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BSc (Hons) Logistics Management (open)

Please Note: This degree is a Work Based Distance Learning (WBDL) programme.

The Course

The BSc (Hons) Logistics Management programme has been designed to develop students' capacity to successfully manage people, operations and systems within a logistics environment.

This work-based distance learning programme is designed to provide those working within an appropriate environment, and commonly already holding professional qualifications, the management skills to effectively and efficiently manage their work areas. The degree draws upon specialised knowledge and skills students may have already developed during the course of their employment.

The course aims develop of a broad range of logistics management knowledge and skills such as leading people, budgeting, managing the organisation and managing systems. The programme offers elective modules to allow students to choose their own learning journey. Students can make choices concerning their role within the organisation and the particular logistics function they operate in.

The Lincoln International Business School subscribes to the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME), which establishes a set of principles to guide our educational endeavour to address global challenges and create a better future for society. These principles are embedded in our programmes through the notion of The Lincoln Responsible Management Graduate:

'Through educational experiences at Lincoln our students develop as people who understand their responsibilities as global citizens, as entrepreneurs, as managers of people, money and resources, as stewards of the economy and the environment and as self-reflective leaders setting future agendas for organisations.'

The programme aims to provide:

  • A learning programme focused on learning that is highly relevant to the workplace
  • Assessment methods focusing on theory, practice, application and reflection;
  • The full degree will offer duel accreditation from the CMI and include a CMI Diploma at Level 5, and Chartered Manager status;
  • The full programme is also accredited and linked to the professional bodies the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), which allows the BSc to be mapped to professional standards and entry to membership routes.

This flexible learning programme can be tailored to individual needs and circumstances, and provides an academically rigorous learning environment within which students have the opportunity to extend skills, expertise, knowledge, vision and personal/career development by:

  • engaging in independent learning, reflective debate and practice, supported throughout by a module tutor and a range of resources
  • focusing on theoretical aspects of business and management, offering the opportunity to apply theories and concepts to students' workplaces, developing knowledge in addition to developing a range of skills and abilities
  • gaining an understanding of the dynamic nature of modern organisations and the environment within which they operate by applying module content to management situations within the workplace in increasingly integrated and systematic ways.

The programme presents a framework within which students may engage in personal and professional development by integrating the development of knowledge, skills and experience, whilst simultaneously contributing to organisational effectiveness.

The programme provides a distance-learning framework to enable individuals to complete the programme within a two year period - the duration reflects personal circumstances, accredited experience, prior learning and work commitments.

Critical Enquiry Skills (Core)
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Critical Enquiry Skills (Core)

This module aims to equip students with appropriate knowledge and skills to enable them to engage critically with their studies, and the Independent Research Project in particular.

Independent Research Project (Core)
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Independent Research Project (Core)

The dissertation is the capstone project of the programme. It provides students with the opportunity to apply, integrate, and deepen the knowledge, insights, and skills that have learned throughout the programme of study. The focus of this project should be a real-world issue or a research topic.

Whilst it is intended that most students will complete a work-based research project, in keeping with the ethos of our programmes, this module seeks to enable and facilitate innovation and creativity. Therefore, the format of the final assessment can be negotiated with the supervisor, dissertation coordinator and programme leader.

Integrating Leadership and Management Experience (Core)
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Integrating Leadership and Management Experience (Core)

This module is designed to develop and assess students’ ability to reflect critically on leadership and management professional practice and experiences. The expectation is that academic theory and literature will be critically reviewed and applied to the professional experience and organisational context to allow for personal development planning.

Managing Distribution Logistics (Option)
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Managing Distribution Logistics (Option)

This module builds on the Strategy Supply Chain module to focus on the operational functions which empower and enable the adopted strategic position.

Managing Humanitarian Logistics (Option)
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Managing Humanitarian Logistics (Option)

Natural disasters (such as floods, droughts, earthquakes, hurricanes, and famine) and man-made disasters (such as wars, conflicts, and refugee crises) have increasingly impacted communities and nations around the world in recent decades, and forecasts suggest that the trend will continue.

The purpose of this module is to develop the skills needed to manage the supply chain and the associated logistics functions within a natural or man made disaster.

Managing Operations (Option)
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Managing Operations (Option)

This module aims to prepare students to work at the operational level within the logistics sector and looks to enable students to apply attributes, tools and techniques of operational management whilst working within the business strategy. The use of the transformation process is explored to identify the links between the resources, the organisational process and the customer. This provides an insight into operational stakeholder and customer management techniques.

Managing Projects (Option)
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Managing Projects (Option)

In this module students have the opportunity to develop a solid foundation in the theory and best practice of project management, and can develop the practical skills of how to plan, implement and control projects. The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the system perspective on management and a practically-oriented introduction to the nature, purpose and standards of project management and its key functional objectives (scope, time, cost, quality, risk and flexibility). The role and qualities of the project manager and the composition of the team are also evaluated.

Managing Transport Logistics (Option)
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Managing Transport Logistics (Option)

This module aims to develop the skills needed to manage a transport logistics operation. The supply chain involves the flow of materials from one element of the supply chain to the next. This is between and across logistics functions and operational process. The flow of goods often involves the movement of both finished and work in progress goods. The physical movement of these goods involves transportation.

As supply chains become more complex and geographically dispersed the need for transport grows. Included in this demand is the need to have transport which can support the strategic position adopted by the organisation.

Strategic Supply Chain Management (Core)
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Strategic Supply Chain Management (Core)

The aim of the Strategic Supply Chain Strategy module is to enable the student to critically examine the supply chain and to understand the key role that the Supply Chain Manger has to play within successful organisations. Within this context, students will evaluate some of the key issues that shape the development and selection of appropriate supply chain strategy in light of the growing requirement to achieve competitive advantage and overall value within the global market place. Finally, against growing calls for increasingly efficient supply chains, the student will be given the opportunity evaluate the influence of emergent academic concepts within the field.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

The programme adopts a range of formative and summative assessment strategies. The strategy for assessment for the programme includes the use of 'formative' assessments to provide a key element of the learning experience. Students will have the opportunity for formative assessment on all assessment elements.

Where students submit written work it is submitted electronically via Blackboard. Feedback on assessments will be delivered electronically in line with the university of Lincoln regulations.

For each module there will be an assignment brief which will include details of the intended learning outcomes for the module, the assignment tasks to be undertaken, and the weighting of the assignment tasks.

Due to the work-based learning nature of the programme, portfolio's will be used extensively where appropriate combined with alternative and innovate assessment methods. Portfolio assessments could include reports, case studies, descriptions, reviews, reflective learning accounts, presentations, projects, proposals and plans, with accompanying critical commentary.

Portfolio assessments are designed to enable students to demonstrate how they have applied their knowledge and understanding, skills and behaviours in a real work environment and in a range of ways to achieve real work objectives.

Work-based Distance Learning students need to be in employment and have some management responsibilities, this can be management of people or resources. You will need to evidence that you can practically apply level 5 knowledge, this can be achieved by providing evidence of qualifications undertaken or professional body membership.
2017/18 Entry Part-time
Home/EU £7,000*
International £7,000*

* Fees of £7000 are for the whole programme based on completion within two years following initial enrolment (excluding any periods where study has been interrupted). There is an additional administration charge of £583 for an additional year of study.

2018/19 Entry Part-time
Home/EU £7,000**
International £7,000**

** Fees of £7000 are for the whole programme based on completion within two years following initial enrolment (excluding any periods where study has been interrupted). There is an additional administration charge of £598 for an additional year of study.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [] []

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost.

Other Costs

Optional on-campus days may be available to you. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

The University of Lincoln provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost.

Each programme is designed to meet the needs of students in any business who want to upgrade their operations skills and progress their qualifications to degree level. To qualify for direct entry we normally look for a recent level 5 qualification (up to 5 years old) and on-going employment in a relevant field to the course subject area.

We may also accept candidates with a level 4 qualification or extensive work experience under certain conditions. If you are unsure of your suitability for the degree, please contact our Admissions team.

Your Future Career

This BSc Logistics Management programme is designed to help students advance their careers by furthering their management competence and general employability. Students have the opportunity to extend their skills, knowledge and vision and the course provides them with opportunities for personal and career development.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.