Global Logistics And Supply Chain Analytics MSc


Logistics and supply chain management throughout the world has never been the subject of so much public, organisational, and academic debate as in recent years. Logistics and supply chains have become a prominent and dynamic area in a wide range of industries and sectors.  The global pandemic, port congestion, and Brexit has drawn out activities which normally happen in the background into the foreground.  Alongside this, the debates surrounding globalisation, onshoring, supply chain configuration, sustainability, and industry/supply chain 4.0 make this field dynamic and future focused.   The globalisation of activities makes it essential that the professional practices relating to (international) logistics and supply chain management processes are improved and regarded as a key element in the preparation of organisations’ strategies. The programme supports the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular: Goal 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production, and Goal 13 - Climate Action, alongside a live business challenge.

Typical entry points to this course are in January and September. Please enquire for more information.

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Mode of Study:

Full-time (available as Part-time)


1 years

Start date:


Course details

This programme aims to develop your knowledge, critical appraisal, and reflection of practice, of supply chains, logistics, and analytics. Therefore enabling you to:

1. Gain knowledge and skills necessary for successful strategic supply chain management and logistical thinking, within the context of dynamic local and global challenges.

2. Source, analyse, and critically appraise various types of business data and practice.

3. Integrate cutting-edge strategic research and practice to achieve business transformation.

Graduates from the programme will receive an exemption from the academic requirements for membership (Chartered Member or Full Member) of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Click here to find out more about CILT accreditation and membership.

How will my degree reflect sustainability and sustainable development?

The Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) – established under the UN Global Compact – places a clear onus on Higher Education to ‘transform management education and develop the responsible decision-makers of tomorrow to advance sustainable development’. The Business School is a PRME signatory, and we seek to influence professional practice and policy nationally and internationally, helping to drive key societal, economic and environmental impacts.

Our mission is ‘to empower communities to apply business knowledge for positive societal impact’ and we work constantly to embed practical actions into our curriculum, to promote sustainability and relate these to the key ideas of sustainability, as reflected in the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes now reflect one or more of the SDG, and our research is targeted to solve real world problems, mapped against the criteria used in the Times Higher Education’s Impact Ranking. 

The most recent annual league table for Sustainability - compiled by People & Planet, the UK’s largest student campaigning network - again places Edinburgh Napier in a top 3 position among Scotland’s 19 universities. This reflects their assessment of our performance across a range of environmental and ethical considerations, which include carbon reduction and management, and education.

What is distinct about equality, diversity and inclusion?

Edinburgh Napier University is enriched by the diversity of perspectives, cultures and backgrounds brought by all within our global community. We are committed to a positive environment where diversity and inclusiveness is celebrated and everyone is treated fairly regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, disability, age, ethnic origin, religion or belief, marital or civil partnership status or whether pregnant or on maternity leave. We commit ourselves to providing a learning, working and social environment that is free from discrimination, prejudice, intimidation, stigmatisation and all forms of harassment and bullying.

The Business School's vision: 'To be the Business School for empowerment, enterprise and employability for all'.

Our mission statement: 'Empowering our communities to apply business knowledge for positive societal impact'.

Popular modules: 

Sustainable Supply Chain Management
Global Logistics Systems
Data Analytics
Developing Business and Operational Excellence

Lead academics:

Dr Eoin Plant-O’Toole is an Associate Professor in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Edinburgh Napier University Business School. Eoin also sits on the Governing Council of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Ireland and currently chairs CILT Ireland’s Policy Committee. Eoin is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport. Eoin has been on national expert advisory panels (Ireland) for logistics and supply chains. He has also published in a variety of international journals. His research is not only focused on the policy level, but also the practical elements for industry.

Dr. Miles Weaver, Associate Professor in Sustainability & Supply Chain Management.  Dr Weaver has research interests in Sustainability, Strategy and Supply Chain Management. Particularly, the use of systems-based approaches for cross-sector collaboration to accelerating progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

Dr Mahinda Bandara is an Associate professor at Napier Business School. He graduated from the University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka specializing in Economics and obtained PhD from National Center for Ports and Shipping, Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania. His main research interests include transport pricing and econometric application in maritime and port and transport economics, and SDGs in logistics industry. Dr Bandara is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport.

Dr Matthew Smith is a Lecturer in Strategy at Edinburgh Napier University Business School. Dr Smith's main research interests focus on the application of advanced social network models to economic, business networks, and data analytics. He has applied network analysis to international trade data to explain the organisation of production in the modern global economy. He is also interested in examining networks of interlocking directorates and the impact these have on firm outcomes and behaviour. Prior to joining Edinburgh Napier University Dr Smith has worked as a lecturer in International Business at the University of Greenwich, and as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Oxford.

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    How you’ll be taught

    This full-time course will take up to a year (18 months if you are a January start) to complete and will be structured to support the student through their journey. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, guest lectures, workshops and independent study. The programme utilises a student centred problem-solving approach. You are supported and encouraged in workshops to work collaboratively on analysing scenarios and cases. There is also a live business challenge.

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    Throughout the course, there will normally be two pieces of coursework per module. There is also a dissertation which allows you to become an expert on a specific topic.


Modules that you will study* as part of this course

Business Economics and Finance in a Global Environment ( SOE11146 )

This module will teach you the most essential analytical tools required for economic decision makingsuch as: the concepts of economic systems, profit and utility maximisation, demand elasticity, marketequilibrium, market structures, macroeconomic objectives, government policies? (monetary, fiscal andtrade policies) tools and their impact on businesses. You will also learn how to evaluate theadvantages and disadvantages to the business of a range of sources of finance, how managers reporton the financial affairs and financial position of the business, and how to analyse financial reports inorder to evaluate business performance.

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Data Analytics ( SOE11154 )

The module aims at introducing students to the new possibilities opened up by the digital revolution and how these can be translated into the field of global logistics. You will be exposed to several data analytic techniques, including data cleaning, data visualisation, and dashboard report development (in R) with a focus on application to global logistics and sustainability. More specifically the module will cover aspects such as:(i) Introduction to Data Analytics: understanding the big data landscape; (ii) Data Processing; (iii) Data Visualisation: telling a story; (iv) Analytical Techniques: Introduction to Descriptive, Predictive, Prescriptive and Cognitive; (v) Simulation/Network Analysis; (vi) Practical Issues: Dashboard Development

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Developing Business and Operational Excellence ( SOE11155 )

Operations management is an essential role for all types of organisations. It is the effective and efficient product or service transformation process management. It is also essential to understand the alignment between operations, strategy, and the external environment, examining the organisation from a process perspective. It is daily operations and planning that effectively manage resources and ensure a quality product or service for the customer. This module will engage you in the following:Introduction to operations management and operational research; service management, the management of processes including quality and compliance; production planning and control; manufacturing systems; risk management; soft systems methodology; critical path analysis; Theory of Constraints; shortest route problem; minimum spanning trees; centre of gravity analysis; network routing analysis.

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Dissertation ( TBS11130 )

Research methodologies, critically reviewing literature, research design and ethics, data collection methods (qualitative, quantitative and mixed), analysis methods, research writing and dissemination. Individual research, production of a dissertation, reflection on work undertaken.

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Global Logistics Systems ( SOE11153 )

Logistics is a key component in the successful operations of organisations. In modern times its use to gain competitive advantage has increased in prominence due to a number of factors, including the development of e-commerce and omni-channel, the Covid pandemic, and the focus on sustainability and technology. This module will engage you in a variety of content, such as:
Global logistics; inventory management; warehousing; transportation; logistics relationships and third party logistics; network design and facility location; technologies to support logistics optimisations; logistics regulation and compliance; future strategies for logistics management in addressing the decarbonisation challenge, industry 4.0, and the physical internet.

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Organisational Change and Management ( HRM11118 )

This module focuses on the behaviour of people at work by placing an emphasis on understanding the vital importance of managing change and culture. It covers two broad areas, namely:
1. Organisational Behaviour: attitudes; perception; motivation; groups and teams; leadership; management of transformational change; power, politics and conflict; and
2. Managerial Process and Skills: activities designed to develop skills relating to the management of people, including corporate social responsibility
By the end of the module you will have developed an appreciation of the dynamics of working organisations in a rapidly evolving business environment by planning and carrying forward system-wide change programmes.

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Research Methods ( SOE11131 )

Research methodologies, critically reviewing literature, research design and ethics, data collection methods (qualitative, quantitative and mixed), analysis methods, research writing and dissemination.

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Sustainable Supply Chain Management ( SOE11152 )

Supply chains and sustainability have become a key focus for many organisations and broader society, as many countries and organisations around the globe push for decarbonisation and the implementation of the United Nations Sustainability Goals. Organisations have developed an understanding that they do not act alone but are part of complex networks that need to act together in order to effectively address these issues. This module focuses on key aspects of sustainability and supply chain management, such as:Introduction to supply chains/networks and their global influencers;Demand amplification and the Bullwhip Effect;Relationships, integration, and social network analysis of supply chains;Sustainable procurement and corporate social responsibility in supply chains;Supply chain design and performance measurement;Customer centric supply chains;Evaluation of supply chains to assess weaknesses and strengths on a wide range of issues, such as communication and relationships to living wage.

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* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.



Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements for Global Logistics and Supply Chain Analytics?

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at 2:2 or above. We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme.

We will also consider CILT (UK) Level 6 Advanced Diploma in Logistics and Transport or CIPS Level 6 Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply with 3 years relevant work experience.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient professional work experience within the industry.

Can I get admission into Global Logistics and Supply Chain Analytics based on my working experience in this sector?

This course has academic entry requirements which are assessed alongside relevant work experience. Full details of any relevant work experience, including references should be submitted with your application and may be considered for entry where the minimum academic entry requirements are below those required.

Usually, unrelated work experience is not considered sufficient for entry without meeting the minimum academic entry requirements. Please contact us with your specific circumstances by submitting an enquiry form above and we will be happy to discuss your options.

Can I make an appointment with an advisor to discuss further about the admission process?

If you want to get more information on the admission process, please get in touch with the postgraduate admissions team by submitting an enquiry form above.

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
  • All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

See who can apply for more information on Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

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Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2023/24 2024/25
Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £8,300 £8,715
Overseas and EU £17,090 £18,800
Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next. For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships
The University offers a 20% discount on Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes. The discount can only be applied to year one of a full-time Postgraduate degree, any additional years are exempt from the discount. For part time Postgraduate degrees the discount will apply to years one, two and three only and any additional years will be exempt from the discount.
Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.

Please note:

The discount for Edinburgh Napier alumni can only be applied to year one of a full-time Postgraduate degree, any additional years are exempt from the discount.

For part time Postgraduate degrees the discount will apply to years one, two and three only and any additional years will be exempt from the discount.

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Career opportunities include: 

• Supply Chain Analyst 
• Supply Chain Development Lead
• Logistics Analyst
• Supply Chain and Operations Manager
• Logistics & Production Manager 
• Logistics Co-ordinator

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