Course details

Study options

Full-time: , 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


Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start date



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.


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.

My NOVUS placement at B&Q has been an incredible journey and I can see how it will benefit my long term career goal. I’ve had the opportunity to work as a Development Analyst and learn technical skills.

Sunnah Habib
BSc (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management

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.

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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

To complete the BSc (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management, 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 will 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 will 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

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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.

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

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

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*

£1,155 per module*


£14,045 per year


* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

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.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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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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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.

Programme leader

John Day

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† Additional information about your studies

3 years (4 with a 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, 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.

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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