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Study a graduate program in logistics

What will I study on a graduate logistics program?

Logistics links all the different stages in distributing a product, from transporting all the raw materials to getting something into a shop. Essentially, jobs in logistics are about managing the chain of information in order to make the distribution process and movement of goods as smooth as possible.

A graduate logistics program will give you the technical skills needed to enter a managerial logistics position at a higher level. You will learn the techniques required to evaluate, manage and improve services and supply chain processes. You’ll learn about conducting market analysis and research, as well as developing your managerial style.

Some of the modules you can expect your graduate program in logistics to cover include:
  • Supply chain management
  • Logistics and operations
  • Problem solving with statistics
  • People and performance
  • Storage and warehouse techniques
  • Inventory management

Length of program

The length of a graduate logistics program depends on where you study and your previous experience. Programs generally last the following duration in these countries, but can vary depending on the institution and mode of study.
  • UK – 1-2 years
  • US – 1-2 years
  • China – 1-2 years
  • Canada – 1-2 years

Entry requirements

You can normally enter a graduate logistics program without previous logistics experience, but you will be expected to have an undergraduate qualification in science, engineering, IT, business or management to give you the necessary background knowledge.

Most programs will expect you to have the equivalent of a second class degree in order to be allowed onto the program, but this varies from country to country and course to course.

Career development

The sector is so diverse that there are lots of different areas for graduates to go into. Roles include those in planning, strategy, finance, marketing and information technology.

When it comes to manufacturing a product, you can break logistical roles into six key areas:
  • Sourcing – finding quality materials as cheaply as possible
  • Transportation – getting supplies to where they are needed
  • Storage – Making sure all items are stored successfully
  • Production – Quality control and keeping wastage as low as possible
  • Storage – Storing the finished item in preparation for shipping it to retailers
  • Distribution – Getting your product out to customers as quickly and efficiently as possible
Graduates from logistics programs are sought after in many industries outside of supply chain management, with their technical and managerial skills proving attractive.

Fees and funding

The cost of graduate logistics programs varies widely from country to country and also depends on the status of the course and university. Remember that fees depend on whether you are a home, EU or international student. As a guide, expect to pay the following in these countries per year:
  • UK - £4,500 - £17,000
  • USA - $5,000 - $30,000
  • Germany  €2,000 - €5,000
  • Canada - $4,000-8,000
  • China – RMB 21,000-24,000

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