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MSc. Logistics and Supply Chain Management




As Jamaica and the wider Caribbean prepare to compete in the new global economy of services and knowledge, it is imperative that they have sufficient human resources to compete in a global marketplace. The MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management programme is geared towards developing a cadre of professionals capable of executing and managing efficient operations in goods and services across the supply chain.

The programme will cover principles and tools that can be employed to help to achieve these outcomes; especially in the context of the peculiarities of Jamaica and the Caribbean.  Areas of focus in this programme include: logistics management strategy, operations management and business analytics and inventory management.

The MSc. in Logistics and Supply Chain Management programme seeks to:

  • provide students with a graduate education that will enhance their leadership careers in the field of Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
  • develop managers and professionals with knowledge and expertise in logistics, operations management and supply chain management to design and manage efficient and effective supply chains
  • provide students with relevant insights in market needs, planning and controlling flows, required to analyse logistical performances and the implementation of new logistical approaches

Entry Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a university or college acceptable to the University of the West Indies, with GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Have professional experience in a management, economics or engineering  (example - operations manager) related field with a minimum of 3 years work experience; and
  • Pass a departmental  interview conducted by the School’s Programme Admissions Committee


Full Time - 12 months

12 months offered over 3 semesters including the summer period. The courses will be offered over 2 days per week with 3 contact hours per course each week

Part Time- 24 months

A part-time student will take a maximum of 2 courses per semester

  • 11 Core courses
  • 1 Research Project
  • 36 credits



Business Analytics*

Quantitative Methods & Statistical Techniques*

Financial & Managerial Accounting*

Business in a Global Environment*

Operations  Management *

Supply Chain Management Strategy**

Global Supply Chain Management **

Inventory Management**

Logistics Supply Chain Management and Sustainability**

Transportation Strategy and Management**

Supply Chain Simulation and Modelling**

Research Project*



SBCO6170: Business Analytics (3 credits)
This course examines the ways in which enterprises such as businesses, non-profits, and Governments can use data to gain insights and make better decisions. Business analytics is applied in operations, marketing, finance, and strategic planning among other functions. The ability to use data effectively to drive rapid, precise and profitable decisions has been a critical strategic advantage for a range of world-leading companies. With the increasing availability of broad and deep sources of information — so-called “Big Data”-business analytics are becoming an even more critical capability for enterprises of all kinds

SBCO6520: Quantitative Methods and Statistical Techniques (3 credits)
This course is concerned with the use of quantitative and statistical techniques to assist in rational decision making. The emphasis is not on the techniques themselves, but rather on how they can contribute to better decisions. The approach is to present real business situations in which quantitative and statistical techniques have been applied successfully and to show how managers can use the methods to make better decisions.

SBCO6110: Financial and Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
This course examines the internal accounting systems and current practices of businesses to develop an understanding of the uses and limitations of accounting information in planning, control, decision making, performance evaluation and external reporting processes. It offers a balanced coverage of the concepts, methods and uses of financial and managerial accounting information with a strong emphasis on analysis and reporting.

SBCO6340: Business in a Global Environment (3 credits)
This course examines the critical aspects of the global business environment that influence a firm’s decisions and behaviour. It focuses on the macroeconomic, institutional and technological factors at both international and national levels that shape the environment in which firms compete.

SBCO6160: Operations Management (3 credits)
This course introduces students to the strategic and operational issues and decisions involved in managing the operations of a firm. The transformation of raw materials (labour, energy, etc.) into goods and services is influenced by decisions such as the choice of technologies, the design of the facilities, the processes involved and the effectiveness of the production plans.

SBLM 6010: Supply Chain Management and Strategy
The supply chain consists of many operational processes that create value for the firm.  The course introduces strategies and practical tools necessary to manage and solve supply chain problems. The course will expose students to the challenges involved in managing supply chains and the complexity of inter-firm and intra-firm coordination.  That is the student will be exposed to leading edge thinking on supply chain strategy as well as practical tools and methods for its implementation.  The course will also provide the student with qualified knowledge on the different aspects of the strategic role that supply chain management has in many of today’s businesses. It deals with the opportunities, risks and operations of the supply chain management function in an industrial setting

SBLM 6020: Global Supply Chain Management
Today’s global organisations are looking for leaders who can integrate all functions related to supply chains.  A global supply chain refers to the network created among different worldwide companies producing, handling, and distributing specific goods and/or products.  Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean exist within this global space; a reality that demands that the courses offered at The University of the West Indies should have a global reach and global application.  Global Supply Chain Management is one of the courses that seeks to prepare students to respond to and navigate the challenges, while maximising the opportunities that accompany the global reach in marketing, distribution and the management of various operations.  The course therefore examines a number of the tools and strategies that can be employed in ensuring that customers at all levels receive the right products and services, at the right price and at the right time, while conforming to the agreed global standards.  The primary goal of this course is to provide a broad overview of supply chain management from an international perspective.  Among the issues covered are facility location, sourcing decisions, global environments, effects of global SCM on import/export decisions, role of inventory management, effect of government policies on global SCM.

SBPM 6040: Inventory Management
Inventory management works hand in hand with the procurement management function to ensure the availability of supply of inputs for operations and infrastructure. Since spending on the procurement of inputs often consumes the lion’s share of the organisation’s budget, inventory management is an equally essential function of both commercial and non-commercial organisations. Poor inventory management, resulting in unavailability of inputs can be profoundly damaging to organisational productivity. On the other hand, since inventory is expensive to obtain and store, overstocking can also have a negative impact on the bottom line.

Good management of inventory therefore, enables companies to improve their customer service, cash flow and profitability.  This is the case with both private and public sector entities, thus the importance of inventory management in both sectors. 

SBLM 6040: Logistics Supply Chain Management and Sustainability
Logistics Management is the part of supply chain management that plans, implements, and controls the efficient, effective forward and reverse flow and storage of goods, services, and related information between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet customers’ requirements. Logistics deals with the management of material flow, information flow and financial flow that cut across multiple business entities. The coordination and integration of these flows both within and across companies are critical to compete successfully in today’s market place. The course exposes students to a practical and managerial approach to logistics supply chain management in areas such as sustainable logistics practices, leadership in a supply chain role, emerging trends in logistics, key performance indicators, and an introduction of technology into logistics management.

The course will expose students to sound principles and techniques of inventory management and will provide explanation on how this function is connected to other aspects of procurement management, supply chain management and other areas of management.

SBLM 6060: Transportation Strategy and Management
Transportation is an essential activity in the logistics function, supporting the economic activities of organisations and countries.  It is therefore important that transportation is not treated as only an operations component, but also an important strategic component of an effective logistic and supply chain management framework.  This course brings to the forefront the benefits of the use of more than one modes of transportation in the movement of goods and services. It addresses the core issues that will ensure smooth transfer of cargo from the point of origin to destination. The course will examine the characteristics and operation of intermodal transportation systems from several perspectives, including the importance of transportation costs, transportation security, global transportation network, regulatory framework, infrastructure, hazardous materials, risk assessment, national and international freight transportation system, global collaboration public policy considerations, safety, and methodologies related to the analysis of transportation.

SBLM 6050: Supply Chain Simulation and Modelling
Simulation provides the means for an organization to analyse and evaluate existing supply chain processes in a virtual environment and therefore, reducing the time and cost that would normally be associated with the physical space. Through simulation models, organizations can identify individual events that make up the entire supply chain system and incorporate uncertainties such as machine breakdowns that might occur and therefore evaluate the system in its entirety. The overall objective of the course is to expose students to the modelling tools and important issues for designing and operating supply chains. The course will allow students to practice modelling and simulating a multi-level supply chain. Some of the main topics covered include: conceptual framework for supply chain simulation, simulation methods and techniques, main concepts of system dynamics, bull -whip effects in supply chains, and modelling a traditional supply chain by using by using casual loop diagrams.  This course is designed to teach advanced concepts in supply chain design, demand forecasting, resource allocation, and production planning.  It gives students an opportunity to design and manage the supply chain of an organization. It will also allow students to understand and mitigate risks and bottlenecks that may occur due to lead times, demand fluctuations and processing time abnormalities, which are not noticeable in an optimization model.

MGMT 6010: Research Project
Students are required to complete a Research Project by the end of the year.    They will be  required to identify a research topic in Logistics and Supply Chain Management within a business firm and use the tools, principles and skills covered in the programme to solve this problem. The programme’s research is paper intended to provide practical experience for the students with the opportunity to devise solution for a local problem within an organisation.

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