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MSc in Logistics / master i logistikk

Studiested: 
Molde
Logistikk
Studienivå: 
2. syklus (master)
Studiepoeng: 
120
Studiemodus: 
Heltid
Varighet: 
4 semester
Kull: 
2017
Studieprogram: 
Master of Science in Logistics
Anbefalte forkunnskaper: 

A bachelor’s degree equivalent to 180 ECTS credits is required. At least 80 ECTS of the bachelor’s degree should be related to a specialization relevant to logistics or applicants should have a strong background in one or more of the main methodologies used in the study program like mathematics, statistics, organization or marketing. Applicants from some countries will be required to document a recognized test in English language. See "Information for international applicants" at the English home page - www.himolde.no/english

Målgruppe: 

The program targets a wide variety of highly motivated students with an interest for studying logistics in an international environment.

Introduksjon: 

Logistics entails organizing the flow of products, services and information from raw materials to the end user. For a large number of industrial and business companies, achieving high quality logistics operations will be the key competitive factor for future success. There is therefore a considerable focus on logistics in the business world. Accordingly, the job market for students with a master’s degree in logistics is generally good.

The program aims to give a thorough analysis and understanding of problems, challenges and solutions associated with all parts of the value chains: purchasing and supply, production planning, inventory management and distribution planning, including the management of transport services. Understanding the relations between different value chains, (Supply Chain Management) is also a major focus in the program.

The approaches to problem solving in logistics requires a broad understanding of the subject matter in order to arrive at satisfactory solutions on the basis of an analysis of alternatives. Logistics as a scientific discipline thus rests on a broad spectrum of disciplines, such as economics, information/communication technology, business administration, organization and management, as well as quantitative methods based on mathematics, operations research and statistics. The involvement of all these topics in logistics makes it exciting and challenging to study logistics at this level.

Students in the program will choose one of the three main specializations, called Operation Management (OM), Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Logistics Analytics (LA). Students choosing the SCM-variant must – before the second semester starts – choose between three different sub- variants: Advanced Supply chain management, Information systems, and Transportation In SCM.

Operation Management is meant for students interested in quantitative methods for planning and management of activities involved in procurement, production, inventory and distribution within and across companies. Ideal backgrounds are logistics, business administration, engineering, mathematics and computer science, but most important is an interest and ability in the use of quantitative methods and models.

Supply Chain Management is suited for students with an interest in organization, business and to some extent social science. Although mathematics and statistics is used, the focus is more on the qualitative aspects involved in the management of the value chain. Suitable backgrounds include supply chain management, economics, business administration, among others.

Logistics Analytics - new autumn 2017 - is meant for students interested in quantitative methods for analyzing, planning and management of activities involved in procurement, production, inventory and distribution within and across companies. Mondern topics as big data, visual analytics and robotisation will be covered. Ideal backgrounds are (quantitative) logistics, mathematics and computer science.

The program is taught entirely in English and currently includes students from more than 10 different countries, many outside Europe. This means that those participating in the program will have the benefit of belonging to a truly international group of students and to enhance their language skills, making them ready for logistics careers in an ever more globalized economy

Forventet læringsutbytte: 

After completing the program, the successful candidate is expected to:

General Competence

  • be able to communicate about professional issues relevant to SCM and logistics, on an expert- as well as a common level
  • be able to apply acquired knowledge and skills within new areas of research and applications
  • be able to read scientific papers and other academic work with a critical view

Knowledge

  • have advanced knowledge about supply chains and logistics in general
  • have specialized knowledge about selected topics when dealing with different types of supply chains
  • have extensive knowledge of scientific theories and methods relevant to managing supply chains and operations within such chains
  • have advanced knowledge of the relations between supply chains and relevant theories within economics and business administration
  • have advanced knowledge about logistics, operations research and operations management in general

Skills

  • be able to use advanced theory and methods to identify inefficiencies in supply chains
  • be able to propose improving organizational/structural changes and suggest ways of implementing such changes in a supply chain.
  • be capable of performing a limited supervised research project within a supply chain in line with ruling academic standards of the field
  • be able to identify operational challenges/problems in supply chains and logistics systems and to assert the relevance of models and methods to resolve these
  • be able to select relevant models and methods for approaching a given logistical problem.
  • be able to chose and use relevant software and technology in implementing computer-assisted solution methods
Arbeidsformer: 

The program courses use a wide range of teaching and study methods. Standard courses run over one semester with classes once or twice per week. Students have homework in terms of exercises, computer lab work, case studies and essays, both individually and in groups. The one- or two-weeks seminars in the third semester are intensive courses with a mix of lectures, homework, discussions and student presentations. Students finalize the degree by carrying out a supervised research project and write their thesis on basis of this. Students enrolled in the program are expected to do at least 40 hours of study work per week. The program is not suited for distance learning.

Eksamen og vurderingsformer: 

Student assessment is made on basis of monitored exams, essays, written case study reports and oral presentations.

Krav til studiepoengprogresjon: 

An achievement of at least 75% of nominal study progression during an academic year is required in order to maintain the place in the study programme.

Internasjonalisering: 

The program offers students the possibility to go on exchange in the second semester. They can also write the master thesis at a university abroad. This gives international students the opportunity to work on master projects related to their home country. Students interested in doing so should contact the program coordinator early in their studies.

Videre studier: 

The Master`s degree will qualify the candidate for admission to the PhD program in logistics at Molde University College, as well as other PhD programs in Norway or abroad. Admission to the PhD programs via the MSc program is dependent on excellent academic performance.

Oppbygning og sammensetning: 

In the first semester there will only be mandatory courses. There will be one common course for the two main varieties. In the second semester the SCM-students have to choose between 3 different sub-variants. There will be a mix of mandatory courses and elective courses. The latter can be chosen from a list of courses. The third and fourth semesters are structurally the same for all specializations. The series of one- or two weeks seminars in the third semester requires that each student follows at least ten seminars (10 weeks) selected from a set of more than 20 available topics. In addition all students have to write a proposal which is the starting point for the master thesis which is written in the fourth semester.

Some additional information about the MSc program can be found on the MSc logistics program homepage.

Course plan for Operation Management

emne2017 Høst2018 Vår2018 Høst2019 Vår
LOG711 Supply Chain Management 17.5
LOG713 Models for Production Management7.5
LOG716 Mathematical Modelling in Logistics7.5
LOG722 Inventory Management7.5
LOG733 Exact Optimization Methods in Logistics7.5
LOG820 Vehicle Routing with Heuristics7.5
Elective courses (see table below)15
LOG904 Seminars in Logistics30
LOG950 Master's Degree Thesis 30
Elective courses second semester (spring)
 
IDA710 Business processes and information modelling
7.5
 
IDA715 Discrete Event Simulation
7.5
 
LOG734 Heuristics in Analytics
7.5
 
LOG765 Project Planning and Control
7.5
Courses from any of the other varieties in the master programs in logistics can also be chosen as an elective course

Course plan for Supply Chain Management

emne2017 Høst2018 Vår2018 Høst2019 Vår
LOG708 Applied Statistics with SPSS7.5
LOG711 Supply Chain Management 17.5
SCM702 Purchasing and Supply Theory7.5
SØK710 Industrial Organization7.5
Three subvariants (see table below)30
LOG904 Seminars in Logistics30
LOG950 Master's Degree Thesis 30
Advanced Supply Chain Management - Subvariant nr.1
 
LOG715 Business Cases in SCM
7.5
 
SCM703 Applied Supply Chain Management
7.5
 
SCM705 Cost Management in SC
7.5
Transportation in Supply Chain Management - Subvariant nr.2
 
LOG715 Business Cases in SCM
7.5
 
TRA816 Maritime Transportation
7.5
 
TRA820 Air Transport Economics
7.5
Information systems in supply Chain Management - Subvariant nr.3
 
IBE700 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) with SAP
7.5
 
IDA710 Business processes and information modelling
7.5
 
IDA715 Discrete Event Simulation
7.5
Elective courses second semester (spring):
 
JUR710 Contract Law
7.5
 
LOG734 Heuristics in Analytics
7.5
 
LOG765 Project Planning and Control
7.5
 
TRA700 Transportation Infrastructure Assessment
7.5
 
TRA705 Urban Freight Logistics
7.5
Courses from any of the other varieties in the master programs in logistics can also be chosen as an elective course

Course plan for Logistics Analytics

First and second semester contains ordinary courses. Third semester is seminars and forth semester is master thesis. See table below for detailed description.

Compulsory seminar series third semester:

  1. Research design
  2. Integer optimization models in logistics
  3. Cost engineering
  4. Distributed statistical modelling and inference
  5. Integration of business processes in ERP systems
  6. Supply chain optimization with ERP tools
  7. Big data driven supply chain management
  8. Co-logistical data analysis
  9. Visual analytics for business intelligence
  10. Robotized logistics

In addition, the seminar LOG904-100 Proposal (5 credits) which is a plan for the master's thesis, is compulsory. The students should work out the proposal in close colloboration with their supervisor. The proposal includes the preparation and presentation (written and oral) of the actual thesis in the fourth semester. The seminar "Proposal" will always be presented at the end of the semester, after the other LOG904-PET seminars.

emne2017 Høst2018 Vår2018 Høst2019 Vår
LOG708 Applied Statistics with SPSS7.5
LOG713 Models for Production Management7.5
LOG716 Mathematical Modelling in Logistics7.5
LOG722 Inventory Management7.5
Elective courses first semester (autumn):
 
LOG731 Networks Logistics
7.5
IDA710 Business processes and information modelling7.5
IDA715 Discrete Event Simulation7.5
LOG734 Heuristics in Analytics7.5
LOG820 Vehicle Routing with Heuristics7.5
LOG904 Seminars in Logistics30
LOG950 Master's Degree Thesis 30