Bachelor Logistics Management Programme

Duration 3 years
Study credits 180 ECTS (European Credit Transfer), 25 study hours per credit, 4500 study hours
Title after graduation Bachelor of Science
Requirements of admission Completed high school level or secondary education
Tuition $ 8.000 per academic year, $ 24.000 for complete programme.
Mode of payment Per semester or per full year in advance via bank transfer, credit card or PayPal.

The global economy requires efficient movement of products from manufacturers to consumers. A bachelor in logistics arms students with the knowledge required for successful careers in supply chain procedures and management. Modules will cover topics such as warehouse management, manufacturing procedures, product tracking, supplier relationships, supplier or vendor contracts, transportation issues, and more. Students who earn logistics degrees can find employment with manufacturers, retailers, distributors, transportation companies, and other vendors involved in supply chain processes.

Content of programme and mode of lecture

Full shelves in stores, short waiting times for doctors and satisfied customers of a webshop. They are all examples of good logistics. Logistics is about smart organization and occurs in all sectors: care, media, education, fashion and production. Everyone has to do with it. You need to organize, collaborate and communicate for a logistics programme. Logistics directs all links in and between companies that have to deal with the flow of goods, processes and communication. This can therefore be purchasing, transport, warehousing and distribution. But also queue problems and mobility. Information and communication technology plays an important role.

LGSB connects the Bachelor Logistics Management (BLM) program with business administration. Thanks to this approach, you quickly find a suitable job and you grow faster, also to other business functions. Important perspectives are: responding to rapid changes in logistics organizations and corporate social responsibility.

Mode of lecture

The Bachelor Logistics Management (BLM) programme is a blended programme. That means that you will use a high tech e-learning platform that works flawless on mobile phones and gives the opportunity  to study where-ever, when ever. 5 times per semester there is a live workshop you may attend. In the third and last year of the bachelor we address trends and the national aspects of logistics. The last semester of the bachelor is dedicated to a project or internship. After collecting 180 ECTS, you graduate. There will be a graduation ceremony where you will receive an official accredited degree awarded by Swiss School of Management (SSM). This degree gives you all the application requirements you need to enroll in the next cohort of an (international) masters degree.

Your first academic year

The first academic year of the Bachelor Logistics Management (BLM) is an interesting year. You will get acquainted with the basics in logistics, general management, economics, law and taxes, information technology and many more essential subjects for future leaders in logistics.

Each academic year is divided into two semesters. During both semesters you will follow eight modules. The course materials will be available for you via the e-learning platform. The material is a combination of articles, books, cases, questions, video’s, tests, assessments and so on.

Passing modules is awarded with a number of credits (ECTS). When you have passed all the modules of year one, you’ve collected 60 ECTS. The modules of the first academic year are:

  1. Internal and External Accounting I (3 ECTS)
  2. Investment and Financing I (4 ECTS)
  3. Marketing I (4 ECTS)
  4. HRM, Organization, Leadership I (4 ECTS)
  5. Strategic Management (4 ECTS)
  6. Excel and other tools (4 ECTS)
  7. Statistics, mathematics for logistics applications I (5 ECTS)
  8. Micro economics and macro economics (3 ECTS)
  9. Traffic and Transportation Law (2 ECTS)
  10. Information Technology I (3 ECTS)
  11. Modes of Transport (2 ECTS)
  12. Logistic Management I (4 ECTS)
  13. Logistics Cost Accounting I (2 ECTS)
  14. Logistics Controlling I (1 ECTS)
  15. Procurement Management I (4 ECTS)
  16. Distribution Management I (4 ECTS)
  17. Transport Economics (2 ECTS)
  18. Operations Management I (2 ECTS)
  19. Process Management I (2 ECTS)

Your second academic year of the Bachelor Logistics Management (BLM)

In your second academic year, we will go even deeper into logistical management. We will focus on teaching you skills to apply the modules you have had in year one. You will learn how to execute, implement, solve, demonstrate, interpret, operate, schedule and sketch logistical issues. The second academic year is also divided into two semesters. The modules this years are:

  1. Internal and External Accounting II (1 ECTS)
  2. Investment and Financing II (1 ECTS)
  3. Marketing II (4 ECTS)
  4. HRM, Organization and Leadership II (4 ECTS)
  5. Statistics, mathematics for logistics applications II (4 ECTS)
  6. Commercial and Trade law (2 ECTS)
  7. Business Taxation (2 ECTS)
  8. Duties and Import Taxes (2 ECTS)
  9. Insurance (2 ECTS)
  10. Information Technology II (2 ECTS)
  11. Logistics and Shipping Software (2 ECTS)
  12. Logistics Management (2 ECTS)
  13. E-logistics (4 ECTS)
  14. Logistics Cost Accounting II (3 ECTS)
  15. Logistics Controlling II (3 ECTS)
  16. Procurement Managent II(4 ECTS)
  17. Distribution Management II (4 ECTS)
  18. Production Planning and Control II (4 ECTS)
  19. Operations Management II (2 ECTS)
  20. Process Management II (2 ECTS)

Electives

  1. Courier Logistics and Management I (4 ECTS)
  2. Country relevant Logistics I (2 ECTS)

The third academic year of the Bachelor Logistics Management

The third and last academic year of the Bachelor Logistics Management is the year where you show that you own the material of year one and two. You will do an internship or a project and write a thesis where you prove that you are fit to become a logistical manager. To collect the last 60 credits you have to pass the following modules:

  1. Statistics, mathematics for logistical application III (4 ECTS)
  2. Procurement Management III (4 ECTS)
  3. Distribution Management III (4 ECTS)
  4. Production Planning and Control III (4ECTS)
  5. Operations Management III (2 ECTS)
  6. Process Management III (2 ECTS)
  7. Quality Management (4 ECTS)
  8. Project Management (4 ECTS)
  9. Academic and Professional Writing/Reporting (2 ECTS)
  10. Internship or Project (6 ECTS)
  11. Bachelor Thesis (10 ECTS)

Electives

  1. Courier Logistics and Management II (2 ECTS)
  2. Country specific Logistics II (2 ECTS)
  3. County specific Trends (6 ECTS)
  4. Country relevant themes (4 ECTS)

Enrollment requirements

To enroll in the Bachelor Logistical Management you need, next to a sound command of the English language, one of two things:

  1. Prove that you have successfully finished a secondary education equivalent to a high school level;
  2. Recognition of prior learning

What is recognition of prior learning?

This is where we accept a previous qualification as meeting the learning outcomes (or covering the syllabus) for a course or module, so you don’t need to take it as part of your degree. This reduces the number of courses (and the length of time) required to complete your degree.

Can I apply for recognition of prior learning?

If you have a lot of work or life experience in a particular industry or field, and you are thinking of enrolling in a course, RPL is worth considering. Recognition of prior learning (RPL) involves getting recognition for skill and knowledge you’ve pick up from: life experiences, work experiences, training courses or workshops.

To check if you are eligible to apply for RPL, you have to pay a non-refundable RPL-fee of $ 250 per module.

To be eligible to apply for RPL, some tertiary training providers need you to be enrolled or provisionally enrolled in the qualification, and pay the enrolment fees. Please contact the faculty via faculty@lgsb.nl if you want to start the RPL procedure.

What are the benefits of applying for recognition of prior learning?

The benefits of RPL are that you: have your informal learning recognized, avoid studying topics you already know about, complete the course faster, pay less for the programme.

How is recognition of prior learning assessed?

Prior learning is assessed in several ways, and which method is used will depend on the type of module you are taking. The module supervisor will get in touch with you to discuss the type of assessment you will need to do, and arrange a date and time for your assessment. The assessment is made by a subject matter expert in your chosen field of study. The most common assessment methods are:

Portfolio. A portfolio involves compiling a file of evidence that relates to the learning outcome or unit standard you want credit for. Some examples of evidence could be a report, a set of accounts, a product you have made, a drawing or an essay.

Attestation. Attestation is when someone who is knowledgeable and respected in your area of knowledge gives their word (either written or verbal) that you have the required learning in this area. This person could be someone chosen by you, such as a client or employer.

Structured interview. This method involves you verbally explaining what you have done before an interview panel. You can have support people present as well.

Challenge assessment. This could be a practical demonstration, a written or oral test, or an assignment. A challenge assessment can be used when evidence from the other sources needs confirmation.

What else you need to know about the assessment

To be awarded RPL, the learning must be current and relevant. For example, we will only look at learning gained in the past three years. Relevance can be important too, especially in relation to cultural, legal, social or professional practices. In this case, it may be important that you have worked or studied in a country specific context.

What happens after the assessment?

We will send you written notice of the outcome of your application. A verbal indication by the assessor is not enough. The outcome could be:

  • Credit awarded in full. Any module credits you have gained will be recorded on your learning record and you won’t have to sit this component of the programme.
  • Requirement to give further evidence or be assessed further. For example, this could be having to do a challenge assessment.
  • Application declined – it’s recommended that you enroll and complete the paper as normal.

With the year-on-year growth of online retail sales showing no signs of slowing down – and an increasing number of customers demanding rapid delivery of their purchases – employers are on the lookout for skilled logistics and supply chain graduates to fill a variety of roles

Distribution managers have always played a vital role in the success of the retail industry, ensuring the effective organization, storage and distribution of products and purchases. However, with the constant technological advancement of online operations, and the growth of online retailing their work has never been more important nor their skills more sought after.

Upon graduation logistics jobs and supply chain jobs are plentiful and varied. There are both tactical and strategic roles on offer and it’s likely that you’ll gain an overview of the profession before specializing – and then progressing to more senior positions.

Employers include third party logistics companies, organizations that sell directly to consumers (retailers and supermarkets) and logistics consultancies. Jobs within logistics and supply chains can include logistics and distribution managers, purchasing manager or warehouse manager.

Graduates can pursue a career in the following areas:

  • supply chain design and planning
  • procurement and supply management
  • freight transportation
  • warehouse design and management
  • distribution network design and planning
  • inventory management and control.

To catch the attention of employers you’ll need to show some experience of logistics and supply chains, either through previous or part-time work in the retail sector, industrial placements on your course, or through internships and work experience.

Admissions deadline

The Bachelor Logistics Management starts multiple times a year. Most of the course work is available via our e-learning platform. That gives you the chance to start when-ever you want. In some countries, we organize regular live workshops. Please contact the faculty via faculty@lgsb.nl to get the latest agenda for the workshops in your country.

Deadlines intake

  • February 2019: 20th January 2019
  • May 2019: 20th of April 2019
  • September 2019: 20th of August 2019
  • November 2019: 20th of October 2019

Round Table Africa 3.0 (RTA)

The Round Table Africa 2.0 (RTA) project is a spin-off of a Dutch government sponsored project between Maastricht School of Management (MSM) and ESAMI (Tanzania). After MSM pulled out, the project was given new life by StatMind and its networked European and African partners. LGSB partnered with StatMind and started the Round Table Africa 3.0. The goal of this new version of the project is to open educational programmes to as much people on this globe as possible.

The Round Table Africa 3.0 offers three things:

  1. Scholarships to lower the tuition;
  2. Extra guidance during their study;
  3. Open the extensive international network of business owners, leaders, government officials.

You can apply for a scholarship during the admissions process. We grant scholarships based on individual motivation and purchase parity power by country.

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