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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




Logistics & Supply Chain Programs

  • MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management (1 year full time, 2 years part time): This is a Specialist MSc program led by academics at the Edinburgh Business School. As a Specialist MSc, this degree gives those who have worked in the field or studied a similar subject previously, the chance to expand, refine and enhance their knowledge. It blends cutting-edge academic thinking with best practice from industry to give graduates and professionals the opportunity to advance with a highly employable skill set. This program is accredited by CILT and CIPs.
  • MSc International Business Management with Logistics (1 year full time, 2 years part time): The MSc International Business Management with Logistics program is aimed graduates who have little or no business or management background in their first degree and who wish to gain a broad based business qualification to enhance their future career prospects, or at those looking to develop business management knowledge and skills to allow them to change or further their careers.

Marine Programs

  • MSc Marine Renewable Energy (1, year full time, 2 years par time & online): This MSc is designed as a multidisciplinary transition program relevant to students from a wide variety of backgrounds wishing to apply their knowledge and experience in the renewable energy industry. The taught part of the program addresses the technical, environmental and economic drivers that are shaping the marine renewable energy industry. An individual research project then allows students to specialize in a topic of their choice.
  • MSc Renewable Energy Engineering Logistics (1 year full time, 2 years part time): This is an advanced, specialist course in the rapidly expanding area of renewable energy engineering with a clear Mechanical Engineering focus. The course is aimed at students wishing to develop critical understanding of the significant changes afoot in the energy system due to the development and integration of wind, marine, biomass and solar technologies. The course will enable graduates to develop and implement creative solutions to the problems encountered in renewable energy capture, conversion, storage and management.

Research Program

  • PhD Logistics (3 years): The Logistics Research Centre (LRC) has a world class reputation and is well networked with industry and government both in the UK and internationally. In recent years LRC has undertaken projects on home delivery operations, performance measurement in the road freight sector, the development of coastal roll on-roll off (ro-ro) services for trucks, the process of freight traffic growth, future logistical trends in Europe and the distribution systems of UK supermarket chains. It has been a full partner in several major EU projects and conducted studies for government departments, the Institute of Logistics and Transport and several trade bodies.

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.