Supply Chain Management with Logistics (Top-up) BSc(Hons)

2021-22 (also available for 2022-23)

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Start date

20 September 2021

Duration

1 year full-time

Places available (subject to change)

50

About the course

Why Supply Chain Management with Logistics Top-up?

More businesses are sourcing materials, products and services from across the world. Manage the supply chain well and you can help a manufacturing or retail business succeed.

In today’s challenging business environment, efficient and effective supply chain management is critical to the success of any manufacturing or retail business with globalisation. This one-year top-up course gives you the opportunity to further your knowledge in supply chain management.

Whether ASOS, Sainsbury's, Nestle, DHL, Network Rail or British Airways, companies and their customers depend on efficient and effective transport, logistics and supply chain operations, it is at the very heart of their businesses. One in twelve people work within these areas, in professions that offer a wealth of opportunities to well qualified graduates, in varied, fast paced, and often global roles.

How will I learn?

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

  • We'll take a global perspective to help you understand the issues that enterprises face.
  • You’ll also have the opportunity to explore a wide range of IT tools and techniques. The skills you learn could help you become an analyst, planner or manager within the supply chain.
  • 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.

What subjects will you cover?

You’ll explore subjects such as Strategic Supply Chain Management, Global Business Strategy, Retail and Manufacturing Logistics, Transport Economics and Policy and Supply Chain Systems and Modelling.

Whether ASOS, Sainsbury's, Nestle, DHL, Network Rail or British Airways, companies and their customers depend on efficient and effective transport, logistics and supply chain operations, it is at the very heart of their businesses. One in twelve people work within these areas, in professions that offer a wealth of opportunities to well qualified graduates, in varied, fast paced, and often global roles.

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. 

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Christine Jordan, Senior Lecturer

Course detail

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.

Strategy in Context

In this module you’ll gain an understanding of how organisations develop their strategies in relation to different aspects of their environment. You’ll study how both the internal context (e.g. organisational structure, routines and resources) and external context (e.g. institutional systems, industry structures and competition) shape organisational activities and the strategic decisions that individual managers make.

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.

Cross Cultural Studies

This module considers the influence that national culture has on human behaviour and the implications of this for organisational design and management. You’ll explore the practical complexities of working across different national cultures and within multi-cultural contexts, and the tools that managers can use to navigate challenging cross-cultural environments. A blend of theory and practical exercises will engage you in learning about a range of organisational and cultural settings.

Option modules:

Choose two from a list which may include:

Transport Economics and Policy

This module aims to provide you with the necessary tools and in-depth knowledge that will give you the opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of a wide range of contemporary transport issues. These are analysed and set primarily within a policy and economics context suitable for the level of study.

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.

International Business

This module considers the fundamental issue of competitiveness and helps you consider strategic business responses to globalisation. You’ll explore the different types of international business operations (international trade and foreign direct investment activities) and the factors that shape these operations (organisational resources and cultural and institutional environments in different national markets). You’ll also learn to make practical strategic decisions as international managers.

Research Project

This module is to help you to develop your skills and ability to carry out a substantial investigation into a particular aspect of transport and logistics of your choice. Emphasis is placed on review and evaluation of literature and other available information, rather than collection of original data. In the early stages of project development, seminars and workshops provide guidance in various important aspects of project formulation and development, such as choice of appropriate methodology, identification of sources of appropriate information, literature review techniques and report writing skills. For the remainder of the module, emphasis is placed on individual study, supported by regular personal supervision.

International Marketing

The aim of this module is to help develop your understanding of the marketing theory and principles within the international or global business arena. It involves the consideration of the international marketing environment and the application of marketing principles for companies operating in foreign and world markets.

Management Work and Society

In modern society work is important for economic and social wellbeing, playing a central part in our lives. This core module builds on management theory: it explores contemporary issues in the workplace and how to deal with them from a management perspective. Topics on this module include the role of gender in the workplace, professional work, the globalisation of work, the labour process, unemployment and the future of work.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally one of the following:

  • Higher National Diploma in Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Transport Management, Shipping, Purchasing and Supply or similar business-related subject
  • Successful completion of a foundation degree in one of the above subjects
  • Overseas equivalents where the language of tuition was English.

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.

Our Campus


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

 

Your Career


Previous graduates from this subject area have gone on to roles such as Buyer, Export Co-ordinatorProcurement Support and Operations Management in organisations including Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, Avocet Hardware, Codeprim International, North West Commissioning Support unit and Elytronic Ltd.**

* Percentage of undergraduate graduates from Huddersfield Business School who are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 17/18, UK domiciled graduates)


**Source: LinkedIn

89% Graduates employed*

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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