BSc (Hons) Logistics Management

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We encourage applications from students who have completed USB-ED’s Senior Management Development Programme (SMDP).  Along with work experience, the SMDP is recognised by the University of Lincoln as being equivalent to 240 credits.

Students may register with the University of Lincoln for the outstanding 120 credits (total 360 credits).

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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 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.

How You Study

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)

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)

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)

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)†

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)†

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)†

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)†

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 the Food Supply Chain (Option)†

This module aims to address the theory and practices of supply chain management within the context of the food supply system. The aim of the module is to develop knowledge and understanding of the topic of food supply chain management which can be applied to the work place, to provide the student with the credibility to advise subordinates and higher management with regard to effectiveness, efficiency and profitability of their employers’ businesses.

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)

he aim of this module is to enable students to critically examine the supply chain and to understand the key role that the Supply Chain Manger has to play within successful organisations. Students can 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, students to will be given the opportunity to 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 elective module affords students the opportunity to tailor their programme to their interests and choose a specific management function to study as their penultimate module, with elective modules  exploring areas of personal and professional development, occupational health, managing project, strategy and supply chain. All electives include an assessment of a 3000 word portfolio. The following elective modules are available:

  • Strategic Innovation and Opportunity Creation
  • Managing Projects
  • Managing Operations
  • Health and Safety Management
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Managing Distribution Logistics
  • Managing Humanitarian Logistics

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.

What We Look For In Your Application

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 have completed a Senior Management Development Programme at USB:ED within the last 5 years in order to be eligible.

Entry Requirements

Each programme is designed to meet the needs of students in any organisation who want to upgrade their operations skills and progress their qualifications to degree level. To qualify for direct entry we request the completion of a Senior Management Development Programme at USB:ED within the last 5 years, and on-going employment in a relevant field to the course subject area in order to qualify.

Application Deadlines and Programme Start Dates

Application DeadlineEnrolment DateOnline Induction W/C
10 January 2022 31 January 2022 7 February 2022
18 April 2022 9 May 2022 16 May 2022
26 September 2022 17 October 2022 24 October 2022

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