Master's degree programme in Economics and Business Administration - Logistics and Supply Chain Management (MSc)
Logistics and Supply Chain Management is basically about planning and controlling the activities of a company in order to secure that the right product is delivered in the right quantities to the right customer at the right time to the right price.
Though at first glance, this may sound easy, it 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 programme provides you with an in-depth knowledge about
- Methods for planning and controlling flows of goods and information in a supply chain. This includes a solid understanding of how to develop the necessary IT based tools.
- How to design a strategy for Supply Chain Management.
The courses of the programme will provide you with analytical skills that enable you to appraise, systematically structure and analyse the possible solutions to complex logistical problems. The teaching form of the programme encourages student participation and this in combination with the final thesis work will provide you with self-management and communication skills.
"I chose to study Logistics because of the programme's broad perspective on management accounting and controlling, logistics and supply chain management. Logistics is a really cool programme because it is a research field in constant growth and there are not limits to your career opportunities. You learn to solve complex logistical problems and the prerequisite and specialisation courses are really well chosen and make a very coherent programme. The contact between students and teachers are good - you are always allowed to ask questions."
- Louise Pind Petersen
Students that hold a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or a BSc degree from Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University can pursue direct admission to MSc programmes in Economics and Business Administration (including the MSc in Economics and Auditing) after they finish their bachelor’s degree programme. Please note that there are specific requirements to the composition of the electives for the Danish Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Commercial Law.
Students holding a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (HD) can also pursue admission to the MSc programmes in Economics and Business Administration. The admission will be conditional on the fulfillment of supplementary courses. If you hold an HD(R) please fill out this form (available only in Danish) to sign up for the supplementary courses. If your hold a different type of HD degree you can apply for the supplementary courses as single subject courses during daytime (Tomplads-ordningen). You can read about deadlines and the application procedure here: www.au.dk. For information on which supplementary courses you should take please check the overview of supplementary courses for HD (available only in Danish).
Students that hold a degree from another university
If you hold a degree from another university, you can have your qualifications assessed by Aarhus University, Admission in order to find out if you meet the admission requirements. Please contact email@example.com for further information. You can receive a pre-assessment between 1 September and 1 December. The assessment will prioritize the sufficient content of the following subjects and ECTS-points, cf. below.
Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
Managerial economics and Operations Management
Finance and Accounting
Organisation- and Leadership Theory
Additional ECTS points within the abovementioned areas
Total ECTS within Economics and Business Administration
Since English is the language of instruction in all subjects, all applicants are required to provide evidence of their English language proficiency.
Please note that there will be adjustments in some of the courses due to changes in the academic regulations for 2015.
In the first semester you follow the prerequisite courses that form the methodological and academic basis for the study programme.
Advanced Excel goes beyond basic Excel knowledge and introduces to programming in Excel/VBA as well as to simulation by use of @RISK.
Supply Chain Design and Management provides an introduction and a framework to the design of supply chain strategies and to manage operations in contemporary supply chains.
Simulation: Modelling and Analysis focuses on the discrete event simulation methodology and how this can be applied for solving logistical problems.
Optimization Methods presents basic knowledge about how to model and solve Mathematical Programming problems.
Project Management: Dynamic Scheduling and Control provides an understanding of all fundamental project management disciplines and phases, and also the knowledge and expertise necessary to carry out project management design, planning, execution and delivery on time and budget.
In the second semester you follow the specialisation courses of the programme.
Distribution and Transportation is focused on how to solve practical logistical problems within the fields of Transportation and Distribution Planning. The course covers a variety of vehicle routing problems and related solution methods.
Applied Modelling in Logistics intends to equip the students with the necessary skills to apply quantitative tools, such as simulation or optimization methods, to practical problem situations in the areas of logistics and supply chain management. This includes problem structuring and validation skills to formulate a suitable model in a problem situation, as well as literature review and writing and presentation skills.
Demand Management presents tools for forecasting and aims to provide the student with an understanding of the relationship between forecasts and planning within the company.
Production Planning and Inventory Control aims to provide the student with an understanding of the strategic impact of good inventory control and production planning and how it affects system-wide supply chain performance. The course involves mathematical models to determine optimal control parameters for inventory systems, both with respect to costs and with respect to service levels, as well as methods for production planning such as master production scheduling, material requirements planning and capacity planning.
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 AU Summer University or at one of our more than 200 partner universities abroad. You can also participate in internship programmes either in Denmark or abroad.
The fourth semester is devoted to the final thesis. You may choose the topic of the thesis freely and in this way get a chance to concentrate on and specialise 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. When the thesis has been submitted, it is defended before the academic advisor as well as an external examiner.
Learning in an international context
At Aarhus BSS, we conduct research at the highest academic level.
All researchers employed are engaged in research projects spanning a wide range of different subjects and focusing on knowledge and skills considered essential for professional business activities in the global market place. 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 programmes 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, experience gathered and friendships 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 programmes 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 programme in Aarhus and this contributes to a truly international learning atmosphere.
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Tasks as a graduate
This data is derived from AU's 2013/2014 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labour market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programmes. It exclusively represent 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 programme gave me a good basis for understanding the complexities of Supply Chain Management and Logistics across companies as well as methods and tools to analyse different parts of the value chain. The combination of a holistic and an 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 interresting 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 demand focus in the global Sales & Operations (S&OP) and develop model based forecasting projects for the organisation. I also lead a small team of analyst ans manage the development of the SAP SCM (APO DP) system."
Below are examples of jobs for which graduates from the MSc programme in Logistics possesses:
- 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
- PhD Student in Logistics
The research-based MSc study programme in Economics and Business Administration builds on the competencies and insights acquired in the BSc study programme in Economics and Business Administration.
The study programme provides the graduate with specialist knowledge within the disciplines of the study programme that give the graduate high academic qualifications to develop solutions to issues pertaining to business administration in companies and organisations in the public and private sectors.
The study programme also qualifies the graduate for further studies, including PhD studies.
Through the study programme, the graduate has acquired knowledge that enables the graduate to
- Understand and consider knowledge pertaining to the various disciplines as well as identify academic issues
- Master the scientific methodologies and tools of the various disciplines as well as master 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 develop 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, monodisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration and take professional responsibility
- Take responsibility, on an independent basis, for own professional development and specialisation
From studies to 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)
Read more about what a number of our alumni work with in their first job after graduation.