistics degree, you’ll learn advanced management skills and the ability to use data to make good business decisions.
You’ll gain a thorough grounding in:
- purchasing and supply management
- integrated logistics
- software and programming skills
- quantitative, qualitative and technical skills
You’ll graduate from the course knowing how to:
- formulate a hypothesis and use data to test it
- use mathematical techniques to support decision-making
- develop computer-based decision support systems to gain insight from data
You’ll also have the chance to compete for a 3-month summer placement in industry, working on a real business challenge. At least 50 of our students are chosen for the placements each year, with industry partners including British Airways, NHS, and National Air Traffic Services.
If you're picked, you’ll present your findings to the organisation and write them up for your dissertation.
We'll give you plenty of support before and during the project, including seminars and workshops, to help you get the most from your placement.
The course is taught in association with the University’s cross-discipline Centre of Operational Research, Management Sciences and Information Systems, one of the biggest groups of its kind in the UK. This means you’ll benefit from a wider choice of optional modules which you can use to pursue your own interests or career plans.
Your course leader is Dr Antonio Martinez-Sykora, Associate Professor in Business Analytics. His research focuses on combinatorial optimisation problems, especially cutting and packing problems and logistic planning problems such as vehicle routing. Read Dr Martinez-Sykora's staff profile to find out more about his work.
This course is accredited by:
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree in:
We might consider other subjects if you can show evidence of quantitative study.
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English language requirements
If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English. You'll need an overall score of 6.5 and the following scores for reading, writing, listening and speaking:
IELTS score requirements
We accept other English language tests. Find out which English language tests we accept.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000
COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
This is full-time master’s course. Your studies will last a full 12 months.
For the first 8 months (semesters 1 and 2) you'll focus on the taught part of your course.
Each semester is made up of a combination of modules that everyone on the course takes, and modules that we’ll ask you to choose from a list of options.
For the remainder of the course, you’ll work independently on your dissertation. You’ll have one-to-one meetings with your supervisor during this time to discuss your progress.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules:
You must also choose from the following modules:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
The learning activities for this course include the following:
- classes and tutorials
- individual and group projects
- independent learning (studying on your own)
We’ll assess you through:
- group assignments
- written exams
- a dissertation
You’ll carry out a research project resulting in a 15,000-word dissertation, on a subject of your choice (to be agreed with your supervisor).
The project is a chance for you to develop your research skills and show in-depth knowledge of your chosen subject.
You might have the chance to complete your project as a 3-month summer placement with an external organisation. We place more than 50 students in external projects every year.
We'll assign you a personal academic tutor, and you'll have access to a senior tutor.
As a graduate of this course, your expertise will be in demand across the manufacturing, retail and transportation sectors.
You could choose to join one of the specialist consultancy firms or software development companies that offer support to large companies in areas such as:
- distribution network planning
- vehicle route planning
- public transport
- warehouse management
- location decision support
- healthcare logistics
- workforce planning
Typical roles include:
- supply chain analyst
- logistics planner
- logistics engineer
- supply chain manager
- supplier relationship manager
- inventory and warehouse manager
- vehicle fleet manager
Logistics Engineer, International Logistics Manager, Supply-Chain Manager
The summer placement is a great opportunity to put your skills into practice and gain professional experience on a real industry project.
Our partner organisations include:
- British Airways
- Deloitte Analytics
- National Air Traffic Services
- Royal Mail
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £11,950.
- International students pay £20,728.
When you accept your offer to study on this course you’ll be asked to pay a deposit. This is non-refundable. The deposit amount is:
- UK/EU students: £250
- International students: £1,000
Full terms and conditions and details of how to pay this deposit will be sent to you in your offer letter.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000