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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: Up to 6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

112 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

N286

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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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
Why you should study Logistics Management at the University of Derby

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

If you feel you could tackle the challenges involved in ensuring the right goods get to the right place, at the right time and in the right condition, this applied degree delivers the skills, insights and practical experience you need.

The only course of its kind in the East Midlands, it has been designed to combat drastic skills shortages in a profession which keeps the wheels of industry turning - whether revolutionising online shopping, sending medical supplies to disaster zones or transporting perishable goods across the world to our supermarket shelves.

And where better than Derby to make your mark and take your ambitions forward? High-tech and strategically located, our city prospers from a robust transport and logistics sector – rich with opportunity for the next generation of logistics experts.

Accreditation

We help you meet the highest professional standards, drawing on best practice to keep your learning relevant, meaningful and up to date. This degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). You’ll benefit from free student membership of the Institute and can gain exemptions towards the academic requirements for Chartered Membership (CMILT), adding extra credibility to your CV.

NOVUS Lite partnership

Our alliance with NOVUS – an organisation operating under the umbrella of CILT – opens doors to exciting employer-led opportunities including guest lectures, professional mentoring, industry visits, paid summer placements and a year-long paid industrial placement* in your third year.

We are one of just a few universities chosen to offer the NOVUS Lite scheme, which is sponsored by companies including DHL, Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s and Arla. Its aim is to give students the tools they need for a successful logistics career while providing employers with a steady stream of high-calibre graduates who can hit the ground running.

Through the scheme, our students have secured high-quality, well-paid placements with a range of employers, including third party logistics (3PL) firms operating major fulfilment and logistics contracts. The students have worked in procurement, supplier engagement, contract management and transport management roles, helping companies such as Virgin Trains, Marks & Spencer, B&Q, Worcester Bosch, Rolls-Royce Aerospace and Bentley Motors to keep their operations running smoothly.

*Placements are guaranteed for students who have passed a NOVUS assessment centre and a company assessment or interview and who are geographically mobile.

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Hands-on learning

Thanks to our excellent industry links and relatively small class sizes, we can offer you meaningful interaction with employers at every stage of this course. During stage two, you’ll spend one day per week (or the equivalent) in the workplace, not only gaining a better understanding of logistics but also exploring how it interfaces with the other key functions of an organisation. Our students have earned exceptional feedback from employers after working with companies such as Clipper Logistics on their contract with Superdry and with DHL Automotive Logistics.

Consultancy projects on behalf of companies such as DHL, JCB and Clipper are a regular feature and a dynamic programme of industry fieldtrips will reinforce your learning too. Every module features at least one site visit per year and the recent schedule has taken in companies such as Great Bear, John Lewis, Ted Baker, Palletforce, Screwfix, Sainsbury, CEVA and Kuehne + Nagel.

Students on field trip at John Lewis
Students on a field trip at John Lewis

Expert teaching

All our tutors have industry experience as well as an extensive network of contacts. Regular guest lectures also bring an extra dimension to our teaching, giving you fresh perspectives on careers in the profession.

You’ll have the chance to take part in high-profile events like our annual Logistics Week, which brings together some of the sector’s major names to showcase latest developments and technology. Recent keynote speakers have covered topics as varied as supply chain management at John Lewis, the development of the Eurotunnel, and the future of the rail industry.

Your learning will also be enriched by our research expertise. Our Centre for Supply Chain Improvement, which devises business solutions for clients large and small, works at the cutting edge of the profession in areas including Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, artificial intelligence, lean manufacturing and low-carbon supply chains.

What you will study

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Optional Placement YearOptional Placement YearYear 3Year 3

Code: 4HR503

Understanding People in Organisations

This module introduces organisational behaviour (OB) theory and research to help you gain an understanding of the range of individual, group and organisational factors which can influence the way that employees behave in the workplace.

You will practice applying the theory to case study organisations to explore how it can be used as an analytical tool to gain a clearer understanding of the complex causes of workplace behaviour in order to develop effective management interventions.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4LO500

Managing Performance in Operations

As you are aware, the modern organisation cannot stand still. Performance needs to be constantly evaluated and improved, against the standards expected in a changing marketplace. The modern business environment is highly volatile and intensely competitive, and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.

You are certain to be involved in some aspect of operations management as you enter the workplace – and therefore you will find this module very useful in helping you to excel in whatever career you choose to follow in the future.

As you explore the role of the operations function in an organisation; you will start to appreciate how organisations actually source, produce and deliver goods and services to demanding customers, and now this becomes a key contributor to superior performance and customer satisfaction.

The module provides you with a framework, to understand the crucial role of operations to business success. You will be able to demonstrate skill and understanding of the systems and processes whereby, people, capital, materials, equipment, knowledge, technology, information and time are combined to produce superior goods and services.

You will get an overview of the key areas of operations management, particularly in maintaining and improving the quality of goods and services and making sure that this is also reflected in the organisations performance.

For those of you who are students on BA Business Management, this module contributes to achieving your CMI Level 5 Diploma under the dual accreditation arrangement.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4LO505

Introduction to Supply Chain and Logistics

Logistics is the process of moving components through the supply chain from raw materials through processing and assembly to final purchase by you the consumer. The UK logistics industry is worth almost £75 billion to the UK economy and employs around 2.3 million people in over 196,000 companies (Skills for Logistics, 2010). One in twelve working people in the UK works in logistics and this number is increasing. (Skills for Logistics, 2010).

On this module, you will experience some of the dynamics of this challenging sector. You will explore the complexity of purchasing and managing an international supply chain, of lean systems and cost reduction. A business operating in the logistics sector has to be lean and agile to survive. It must be innovative in order to grow. Almost any business from a solicitor’s office to a leisure centre has some reliance on logistics activities and your insight into managing effective logistics could add value through efficiency and customer satisfaction.

This module will give you the opportunity to explore the importance of the logistics function within an organisation, what logistics means to different sectors and help you to develop some of the techniques and approaches to managing organisational logistics.

The module will be up to date with both the latest (critical and evaluative) thinking in Supply Chain Strategy and the current practices and approaches that facilitate overall organisational development and direction.

Finally the module encourages you to develop a wider global/national perspective: increase your awareness of the impact that effective Supply Chain Strategy has in the competitive position of the Organisation and develop your critical/analytical, problem-solving and strategic decision-making skills.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4LO507

Procurement Contexts

The nature of procurement has changed significantly in recent years and has moved from the traditional adversarial cost focussed sector to one that is strategic in nature.

The key changes have been:
Supply Chain Risk. The rise of fragmented global supply chains with a high South East Asian base whilst significantly reducing cost has added risk. The scale and impact of recent global events on supply chains (Japan Tsunami, Icelandic Volcano Eruption, and Indonesian Floods) has demonstrated the importance of understanding risk and developing strategies to mitigate.

Innovation. With diminishing product life cycles and increasing technical innovation firms add value from the knowledge of their suppliers. Increasingly firms gain competitive advantage from strategic relationships with their suppliers.

Increased Market Complexity. As emerging economies place successful, fast-growing, and culturally different companies onto the global playing field, the process of selecting suppliers will become riskier, more complicated, and more fluid. The range of supplier choices is going to get much broader, so firms will need to become more sophisticated in supplier search and selection processes. While cost will always be a major factor there are clear indicators that the market will become more focussed on quality and innovation.

Information Technology. eSourcing and availability of data are bringing increased price transparency. Digital trading networks and communities are enabling more effective discovery of and collaboration with suppliers. Ongoing technological innovations will make collaboration faster, more secure and easier. As a result, it will accelerate the change in relationships.

This module will give you the opportunity to explore the dynamics and importance of the procurement role within the context of the organisation and help you to develop an understanding of how to manage this function.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4LO508

Innovation and Technology in Logistics

In the current dynamic, globalised market, supply chain and logistics operations have become more and more challenging, complex and segregated. In recent years, it can be seen that organisations are pursuing various approaches through innovation thinking and modern technologies, in order to enhance their capability in managing their logistics operations more efficiently and cost-effectively. Therefore, it is critical to master the knowledge of leveraging the current advanced technologies and being innovative to fulfil the needs in the industry.

The aim of this module is for you to explore the modern technologies currently being utilised in the logistics industry, as well as the latest popular systems being explored and tested. Examples of such technologies include Radio-frequency Identification (RFID) technology to auto-track and trace items in the supply chain, telematics and in-cab technology to improve driving condition and safety, transport/vehicle routing and optimisation tool to promote better options for delivery to reduce operating costs and CO2 emissions, warehouse management system and order picking system (e.g. pick-to-light system) to increase warehousing and despatching efficiency and reduce errors, and the list goes on. You will learn to see how these technologies bring impacts and add values to the company’s operations. In particular, this module gives you the understanding of the current logistics issues faced by the industry and enables you to be able to identify in what way the technologies can improve what specific logistics operations. You will be expected to experience some of these technologies in action in our university lab, as well as through field trips to our research partners. In this module, the trend of technology development will also be covered to include Internet of Things and Cloud Computing.

To address the current logistics issues, innovative approach bringing effective solutions is critical. This module will explain the importance of innovation in this new age in order to maximise the potential for operations improvement. You will be expected to learn the philosophy and techniques of being innovative and creative in thinking leading to effective solutions. This includes improving your problem analytical and solving skills, particularly in the context of logistics and supply chain management. The module will be up to date with both the latest (critical and evaluative) thinking in Supply Chain Strategy and the current practices and approaches that facilitate overall organisational development and direction.

Finally, the module encourages you to develop a wider global/national perspective: increase your awareness of the impact that effective Supply Chain Strategy has in the competitive position of the Organisation and develop your critical/analytical, problem-solving and strategic decision-making skills.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4MK510

Business Acumen and Entrepreneurship

Understanding the way in which a business works and all the elements that lead to its success are the basis for this module. Whatever your ultimate role in Marketing management, the wider creative industries or as a self-styled entrepreneur, an understanding of fundamental business principles will enable you to devise and execute realistic, successful campaigns.

The module provides the opportunity to develop a new business concept from the inception of a company through to the launch of a new product/service idea which requires external investors to take it to the next phase.

The module will explore how and why companies are structured as differing legal entities, the need for communication and interaction between departments and other external agencies.

It examines broad areas of business which are vital for the business acumen of marketers working within established companies or entrepreneurs developing a new start up company. Business finance, budgeting and costing approaches will be considered.

Case studies and business simulation will be used to examine problem-solving and business decision making, bringing an insight into how and why real business objectives are formulated.

This module gives students an understanding of business strategy, competitor analysis, brand development, customer personas, financial forecasting, budgeting and profitability, plus an appreciation of underlying business processes from research and development through to operation and project management. These enable you to develop a new business concept, supported with marketing frameworks in order to establish an investment proposal which could attract external funding.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5LO502

Improving Operations Performance

The modern organisation cannot stand still, all aspects of business operations need to be constantly evaluated and improved, against the high standards expected in a changing marketplace. Business process and system improvements are core to the operations strategy of organisations and drive initiatives to bridge the gap between current and required performance of organisations, to achieve and sustain a competitive advantage in the long-term.

Business improvement methodologies require development and understanding of the ways in which resources and business processes can be measured, before planning improvement projects through continuous improvement or radical change. This module provides a framework, to understand the crucial role of operations within the Supply Chain for business success and offers you the opportunity to learn methodologies and skills for an organisation to improve performance, become more operationally effective and significantly improve the customer experience. 

You will be introduced to a number of theoretical, methodological and practical approaches and techniques to improvement facilitation and implementation, including systems thinking, radical change, and leadership of change projects.

You will develop key skills for your future employment – including the ability to use MS Project to plan a project. MS Project is used every day in many organisations to assist with the planning and control of projects.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5LO503

Sustainable Supply Chains

A supply chain is the network of all the individuals, organisations, resources, activities and technology involved in the creation and sale of a product, from the delivery of source materials from the supplier to the manufacturer, through to its eventual delivery to the end user. In fact, with environmental pressure, this has been increased to include the return of packaging in some cases. As supply chains have become increasingly complex and global in recent years, there has been an increasing focus on sustainability.

Globalisation has meant that that few products are manufactured in national markets: they are outsourced and manufactured in developing nations, particularly in South East Asia and then shipped around the world.

In complex supply chains, such as consumer electronics and automobile production, components and sub-assemblies are manufactured globally before being shipped to the factory for final production.

In addition, fresh food such as fruit, vegetables and fish are available year round. Improvements in chilling and refrigeration technology combined with the reducing costs of airfreight make it possible to eat whatever we want whenever we want.

As a result of these activities, logistics and supply chain management have dramatically increased their impact on the natural environment.

This module will focus on the interlinking components of supply chains and examine the role that each has and how the environmental impact of these can be reduced. It will address issues such as existing and planned technology along with how effective management contributes.

You will critically examine sustainability in supply chains across a broad representation of industry as well as the differing and often conflicting perspectives from both academics and business practitioners. There will be a strong emphasis on practical applications.

You will focus on key current themes and perspectives on globalization; performance management and financial control; hierarchies and networks; and knowledge management is included to provide students with a more ‘rounded’ and ‘integrative’ framework.

The module will be up to date with both the latest (critical and evaluative) thinking in supply chain sustainability and the current practices and approaches that facilitate overall organisational development and direction.

Finally, the module encourages you to develop a wider global/national perspective: increase your awareness of the impact that logistics and supply chain management has on the environment and the competitive position of the Organisation and develop your critical/analytical, problem-solving and strategic decision-making skills.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5LO504

Asset Management

There are many types of assets within a business, including physical, financial and human or intangible. However, what is common between them all is the need to maximise value through the asset, both financially and from the stakeholders’ perspective.

As a manager of any business it is important to understand the impact of the physical assets with regard to the bottom line, this module will give you insight into how to measure the financial return on specific physical assets of the business (for example – vehicles) and the financial impact of factors such as depreciation.

In order to maximise asset value, optimisation is fundamental, this module will enable you to investigate and evaluate some of the methods and approaches for efficient asset management, for example – asset maintenance and integration of technology through Enterprise Resource Management systems. To complement the specific subject areas, you also learn new skills to enhance your development with regards to working in a business, including the development of risk assessments.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5LO505

Warehousing and Transport

Transport provides the links across and throughout the global supply chain. This module examines three main areas: Road Transport, Sea Freight and Air Transport, and is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the role each play within increasingly complex supply chains.

Effective transport management is able to provide major strategic advantage for an organisation through both customer service and efficient use of capital. The module will critically examine transport’s role in the strategic management process across a broad representation of the differing and often conflicting perspectives, from both academics and business practitioners and with a strong emphasis on practical applications.

The module will focus on key current themes and perspectives on globalization, performance management and financial control, and hierarchies and networks. The module aims to provide students with a ‘rounded’ and ‘integrative’ framework and will be kept up to date with both the latest (critical and evaluative) thinking in transport chain management and the current practices and approaches that facilitate overall organisational development and direction. 

Warehousing forms a key strategic function within the organisations supply chain, balancing trade-offs between major capital expense and customer service. The aim of this module is to examine in-depth the role of the warehouse within the supply chain at a national and global level. The module will provide an in-depth understanding of the design, operation and management of warehouses, including where and how many. Through critical examination, the module will investigate the interface and relationships between warehousing and the end-to-end supply chain and the impact warehousing has on the competitive position of the organisation. The module will provide students with the key analytical tools necessary in designing warehouse networks, utilising space effectively and the most appropriate order picking systems.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5LO506

Work Place Development

This module is designed to help bring together and evidence your learning from your work place experience. Work place experience will normally be gained through working with organisations aligned to the programme and could be on a day release or block time basis; however, students may already be working in a relevant organisation which can be used.

During your time in the work place and with guidance from your tutor, you will identify a specific area(s) of professional practice. You will offer a detailed discussion of the area and locate it within the wider context of current academic and professional thinking as presented in the literature and relevant research.

You will be expected to demonstrate the ability to diagnose an organisational issue or opportunity and to present it in a coherent manner and to draw conclusions from your reading, research and personal analysis.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5IM888

Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice

Students need to be aware of the commercial realities and external factors that influence the success of an organisation. This module provides opportunities for students to acquire an understanding of contemporary issues that may impact on industrial and professional practices relevant to a career within their chosen discipline.

During this period of work experience, students can gain a deeper appreciation of the responsibilities arising from both corporate and individual responses to such issues, thus enabling them to relate to the wider world when exploring a personal direction for potential career development.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5IM889

Applied Professional Practice

This module provides a framework for the development of “lifelong learning” skills appropriate to all areas of professional practice; including objective setting, planning, negotiating, implementing, demonstrating and reflecting.

The emphasis in this module is on the analysis and evaluation of the work completed within the organisation. This module also gives students an opportunity to relate their academic knowledge to the work environment.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6IM998

Independent Study

This module gives you the opportunity to make a personal choice regarding the topic and format of your study. You may wish to extend aspects of your final and previous year subjects to more depth along with refining your research skills by means of a traditional research project.

Alternatively you may choose to examine a business situation in depth, develop a creative advertising campaign or develop a marketing plan with ideas for creative execution. You could analyse and test the theories, principles and concepts addressed in the classroom environment in the reality of a private, public or community sector organisation by means of a pathway related report. The independent study is an individual piece of work completed under the guidance of an academic supervisor. The subject of study will normally be in your particular area of specialism, and this is an important opportunity to build your expertise and knowledge in that area.

In the course of your studies, you may discover an area that is of particular interest to you, or which has specific relevance to your intended professional orientation. This module gives you the opportunity to extend aspects of your coursework or professional interests in more depth, including topics that have not otherwise been available as formal modules. You will also refine and develop your skills in research, critical evaluation, analysis and production of professional documents.

This module differs from other modules because it relies on independent study rather than formal classes, and the initiatives to choose a topic and organise the study come from you. The skills you develop during this module will prepare you not only for future employment but for higher-level study. If you choose to work with a particular organisation then the opportunity for engaging with that organisation will provide insights into professional practice. If you choose to work in a more academic or creative setting your work will align with the recommendations of professional bodies in your field.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6LO503

Supply Chain Strategy

A Supply Chain is the network of all the individuals, organizations, resources, activities and technology involved in the creation and sale of a product. It spans from the source materials to the supplier, from the supplier to the manufacturer, through to eventual delivery to the end user. With environmental pressure this chain has been extended to include the return of packaging. Supply Chains are present not only in manufacturing, but also in service organisations. Supply Chain Management and Strategy are playing increasing roles in an organisation’s competitive position, with particular relevance to productivity, cost, distribution and speed. Supply Chain Strategy focusses on how the Supply Chain should compete, whereas Supply Chain Management involves the processes of the Supply Chain and the transformation of the materials into semi- finished or finished products. Supply Chain Strategy evaluates the cost, benefits and the trade-offs of the Supply Chain’s operational components.

Effective Supply Chain Strategy is able to provide major strategic advantage for an organisation through both customer service and efficient use of capital.

In this module, you will critically examine Supply Chain Strategy across a broad representation of industry. You will observe differing and sometimes conflicting perspectives, of academics and business practitioners. There will be a strong emphasis on practical applications.

You will focus on key, current themes and perspectives; on globalization; performance management and financial control; hierarchies and networks; sustainability and knowledge management. This will provide you with a ‘rounded’ and ‘integrative’ framework.

Supply Chain Strategy and Management are fast advancing. The module will provide contemporary perspectives in Supply Chain Strategy and the current practices and approaches that facilitate overall organisational development and direction.

Finally the module will encourages you to develop wider, global/national perspective, increase your awareness of the impact that effective Supply Chain Strategy has in the competitive position of an organisation and develop your critical/analytical, problem-solving and strategic decision-making skills.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6LO506

Supply Chain Systems Modelling

The Module provides opportunity for learners to develop knowledge of advanced topics in statistics through the study and critical evaluation of its use in specialised areas with regard to business. The module will introduce students to modelling tools and techniques and how they can be used to understand business processes/scenarios within Logistics and Supply chain management, for example, queuing systems, route planning in logistics, process flow in Supply Chain operations, Warehouse network planning.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6LO507

Multi-modal Logistics

Multimodal transport refers to a combination of at least two means of transport. This results in an integrated transport chain where the strength of each alternative is utilized. Main characteristics of multimodal transportation are trans-shipment terminals that allow efficient cargo handling between short-distance and long-distance traffic as well as application of standardized and reusable loading units such as the standard 20 foot shipping container. However, combined freight transport can be organized in different ways. In general, trucks cover short distances between the loading area and the trans-shipment point respectively between the place of arrival and the recipient. Long-distance haulage is conducted by other means of transport such as train, ship or even plane.

The aim of this module is to examine in-depth the roles of each method within the supply chain at a local and global level and provide students with a comprehensive overview of the main issues related to the increasingly important fields of multimodal, intermodal and co-modal transport policies and practices in global transport chains.

The module will provide an in-depth understanding of the design, operation and management of multi-modal networks. Through critical examination, the module will investigate the interface and relationships between multi-modal transportation and the end-to-end supply chain along with the impact on the competitive position of the organisation. The module will provide students with the key analytical tools necessary in designing and implementing the most appropriate multi-modal systems.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LO508

Air Freight Logistics

The use of air freight has grown significantly in recent years. Major developments in the areas of integrated unit loads, improved handling systems and additional cargo space together with the proliferation of scheduled cargo flights, have increased the competitiveness and service capability of air freight.

Within Global Supply Chains air freight is becoming increasingly important as it allows International Markets to be reached quickly and easily, and Supply Chains to be dispersed to areas of competitive advantage.

Increased speed of transport compared with Road, Sea and Rail allows organisations can significantly reduce the amount and therefore the cost of inventory.

The specialised nature of air freight means that it has operations and security methods which are unique in the logistics industry.

The aim of this module is to examine in depth these methods and provide students with a comprehensive overview of the main issues related to air freight and its strategic importance within global supply chains and multi modal transport systems.

It will provide students with a broad knowledge of the key issues of the environment in which the air freight industry operates. Through critical examination, the module will investigate the interface and relationships between air freight and the end-to-end supply chain along with the impact on the competitive position of the organisation. The module will provide students with the key analytical tools necessary in understanding the strategic role that air freight has for the organisation.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LO509

Retail Distribution Logistics

The rapid development rate of technology has increased customer expectations with regard to when and where we buy and collect our products, which has led to the development of the ‘Omni’ channel concept and making retailers re-think how they store and distribute their products.

Whilst learning about traditional distribution channels, this module will also enable you to explore the Omni channel concept and the potential impacts on distribution centre and outbound logistics activities and operations, together with understanding the vital links between such operations and other aspects of the business (the value chain).

Many organisations focus on the outbound logistics and getting the goods to the customer when they expect them, however, a significant number of retail products are returned with a cost to the retailer – For example, approximately 50% of all on-line clothing purchases are returned! This module will include exploration of the Omni channel concept together with the returns dilemma and the potential impacts on the Logistics function and wider business operations.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LO510

Retail Supply Chain Management

Irrespective of which channel we choose to buy our products (e.g. On-line or from store) or which method we choose to take delivery of our products, in most cases with regard to retail the products will pass through a distribution centre. Whilst giving consideration to the end to end supply chain, this module is designed to focus on the area of inbound logistics.

The rapid development rate of technology has increased customer expectations with regard to when and where we buy our products, which is forcing retailers to re-think traditional distribution models, which includes customer insight with regard to quantity and type of product demand. To meet the new consumer demands supply chains have to be both agile and resilient, this module will explore such concepts, which includes how the organisation is linked together through the value chain and influences on the inbound logistics.

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optional
Coursework

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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How you will learn

How you will learn

You will learn mainly through:

Examples of projects

Consultancy projects for businesses will form a crucial part of your studies. Our students have, for example, completed an investigation into managing container flows from India on behalf of JCB and an analysis of RFID technology for Superdry.  

How you are assessed

Most modules are assessed by individual coursework while a small number involve group work assessments. In the final year, all the optional modules draw heavily on real-world business situations so your assessments are set in conjunction with employers.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

John Day

John Day
Programme leader

 John is a Lecturer in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/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.

September 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/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.

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Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

£1,155 per 20 credit module

International

£14,045 per year

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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.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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Guidance for EU students post-Brexit

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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Guidance for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree

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Fast track to Clearing

If you don’t have a place at uni, have had a change of heart about your course, or maybe your gap year plans are on hold – don’t worry. Register with us today and fast forward to your future.

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Careers

This course prepares you to excel in business, anywhere in the world. Your qualification will help you stand apart as a forward-thinking professional who can work competently and ethically in global and cross-cultural environments.

Our former students have secured graduate-level jobs with a wide range of companies, including major international names such as HSBC, Enterprise, Gleneagles and Pattonair.

Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure you leave Derby as a ‘work-ready’ graduate – industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you’ll also benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and develop your career ambitions.

The support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.

Further study

You can choose to continue your studies at Derby with one of our high-quality masters programmes, including the MBA Global and MBA Global Finance, MSc International Business, MSc International Business and Finance, MSc International Business and HRM, and MSc International Business and Marketing. You may be entitled to an alumni discount on your fees if you decide to extend your time with us by progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate study.

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If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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† Additional information about your studies

3 years (4 with a placement year). 

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, excellent 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.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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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