Business Management Logistics and Retail

BSc single honours. Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) also available Logistics Management 2017/18

Year of entry

There will be no new students admitted to our Broadstairs Campus from 2018.

If you start this course in 2017, it will go ahead in Broadstairs as planned,  and we will work with you during the year to determine where it will be best for you to study in future years. However, if you would like to start a Business course at our Canterbury Campus in 2017, there are a number to choose from including the BSc Business Management which is the most comparable to the courses based at Broadstairs. 

93% of Business School graduates were in employment or further study six months after completing their studies.

DLHE 2014-15

From the phone in your hand to the trainers on your feet, virtually everything you have, own or use has at some point been carried on a lorry, train, ship, plane or even a pipeline. At any one time millions of tonnes of goods are constantly on the move and across the world. Logistics is a dynamic and increasingly sophisticated global industry that touches everyone. The effective and efficient management of logistics has implications for the economy, the environment as well as society as a whole.

The Business School has links with a variety of professional bodies and there are many opportunities for work experience to prepare you for future employment.

Broadstairs is a comparatively small campus and has a friendly and safe atmosphere. Although most students are from the UK, students from elsewhere in the EU and from overseas find it particularly attractive.

All business courses at Broadstairs are essentially practical in nature. They are assessed by a range of methods but do not feature formal examinations. A particularly innovative feature is the link with local and regional organisations in the final stage of the degree provided by the Problem Orientated Project module.

This course is for you if you would like to know more about the management and movement of goods. Logistics is a vital part of the economy and is becoming increasingly important. This course gives you the opportunity to balance academic management learning with practical insights into this fast-moving industry.

This course is particularly appropriate for those seeking management roles not only in logistics but also those considering other industries and sectors throughout the UK and the EU, particularly retail and manufacturing as well as many public sectors.

“The logistics module at Canterbury Christ Church University provided a solid base for a career in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. It equipped me with the skills and knowledge that enabled me to begin work at Shepherd Neame with confidence from the word go.”

Stuart Pearson, Supply Chain Analyst, Business Management (Logistics) graduate

We are proud that our students have been finalists a number of times in the national IBM Business Challenge.

The course takes a two-fold approach. On the one hand it covers the practical and more general elements of logistics, including different transport modes, intermodal operations, warehousing and inventory operations. On the other, it looks at the management aspects of logistics areas such as strategic logistics, outsourcing operations and benchmarking.

The course includes illustrations and examples from the industry as well as the opportunity to visit logistic operations in Kent. All core and optional modules prepare you for a professional career and provide you with the opportunity to gain a broader understanding of the business world.

The first year is common to all business courses at Broadstairs. It does not assume any prior knowledge of business subjects and so introduces you to some of the main themes of the course. It includes introductory modules in business accounting, economics, management science, marketing and organisational management. There is also a module designed to make sure you are familiar with the skills, techniques and computer software you will be using both during your time at university and afterwards.

Year two involves core subjects and a number of options to make a total of six modules. You will study leadership and management, logistics management, supply chain management and operations management. The options include Business in Society, e-Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Management Accounting and Project Management.

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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The final year involves studying business aspects from a more strategic viewpoint. International logistics is a core module, while options available include strategic finance, human resource management and strategic planning are explored. You also have the opportunity to examine a real-life organisational problem. A wide range of organisations from across the region support us in doing this. It is not work placement, but an opportunity to operate as a junior manager might do and put into practice what has been studied. The organisations include local and regional authorities, national retailers, logistics businesses and breweries.

Work experience

Students get unique insights into the workings of individual logistics businesses and the industry as a whole.

This course provides you with the opportunity to take a work-based learning module in year two and the opportunity for a placement year between years two and three. Students have undertaken a variety of interesting placements and are often given responsibility very early on in their placement years.

During their time with us, past students have worked for a large Kent-based road haulage company, a large manufacturer of power generation equipment, a global freight forwarding business, as well as for a major UK retailer.

As part of the course, our students are able to visit logistics operators in Kent to witness and experience the industry first hand. They are also able to participate in national and regional conferences provided by the CILT.

Year one

Core modules

Business Accounting

A comprehensive overview of the financial statements and the accounting system.

Developing Graduate Skills

Provides you with a range of practical skills that will be of value during your studies at university and beyond.

Introduction to Management Science

Enables you to analyse and utilise appropriate numerical techniques that will be of value in a range of business contexts and which may be applied to a range of business and management problems.

Introduction to Economics

Enables you to acquire knowledge and understanding of the fundamental concepts of economics. The course also provides a comprehensive overview of the economic environment within which businesses operate.

Introduction to Marketing

The aim of this course is to develop an understanding of the core themes of marketing and their practical application to contemporary business practice. The module covers the main marketing concepts.

People in Organisations

Provides you with a general introduction to managing people in the work environment and an understanding of key elements of the law relating to employment. 

Year two

Core modules

Principles of Logistics

This is the fundamental module for logistics that covers the management science of operating a logistics business as well as many of the practicalities of logistics. It includes areas such strategic and operational management, outsourcing 3PL and 4PL as well as providing an insight into the various modes of transport.

Leadership and Management

Develops your ability to understand the principles of management and leadership, and interpret ambiguous situations that exist between leaders, management and staff in modern organisations.

Management of Operations

Evaluates the role of operations management within a business context.  There will be particular emphasis placed on the role and function of the operations manager in an organisation, encompassing quality management and the role of project management.

Supply Chain Management

Introduces and examines the various aspects of Supply-Chain Management and considers how these can contribute to the way in which the needs and requirements of a customer can be fulfilled, particularly in the context of supplier/purchaser dependencies and the management of the associated relationships.

Work Based Learning

The aim of the module is develop students’ skills in seeking and obtaining a work placement or internship of a minimum of three weeks’ duration. It will also develop in students their skills in learning from work experience and applying academic learning to the work place.

Likely optional modules

Business in Society

Provides you with an introduction to issues pertaining to the changing role of businesses in society.  It aims to encourage you to consider how companies can manage their business processes to produce an overall positive impact on society at the local, national and global level while at the same time achieving their organisational goals.

Consumer Behaviour

Develops your critical awareness and understanding of consumer and organisational buyer behaviour and how they can be influenced by marketing activity.

Corporate Financial Accounting

Provides you with a thorough understanding of financial accounting techniques and accounting statements suitable for analysis and publication appreciating the regulatory framework.


Explores the nature of the challenges facing e-Marketing, the impact of more sophisticated and demanding consumers, the globalisation of markets and the advent of virtual distribution and payment systems.


Provides you with an understanding of the main concepts and theories of entrepreneurship, its role in the modern economy, and hence aims to develop a practical perspective on the processes involved in new venture creation.

Management Accounting

Develops your knowledge and skills in the application of management accounting techniques to quantitative and qualitative information for planning, decision-making, performance evaluation, and control.

Project Management

Examines the role of project management within a contemporary business context and the underpinning philosophies, principles, structures and methodologies.

Retail Management

Provides you with a comprehensive understanding of developments within the retail sector, consumer behaviour and store design.

Strategic Issues in HRM

Aims help you develop understanding of the strategic nature of HRM within the changing context of work and the ability to evaluate effective people management strategies.

Year three

Core modules

Individual Logistics Study

This module is designed to prepare you for a professional career where you may be asked to investigate an issue or problems and recommend suitable courses of action. You will be able to work with existing businesses and may have the opportunity to become involved in working with them in problem-solving and other work.

International Logistics

This module covers the growth of globalisaton, the factors a logistics business has to consider when operating overseas as well as the various factors such as international law, duties and tariffs, cultural and societal differences that will impact on logistics business operations.

Service Management

Builds on concepts developed in ‘Management of Operations.’  It will acquaint you with the complex demands made upon service management organisations and the challenges that their staff face. 

Likely optional modules

Entrepreneurship in the Global Marketplace

Explores the notion of international entrepreneurship as a contributory factor impacting on economic development, allowing evaluation of the issues influencing entrepreneurs and business ventures in emerging, developing, established and declining global markets.

Exploring Strategy

Provides you with an understanding of the impact of the business environment and the resources of the organisation, both human and material, on strategic planning and choice. This will enable you to consider strategic alternatives, evaluate their suitability and make you aware of the complex issues involved in implementing strategy and managing strategic change.

Financial Strategy

Develops your understanding of advanced financial accounting issues and of the treasury function, auditing, taxation and corporate financial strategy.

Public Relations

Develops a critical understanding of the strategic, international and specialist roles of PR, whilst building your written PR skills ready for the work environment.

By combining academic study and practical assessments, our students develop the skills which are readily appreciated by potential employers. Our recent logistics graduates are now following careers in the airline industry, the rail industry and freight shipping, the cruise industry and freight shipping on the arterial rivers of Europe. These degrees are also an ideal basis for continued study at Masters level in a range of related business disciplines.

“The logistics course at Christ Church was a great springboard for a career in the fast-paced industry that is logistics. It gave not only the academic background, but a practical insight into all aspects of the industry, which were both really useful when I began working full time.”

Sam Durkin, Graduate Trainee – Special Projects Team, R Swain & Sons Ltd, graduated 2015


The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

Full-time £9,250* £11,000**
Part-time £4,625 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

*Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2017/18 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,165 in Year 0.

**Tuition Fee Scholarship discounts of £1,500 are available to eligible overseas students. Visit the International webpages for further information.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

Field trips

Trips etc which are part of the assessment process will not be charged

Trips etc which are optional will be charged. However, optional trips would not be expected to cost more than £50 per year.

Professional Body qualification

Optional and fees range between approximately £100 and £200 depending on the Professional body, the subject and the level of the award.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Students study six modules, in an academic year, which equates to 120 credits. Modules are delivered in Semesters with three modules in the first Semester, which runs from September to mid-January, and three modules in Semester 2, which runs from mid-January to May. Each module will involve 200 hours of work with 50 of these being contact time (lectures and seminars) and the rest self-directed study which includes preparation for and the production of assessments.

For each module, a week will consist of four hours of contact time, as a combination of lecture, seminar and other activities. You will be expected to read up on the relevant topics and positively contribute to class discussions and debates. On average, you should expect to study for 35 hours per week during term-time. We motivate our students to become proactive independent learners who are able to think in a critical and analytical way.

Academic input

The majority of our staff have worked as practitioners, not only in logistics, but other service and public sector industries. As well as teaching, the team is also actively involved in research, knowledge exchange and cross-cultural teaching at institutions in other parts of Europe.

The goals of our assessment strategies are to promote learning, to demonstrate knowledge and understanding, and to ascertain the high standards of the programme. Our assessments consist of case studies, essays, individual and group projects, presentations, and in class assignments.

The Logistics Management course is accredited by the Chartered institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), and students have the benefit of membership of the CILT during their time at the University.

The Business School overall has links with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Several of our year two modules are accredited by the CMI and on successful completion, you will be eligible for CMI Level 5 qualifications in Leadership and Management.

Our students have access to the learning resources of the CILT (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport) and are able to attend meetings, other events and can tap into its careers and employment support provision.

We work with industry stakeholders aligned to the continued development of our teaching programme, research and knowledge exchange. Some of these come in as guest lecturers and we also have masterclasses by visiting professors chosen for their continuing expertise in business and management. These established links have helped some of our students to secure placements.

Students have also been well placed to take up job opportunities on graduation.

A Business School Advisory Board has been established which includes representatives from across the private and public sector. This encourages employer engagement as the Board engages in discussion about technical content of the curriculum and the development of wider employability skills, the provision of work placement opportunities, guest speakers, live case studies, and workplace visits.

We have a strong relationship with the CILT (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport). Members of our teaching staff have presented to the CILT at various events, further enhancing and strengthening the relationship.

Accredited by

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UCAS code

  • N210 Logistics Management
  • NN25 Logistics Management (DipHE)

Institutional code

  • C10


  • 3 years full-time (BSc)

    6 years part-time (BSc)

    2 years full-time (DipHE)

    4 years part-time (DipHE)


  • September 2017

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