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.
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 new BSc (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management will put you on the fast track to career success.
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.
We have a partnership with NOVUS offering the NOVUS Lite scheme which offers successful student opportunities including guest lectures, mentoring, summer placements and a third year year-long industrial placement*. The scheme gives students the tools needed to develop a successful career in logistics and provides sponsoring companies with a steady stream of high-calibre graduates who really do hit the ground running. Sponsors include ASOS, DHL, Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s, Heineken, Nestle and Arla to name a few.
*Placements guaranteed to students that have passed a NOVUS assessment centre subject to students passing company assessment or interview and being geographically mobile.
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.
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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
- Understanding People in Organisations
- Managing Performance in Operations
- Innovation and Technology in Logistics
- 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.
- Independent Study
- Supply Chain Strategy
- Supply Chain Systems Modelling
- Retail Supply Chain Management
- Retail Distribution Logistics
- Multi Modal Logistics
- Multi Modal Air Freight Logistics
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'll 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.
How you will be assessed
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.
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
No specific subject requirements
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DMM
- Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
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.
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 BSc (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management degree - the only one of its kind in the region - primes you for the challenge.
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.Contact us
† Additional information about your studies
3 years (4 with a placement year).
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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
- Student membership of CILT
- Three trips to organisations on average per year
- NOVUS Lite accreditation for access to high-quality placements
- Part funded trip to Copenhagen for 2nd and 3rd year students. Optional with limited places available.
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.