A profession with limitless potential
Efficient supply chain operations are increasingly vital to the growth of the economy. As a result, there’s a growing demand for well qualified, high-calibre managers who can keep the wheels of business turning.
This top-up degree is designed for a new generation of logistics and supply chain professionals who can boost their organisation’s competitiveness. It will develop your skills in managing complex supply chains and delivering innovative business solutions.
Flexibility to suit your needs
Building on your existing business knowledge and skills, the course prepares you specifically for a career in the fast-paced global logistics industry. Offered as a full-time or part-time route, it is ideal for students who have completed qualifications such as HNDs or Foundation Degrees and for Business students keen to specialise in the final year of their degree.
It is also suitable for professionals already working in the sector who are seeking a formal qualification: those with significant work experience may be eligible for accreditation of prior learning.
An inspirational learning experience
Influential partnerships with employers enrich this course. What you learn will always be relevant, meaningful and up-to-date. You’ll be challenged academically but you’ll also experience the practicalities of the business.
We’ll ensure your transition from classroom to employment is not a huge step. You’ll use live case studies, explore real-world scenarios and act as a business consultant on company projects. You’ll gain fascinating insights during site visits and you’ll hear from senior industry practitioners on the day-to-day challenges they face.
As Derby is a Midlands hub for road, rail and air logistics, we are ideally placed to keep you in touch with latest trends. Our industrial partners include leading names such as 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.
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Learn from the experts
You’ll be taught by high-profile experts shaping the latest developments in logistics. Our globally renowned Centre for Supply Chain Improvement devises real business solutions for clients large and small.
Employers regularly draw on our specialist knowledge in areas such as Radio Frequency Identification, lean process design and low carbon supply chains.
You'll enjoy field trips to logisitics centres and work on projects and assignments set by leading logistics organisations.
Derby Business School holds Centre of Excellence status from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. We also work closely with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport who sponsor our annual Logistics Week. These associations lend further professional credibility to your qualification.
All modules are assessed by coursework. The Independent Study is an individual research based assignment.
Typical entry requirements
You need to have an HND or Foundation degree in a relevant subject. In addition you are required to have 5 GCSEs grades A-C (or grade 4) including Maths and English
When you apply, please send us a transcript of the modules you have already studied so that we can make sure that the HND or Foundation degree is compatible with the top up programme.
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.
You’ll discover wide ranging career opportunities in the logistics and supply chain sectors at local, regional, national and international levels. The industry already employs 1.94 million people in England alone, is poised for dramatic growth and provides exciting openings for well qualified managers.
Our former students have made rapid progress up the career ladder. Some now specialise in areas such as retail logistics or rail logistics, while others have taken on wider roles in production management.
If you want to take your studies to the next level, this degree is also an excellent springboard to our MSc Supply Chain Improvement.
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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.
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.