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Logistics and Supply Chain Management BSc(Hons) 2016-17

This course also available for 2015-16 entry


At a glance

UCAS code:

Start date:
19 / 09 / 2016


4 years inc. placement year

Places available:
60 (this number may be subject to change)

Course type:

Inc. placement year

Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

Entry requirements

•  ABB at A Level

•  DDD at BTEC

•  320 UCAS points

•  Candidates will be invited to attend an assessment centre operated in conjunction with our partners in the Novus Trust


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About the course

This innovative professional programme has been developed in partnership with the NOVUS Trust, an industry led organisation dedicated to attracting and developing talent in logistics and the supply chain. It is an excellent opportunity to develop a career in the dynamic logistics and supply chain industry and offers a unique set of valuable benefits - including guaranteed employment on graduation (subject to meeting scheme criteria - to qualify for the guarantee you’ll need to graduate with a 2.1 degree and achieve satisfactory references from your placement employer and your personal tutor at the University.) You’ll have the opportunity to learn how leading companies organise and manage the planning, sourcing, manufacturing and physical logistics of their supply chains to ensure business success, gaining useful insights into operational and strategic supply chain theory and practice. During the course you’ll have a company mentor, participate in industry-led seminars and site visits, as well as enjoying paid vacation and sandwich year placements with leading employers. The NOVUS Trust will also help to support you to gain additional professional qualifications and, most importantly, guarantee an offer of employment with one of the supporting companies on successful completion of the programme (subject to meeting scheme criteria outlined above).

Course content

Here’s what student Naomi Phillips, Alex Heard, Lucy Holland, Mark Keresztes and Gloria Maina have to say about their course in the subject area of Supply Chain Management and The Novus Trustsubject video

The NOVUS Trust course is backed by leading retailers, manufacturers and logistics companies, such as ASOS, Dixons Retail, Sainsbury's, Travis Perkins, Network Rail, Hermes, Premier Foods, Arla Foods, Cummins, DHL and Wincanton. Visit the NOVUS Trust for full details of the companies supporting the scheme.

Year 1

Core modules:

+ Principles of Logistics

This module provides a fundamental understanding of the key aspects of logistics and supply chain management. It focuses on the identification of the relationships between logistics activities and looks at how changing business conditions have impacted on the development of the sector. The principles underpinning effective management of material flows are analysed with specific regard to inventory and distribution management and their role in creating customer satisfaction. The application of information technology and the need to comply with increasing environmental regulations will also be considered. You’ll be assessed on the basis of group coursework and a two-hour examination.

+ Business Skills

This module will help you to develop your professional and personal skills with an emphasis on employability and enterprise. Lectures, workshops and tutorials will help you to develop and practice your reading, writing, presentation, teamwork and research skills. ICT skills will be enhanced through the delivery of workshops and competence testing. Data analysis and statistical techniques will be used to show how these tools are vital in performing the tasks required within industry. You’ll have the opportunity to develop the ability to choose, use and manage appropriate mathematical, statistical and ICT systems and techniques to produce and disseminate meaningful management information. The module incorporates elements of PDP and self-evaluation. A weekend residential field trip in the first term will focus on team-building skills. The module is assessed through a portfolio of evidence and a series of class tests.

+ Commercial Management

This module introduces you to financial and commercial management, helping to build your understanding of this vital area of business management and helping to support you in your future career. You’ll have the opportunity to develop your understanding of financial statements and how these are used to appraise the performance of a business and you’ll explore the use of information for business control and management decision making. The module is taught through a weekly lecture and seminar and is assessed through a series of in-class tests and an end of year exam.

+ Economics

The module provides an introduction to the principles of micro and macro-economics. It is selective in its choice of content, featuring those aspects which have particular relevance and application to students who intend working in logistics, supply chain management and transport. The module has an even balance between theory and practice. More specifically it seems to make students aware of the economic underpinning of a range of business issues and problems that relate to logistics, supply chain management and transport.

+ Marketing and Innovation

The module introduces key principles of marketing and addresses these principles from the perspective of logistics and supply chain firms. You’ll have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the underlying concepts and theories underpinning marketing practice. The module has an even balance between theory (lectures) and practice (case studies and industry examples in tutorials). The module also covers the impact of innovation and technological change on companies in the sector. The module is assessed through group work and an exam.

+ Organisations and People

The module will introduce you to the characteristics of organisations and explore how they operate and what influences them. The structures, operations and management aspects of organisations will be analysed. The specific behaviour of people at work will also be examined in order to understand their motivations. Whilst some of the theories of management styles will be discussed, emphasis will be placed on developing your personal skills with regard to key business activities. The module is assessed through an individual coursework report and an exam.

Year 2

Core modules:

+ Physical Logistics Management

This module focuses on the physical logistics elements of the supply chain, considering material handling, storage and freight transportation and the associated management of these activities. In addition to examining the benefits and operation of alternative modes of transport. You’ll undertake group course work looking at the design and operation of a large distribution centre and also be assessed through an end of year exam.

+ Planning Techniques for Logistics and Transport Operations

This module introduces a range of practical and analytical planning techniques used within the logistics industry. Basic techniques used to solve logistics problems will be explained in lectures whilst more complex issues are addressed in computing tutorials. You’ll become familiar with the use of industry specific software in the area of linear programming, planning, inventory control, forecasting and simulation in logistics. Assessment is by means of one piece of coursework and an open book exam using computers.

+ Human Resource Management

This module will provide an introduction to aspects of Human Resource Management & Development and will demonstrate the contribution that they can make to organisational success in a rapidly changing environment. The module will focus on the approaches utilised by HR specialists and line managers in relation to employee resourcing, employee relations, reward, learning and development. In particular: human resource planning, recruitment and selection, the employment relationship, training and development, appraisal and performance management. Further aspects of personnel management such as industrial relations, health and safety and the management of TUPE will also be covered. Assessment will be by a coursework report and exam.

+ Purchasing and Supply

This module explores the role of purchasing and supply as a key driver enabling the smooth flow of goods at optimum cost whilst meeting the specific requirements of the end user. The module will examine the different approaches to managing the inputs to the supply chain and will analyse how the function can contribute to an efficient and effective organisation. The module is assessed by a written assignment and an end of year exam.

+ Manufacturing and Operations Management

This module will help provide you with a detailed knowledge of operations management within the field of supply chain management. It attempts to give you an awareness of the importance of manufacturing and its impacts across different supply chain functions ranging from product design to after-market support. It will give you an insight into the different planning methods and supporting systems underpinning modern manufacturing operations. Assessment is through an individual coursework and end of year exam.

+ Project Quality Management

This module introduces you to the various models & frameworks, tools & techniques and underlying principles of the quality movement and project management. Case material relevant to manufacturing and service industries is introduced and provides experience of practical application, including the use of software (MS Project) for project planning and control. Assessment is through a group project and individual coursework.

Year 3

The course offers a compulsory (48 weeks) work placement after the second year with one of the companies backing the NOVUS scheme.

Final year

Core modules:

+ Strategic Supply Chain Management

This module evaluates the role of logistics and supply chain management in helping to achieve the strategic objectives of an organisation. You’ll explore how managing strategically across the entire supply chain can help an organisation to achieve and maintain its competitive edge in terms of market share and / or profitability. You’ll have the opportunity to diagnose problems within supply chains and to demonstrate your grasp of how different supply chain strategies can positively impact the performance of the firm via a contemporary case-study based written assignment and an exam.

+ Project

The aim of this module is to help develop your skills and ability to carry out an original investigation into a particular problem. In the early stages of project development, lectures provide guidance in various important aspects of project formulation and development, such as choice of appropriate methodology, literature sources and review techniques, specification of data requirements, data collection and data analysis. For the remainder of the module, emphasis is placed on individual study, supported by regular personal supervision. At the end of the module you are required to submit a Project Report of between 12,000 and 15,000 words, with a Feasibility Study, Progress Report and presentation on progress.

+ Strategy and Leadership

This module applies the principles of Strategic Management and Leadership to manufacturers, retailers and logistics companies through a study of concepts and theories. This will be achieved by means of lectures, seminars (focusing on case studies) and guest lectures. On completion of this module, you should be aware of the importance of effective Strategic Management and Leadership within the supply chain context. Assessment is through an individual piece of coursework and an end of year examination.

+ Retail and Manufacturing Logistics

This module examines the role of logistics in supporting the retail industry and providing a basis for competitive advantage. You’ll have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the structure of the retailing industry and the increased pressures being placed on suppliers and distributors. Retail network structures are analysed recognising the impact of globalisation and the growth in e-retailing on the total supply chain. You’ll be assessed on the basis of an individual report and an unseen exam.

+ Supply Chain Systems and Modelling

This module explains the use of data and process modelling to support decision making in supply chain systems. It will show how data can be obtained, extracted and manipulated to enable decision support tools to be used to underpin the management of the supply chain. The module will demonstrate how the supply chain system can be modelled and analysed for re-engineering and improvement and will demonstrate how to select appropriate modelling tools for particular problems, incorporate data and use the models to evaluate alternative approaches. Assessment is through an individual piece of coursework and a computer based final examination.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


The course offers a compulsory one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK with a NOVUS company.

Placements will be with companies within the NOVUS scheme who are committed to providing a rewarding placement experience and who will invest in your professional developmentPrevious students on this course have enjoyed placements with companies such as Sainsbury’s, DHL, Cummins, Marks & Spencer, Wincanton, ASOS and PZ Cussons.

Our Placement Office works with employers to ensure excellent work experience opportunities are available to you on placement courses as well as giving advice in areas such as interview skills and preparing CVs and covering letters.

Career opportunities

90% of graduates from this course go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.*

There is currently a shortage of skilled professionals within logistics and supply chain management - one of the key reasons that the industry has formed the NOVUS Trust to attract new talent and why you will be in demand. Logistics courses at Huddersfield have always enjoyed exceptionally high levels of graduate employment.

The NOVUS Trust scheme offers career opportunities unparalleled in other courses - including a guaranteed offer of employment with one of the member companies. To qualify for the guarantee you will need to graduate with a 2.1 degree and achieve satisfactory references from your placement employer and your personal tutor at the University.

Previous graduates from this subject area have gone on to roles such as Network Operations Support Manager, Supply Chain Analyst, e-fulfilment Solutions Graduate and Materials Improvement Specialist in organisations including Cummins, Hermes, DHL, Wincanton, Clipper Group, Morrison’s and Sainsbury’s.

Professional links and accreditations

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

The course has been developed in partnership with the NOVUS Trust and throughout your time at the University you will have regular contact with industry professionals and leaders through mentoring, guest lectures, industry-led seminars and site visits.

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a series of lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, role play, case studies, case projects, site visits and fieldwork trips. You can also take part in innovative industry based projects and will have the opportunity to present work to a professional audience. Assessment will include exams, oral presentations, case studies, in-class tests, reports, essays and case study analysis.

20.3% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

If you are concerned about adapting to study at university level, then our Learning Development Group, (LDG) based in the Business School building offers a dedicated service helping our students to improve their academic skills in areas such as presentations skills, time-management, academic reading, referencing or academic writing, research for essay preparation and how to prepare.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course. Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.

Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK’s only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.


The Business School was opened in 2010 at a cost of £17m and is the most eco-friendly building on campus. It's a state-of-the art facility and provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop. Located right next to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal it’s in a leafy and picturesque location at the heart of the campus.

Excellent teaching rooms combine with fully-equipped computer labs to provide access to technology and learning resources alongside 'The Street' cafe which offers space for socialising, networking and relaxation over a wide selection of fresh food and hot and cold drinks.

How much will it cost me?

In 2016/17, the tuition fee for UK and EU students at the University of Huddersfield will be £9,000. Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Other information

In addition to the core course, the NOVUS Trust will provide opportunities for you to undertake additional professional qualifications that will enhance your CV and increase your value in the workplace.

You’ll have the opportunity to be mentored by a mentor drawn from industry, tasked with assisting you with your professional development. In addition you will have a University personal tutor, guiding you in personal and academic development.

Further study

Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies, there may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.


This programme is available to EU/UK students only. If you are an EU student you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

How to apply

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website

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