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Course details

Study options


UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

International fee

£13,250 per year (2019/20)

UCAS points

72 (September 2019 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

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Top10Business and Management at Derby ranked Top 10**The Guardian University Guide 2020
93%overall satisfaction - BSc (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management **National Student Survey 2019

Logistics - it’s all about ensuring the right goods get to the right place, at the right time and in the right condition. And right now it’s a sector on the brink of massive expansion.

Studying Logistics with a Foundation Year is for you if you have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly on to the Honours degree programme.

It provides you with a firm grounding in the skills and knowledge you need and introduces you to the subject of logistics, enabling you to achieve your full honours degree in four years.

More logistics professionals than ever before are needed to keep the wheels of business turning - whether revolutionising online shopping, sending medical supplies to disaster zones or transporting perishable goods across the world to our supermarket shelves.

This is an important, vibrant and technology-driven industry; one where our BSc (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management will put you on the fast track to career success.

Well connected

Placements, internships, real-world consultancy projects - all are within your grasp. They’ll keep your learning focused, relevant and up-to-date.

We work with big names like DHL, JCB, Nelsons, Norbert Dentressangle, Superdry and Clipper. Our contacts book includes supply chain professionals from major corporates such as Rolls-Royce and CEVA Logistics. Our links with the key professional bodies are strong.

Expertise that inspires

You’ll be taught by high-profile experts who are reaching new frontiers in the field. Our Centre for Supply Chain Improvement devises real business solutions for clients large and small.

This is work at the cutting edge of the profession: pushing the boundaries in Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, artificial intelligence, lean manufacturing and low-carbon supply chains.

It’s not just in the classroom

As well as fieldtrips to logistics organisations and industry guest speakers, you’ll be applying what you learn practically throughout your studies.

During stage two you will spend one day per week (or equivalent) at a logistics organisation, gaining an understanding of not only logistics but how it interfaces with other key functions of the organisation. You can choose to spend a year in industry on an optional placement year, and in the final stage many modules use real world, current situations and assessments are often set in conjunction with leading organisations.

Local to global

High-tech and strategically located, our city prospers from a robust transport and logistics sector. With exciting ventures like Infinity Park Derby on the horizon, it’s rich with opportunity for a new generation of logistics professionals. 

But our outlook is resolutely global too. Our influential academic partnerships open doors in China, Malaysia and the USA. You can even spend a year studying abroad if you like.

Real word learning

As well as field trips to logistics organisations and industry guest speakers, this programme is heavily dependent on real world learning.

In the second year you will spend one day per week (or equivalent) at a logistics organisation, gaining an understanding of not only Logistics but how it interfaces with other key functions of the organisation. This will be followed by an optional placement year.

In the final year all of the optional modules will draw heavily from real world current situations and assessments will be set in conjunction with leading organisations.

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What you will study

You will study modules such as:

  • Business Communication and Decision Making
  • Contemporary Issues in Business
  • Data Analysis for Business
  • Study skills for Business

And you will choose two options from:

  • Law
  • Sociology
  • Political Studies
  • Fundamentals of Human Behaviour

If you don’t have either English or Maths GCSE, you will need to substitute one or two of the above for a module in English and/or Maths.

You'll study modules such as:

  • Introduction to Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Procurement Contexts
  • Business Acumen and Entrepreneurship
  • Understanding People in Organisations
  • Managing Performance in Operations
  • Innovation and Technology in Logistics

You'll study modules such as:

  • Improving Operations Performance
  • Asset Management
  • Sustainable Supply Chains
  • Warehousing and Transport
  • Work Based Development

You can choose to take an optional placement year between stages two and three.

You'll study modules such as:

  • Independent Study
  • Supply Chain Strategy
  • Supply Chain Systems Modelling
  • Retail Supply Chain Management
  • Retail Distribution Logistics
  • Multi Modal Logistics
  • Multi Modal Air Freight Logistics 

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Find out more about Logistics and Supply Chain Management

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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How you will learn

During your foundation year you will be assessed mainly by coursework, and with some in-class tests.

For the rest of your degree most modules are assessed by individual coursework. A small number are also assessed by group work. The Independent Study is an individual research based assignment.

Entry requirements

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees


£9,250 per year



£13,250 per year


Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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If you’d enjoy solving problems in a fast-paced business environment, a logistics career delivers the goods. It’s estimated that over 1 million new logistics professionals will be needed in the next decade. And there’s real potential for rapid promotion to leadership roles.

Our high-level specialist degree - the only one of its kind in the region - primes you for the challenge.

Programme leader

John Day

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† Additional information about your studies

4 years or 5 with an optional placement year

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.


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