Plymouth Business School

MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Greatly enhance your employability in the maritime industries with a programme that includes options to study abroad, gain a dual award title, and join the Plymouth Nautical Degree Association (PYNDA) upon graduation. With this professionally accredited course you'll develop commercial focus through our visiting speakers programme and benefit from a research and technology driven curriculum.

Key features

  • Stand out to employers with a postgraduate qualification accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and recognised by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) and The Nautical Institute.
  • Expand your employment opportunities with a dual award title of international logistics and supply chain management, displaying expertise in a range of fields.
  • Gain the specialist skills you need to enter senior management positions in the maritime industry and related fields.
  • Designed to appeal to those already in the workplace, our programme allows you to take the opportunity to enhance your professional competence by building on your existing experiences through a structured programme of study.
  • Graduate and join our fleet of successful alumni, highly regarded in their industry for possessing the critical skills required to discuss a range of solutions for serious management problems in international shipping and port management.
  • Broaden your horizons by joining a programme with a truly international focus. In any given year our students might hail from over 20 different countries, enhancing one another’s academic experiences and providing excellent opportunities for international networking.
  • Benefit from the breadth of knowledge of our multicultural and international staff with expertise in their respective areas and a wealth of industry liaison experience.
  • Position yourself at the leading-edge of the industry thanks to our research-informed programme of study – our staff undertake substantial research in the areas of international shipping, international logistics and supply chain management.
  • Harness the latest technologies to enhance your learning experience – our expertise in simulation-based technology will allow you to enter the work place up to speed with the most contemporary techniques.
  • Build the industry knowledge to transition smoothly into the workplace thanks to regular visits to companies, trade exhibitions, seminars, workshops and industry conferences.
  • Plot your own course through your studies - our programme offers a learner-centred approach that is responsive to your needs. If you wish, you can choose to complete your studies in three consecutive years.
  • Develop a wide-reaching network of industry contacts thanks to our programme of visiting expert industry speakers providing specialist knowledge and insights as well as opportunities to seek internship, consultancy, or research experience.
  • Access the benefits offered by our extensive alumni association – PYNDA.  PYNDA members now occupy all levels within the maritime industries and joining the association will allow you to develop contacts and source opportunities via your fellow alums.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • MAR701 Research Skills and Economics for International Supply Chains

      This module develops the skills you require to carry out international supply chain research including communication, writing and oral presentation, and promotes critical awareness of economic and other business contexts.

    • MAR702 Maritime Finance and Business Modelling

      You'll explore the role of business finance in maritime industries including interpretation of traditional accounts and analysis of corporate performance and approaches to investment appraisal. You'll have the opportunity to develop your hands-on skills for decision making, based on an integrated approach to quantitative decision methods using spread sheets.

    • MAR703 International Trade, Procurement, Logistics and Shipping

      In this module students analyse the international procurement, logistics and shipping of goods, the principles, processes, and strategies of international trade and the legal concepts by which they are regulated.

    • MAR704 Logistics, Supply Chains, Systems and Methods

      Equip yourself to be able to structure complex logistical and supply chain problems using operational tools. You'll also explore a conceptual model for dissertations.

    • MAR707 International Supply Chain Systems

      You'll focus on international supply chain systems that facilitate the flow of goods and services in international trading systems and consider various supply chain management processes involved in optimising the supply chain performance to achieve and sustain competitive advantage in complex and dynamic trading environment. You'll also consider issues related to international trade and macroeconomic policy.

    • MAR709 International Logistics Management

      In this module you'll analyse the implications of decisions taken by international channel management in the context of international logistics.

    • MAR710 Research Project

      In the Project/Dissertation you will be expected to research a topic or problem related to your award title on the basis of relevant literature and appropriate empirical work. You may choose to participate in either an established research area or follow a line of work based of your own interest.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc International Shipping Logistics Procurement Supply Chain Management programme specification 4526

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements


A relevant degree with honours or an equivalent professional qualification. Other qualifications accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field may also be considered. Non-standard applications will be considered on a case by case basis.


Please view the country specific pages for further information regarding the equivalency of your degree. International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability, for example by achieving an IELTS score of 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element) or equivalent. Pre-sessional English language courses are available if you do not meet these requirements.


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Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2018 2019
Home/EU £9,500 £9,500
International £14,000 £14,400
Part time (Home/EU) £500 £500
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

How to apply

Applying for postgraduate taught study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

If you would like any further information please contact the Postgraduate and Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

Applying for postgraduate research study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. The Doctoral College is available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.  If  you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via

If you would like any further information please contact the Doctoral College:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 587640


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

Shipping, operations and supply chain management with the University of Plymouth

This incredible masters suite allows you to have direct access to over 30 years of international industry experience. With a strong focus on the commercial aspects of the whole industry you can prepare yourself for a management, build industry connections through the visiting speakers seminars, take advantage of opportunities to study abroad and stand out to employers.

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Sarah Liu – MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management

I chose Plymouth University because of its good reputation in the shipping and logistics industry. I originally come from China and decided that studying in the UK would open my mind and enrich my knowledge, as well as improving my career prospects.
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Burak Konakoglu – MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Plymouth University offers vitality to your studies and opportunities to extend networks in all aspects. The learning experience comes not only from the academic staff but also from various social activities and especially workshops delivered.
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Research at the University of Plymouth

iSPER's Maritime and Logistics, Business and Policy Group (MLBP) aims to promote excellent research into business and policy issues in maritime business and logistics. MLBP spans the fields of international shipping, international logistics, international supply chain management, international procurement and international trade and port management. Geographically, the maritime scope of MLBP engages complex multifaceted business and policy issues located between interfluves and ocean trenches.

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Master Your Future – Faculty of Business Professoriate Scholarships

The Faculty of Business Professoriate Scholarships of £1,000 are awarded to selected students undertaking postgraduate study each year.

The opportunity to apply for a professoriate scholarship is available to applicants currently in receipt of an offer for postgraduate study.

Find out more and how to apply

Postgraduate loans

You may now be eligible for a government loan of over £10,000 to help towards the cost of your masters degree.

The loans will be available for both taught and research masters programmes across all disciplines and subject areas.

Find out more about your eligibility for a postgraduate loan

Postgraduate students

Postgraduate study in the Faculty of Business can help you realise your ambitions and develop your potential as a manager and leader of the future. Whether you come to us as a newly qualified graduate or after a successful track record in industry we provide high quality, professionally accredited postgraduate programmes, and PhD and professional doctorate supervision.

International community

Play your part in out thriving international community of 3,000 students from over 100 countries studying full and part time programmes at the University.

We'll help you at every step of your journey from applying to settling in, during and after your postgraduate studies.