Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc Brochure

Postgraduate master’s courses in

Supply Chain Management

Academic year 2024/25 entry

Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc Procurement and Supply Chain Management MSc

Cranfield School of Management Cranfield School of Management is a specialist postgraduate business school located in the heart of the UK. We are a world leader in management education, research and consultancy, and our mission is to improve the practice of management. We have a global reputation for developing high-performing leaders in technology and management. Renowned for our strong links with industry, we provide practical management solutions through a range of activities including leadership, finance, marketing and supply chain.


We are one of an elite 1% of business schools to hold all the ‘triple crown’ of accreditations, and even additionally the Small Business Charter accreditation Quadruple accreditation

Management MSc ranked 5th in the UK and 36th in the world in The Economist Which MBA? Masters in Management 2021 ranking.

TOP 10

TOP 10 Finance and Management MSc Ranked 8th in the UK and 44th in the world in the Financial Times Masters in Finance Pre-experience ranking 2022. No.2 Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc Ranked 2nd in the UK and 11th in the world in the QS World University Rankings: Masters in Supply Chain Management ranking 2022.

Management MSc Ranked 6th in the UK and 28th in the world by QS World University Rankings: Masters in Management Ranking 2022. Business School Teaching Ranked top 10 in the world in the Business School Teaching Power Ranking 2021 compiled for the Financial Times.

5 , 000 postgraduate students from 100+ countries

TOP 10 UK Business School

Ranked top 10 in the UK and 34th in Europe in the Financial Times European Business School Rankings 2021.

A professional network of 75,000 + alumni

As we are postgraduate only, we are not listed in league tables that help compare undergraduate universities, such as The Times World Rankings and The Complete University Guide .

“The reason Cranfield’s course is so attractive is that it is very comprehensively structured and covers knowledge and tools that you can apply in nearly all industries in the future. I would recommend my course of Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc at Cranfield School of Management as not only do you benefit from the knowledge of an experienced teaching team, but you also get perspectives from other students from all over the world.”

Yaoting Chen, CEO, No Fear Educational Network Studio, (Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc 2021)


Reasons to study Supply Chain Management with us 1 5

Highly-ranked Cranfield School of Management is a world leading business school for supply chain management. Our Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc is ranked 2nd in the UK and 11th in the world in the QS World University Rankings: Masters in Supply Chain Management Rankings 2022. Centre of excellence Our Centre for Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management has an excellent, worldwide reputation, for providing highly regarded advanced teaching and research. Our world-class faculty and doctoral researchers work alongside forward-thinking industry leaders, through our alumni networks, research collaborations and clubs. Industry accreditations Our Supply Chain Management courses are accredited by leading internationally recognised industry institutions CIPS and CILT. This ensures that our courses are relevant and informed by the latest industry thinking and developments. On graduating you can apply for membership to these institutions, which can provide significant career and professional development opportunities. Study tour The study tour is a unique opportunity to experience a supply chain perspective in a different part of the United Kingdom. You will gain first-hand experience of how supply strategies are influenced by different pressures (both internal and external), and you will gain a rich understanding of the differences between supply chain practices of a variety of organisations.

Research projects The culmination of the learning process is your opportunity to undertake an individual thesis project. You might want to develop a company-based project, collaborating with one of our industry partners; or a Cranfield-led project, allowing you to choose from a broad range of topics. You might also conduct a student-led project, based on your proposals to develop a theoretical or company-based project. Stimulating learning A broad range of teaching methods will help embed your learning, featuring real-world case studies, interactive lectures, group work and sessions hosted by industry speakers. We nurture your practical business skills and confidence, by tackling real-world challenges. Career support During your course you will have access to support and guidance to help you plan an effective strategy for your personal and professional development, whether you are seeking to secure your first supply chain management role, or ready to take your career to the next level.








We have been teaching master’s degrees in logistics for more than 40 years, and have developed an excellent reputation for teaching and research in this field. We work with industry partners, and monitor changing sector trends, to ensure you have the very latest skills and knowledge to prepare you for an exciting career in supply chain management. Cranfield boasts one of Europe’s largest specialist logistics, procurement and supply chain management faculty. We have contributed significantly to the de velopment of creative and customised insights into today’s complex supply chain environment. We offer two full-time one-year specialist master’s degrees in supply chain management, each tailored to the specific disciplines of logistics or procurement. Both courses have been developed to produce expert supply chain professionals. They are designed for recent graduates who wish to prepare for a first professional role and future career in the field, and early career professionals looking to accelerate their position by enhancing their knowledge and skills.

Logistics and Supply Chain Management


Procurement and Supply Chain Management


For full information see www.cranfield.ac.uk/som/mscscm

“Before coming to Cranfield, I had been working for almost 6 years as a Customer Service Representative in the Logistics department of a Brazilian company in Mexico. I was interested in Logistics, and when doing my research in course options I learned that Cranfield had one of the best ranked courses in the topic, and I particularly liked the fact that the University is highly linked with the industry which from my point of view adds more value from a professional aiming to

return to the workplace.” Estrella Karina Luna Camarena, (Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc 2022)


Modules form 60% of the course content, with the individual thesis project making up the other 40%. This brochure shows the compulsory and elective modules currently affiliated with these courses, to give you an idea of course content. To keep our courses relevant and up-to-date, modules are subject to change.

Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Procurement and Supply Chain Management

Compulsory modules

Supply Chain Strategy and Sustainability



Principles of Strategic Procurement



Inventory and Operations Management



Accounting and Finance for Supply Chain Management



Analytical Techniques for Supply Chain Management



Freight Transport



Information Systems and eBusiness



Project Management Introduction



Physical Network Design




Supplier Selection and Evaluation


Negotiation and Contract Management


Elective modules In addition to the ten compulsory modules you will choose four elective modules. Big Data Analytics for Supply Chain Management.

Performance Measurement in Supply Chain.

Business Model Generation.

Retail Logistics.

Business Process Outsourcing.

Planning and Resourcing for Road Freight Transport.

Circular Supply Chains.

Sales and Operations Planning.

Designing and Managing Resilient Supply Chains.


Future of Digital Procurement.

Six Sigma.

Humanitarian Logistics.

Social Network Analysis in a Supply Chain Context.

Logistics Outsourcing.


Course structure Our master's degree courses combine compulsory and elective modules. You will develop your practical skills and confidence through a combination of interactive lectures, participative workshops, case studies, site visits and presentations from high-profile visiting speakers. You will also complete an individual thesis project. This diagram illustrates the course structure of our full-time master's degree courses. Please check your course structure online for more detailed information, including the weight of each phase and part-time course structure variations.

An opportunity to think and work in an original way. It focuses on a current challenge facing supply chain professionals and results in an actionable solution and recommendations for real-world application.

An intensive learning experience, providing the knowledge you need to excel in your chosen specialist eld.

Taught programme

Individual thesis



80 credits, 800 hours

120 credits, 1200 hours

200 credits 2000 hours



Study tour The study tour is a unique opportunity to experience a supply chain perspective in a different part of the United Kingdom. You will gain first-hand experience of how supply strategies are influenced by different pressures (both internal and external), and you will gain a rich understanding of the differences between supply chain practices of a variety of organisations. The tour normally takes place over three to four days. On your return you will have gained valuable insights and will appreciate the diverse nature of supply chain management. Please note that the study tour is an optional component of the courses, and if undertaken is subject to additional costs. It is also subject to travel restrictions.


Industry links Cranfield has unrivalled links with industry. You will benefit from our extensive contacts and track record of close collaboration with the supply chain sector globally. These links include our practice advisory board and project sponsors.

Practice Advisory Board Our courses are reviewed each year by a panel of industry advisors from leading companies and institutions in the sector including the Travis Perkins, Maersk, Sainsburys, Odgers Berndtson, Oracle, GS1UK, Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). This ensures that the skills you acquire are up-to-date and what employers want.

Individual thesis You will either undertake a desk-based research project for your individual thesis, or you may have the opportunity to work on a company-based project in collaboration with one of our industrial partners. Both pathways enable you to apply and extend the knowledge and skills you have learnt during the course, and the choice of projects cover a broad range of subject areas. Careers A degree from Cranfield will fast-track your career. Typically, our graduates go on to work in the following types of roles and organisations: Roles: • Consultant, • Demand Analyst,

Organisations: • Amazon, • DHL, • Diageo, • Kuehne + Nagel, • Nike, • Procter & Gamble, • Shell.

• Operations Manager, • Procurement Manager, • Regional Purchasing Manager, • Supply and Demand Planner, • Supply Chain Manager.


Academic staff Our faculty are renowned in their field, with broad industry experience. They work with operating boards of numerous global businesses, ensuring that their lectures are contemporary and stimulating. They are supported by a team of visiting speakers and professors from around the world. Dr Hendrik Reefke, Senior Lecturer in Supply Chain Management

Hendrik is the Course Director for the Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc and Procurement and Supply Chain Management MSc. He has held academic positions in the UK, Germany and New Zealand. He holds an award-winning PhD from the University of Auckland as well as a Master's and Bachelor (Honours) in Operations and Supply Chain Management. Hendrik is known for his capability in warehousing, a specialised area characterised by complexities regarding design, equipment, operations and managerial implications. He is an active researcher, focusing primarily on sustainable supply chain management, service supply chains, as well as warehousing. He has conducted various consulting and research projects, including 'Sustainable Transport in the UK', 'Health Supply Chain Transformations in Developing Countries', 'Supply Chain Trends', and 'The Effects of Brexit on Supply Chain Locations'. Dr Farooq Habib, Senior Lecturer in Supply Chain Management Farooq is the Deputy Course Director for the Procurement and Supply Chain Management MSc. He has held visiting faculty positions at numerous business schools. He has held management positions for more than 16 years in export-oriented organisations in the textiles and food and beverage sectors, and has worked with global brands such as Levi Strauss, Marks & Spencer, Nestlé and Unilever. His current research includes exit strategies in industrial relationships, the implications of global regulations and technological advancements on sustainability, and risk management in food and pharmaceutical cold chains. Dr Lorenzo Prataviera, Lecturer in Logistics and Supply Chain Management Lorenzo is the Deputy Course Director of the Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc. He holds a PhD in Management, Economics, and Industrial Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Before joining Cranfield School of Management in 2021, he lectured and undertook research on logistics, supply chain management and industrial engineering at Politecnico di Milano since May 2016. From 2018 to 2019 he also held a position as Guest Researcher at Lund University, Sweden. His main research interests concern global distribution network design, taking a multidisciplinary attitude to go beyond logistics boundaries and enlarge the adopted perspective. This includes developing the interface between the logistics and fiscal domains and investigating sustainability issues for global supply chains. Further research is conducted regarding postponement strategies, supply chain environmental sustainability, supply chain collaboration, supply chain resilience, logistics outsourcing, and logistics innovation.

You can find out more about our team at www.cranfield.ac.uk/som/scmstaff 8

Key facts and statistics Cohort profile * Course information

Geographic spread 1% UK 99% International

Full-time One year

Start date September

Total number of students 307 Typical cohort age range 20-43 years


Fees Please see the individual course pages on our website for full fee information and full-time or part-time options. Terms and conditions apply.

30% Female 70% Male

*These figures give an indication of the course make-up at registration across our Supply Chain Management courses for 2022-23.

See www.cranfield.ac.uk/som/fees

Accreditations Our supply chain management courses are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement (CIPS) and Supply. This ensures that our programmes are relevant and informed by the latest industry thinking and developments. Upon completion of either of these courses, you will be eligible to apply for full membership of all institutes once you have completed three years of relevant work experience. This will provide significant benefit to your career and professional development.


More than a degree with the Cranfield Enhance programme Cranfield graduates are valued for their distinctive skills and capabilities. We have developed these programmes to complement and enhance what you learn on your chosen qualification. On the Cranfield Enhance programme, you will be able to earn ‘digital badges’ in areas such as Employability, Entrepreneurship, Sustainability and Outreach to showcase your new skills to prospective employers. Read more at www.cranfield.ac.uk/enhance

Financing your studies If you need advice on funding your course or living costs, we can provide information and a range of online tools to help you put together the funding package you need.

There is more information on our website: www.cranfield.ac.uk/funding

How to apply

Read more about our entry requirements and how to apply: www.cranfield.ac.uk/apply


Life at Cranfield

A welcoming, professional campus community. Located just over an hour from London in the English countryside, Cranfield’s campus environment supports close, working relationships between our multinational postgraduate students and academic and industry experts.






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Cranfield University works with over 1,500

businesses and governments based in over 40 countries

These organisations include:

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