Logistics Managment

BSc single honours. Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) also available Logistics Management 2020/21

Year of entry

From the phone in your hand to the trainers on your feet, virtually everything you 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 on the move around the world. Logistics is a dynamic and increasingly sophisticated global industry that touches everyone.

You will cover the practical elements of logistics, including different transport modes, intermodal operations, warehousing and inventory operations, as well as exploring the management aspects of logistics areas such as strategy, outsourcing and benchmarking.

You will explore areas including:

  • people in organisations
  • principles of logistics
  • leadership and management.

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 on the move 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.

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 in the global marketplace. This course gives you the opportunity to balance academic management learning with practical insights into this fast­moving 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 supply chain, retail and manufacturing as well as many 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 including 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 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.

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

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The following years involve 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 a 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

Accounting and Finance for Business (20 credits)


Accounting and Finance for Business introduces students to key accounting and finance topics. They are introduced to financial statements, and use a number of case studies to understand the role of finance in the business environment.

Business Analysis (20 credits)


This module is designed to help students to develop a range of statistical and computing skills that will be valuable to them during the course of their academic programmes and in their future careers in business. Although there are not pre requisites for this module it is assumed that students have basic mathematical skills.

Contemporary Business Issues (20 credits)


This module prepares students for the academic study of business by developing a knowledge of contemporary and emerging business issues to support students’ personal, academic and professional development to prepare for work in the modern business environment.

Economics (20 credits)


The aim of the module is to introduce students to the fundamental economic issues stemming from the scarcity of resources. The relationship between business and the economic problem is analysed by means of micro and macro - economic models to equip students with an understanding of decision making at the levels of the market, the firm and the nation.

Marketing Principles and Practice (20 credits)


The aim of the module is to provide students with an introduction to marketing, its fundamental concepts and an overview of marketing practice. Students will cover the development of the marketing concept and examine the ways in which it differs from the production, product, and sales approaches to business. This will develop into a wider understanding of the differences between the operational role of marketing and how it is applied as an organisational focus.

People Management in the 21st Century (20 credits)


This module focuses on the behavioural aspects of people management in organisations. This is a vital area of study because the ability to understand behaviour in the workplace is a necessary prerequisite for making informed choices and for influencing organisational action such as decision making regarding organisational objectives, and leading and influencing the behaviour of others in order to see that the decisions are implemented. It is anticipated that by the end of the module students will be able to evaluate objectively and understand organisational behavioural situations and determine the best course of action from a range of perspectives.

Year 2

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

This module 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

This module 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

This module 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.

Year 3

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 globalisation, 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.

Exploring Strategy

This module 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.

Service Management

This module 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

Year 2

Accounting for Business (CMI) (20 credits)


Accounting for Business extends the scope of financial accounting for professionals to more advanced topics in financial accounting. It aims to develop knowledge and skills in understanding and applying accounting standards particularly in the preparation of financial statements of entities, including groups. Understanding the theoretical framework and how to analyse and interpret financial statements are essential.

Developing Sustainable Enterprise (20 credits)


The aims of the module are to introduce students to the complex relationship between business and sustainability management; and to develop the capacities of students to be future generators of sustainable values for business and society.

eBusiness (20 credits)


The aim of this module is to explore the business paradigm shift that arises from application of emerging information and communication technologies. The module is aimed at anyone wishing to gain an understanding of business activities and interaction between business and the business environment (customers, suppliers…) and how technologies can be deployed to enhance these activities.

Human Resource Management (CMI) (20 credits)


This module aims to equip students with the ability to understand and analyse core HRM concepts, operational human resource activities and responsibilities and relate these to a range of organisational contexts.

Innovation and Enterprise Management (20 credits)

The module will consider the role and definition of innovation in organisations of all types and sizes, including the concept of Intellectual Property and its contribution to competitiveness. It will explore the concepts and theories of innovation, the tools and techniques for innovation management and review how these are used in practice.

Research Methods (Pre requisite for Dissertation) (20 credits)


This module is designed to enable students to develop their skills and expertise in quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and to independently design and conduct an effective piece of research. This module is a pre-requisite for any students wishing to undertake a dissertation in year 3.

Retail Marketing (PR) (20 credits)


The module introduces students to the background and context of the modern retail business. A history of retail development will be reviewed and an analysis of its impact on current activity will be undertaken, including an exploration of prevailing trends in consumer retail marketing environments. The module will examine the practical applications of the elements of the retail marketing mix. Decision making processes and strategic choices will be evaluated in respect of a number of areas, such as retailer organisation, structure and size, location, logistics, store design and layout, in store communication and merchandising. Special consideration will be placed on retail buyer behaviour and the influence of the store and the brand on intention to purchase. This module is a pre-requisite for any students wishing to undertake Retail Strategy in Year 3.

Year 3

Business Ethics (20 credits)


The module will consist of a broad syllabus addressing practical considerations of the nature of ethics, progressing through learning of a range of traditional and post-modern ethical theories, and the appreciation of these theories in the practical setting of modern business processes. Students will study topics such as corporate social responsibility, sustainability and the environment, professionalism & integrity, ethics & technology, financial scandals, whistle blowing and other emerging issues, by reference to case studies.

Individual Study (20 credits)


The aim of the module is to provide students with the opportunity to undertake an in depth study of a particular line of enquiry related to a business issue selected by the student.

Knowledge Management (20 credits)


The module will cover the nature of knowledge. Epistemological issues, including typologies of knowledge, and the distinction between tacit and explicit knowledge will be examined as will the sources of knowledge. Knowledge as an intangible asset will be explored as will the measurement and evaluation of the contribution of knowledge to the strategic management of the organisation and the role of knowledge in business functions. In addition, the module will examine ethical issues in knowledge management and the nature and protection of intellectual property.

New Venture Creation (20 credits)


The module aims to provide a practical perspective on the development and planning processes involved in the creation of a new venture, either as a new business startup or as a new product or service development within a public or private organisation setting. It aims to develop an understanding and awareness of business models underlying successful new business ventures, and the potential of business model innovation. It will explore the fundamental building blocks of a business model, the interrelationships between the building blocks and the links to the external business environment, and aims to arrive at a detailed operational and financial feasibility study that assesses the real potential of the new venture creation project.

Public Relations (20 credits)


This module aims to develop in students a theoretical and practical understanding of the role of PR in building relationships with stakeholders and gain an appreciation of the strategic and specialist roles of PR.

Retail Strategy (PR) (20 credits)


This module aims to develop a critical awareness of the strategic factors and operational implications a retailer needs to achieve in order to establish a clear market position in a competitive market. Students wishing to take this module will be required to take Retail Marketing in Year 2.

Service Management (20 credits)


The module will acquaint students with the complex demands made upon service management organisations and the challenges that staff within them face. An understanding of the environments in which they operate will be developed and an appreciation of the different constraints placed upon them will be explored. The module will exam the range of alternatives that organisations can draw from and will include an investigation into the issues associated with service management across a wide range of situations. This will include the process of servitisation, managing the service encounter, service quality, service level, customer management and capacity management.

Taxation (20 credits)


The aim of this module is to develop knowledge and skills relating to the taxation system as applicable to individuals, single companies and groups of companies in the United Kingdom. Understanding the theoretical framework and the ability to apply core taxation laws are essential.

Dissertation (40 credits)

(SEMESTER 1 & 2)

The aim of the module is to provide students with the opportunity for the practical application of theory to a business oriented problem and to develop research skills. Students wishing to undertake a Dissertation will be required to study Research Methods in year 2.

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


Tuition Fees for 2020/21 have not yet been finalised. Course webpages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once these have been agreed.

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 which are part of the assessment process will not be charged

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

Professional Body qualification

This is 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) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
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.

Modules combine 50 hours of contact time (lectures and seminars) plus 150 hours of student self-directed study in addition to preparation and production of assessments. Delivery of modules will typically consist of a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar per week for each of the six modules being studied each year.

On average, you should expect to study for 35 hours per week during term-time.

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 course is accredited by The Chartered institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

The Business School has accreditation with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Several of our year two modules are accredited 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.


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UCAS course code

  • N210 Logistics Management
  • NN25 Logistics Management (DipHE)

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 3 years full-time (BSc)

    6 years part-time (BSc)

    2 years full-time (DipHE)

    4 years part-time (DipHE)


  • September 2020

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