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Logistics and Supply Chain Management BSc(Hons) 2015-16

At a Glance

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Start date:
21 / 09 / 2015

4 years sandwich

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

Course Type:

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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Tel: 01484 472956

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 will need to graduate with a 2.1 degree and achieve satisfactory references from your placement employer and your personal tutor at the University.).

You will learn how leading companies organise and manage the planning, sourcing, manufacturing and physical logistics of their supply chains to ensure business success, gaining unique insights into operational and strategic supply chain theory and practice.

During the course you will 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 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).

The NOVUS Trust scheme 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 web pages for full details of the companies supporting the

Course content

Year 1

+ Principles of Logistics

The 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 corporate strategy 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 will be assessed on the basis of group coursework and a two-hour examination (both worth 50% of module marks).

+ Business Skills

This module will enable you to develop your professional and personal skills with an emphasis on employability and enterprise. We focus on developing your reading, writing, presentation, teamwork, ICT and research skills. Data analysis and statistical techniques will be used to show how these tools are vital in performing the tasks required within industry. The module incorporates elements of PDP and self-evaluation and includes a weekend residential field trip. Assessment is through a portfolio of evidence (worth 50% of module marks) and a series of class tests (worth 50% of module marks).

+ Commercial Management

This module will introduce students to commercial management within the context of the transport and logistics industry.

The module develops an understanding of basic financial statements and progresses through to interpretation of financial accounts. The use of financial and non financial information for business control and management decision making is explored.

The module is made relevant to the suite of Logistics Management courses by illustrating concept and theory with industry specific examples and through the application of theory to case study examples from the transport and logistics industry. The module is taught by means of a weekly lecture and tutorial.

+ Economics

The module provides a foundation in micro-economics and macro-economics that is relevant for students in logistics and supply chain management. The topics covered provide an analytical knowledge of how markets work and why in many cases, markets fail to produce the best allocation of resources. The module investigates issues such as globalisation and economic policies and addresses their impact on logistics and supply chain management firms. You will be assessed through two portfolios (50% of the module mark each).

+ Marketing and Innovation

The module introduces key principles of marketing and addresses these principles from the perspective of logistics and supply chain firms. You will 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 a group work (worth 50% of module marks) and an exam (worth 50% of marks)

+ 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. Emphasis will be placed on developing your personal skills in relation to key business activities. The module is assessed through an individual coursework report and a two hour examination (both worth 50% of module marks).

Year 2

+ 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 will undertake course work looking at the design and operation of a large distribution centre (worth 40% of the module marks) with the remaining 60% being assessed through an end of year examination.

+ 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 will 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 one piece of coursework (worth 40% of module marks) and an open book examination using computers (worth 60% of module marks).

+ 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. Students will be assessed by a coursework report (worth 40% of module marks) and examination (worth 60% of module marks).

+ 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 2000 word written assignment (worth 40% of module marks) and a 2 hour exam (worth 60% of module marks).

+ Manufacturing and Operations Management

This module will provide students with a detailed knowledge of operations management within the field of supply chain management. It attempts to give students 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 students an insight into the different planning methods and supporting systems underpinning modern manufacturing operations. Assessment is through an individual coursework report (worth 40% of module marks) and an end of year examination (worth 60% of module marks).

+ Project Quality Management

This module introduces students 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 (worth 60% of module marks) and individual coursework (worth 40% of module marks).

Year 3
Supervised Work Experience (compulsory)

Year 2

+ 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. This is achieved through the examination of the principles of strategic supply chain management and through the analysis of case study materials relating to a range of supply chain scenarios in relevant organisations. The benefits of lean and agile supply chains are evaluated, as are various tools for supply chain mapping. Emphasis is placed on the information needs for successful strategic supply chain management in a modern organisation. Topics covered include the design and operation of logistics information systems, the use of key performance indicators and benchmarking. Various issues relating to effective management structures for supply chain management are considered, as are inter-company supply chain relationships, including partnerships, strategic alliances and the emergence of the virtual supply chain organisation.

+ Project

The aim of this module is to develop the student’s skills and ability to carry out an original investigation into a particular problem. In the early stages of project development, seminars and workshops are organised to 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 the student is required to submit a Project Report of between 12,000 and 15,000 words.

Assessment of the module is largely on the basis of the final Project Report. Students are however expected to submit a Feasibility Study in the early stages of the module, and to submit a Progress Report and make a presentation on progress to date at the mid-way stage. The Feasibility Study, the Progress Report and the presentation on progress are all formally assessed.

+ Strategy and Leadership

This module applies the principles of Strategic Management and Leadership to the Logistics sector through a study of concepts and theories relating to strategic assessment, choice and implementation and the nature and role of leadership in the success of an organisation. On completion of this module, students will be aware of the importance of effective Strategic Management and Leadership for any logistics company. The module is assessed by means of a report (worth 30% of module marks) and examination (worth 70% of module marks).

+ Retail and Manufacturing Logistics

The module examines the role of logistics in supporting the retail industry and providing a basis for competitive advantage. You will 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 will be assessed on the basis of an individual report, which accounts for 30% of the module marks and an unseen examination which accounts for the remaining 70%.

+ 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 (worth 50% of module marks) and a computer based final examination (worth 50% of module marks).


A key component of the programme is salaried employment during the sandwich year. You will also have the opportunity to undertake paid vacation work.

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 development.

Career opportunities

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.

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'll learn through participation in lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, role play, case studies, case projects and site visits. Students also take part in innovative industry based projects and will have the opportunity to present work to a professional audience. A residential field trip is undertaken in the second year of the course. Your progress will be monitored through reports, essays, presentations, exams and case study analysis.


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.

The Learning Development Group (LDG) offer a dedicated service helping our students to improve their academic skills in areas such as referencing, presentations skills, time-management, academic reading, referencing or academic writing.

Our Placement Office works with national and international employers to ensure excellent work experience opportunities are available to our students on sandwich courses as well as giving advice in areas such as interview skills and preparing CV's and covering letters.

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 2015/16, 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, 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.

*At the time of publishing, the government had yet to confirm full details of fees/funding for 2015/16. The fee we charge in 2015/16 may be subject to change, as it is dependent on government fees/funding policy changes. In subsequent years it will be subject to inflationary increases. Please bookmark this page and refer back for up-to-date information. Information updated 11.02.14

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 will be mentored throughout the programme 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.

You can find out more by watching our NOVUS Trust promotional video here


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


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