MSc in Economics and Business Administration - Logistics and Supply Chain Management

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Program Description

About the Program

  • Language: English
  • Place of study: Aarhus
  • Commencement: August / September (no winter intake)

Introduction

Logistics and Supply Chain Management is about planning and controlling the activities of a company as well as coordination between companies, in order to secure that the right product is delivered in the right quantities, to the right customer, at the right time and to the right price.

This is, of course, a challenging task. Furthermore, it is not enough just to be a good planner, it is also important to understand how various business processes must be in place, in order to support a well-functioning supply chain.

The program provides you with in-depth knowledge about

  • How to design a strategy and a structure for a supply chain.
  • Methods for planning and controlling flows of goods and information in a supply chain. This includes a solid understanding of the necessary IT-based tools and how to work with data, matching the increased focus on big data, business analytics, and decision science.

The courses of the program will provide you with analytical skills that enable you to appraise, systematically structure and analyze the possible solutions to complex logistical problems, such that well-motivated decisions can be made. The teaching form of the program encourages student participation and in combination with the Master's thesis, this will provide you with self-management and communication skills.

Admission Requirements

Students that hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration (HA) or variants hereof from Aarhus University can pursue direct admission to the MSc programs in Economics and Business Administration after they complete their Bachelor’s degree program.

If you hold a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration, Bsc (HA) from one of the Danish universities, you fulfill the specific admission requirement for the Master’s degree programs in Economics and Business Administration (cand.merc.).

If you hold a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (HD), you can also pursue admission to the MSc programs in Economics and Business Administration. However, it is required that you complete supplementary courses corresponding to 20 ECTS.

Students that Hold a Degree from Another University

If you hold a degree from another university, your qualifications will be assessed once you have applied for admission. You can also have your qualifications pre-assessed by Aarhus University, Admission between 1 September and 31 October in order to find out if you meet the admission requirements. Please contact ma.admission@au.dk for further information about pre-assessments between 1 September and 31 October. The assessment will prioritize the sufficient content of the following subjects and ECTS-points:

  • Quantitative and Qualitative Methods: 15 ECTS
  • Managerial Economics and Operations Management: 15 ECTS
  • Marketing: 7,5 ECTS
  • Finance and Accounting: 15 ECTS
  • Organization- and Leadership Theory: 7,5 ECTS
  • Microeconomics: 5 ECTS
  • Additional ECTS points within the abovementioned areas: 15 ECTS
  • Total ECTS within Economics and Business Administration: 80 ECTS
Language Requirements

Since English is the language of instruction in all subjects, all applicants are required to provide evidence of their English language proficiency.

Program Structure

The study program consists of two semesters in the first year which cover the compulsory courses in the program specialization and two semesters in the last year which are reserved for the student's own specialization.

In the first semester, you follow the prerequisite courses that form the methodological and academic basis for the further study program.

In the second semester, you follow the specialization courses of the program.

In the third semester, you can choose elective courses within your areas of interest. The courses can either be taken at Aarhus BSS during the semester, at the Summer University or at one of our more than 300 partner universities abroad. You can also participate in project-based internship programs either in Denmark or abroad.

The fourth semester is devoted to the final thesis. You may choose the topic of the thesis freely and so get a chance to concentrate on and specialize in a specific field of interest. The thesis may be written in collaboration with another student or it may be the result of your individual effort.

Student Life

Learning in an International Context

At Aarhus BSS we conduct research at the highest academic level.

All researchers employed are engaged in research projects covering a wide range of different subjects and focusing on knowledge and skills considered essential for professional business activities in the global marketplace. All faculty have both research and teaching responsibilities, which means that our teaching is continually based on the latest research results.

Aarhus BSS is very internationally oriented. The broad scope of our research activities and educational programs enable us to attract researchers, teachers, and students from all over the world, and this creates an international environment for research and learning in which academic views are exchanged, experiences are gathered and friendships are formed.

Aarhus University is a leading university in Denmark in building student exchange opportunities. The university encourages all students to spend time studying abroad. Every year, more than 700 students from Aarhus BSS go abroad to participate in exchange programs around the world at our more than 300 partner universities. About the same number of students from all over the world come to participate in the exchange program in Aarhus, and this contributes to a truly international learning atmosphere.

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Career

Tasks as a Graduate
  • Planning and coordination
  • IT (management, support, development, implementation, etc.)
  • Administration, case-handling and secretariat functions
  • Analysis/evaluation
  • Development tasks
  • Other

This data is derived from AU's 2013/2014 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labor market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programs. It exclusively represents the responses submitted to the survey in the years in question.

The most typical first job for a graduate with an MSc degree in Logistics is often in connection with specific analysis of logistical performance or implementation of new logistical solutions. This is typically done under the supervision of more experienced colleagues. One possible career path might be to start out as a logistical analyst, progress to a project manager position and eventually further progress to an executive position with the overall responsibility for business development.

"The Logistics program gave me a good basis for understanding the complexities of Supply Chain Management and Logistics across companies as well as methods and tools to analyze different parts of the value chain. The combination of a holistic and analytical approach to problem-solving has been very valuable to me."

"The ability to crunch numbers, to see the bigger picture and to work structured - these are the most important things I got from my studies."

"There seemed to be a fantastic atmosphere with a lot of interesting people. I instantly felt that this was the place for me. I had visited several universities in Denmark, but this was simply the first place I felt "at home". The reason I chose to study Logistics was the strong link between quantitative sciences and soft management ideas which is essential in modern supply chain thinking. I had no doubt that the importance of the science of logistics would only grow in importance in the future. I now work as a manager for the Forecasting Department in the Market & Operations Development area in the LEGO Group. I have the demanding focus on the global Sales & Operations (S&OP) and develop model-based forecasting projects for the organization. I also lead a small team of analyst and manage the development of the SAP SCM (APO DP) system."

Below are examples of jobs for graduates from the MSc program in Logistics:

  • eBusiness Analyst
  • Logistics Coordinator
  • Consultant in Strategy and Efficiency
  • Production Planner
  • Supply Chain Trainee
  • Business Economist
  • Project Manager
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Project Coordinator of SAP Implementations
  • Consultant in ERP Solutions
  • Project Manager in Logistics
  • Logistics Manager
  • SAP Consultant
  • SAP Controller
  • Demand Planner / Sales Analyst
  • IT / Business Application: IT Consultant
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Executive Assistant
  • Ph.D. student in Logistics
Profile of Competences

The research-based MSc study program in Economics and Business Administration builds on the competencies and insights acquired in the BSc study program in Economics and Business Administration.

The study program provides the graduate with specialist knowledge within the disciplines of the study program, which gives the graduate high academic qualifications to develop solutions to issues pertaining to business administration in companies and organizations in the public and private sectors.

The study program also qualifies the graduate for further studies, including Ph.D. studies.

Through the study program, knowledge, competences, and skills are developed that enables the graduate to

  • Understand and consider knowledge pertaining to the various disciplines as well as identifying academic issues
  • Master the scientific methodologies and tools of the various disciplines as well as mastering general skills associated with employment within the areas studied
  • Assess and choose among the scientific methodologies and tools of the various disciplines as well as developing new analysis and solution models
  • Discuss professional and academic issues with both specialists and laymen
  • Manage work and development situations that are complex, unpredictable and require new solution models
  • Initiate and carry out, on an independent basis, mono-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary collaboration and take professional responsibility
  • Take responsibility, on an independent basis, for own professional development and specialization
From Studies to the First Job

“Show commitment even though the tasks can be trivial at first. Be humble without selling yourself too short.” (MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management)

“It is worth a lot to use time and resources on practical courses. Excel, Access, SAS, etc. are used extensively by the Danish business world, and it gives an obvious advantage when starting your first job to be more than just a regular user.” (MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management)

Last updated September 2019

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