The course

Delivery type
1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time)
Intake date
September, January* (* part-time only)



The master’s degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Heriot-Watt University's Edinburgh Business School advances your career skills through developing a robust understanding of global logistics and supply chains supported by strategic and analytical tools for manging them in the modern business environment. The programme calls upon established global industry links and sector-leading research and practice to equip students with cutting-edge expertise.

Logistics and supply chain management is a key determinant of business competitiveness. The UAE government values the economic importance of logistics because the country is a major global logistics hub, with an estimated one third of the world’s logistics activity passing through the region. The UAE is also a popular regional supply and re-distribution gateway for global companies.

COVID-19 has maximised the importance of supply chains and logistics in managing global risk, and UAE’s logistics sector has played a key role in global efforts to overcome the pandemic. Students joining our programme will have the opportunity to gain subject expertise in supply chain risk management.

This MSc is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. The programme has built a reputation for producing graduates of the highest calibre over the years. It will give you access to the knowledge of world-leading researchers, and allow you to gain professional insights direct from industry.

This is a specialist MSc

MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management is a Specialist MSc programme led by academics at the Edinburgh Business School. This programme gives those who have worked in the field the opportunity to formalise their knowledge through MSc study, and offers an opportunity for others from different disciplines to gain new specialist knowledge and expertise in this area.

This one-year Master's programme focuses almost entirely on the area of Logistics and Supply Chain Management. It blends cutting-edge academic thinking with best practice from industry to give graduates and professionals the opportunity to advance with a highly employable skillset. The programme is also available for part-time study in Dubai, over a duration of 24 months.

The Edinburgh Business School approach

Our mix of research-led, industry-focussed learning offers the ideal preparation for those who aspire to build successful careers in the ever-advancing discipline of Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Students will study a mix of core courses and then choose from a range of option courses

If you study this programme you will develop expertise across key areas of the subject, including:

  • Logistics and Supply Chain Strategies
  • Operations Management and Inventory Planning
  • Procurement and Supplier Management
  • Freight Transport and Warehouse Management

Please see our course guide for full details of courses offered.

Transferrable skills for industry

On top of expertise you will gain in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, this programme will equip you with the ability to think critically, apply analytical skills, identify problems, evaluate options and communicate solutions. These crucial, transferable skills will allow you to effectively implement your specialist knowledge and adapt to any supply chain or logistical problem you may face in your career.


Being equipped with the mind-set, knowledge and expertise to manage any organisation’s supply chain processes should mark you out as an excellent candidate for the following roles in an increasing number of industries:

  • Supply Chain Consultant
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Logistics Manager
  • Procurement Specialist
  • Distribution Manager

Recent graduates from our MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management programme have gone on to work for global organisations such as DHL, Cisco, Nestle, Bridgestone, IKEA, Coca-Cola, Amazon, Proctor and Gamble, Unilever and Maersk.

Networking opportunities

After enrolling in MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management, you will find yourself in the enviable position of gaining networking opportunities with global business leaders at regular events hosted by Edinburgh Business School throughout the year, such as the industry week in which you will meet the industry experts and benefit from their insights.

In partnership with Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply we co-organise and host events. During the last academic year, our students, alumni and supply chain professionals enjoyed a highly interactive joint workshop with CIPS. The workshop provided guidance by expert speakers on the procurement and supply profession journey, focusing on personal branding, acing interviews and building confidence with networking.

Programme duration

Mode of Study MsC PG Diploma
Full-time 12 months 9 months
Part-time 24 months 21 months


Industry continues to look to individuals who can demonstrate their continued commitment to acquiring industry specific knowledge. Membership of internationally recognised professional bodies is therefore an important consideration in building a successful career. The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) accredits our MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management programme.

The Dubai Campus is accredited by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and fully-licensed to teach its degrees in Dubai.  All graduates receive a British degree that is accredited by Royal Charter in the UK.

CIPS accreditation

While you are studying, you can join as Student Member before becoming Affiliate Member and then Member (MCIPS).

Find out more about CIPS accreditation and membership.

Student profile

Alisha Maben studied for an MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Heriot-Watt University, Dubai

My degree from Heriot-Watt has given me an edge over other candidates in the market. It’s notable that I landed my current job during my second semester exams, prior to my graduation

Alisha Maben, MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Course content

Programme structure
Semester 1 (Sep - Dec) Semester 2 (Jan - April)
Strategies for managing supply chains Global Purchasing and Supply
Operations Management and Planning Research Philosophy and Practice
Freight Transport and Warehouse Management  
One option from:
  • Fundamentals of Lean Six Sigma
  • Measuring and Managing Performance
  • Business Analytics and Introduction to Big Data
  • Supply Chain Risk and Adaptation
Two options from:
  • Green and Sustainable Logistics
  • Quality Management and Engineering
  • Systems Thinking and Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Big Data Analytics

Disclaimer: Optional courses are subject to timetable availability.

Strategies for Managing Supply Chains

Semester 1 (mandatory)

This course explores how logistics and supply chain management can be leveraged to gain a competitive advantage. When designing a supply chain strategy we consider taxonomies for the supply chain process selection as well as approaches to design and optimisation of the physical logistics network. Finally, we explore how disruptive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT), might affect the logistics sector and transform supply chains in the future.

Operations Management and Planning

Semester 1 (mandatory)

This course will help students understand the scope and importance of Operations Management and the role of operations managers. Students will study the interaction of operations on the organisation, employees and customers. You will examine the links between process and operations design, business strategy and globalisation. You will learn about the different elements of operations and how to analyse an operational environment. You will also explore the challenges facing the operations manager in adopting innovative practices such as lean, new technologies and the growing social agendas such as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Freight Transport 

Semester 1 (mandatory)

This course examines the activities, resources and processes used in freight transport and warehousing including the foundations of multi-modal freight (road, rail, air-freight, sea-freight, pipeline); the change from warehouse (storage) to a distribution centre and value-adding activates; foundations of warehouse management (storage systems, handling systems, order picking systems, equipment choices and selection); and freight and distribution centre interface and implications.

Global Purchasing and Supply

Semester 2 (mandatory)

Content includes purchasing processes and activities; theory and the make or buy decision; category management and supplier sourcing; supplier performance and relationship management; supplier development and the role that purchasing plays in New Product Development (NPD); procuring complex performance; partnership; ethics and social responsibility.

Research Philosophy and Practice

Semester 2 (mandatory)

This course provides an understanding of the social science research process, as well as theory and approaches to research. It also develops practical skills (i.e. quantitative and qualitative techniques) in data analysis to transform the raw data into information that guides marketing management valuations.

MSc dissertation

A dissertation is then completed between May and August for full-time students and between May and November for part-time students.


Graduates from this degree should be able to:

  • Understand and apply the processes which define logistics and supply chain management.
  • Make and evaluate strategic and tactical decisions.
  • Employ a range of analytical techniques to solve logistical problems.
  • Communicate theory, concepts and practice effectively.
  • Understand how to add value within an organisation through their strategic interaction with managers of related business functions.

Entry requirements

For MSc entry, a good relevant Honours degree (first or second class) or equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered. Given the clear practical element of the programmes, we will also consider non-graduate candidates holding less than a good Honours degree, or its equivalent, but with compensating qualifications or experience may be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma programme. Transfer to the MSc will be possible later on if exams and course work are at MSc level.

To find out about the entry requirements for this programme, please send an email to

English language requirements

Where English was not the medium of instruction at secondary school, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (with all elements passed at 6.0 or above). Applicants who have completed secondary and tertiary education will need to provide documentary evidence. A minimum of one year full-time study in English will be required.

Fees and funding

  • AED 85050*

* All tuition fees inclusive of VAT

Scholarships and bursaries

See our range of degree entry, undergraduate, postgraduate taught and PhD scholarships and discounts.