Logistics and Supply Chain Management BSc(Hons)

2021-22 (also available for 2020-21)

Start date

20 September 2021

Duration

4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

BTEC - DDD

See full entry requirements

Places available (subject to change)

50

About the course

Why Logistics and Supply Chain Management?

Logistics and Supply Chain Management BSc(Hons) is an innovative professional programme developed in partnership with the NOVUS Trust. The Trust is an industry-led organisation that focuses on developing talent in the supply chain. If you’re wanting to go into supply chain management, this could be the course for you. It comes with a guarantee of employment if you secure a 2:1 degree.

We’ll examine how leading companies organise and manage their logistics and supply chain to ensure success.This includes topics such as planning, sourcing, manufacturing and physical logistics and on the way we’ll give you the chance to develop your business management, leadership and decision-making skills. We want to make you employment-ready so you can take the next step in your career.

How will I learn?

You will learn through practical application and delivered lectures, workshops, seminars and group work sessions.

  • You’ll have the opportunity to be coached by a mentor drawn from industry, tasked with assisting you with your professional development so you’ll be dealing with someone who works in the industry on a daily basis, and you’ll be able to take part in industry-led seminars and site visits. In addition, you will have a University personal tutor, guiding you in personal and academic development.
  • The NOVUS Trust will help you take things further, provided you secure a 2:1 degree and complete all your coursework, they will guarantee an offer of employment with one of the companies involved when you graduate. Recent companies involved include Argos, ASOS, Muller and Morrisons.
  • We’ll also give you the chance to take paid placements, and a placement year with a leading employer. Previous students have taken placements with Sainsbury’s, ASOS, Travis Perkins, Nestle, Muller and many others.

So if you’re looking to go into logistics and supply chain management, this course could enable you to take your first step in your career. In addition to the 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.

What subjects will you cover?

You’ll explore subjects such as Principles of Logistics, Commercial management, Marketing and Innovation, Planning Techniques for Logistics and Transport Operations, Purchasing and Supply, Strategy and Leadership and Retail and Manufacturing Logistics.

If you want to learn about this exciting and interesting subject from an enthusiastic staff team with industrial experience and academic expertise, then a course in this area could be right for you. Our industry focused courses have been designed with the help of major companies to give you the skills, competencies and knowledge valued by industry and prepared for a management career. All our courses offer the opportunity to gain real world experience through an industrial placement in the UK or abroad and such is the demand for graduates that some of our courses will even guarantee you a graduate job through the industry backed NOVUS scheme.

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Christine Jordan, Senior Lecturer

Course detail

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.

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.

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.

Economics

This module provides a foundation in micro-economics and macro-economics that is relevant 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.

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.

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.

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level

120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications

DDD in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above
  • 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

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

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

What our students have to say


The University of Huddersfield offers a diverse and vibrant student environment, located on one central town centre campus site. The Business School 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.

Watch our profile video to hear some of our students describe why they chose the University of Huddersfield.

Placements


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

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.

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. Companies include Arla Foods Ltd, Arris, CEVA Logistics, Clipper Logistics, Culina/Great Bear, Cummins, Gist Ltd, Howdens, Hoyer Petrolog UK Ltd, Morrisons, Muller, Pladis, PPG Architectural Coatings EMEA, PZ Cussons, Travis Perkins, and Wincanton Plc. Visit NOVUSTrust|http://www.novus.uk.com/] for full details of the companies supporting the scheme.

The knowledge and experiences I have gained on placement have really benefited me. I think it can be easy to dive straight into final year and finish University, but this is a paid opportunity to broaden your knowledge, meet new people and gain hands on experience in your chosen career.

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Georgia Gibson, Operational Project Coordinator, placement with Kuehne + Nagel

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is joint first in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HESA 2020).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your Career


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, DHL, Wincanton, Clipper Group, Morrison’s Nestle, Yusen Logistics, Heineken and Sainsbury’s.

*  Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

100% Graduates employed from this course*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Within Huddersfield Business School, there are numerous student support services that you can access to ensure that you make the most of your time with us. In terms of academic support, we have highly qualified Academic Skills Tutors who are able to provide support to those of you who require help in improving your academic skills in areas such as academic writing, presentation techniques, referencing etc. We also offer additional support to our International students by giving free language support sessions to our Final Year/Top-Up and Postgraduate students and co-ordinate the ‘Bud In Hud ‘ programme which provides opportunities for both International and Home students to meet and socialise in an informal setting.

We also have a team of Student Guidance and Support Officers within the School who can provide support and advice to you with any non-academic issues such as health issues, financial problems or personal issues, you may be facing which are having an effect on your ability to study to the best of your abilities. Drop in sessions are always available so you can pop in and have a confidential chat about how we can help and what support is available to you.

Our support services are here to ensure that you are able to achieve your academic, professional and personal potential during your time with Huddersfield Business School.

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.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

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

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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