MSc in International Logistics and International Supply Chain Management

Fontys University Of Applied Sciences

Program Description

MSc in International Logistics and International Supply Chain Management

Fontys University Of Applied Sciences

MSc in International Logistics and International Supply Chain Management

A Master of Science study of 12 months in the Netherlands and the U.K.

In this master there are two optional programme choices:

  • International Logistics
  • International Supply Chain Management.

This Master of Science provides students the opportunity of both studying at one of the Netherlands' leading Logistics education centres at Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Venlo, The Netherlands and Plymouth Business School at the University of Plymouth, U.K.

Fontys in Venlo is renowned for its expertise in the area of internal and external logistics and has established itself as a non-disputed centre of expertise offering academic courses in Logistics Management. They originate from a structural and explicit demand for well-trained and practical logistic experts with hands-on experience. Throughout the years the demand for logistic expertise has increased substantially.

The course is conducted in the English language.

The degrees are compliant with the British Government’s Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) guidelines and standards.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded with a British degree "Master of Science in International Logistics” or “Master of Science in International Supply Chain Management”. The degrees are awarded by the Plymouth University.
These degrees are not compliant with the Dutch educational accreditation organisation NVAO (Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie), but with the similar British Government’s Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) guidelines and standards.


There are 2 optional programme choices:*

  • Master of Science in International Logistics
  • Master of Science in International Supply Chain Management

*The difference in these 2 programmes, are the modules which can be chosen during stage 2 and the topic / subject of the dissertation in stage 3.


The study is divided into three stages:

  • Stage 1; 3 core modules, examined by continuous assessment (Sept. until Dec.). 30 EC

  • Stage 2; 3 modules; 1 core, 1 specified and 1 option Module, (Jan. until April). 30 EC

  • Stage 3; a four-month research period, which requires the submission of a thesis. (May until Aug.) 30 EC

Modes of instruction:

Workshops, lectures, group work, guest lecturers, practical assignments, seminars, group discussions, case studies, tutorials, field study, logistic excursions (harbour of Rotterdam and more), research project.

Stage 1 Modules in Venlo

Supply Chains and Production Control Systems

This module provides students with the ability to:

Analyse an existing production in a global environment (SCM)

Suggest improvements relating to design of a production control system

Research Skills and economics for International Supply Chains
This module is designed to develop and assess research skills which are generic, that is, applicable to as wide a range of research topics as possible. 4 areas of research skills are

a.      Understanding the research environment

b.      Communication Skills

c.       Handling information

d.      Improved learning and performance

Maritime Finance and Business Modelling

This module considers the role of business finance and quantitative analyses in maritime industries including interpretation of traditional accounts and analysing of corporate performance and approaches to investment appraisal. It develops hands-on skills for decision making based on an integrated approach to quantitative decision methods using spreadsheets. Also, modern statistical tools are used to analyse problems in maritime business environments. Descriptive statistics and graphical displays, optimisation and risk analysis will be covered.

Stage 2 Modules in Plymouth

Logistics, Supply Chains, Systems & Methods

This module equips students to structure complex logistical and supply chain problems using operational tools to explore them, and present a conceptual model for dissertations.

International Logistics & Management

In this module, students analyse the implications of decisions taken by international channel management in the context of international logistics including legal considerations.

International Supply Chain Systems

This module focuses on the supply chain systems that facilitate the international trade and exchange of goods. It considers the international environment within which international trade takes place and broking, electronic and other communications systems which facilitate the management of trade exchanges.

Shipping Finance, management and Law

The students will debate the advanced principles and applications of the law and finance relating to the operation of ships.

Port Policy & Management

The module provides for advanced studies in port policy an management through an analysis of the structure, organisational ownership trends and characteristics that are found in the world. Special attention will be paid to development a policy issues across Europe, the UK, the Far East and elsewhere through a case approach.

Stage 3 Research Project

The final stage of the course will be the submission of a dissertation. The students are expected to research a topic or problem, related to international logistics or international supply chain management based upon relevant literature and appropriate empirical work. Students may participate in either an established research area of interest to staff members or follow a line of work based on their own interest. This research project, can be undertaken at any appropriate location worldwide.

Commencement & lessondate

This master course will start every year in September (sufficient applicants are required).

The course is in full time and will take 12 months.

Venlo: 30 EC (European Credits), Plymouth: 30 EC and research project: 30 EC. In total 90 EC.

Course Location

The course location of the first part (September - December) is Venlo, the Netherlands. For the Second part (January – April), Plymouth, the U.K.

The final and third part can be any appropriate location worldwide.

Living in Venlo / the Netherlands


Dutch, a Germanic language, is spoken everywhere in the county. Many Dutch speak at least two foreign languages with nearly everyone understanding and speaking English.

About Venlo

Venlo is a small city with about 100.000 inhabitants and situated in the south-east of the Netherlands.

Venlo is some 2 kilometers from the German border, 50 kilometers from the Belgium border and it is a 5-hour bus trip to Paris. That makes it very easy to visit countries such as Germany, Belgium and France.

In the summertime it is nice and warm, about 25°C in the winter temperatures of -10°C occur, but are not common.


If accommodation in Venlo is required, Fontys can assist in this. Fontys has contacts with private landlords close to the University grounds. This accommodation is mostly situated in private houses, with more students living together. Approximate prices for accommodation in Venlo are approx. € 300,- a month, including gas, water and electricity charges. Sharing a kitchen or bathroom is not uncommon.

For the second stage in Plymouth, much accommodation is available. if needed Plymouth Student Accommodation Office can assist you in finding a hall of residence, private house or lodgings with a family. Approximate accommodation costs in Plymouth between £60,- and £80,- per week.


1. Requirement for this course is a relevant Bachelor degree or equivalent in a business, engineering or logistics subject.
2. For non-EU students, a minimum English language proficiency is required according to the following table. The English language proficiency must be proved by submitting test result.

  • IELTS: 6,5*
  • TOEFL paper: 575**
  • TOEFL computer: 232
  • TOEFL Internet:    90

*  at least 5,5 for all elements
** minimum listening 21, reading 22, speaking 23, writing 22


The tuition fee Venlo in EURO, charged in August

  • € 3.500,- for EU/EEA citizens
  • € 4.700,- for non-EU/EEA citizens

Stage 2 & 3

Tuition fee for Plymouth in GBP, charged in January

  • £ 6.000 for EU/EEA citizens.
  • £ 7.667,- for non-EU/EEA citizens.


Fontys recommends non-EU/EEA students to contact the embassy of your country of origin to enquire about the availability of student grants.

Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
12 months
Full time
9,500 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Venlo
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United Kingdom Plymouth, England
Application deadline Request Info
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Duration 12 months
Price 9,500 EUR
for EU/EEA citizens