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Business Management (Supply Chain and Logistics) BA Honours

How to deliver products and services at the right place and time, on cost and in the right quantity is at the heart of this degree.
October 2024
3 years full-time
4 years full-time with placement
4-6 years part-time
£9,250 (UK) *
£16,600 (INT) *
Course leader
Maryam Mohammadipour

This course will not be running in October 2023. The next intake will be October 2024. Apologies for any inconvenience caused by this.

If you’d like to start this course in January, please apply for our generalist programme BA Business Management and chose your specialism in Year 2.

Managing and understanding the supply chain

In today’s business world, success is increasingly hinged on the speed and efficiency of supply chains. In this course ,you’ll learn what it’s like to compete in the global marketplace and organisations that require employees to have both a broad understanding of how businesses operate and specialist knowledge of supply chain processes.

You’ll be taught by experts who have plenty of experience in the area including supply chain scheduling, forecasting and operations management. You’ll also benefit from our partnership with NOVUS Lite, who provide guaranteed work placements in your third year of your BA in logistics and supply chain management.

This course provides you the opportunity to work in a range of businesses and organisations while gaining specialised training in the industry standard software you’ll need to manage and analyse the supply chain.

Taught by experienced tutors

Since your lecturers have expertise in supply chain management and have worked in sectors such as FMCG, they’re well placed to pass on the skills you’ll need in industry.

You’ll receive training in industry-standard software for managing the supply chain processes. Enterprise Resource Planning software (SAP) enables organisations to make decisions and run their business. Supply chains depend on this application and how it integrates business is of paramount importance. Knowledge of SAP is a tangible skill and is widely sought after by employers.

Supporting your goals

Our personalised approach gives you the support you need to succeed as a student. While you're an undergraduate or foundation year student, you’ll have a Personal Tutor directly related to your course. If you need support with academic writing, numeracy and library skills, we’ll be sure to provide it. Our Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants have studied your subject and can support you based on their first hand experience.

The specialist knowledge and skills you’ll gain from your logistics management degree will enable you to work in jobs such as supply chain manager, logistics analysis, and as a buyer or scheduler, among others.

Guaranteed Placements

We have a collaboration with NOVUS (part of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK, CILT), as its eighth University and the only university in London which is providing students studying this course with guaranteed placements for their third year.

Course highlights

  • Opportunity to obtain guaranteed paid yearlong internship provided you secure above an average of 60% in year 1 and clear a friendly assessment centre activity and interview. All students (Home / Overseas) are eligible for this scheme.
  • Taught by expert tutors with experience in the area including supply chain scheduling, forecasting and operations management
  • Training in industry-standard software for managing the supply chain processes - knowledge of Enterprise Resource Planning software (SAP) is a tangible skill and is widely sought after by employers
  • Dedicated support from Personal Tutors, Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants who will support you through their own first-hand experience within the subject area.
  • Guest talks from industry experts, company visits and mentoring opportunities from industry professionals
  • Small cohort size  – useful in developing strong network amongst course participants

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What will you study on the BA Business Management (Supply Chain & Logistics)?

In year 1 and 2 you will study a total of 7 compulsory modules that develop essential skills and knowledge in business management and the wider business environment. In Year 2 you can also choose an option from a number of management discipline-specific modules.

In the final year you will study strategic management together with 3 supply chain specific modules: Global supply chain management, Procurement and sourcing and either Logistics or a Research project in the supply chain area. The 3 supply chain management specific modules will raise your awareness of the critical issues related to managing operation and how to solve problems, as well as enhancing your capabilities in sourcing and managing suppliers, and measuring performance.

What will you gain?

You will learn to work effectively in teams, gain analytical and creative problem solving skills, and be able to present and communicate using a variety of media. We also ensure you develop specialist knowledge in;

  • Digital skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Information collecting and evaluation
  • Ability to apply knowledge and concepts
  • Time management and organisation


*module details subject to validation *

  • Year 1

    • Quantitative Methods for Business (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the use of computer software to collect, analyse and present business data. Students will learn to solve business and management problems using Excel or other appropriate software with an emphasis on the application of methods to solve problems, and the interpretation and communication of results. The main aim is to enable the student to become a discerning user of quantitative methods and computers in business analysis, which can be built upon in further study.

    • Financial Concepts of Business (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop the financial understanding and knowledge of students within business organisations so as to enable them to make effective decisions and to assess the cost, economic and financial implications of these decisions. It aims to provide an understanding of the fundamental roles of accounting and finance for business students who do not need to develop specialist knowledge as well as to provide an understanding of key economic principles that inform business thought and practice.

    • Management Concepts (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to develop students understanding of the management of organisations. It will introduce management concepts such as the business functions,organisational structure, work design, entrepreneurship, and business ethics. Students will develop the ability to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of various management theories and their application in the management of organisations.

    • Marketing Theory and Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is designed to provide an overview of key marketing concepts and techniques, as they apply in a variety of organisations and in both conventional and online environments. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the core role of marketing in determining the growth potential of an enterprise, including the value of the marketing mix in ensuring successful marketing implementation and the significance of external and internal operating environments for marketing practice.

    • People Management (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to develop students understanding of how people in organisations interact. It will introduce various people management concepts and human resource processes and practices. Students will develop the ability to compare and contrast a variety of organisational psychology and sociological theories and their application in the management of people.

  • Year 2

    • Business Environment (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop students’ knowledge of internal and external business environment and their impact upon choices available to business in planning and decision making. Students will learn to analyse business environments and handle information using different techniques, models and frameworks.

    • Management Information Systems (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide students with the ability to apply key skills in information systems to the business management domain. The module also aims to enable students to obtain important aptitudes towards using information technology solutions such as business intelligence (e.g. data analytics), digital technology solutions (e.g. smart environments) and modern forms of communication (e.g. social networks) to improve business processes. The module enables students to acquire knowledge in a number of topics aligned to the following key areas: (i) information systems and business intelligence (in particular the development, management, application and implementation of information systems and their impact upon organisations, (ii) communications (in particular the comprehension and use of relevant communications for application in business and management, including the use of digital tools) and (iii) digital business (in particular the development of strategic priorities to deliver business at speed in an environment where digital technology has reshaped traditional revenue and business models). The cross-discipline nature of the module ensures that students will gain experience in using information systems, while engaging in strategic management activities and following a pattern of work resembling project management practices in controlled environments.

    • Principles of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides students with an introduction to innovation and entrepreneurship. It examines different forms of innovative and entrepreneurial practice including commercial and social enterprise. This includes an introduction into management issues faced by entrepreneurs and small business owners. The module will also introduce students to such concepts as opportunity recognition and the ability to act upon opportunities and problem solving.

    • Organisational Behaviour (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to enable students to identify the multifaceted social processes that are imperative to organisational life. The module will cover a wide array of theories pertaining to organisational behaviour. Students will develop their own abilities to analyse these theories, build up their own views on how to think and feel about these emergent issues as well as empower themselves with the capacity to argue and support these views in an academically rigorous manner.

    • Trade and International Business (30 Credits) - Optional

      The aim of this module is to develop in-depth understanding of theories relating to trade and international business, their application to an increasingly interdependent world, the role of multinational enterprise in the world trade system, and practical issues, such as incoterms,documentation, payment process and instruments, and trade compliance. Taken together these elements should equip students with comprehensive knowledge and a broader sense of running a business beyond the domestic market.

    • Business Law (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will examine the laws regulating the conduct of business and business organisations. The first part of the module sets the context and provides essential material on English Business law (English Legal system, Contract, Tort & Employment) whilst the second part covers Company law and Corporate Governance.

    • Human Resource Management in Practice (30 credits) - Optional

      The aim of this module is to develop students’ understanding of the key areas of HRM and to develop their skills and competence in human resource management practice. Students will become familiar with a wide range of generalist HR policies and practices within the five key areas of the discipline: employee resourcing, employee reward, employee relations, performance management and employee training and development. They will also be provided with the opportunity to develop competencies in areas such as selection interviews, performance appraisals, managing conflict, and conducting grievance and disciplinary interviews.

    • Accounting and Finance for Business (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to further develop and enhance the financial understanding and knowledge of students within business organisations on the subject areas of financial accounting, management accounting and financial management. It aims to provide a more in-depth understanding of the roles of accounting and finance for business students who do not need to develop specialist knowledge and to train students to apply their accounting and finance knowledge and skills into a range of different business situations.

    • Marketing Research and Insights (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to familiarise students with the importance of marketing research and insights to business and, in particular, the marketing management process. Students will learn how to conduct a marketing research project, including establishing business research needs, gaining insights into the consumer market, designing an appropriate research design, creating research instruments, gathering data primary and secondary data, conducting both qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and using the findings to improve marketing decision-making.

    • Operations Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of operations management within a variety of organisations. It examines different aspects of operations management relevant to the design, planning, control and improvement of business operations. Students will learn to evaluate, select and apply relevant operations management concepts, tools and techniques to solve problems, make informed decisions and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational processes.

  • Year 3

    • Procurement and Sourcing (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to present the interrelationships of purchasing with the rest of the functional and system areas of the organisation, with particular emphasis on the interface with marketing, logistics, supply chain management, and operations management. The module introduces the purchasing function as an integral part of the transformation of raw materials and component parts into finished goods by utilising materials, systems, information, and people in order to become strategic weapon in today's global market.

    • Strategic Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to present a broad and integrated view of strategic management in organisations and outlines and offers a range of critical perspectives on key concepts of strategy. It will introduce generic strategies at the corporate, business and functional levels, and will provide a range of analytical models and concepts that can be applied in assessing the strategic capability of an organisation and the environment in which it operates.

    • Supply Chain and Logistics Innovations (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides students with an understanding of some of the latest and emerging innovative supply chain technologies and tools that increase efficiency and effectiveness of supply chains. It offers an advanced view of the impact of innovation in supply chain processes and helps students to understand and apply new innovations in their future careers in field of logistics and supply chain management.

    • Logistics (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of logistics within a variety of organisations. It examines the role of logistics in business, and the management of key logistics functions. Students will learn to evaluate, select and apply relevant logistics concepts, tools and techniques to solve problems, make informed decisions and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of business processes.

    • Enterprise Resource Planning (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to provide students with a broad understanding of the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) processes and the SAP ERP system in particular. The module will introduce the role of ERP in optimising and automating supply chain operations and use the SAP ERP as a tool for practical application of the concepts.

    • Global Supply Chain Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces students to the theories and techniques relevant to the management of global demand and global supply within the parameters of corporate and business unit strategies. Students will develop critical insights in design, implementation and operation of global supply chains while employing these to develop their own case studies.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

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How can the BA Business Management (Supply Chain & Logistics) support your career?

Supply chain managers are in high demand as a wide variety of organisations need supply chain experts; manufacturers, retailers, transportation companies, third party logistics providers, service companies, government agencies and non-governmental organisations.

Our past alumni are currently working in the following businesses:

Amazon, Fenwick, Sekkingstad AS, Norway, Yodel Network Ltd, Greencore, Arla Foods, Transport for London

Get a kick-start to your career with Novus UK Placements

Middlesex University has partnered with Novus UK – a non-profit organisation that operates under the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport - to provide guaranteed placement opportunities for our students. Novus has partnered with large organisations such as DHL, Travis Perkins, and Sainsburys (to name a few).

Through the Novus partnership, BA Business Management (Supply Chain and Logistics) students and graduates get access to:

  • Paid summer work
  • Paid third year placement
  • Graduate employment
  • Industry-led seminars and site visits
  • A mentor from one of our sponsor companies
  • Career coaching from logistics professionals

Acquiring a third-year placement or graduate work has never been easier as Novus also supports you in applying for jobs and clearing interviews.

Find out more about what Novus does and how students gain invaluable career experience.

  • Zsuzsanna Rapi

    Business Management (Supply Chain and Logistics) BA graduate

    At Middlesex University there are many study spots, reading spaces, and an amazing library available. It caters for all needs. Academics are easily approachable and they tend to bring their research and also invite guest speakers to the classroom. Within this course I would say Procurement and sourcing was vital, also logistics was very handy, because these two modules alone can get set you up for a new job. Currently I am working as a buyer for Fenwick and heavily use ERP software for managing the procurement process. During the course, I was taught to use SAP for managing the procurement process. This experience was useful in my workplace and indeed a valuable skill to have. . I feel I have learned and gained more than expected at MDX.

  • Peter Fernandes

    Business Management BA graduate

    Every aspect of the course has been exciting. I particularly enjoyed the third year modules. Strategic Management gave me a deep insight into the workings of a business environment and Leadership Management helped me discover my strengths and weakness in order to become an effective leader in the future.

    I loved working closely with academics, who are leaders in their field. They ensured the entire course provided not only academic theory but also practical and relevant information specifically designed and tailored towards my future career.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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