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Logistics & Supply Chain Management Education with Specializations in Edinburgh

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Founded in 1821, Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world class teaching and practical, leading edge research, which has made the university one of the top UK universities for business and industry. The university has 4 campuses - 3 in the UK - Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney - and 1 in Dubai, with 1,666 members of staff, including 444 academic, 504 academic-related and 170 research staff.

Heriot-Watt offers over 400 programs through the 6 academic schools and 2 postgraduate institutes and there are 10,500 students studying Heriot-Watt programs through 49 approved learning partners in 34 countries around the world. 33% (2,471) of students on the UK campuses come from 123 countries outside the UK.

One of eight academic schools and institutes at Heriot-Watt University, the School of Management and Languages is a diverse and multi-disciplinary school that reaches across several program areas. The School offers undergraduate and postgraduate taught programs at both the Edinburgh and Dubai campuses. The school also runs an internationally renowned undergraduate distance learning program, as well as a range of English Language courses. The PhD program is well established and highly successful.

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Academic Programs


Masters Programs

  • MSc / PG Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Full-time, Part-time): The program sets out the evolution of supply chain thinking and identifies the challenges faced by organizations. The nature and means of formulating business strategy is first identified before looking at the scope of supply chain strategic planning and the different perspectives of producers, retailers and logistics service providers. The challenges associated with outsourcing, methods of assessing corporate and supply chain performance and an understanding of customer service and the use of service gap analysis are all discussed.
  • MSc / PG Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management with Business Performance (Full-time, Part-time): This program provides in-depth knowledge and understanding of practices, trends and issues in logistics and supply chain management with a focus on the models and methodologies that measure and monitor business performance in order manage the performance of the organisation in this context.
  • MSc / PG Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management with Lean Six Sigma (Full-time, Part-time): This program is designed to provide in-depth understanding of current practices, trends and issues in logistics and supply chain along with the tools and techniques of Lean Six Sigma methodologies.
  • MSc / PG Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management with Shipping and Port Operations (Full-time, Part-time): This program examines current practices, trends and issues in the field of global logistics with particular focus shipping and port logistics.
  • MSc / PG Diploma in Logistics with Green and Sustainable Supply Chain Management (Full-time, Part-time): This program is designed to provide in depth understanding of current practices, trends and issues in logistics and supply chain with a key focus on sustainability and green logistics.

PhD Program

  • PhD in Logistics (Full-time, Part-time): Much of the research is undertaken within the broad areas - Relationship between logistics / supply chain trends and freight transport; Environmental sustainability of logistics operations; Low carbon logistics; Performance measurement, benchmarking and data collection in logistics; Freight transport policy; Shipping and port development; Retail logistics; Clothing and textile supply chains; Effects of IT and e-commerce on logistics; and, Impact of infrastructure development and traffic congestion on logistics.

Heriot Watt Features

The School of Management & Languages has a strong international focus in both the teaching and research. The school has excellent links and collaborative partnerships with leading business and language schools all over the world including student exchange programs with universities in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The school also has joint degree programs with institutions across Europe, and an undergraduate distance learning program with partners from Trinidad to Sri Lanka. The academics are involved in a range of research and consultancy work funded by international agencies such as ESRC, EU, EBRD, World Bank, industry, commerce and government both in the UK and overseas.

  • Campus: The main campus is located in the capital of Scotland –Edinburgh and set in 380 acres of parkland, offering a unique environment for studying and socializing. Edinburgh is a great city for student life. Students make up one fifth of the city's population, so you'll find a huge choice of places to hang out with friends and meet new people, and plenty of amenities catering for diverse interests and tastes. Other campus locations are Scottish Borders, Orkney and Dubai.
  • Accreditation: Heriot-Watt University is a public university and UK Border Agency (UKBA) highly trusted student sponsor. Many of the degree programs are accredited by the relevant professional bodies or institutions such as Chartered Management Institute (CMI); Association of Business Schools (ABS); Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT UK); and Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS).
  • Logistics Research Centre (LRC): Heriot-Watt University has been engaged in logistics research and teaching for over 25 years with the establishment of LRC. The leadership in logistics was recognized in the mid-1980s when the university became only the second in the UK to develop expertise in logistics teaching and research looking at the management of the flow of goods.
  • Working with Industry: The School of Management & Languages enjoys an international reputation for its high caliber applied research. The school works with a range of multinational agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), such as the World Bank, the United Nations and European Union institutions; and also actively support and promote close links with government departments, and local small and medium enterprises.
  • Rankings & Recognition: Scottish University of the Year runner-up in the 2011 Sunday Times University Guide; Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Business Studies and Economics programmes scored 100% student satisfaction in the 2010 National Student Survey; Chemistry and Economics programmes ranked 1st in Scotland in the 2012 Guardian University Guide; and many more.
  • Housing: There are approximately 4,500 students studying at Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh campus and just over 1,600 residential places are available. There are catered or self-catered residences. The rooms are about 11 square meters in size and well furnished; each has a telephone, and University network and broadband internet connections.

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