About the course
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.
On the course you’ll have a company mentor,* 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. 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.
The NOVUS Trust will also help you take things further and work towards other professional qualifications. Not only that, 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.
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 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.
Whether Morrisons, 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 prepare you 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 the Novus course will even guarantee you a graduate job through the industry backed NOVUS scheme.
Christine Jordan, Senior Lecturer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 impact 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.
Project Quality Management
This module introduces you to the various models and frameworks, tools and 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.
The course offers a compulsory (48 weeks) work placement after the second year with one of the companies backing the NOVUS scheme.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The NOVUS Trust course is backed by leading retailers, manufacturers and logistics companies, such as ASOS, Dixons Carphone, 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.
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.
21.33% 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 Huddersfield 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.
ABBat A Level
128 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications
DDD in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
Candidates will be invited to attend an assessment centre operated in conjunction with our partners in the Novus Trust
Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.
- 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).
- 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).
- Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for three years running*.
- 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.
- 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.
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