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Molde University College – Specialized University in Logistics is one of the best places to study Logistics and Operation Management in Europe. The MSc program in Logistics is open for Norwegian students and international students with individual funding.

Logistics deals with the organization of the flow of products, services and information from raw materials to the end user, and is therefore built on a broad spectrum of academic disciplines, such as economics, business administration, industrial organization, management, information technology/ computer science, besides more quantitative techniques and models based on mathematics, statistics, engineering, and operations research.

There are two specializations/ study options within the MSc program in Logistics:

1. Supply Chain Management (S.C.M.)

This study option gives students knowledge and understanding of strategic and managerial processes within firms, where the focus is on problems and solutions associated with the management of logistics activities and inter-organizational issues like industrial organization, purchasing and supply management.

In the second semester, the students can choose between three different sub-variants:

  • Advanced Supply Chain Management
  • Transportation in Supply Chain Management
  • Information Systems in Supply Chain Management.
2. Logistics Analytics (L.A.)

This study option is meant for students who are more interested in quantitative methods for planning and management of activities in procurement, production, inventory, and distribution with and across companies. Modern topics as big data, visual analytics, and robotization will be covered.

In the second semester, the students can choose between two different sub-variants:

  • Logistics Analytics
  • Operations Research

Facts about the program

  • Study points: 120
  • Study duration: 2 years
  • Organization: Full-time
  • Campus: Molde
  • Start of Studies: Autumn 2019
  • Teaching language: English
  • Study level: Master's degree (2 years)

Why choose this program?

The study is suitable for

Molde University College-Specialized University in Logistics (HiMolde) is the most central higher educational institution in Norway offering education within Logistics and Sport Management. Logistics deals with the organization of the flow of products, services, and information from raw materials to end products. For a large number of industrial and business companies, achieving high-quality logistics operations will be the key competitive factor for future success.

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

Admission

Admission takes place during the spring semester every year, and the program starts in the middle of August. The MSc program in Logistics is open to both Norwegian and international applicants who fulfill all the admission requirements, and where applicants outside EU/ EEA must document funding of minimum NOK 116 369 per academic year together with their application to cover their own living expenses for their planned MSc studies in Molde. As a recognized state-run specialized university, HiMolde is not charging any tuition fees from Norwegian or international students, but all admitted students have to pay a minor semester fee of approximately NOK 745 per semester. Admitted international students outside EU/ EEA will be requested to transfer a minimum of NOK 116 369 to our Deposit Account for International Students within a deadline first stated in the letter of admission.

For Supply Chain Management (S.C.M.):

Applicants should have completed a relevant BA, BSc, BEng, BTech degree (equivalent to a minimum of 180 ECTS credits) in Logistics, Economics, Business Administration, Industrial Engineering/ Organization, Mathematics or Information Technology/ Computer Science. Although it is important that all applicants have sufficient background in Mathematics and Statistics, the main focus is more on the qualitative aspects involved in the management of the value chain.

For Logistics Analytics (L.A.):

Applicants choosing this study option must have completed a recognized BA, BSc, BEng or BTech degree (equivalent to a minimum of 180 ECTS credits) with a stronger quantitative background within Mathematics, Mathematical Modelling, Statistics, Economics, Information Technology / Computer Science, or relevant Engineering disciplines.

Admission to the MSc program in Logistics at HiMolde is highly competitive when it comes to grades. Applicants should preferably have an average grade of First Class/ First Division or Second Class Upper Division or equivalent average grades from their recognized bachelor's degree to be considered for admission. Applicants who have completed only an HND (Higher National Diploma) or similar Diploma/ Advanced Diploma Educations do not qualify to apply for admission.

Some groups of applicants will also be required to fulfill the formal English language requirements to apply for admission, by taking an IELTS test with a minimum score of 6.0, or a TOEFL test with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test/ 213 on the computer-based test/ or 79 on the internet-based test. Other groups of applicants can be exempted from the formal English language requirements.

Administrative contact person international applicants:
  • Ragnhild Brakstad, Senior Adviser/International Coordinator MSc studies: ragnhild.brakstad@himolde.no
  • Phone: +47 71 21 41 08

Learning outcomes (2019–2021)

Degree/title obtained
  • Master of Science in Logistics
Learning outcomes

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

General Competence

  • Be able to communicate about professional issues relevant to S.C.M. 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 choose and use relevant software and technology in implementing computer-assisted solution methods.

Semester abroad (2019–2021)

The program offers students the possibility to go on exchange in the second semester. They can also write the master's 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.

Course plan for 2019 students

The MSc Program in Logistics consists of mandatory and elective courses.

There are two specializations/ study options within the MSc Program in Logistics:

  • Logistics Analytics with two subvariants
  • Supply Chain Management with three subvariants
Study information

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 two main specializations, called Supply Chain Management (S.C.M.) and Logistics Analytics (L.A.). Students choosing the S.C.M.-variant must - before the second semester starts - choose between three different sub-variants: Advanced Supply chain management, Information systems, and Transportation In S.C.M.. Students choosing the L.A.-variant must- before the second-semester starts-choose between two different sub-variants: L.A. or Operations Research.

Supply Chain Management is suited for students with an interest in organization, business, and to some extent, social science. Although mathematics and statistics are 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 - 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. Modern topics as big data, visual analytics, and robotization 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

Content and structure of the program

In the first semester, there will only be mandatory subjects. There will be one common subject for the two main varieties. In the second semester, the S.C.M.-students have to choose between 3 different sub-variants and the L.A.-students have to choose between 2 different sub-variants. There will be a mix of mandatory subjects and electives. The latter can be chosen from all subjects in all MSc programs in Logistics. 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.

Organization and learning

The two years (120 ECTS) international MSc program in Logistics is held in English and consists of 90 credits course work and a master's thesis of 30 credits.

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 the 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.

Required study progression

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

Assessment

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

Course plan for Logistic Analytics

2019 Autumn

  • LOG708 Applied Statistics, 7.5 ECTS
  • LOG713 Models for Production Management, 7.5 ECTS
  • LOG716 Mathematical Modelling in Logistics, 7.5 ECTS
  • LOG722 Inventory Management, 7.5 ECTS
  • Total ECTS: 30

2020 Spring

Choose among two subvariants:

  • Operations Research - Subvariant 1
    • LOG733 Exact Optimization Methods in Logistics, 7.5 ECT
    • LOG734 Heuristics in Analytics, 7.5 ECTS
    • LOG820 Vehicle Routing with Heuristics, 7.5 ECTS
    • Elective courses*), 7.5 ECTS
  • Logistic Analytics - Subvariant 2
    • IDA720 Applied Data Analytics, 7.5 ECTS
    • IDA730 Visual Analytics in Operations Management, 7.5 ECTS
    • LOG820 Vehicle Routing with Heuristics, 7.5 ECTS
    • Elective courses*), 7.5 ECTS
  • Total ECTS: 30

2020 Autumn

  • LOG904 Seminars in Logistics, 30 ECTS
  • Total ECTS: 30

2021 Spring

  • LOG950 Master's Degree Thesis: 30 ECTS
  • Total ECTS: 30
Course plan for Supply Chain Management

2019 Autumn

  • LOG708 Applied Statistics with SPSS, 7.5 ECTS
  • LOG711 Supply Chain Management 1, 7.5 ECTS
  • SCM702 Purchasing and Supply Theory, 7.5 ECTS
  • SØK710 Industrial Organization, 7.5 ECTS
  • Total ECTS: 30

2020 Spring

Choose among three subvariants:

  • Advanced Supply Chain Management - Subvariant 1
    • LOG715 Business cases in S.C.M., 7.5 ECTS
    • SCM703 Applied S.C.M., 7.5 ECTS
    • SCM705 Cost Management in S.C.M., 7.5 ECTS
    • Elective courses *), 7.5 ECTS
  • Transportation in Supply Chain Management - Subvariant 2
    • LOG715 Business cases in S.C.M., 7.5 ECTS
    • TRA816 Maritime Transportation, 7.5 ECTS
    • TRA820 Air Transport Economics, 7.5 ECTS
    • Elective Courses *), 7.5 ECTS
  • Information systems in S.C.M. - Subvariant 3
    • IBE700 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) with SAP, 7.5 ECTS
    • IDA720 Applied Data Analytics, 7.5 ECTS
    • IDA715 Discrete Event Simulation, 7.5 ECTS
    • Elective courses *), 7.5 ECTS
  • Total ECTS: 30

2020 Autumn

  • LOG904 Seminars in Logistics, 30 ECTS
  • Total ECTS: 30

2021 Spring

  • LOG950 Master's Degree Thesis, 30 ECTS
  • Total ECTS: 30

*) Students may choose elective courses among all Master's in Logistics courses in spring semester and that is not a mandatory course in specific subvariant.

Recommended elective courses:
  • LOG734 Heuristics in Analytics
  • LOG765 Project Planning and Control
  • TRA705 Urban Freight Logistics
  • TRA720 Cost-Benefit Analysis with Application in Transport Infrastructure
  • SCM710 Contract Law

LOG904 Seminars in Logistics

Seminars in logistics

Autumn 2019

  • LOG904-100 Proposal Presentation (5 study points)
  • LOG904-101 Research Design (2.5 study points)
  • LOG904-109 Measuring and Managing Performance in Shipping, Logistics and Supply Chains (2.5 study points)
  • LOG904-110 Integrated Logistics and Operations: Learning Through Games (2.5 study points)
  • LOG904-114 Game Theory Applied in Petroleum (2.5 study points)
  • LOG904-116 Offshore Upstream Logistics (2.5 study points)
  • LOG904-117 Business Intelligence with SAP (2.5 study points)
  • LOG904-119 Scheduling Models and Algorithms (2.5 study points)
  • LOG904-122 Managing Channel Relationships (2.5 study points)
  • LOG904-124 Productivity Analysis (2.5 study points)
  • LOG904-125 Transportation Infrastructure and Economic Development (2.5 study points)
  • LOG904-126 Decision Modeling and Metaheuristics (2.5 study points)
  • LOG904-127 City Logistics Last Mile Delivery: Data and Analysis and Models (2.5 study points)
  • LOG904-128 Distribution Management (2.5 study points)
  • LOG904-130 Port Logistics (2.5 study points)
  • LOG904-131 Applied Dynamic and Stochastic Programming for Logistics (2.5 study points)
  • LOG904-133 Cross-Cultural Management (2.5 study points)
  • LOG904-140 Service Industry Logistics (2.5 study points)
  • LOG904-146 Supply Base Logistics (2.5 study points)
  • LOG904-148 Stated Preference Methods-Experimental Design (2.5 study points)
  • LOG904-149 Arctic Logistics (2.5 study points)
  • LOG904-150 Stated Preferences - Discrete Choice Modelling (2.5 study points)
  • LOG904-151 Disaster Relief Operations Management: A Case Study Approach (2.5 study points)
  • LOG904-153 Big Data (2.5 study points)
  • LOG904-154 Data Mining (2.5 study points)
  • LOG904-156 Analytics and the Digital in Supply Chain (2.5 study points)
  • LOG904-157 Quality Management (2.5 study points)
  • LOG904-158 Circular Economy for Business and Supply Chains (2.5 study points) (Autumn 2019)
  • LOG904-159 Network Flows in Logistics Systems (2.5 study points) (Autumn 2019)
  • LOG904-160 Integrated Downstream Petroleum Logistics(2.5 study points) (Autumn 2019)
  • LOG904-161 Digital Service Design (2.5 study points) (Autumn 2019)
Program taught in:
  • English

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