PhD Logistics Management Programme

Duration 3 years
Study credits 180 ECTS (European Credit Transfer)
Title after graduation Doctor of Philosophy
Requirements of admission Completed Masters degree, Working experience or Recognition of Prior Learning
Tuition € 30.000 for complete programme
Mode of payment Per academic year in advance via bank transfer, credit card or PayPal

Welcome to our PhD programme! The Limburg Graduate School of Business is pleased to introduce you to the PhD in Logistics in partnership with Swiss School of Management (SSM) and Courier Logistics and Management Institute (CLMI).

Objective of this programme is to fulfil the challenging demands which constitute the doctoral level of best practices and quality standards in higher education. The academic purpose is to contribute to existing knowledge and/or to extend it through new discoveries, refinements of existing theories.

The doctoral programme supports graduates in their academic and/or professional career development. The programme is relevant, rich, and academically valid and in line and comparable with national and international standards of higher education. It fulfils the criteria of the process of harmonization of higher education in Europe, and the learning outcomes of the highest level of the European Qualification Framework (EQF-Level 8).

The PhD programme is aimed at meeting the challenging expectations of scrutiny of empirical research, validity and reliability of data, and demonstration of evidence-based and defendable findings and conclusions. All research leading to the award of the degree has to be consistent and scientific. Notwithstanding the theoretical setting, you are encouraged to relate your research to contemporary debates on the impacts of trends and developments, on the economy and on society at large.

The programme provides high-quality doctoral training that equips you with all knowledge and tools needed to produce high quality research in the field of courier, logistics and transportation management. You are not alone in your journey! You will be taught and supervised by our distinguished international faculty members who are experts in logistics management. Our unique research labs will support you in collecting and analyzing your data. We will take you through every step of your PhD study.

We are looking forward to working with you!

Prof. Dr. Robert Goedegebuure (LGSB, SSM)
Prof. Dr. Simon Emeje (CLMI)
Prof. Dr. Massimiliano Bracalé (SSM)
Prof. Dr. h.c. Jovan Didier (LGSB, SSM)

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 PhD in Logistics Management (PLM) 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 PhD in Logistics Management (PLM) 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. The five mandatory modules will be delivered in four workshops. Each of these workshops typically covers one or multiple modules. All workshops can be prepared before attendance through our e-learning platform. For each module you complete, you will receive a certificate.

Your first academic year

The first academic year of the PhD in Logistics Management (PLM) is an interesting year. In this first year you will do the ‘coursework’ that is a part of the PhD programme. During this coursework, you will complete five modules which will prepare you for the rest of your PhD study.

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

  1. Research Methods (10 ECTS)
  2. Quantitative Methods & Techniques (10 ECTS)
  3. Qualitative Methods & Techniques (10 ECTS)
  4. Survey Design (10 ECTS)
  5. Essential Tools (10 ECTS)
  6. Research Proposal (10 ECTS)

Your second academic year of the PhD in Logistics Management (PLM)

In your second academic year, you will focus on starting off your own research in the field. In this stage you will collect, edit and analyze data. Your supervisor will guide you through this process, and our research lab assists in doing the research correctly. By the end of the second year, you will be in a position to start wrapping up your analyses, and prepare for the write-up phase.

The third academic year of the PhD in Logistics Management

The third and last academic year of the PhD in Logistics Management is the year where you show that you’ve done the coursework and the research and are now able to present your findings. In this year, you will do additional analyses, study your findings and work on an error-free way to present your findings. After six months, you should be able to provide internal and external readers with a draft version of your thesis. Processing feedback from these readers then takes up to three months to process, after which a date will be set for the oral exam.

Enrollment requirements

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

  1. To prove that you’ve attained a masters degree;
  2. To prove that you’ve got sufficient working experience;
  3. To be able to present a 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 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 PhD in Logistics Management starts multiple times a year. Most of the course work is available via our e-learning platform. That give you the chance to start when-ever you want. In some countries, we organize regular live workshops. Please contact the faculty via 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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