Advanced Professional Studies
|Supply Chain Management||5|
|Advanced Intra Logistics||5|
|Strategy, Management and Leadership||5|
|Advanced Transportation Systems and E-Business||5|
(Select 5 ECTS)
|Master's Thesis; Research Methodology||15|
|Applied Research and Development Skills||5|
|Thesis Writing Clinics||5|
|ECTS credits per period / semester / academic year||55||25||30||12.5||12.5||15||15|
Studies of syllabus is planned so 60 credits are studied in academic year. Planned syllabus may change during studies.
Due to the timing of optional and elective courses, credit accumulation per semester / academic year may vary.
Master’s program in Logistics Management is a customer-focused, industry-relevant, interactive one-year Master’s program intended for full-time working professionals with a previous Bachelor’s degree in logistics or other engineering fields (technology, science, IT etc)
The program is built on the educational needs of the companies looking for opportunities to improve their competiveness through developing logistics functions in their business. This Master’s degree (MEng) in Logistics Management provides the participating BEng student with a foundation to function as a competent logistics professional, as well as a thoughtful team leader and a proactive collaborator in today's networked business environment. The program utilizes former engineering competences and complements them with the latest business knowledge and competences in advanced logistical operations.
The program can be characterized by five principles. Industry-relevant competence development (1) is conducted in close cooperation with stakeholders (companies, organizations, customers, alumni). The group itself represents a diversity of about 20 different companies, as participants hold 3-10 years of industry experience in various, typically, big-sized international companies. Five focal industry-relevant competences are selected and merged into five courses (supply chain management, strategy management and leadership, performance management, advanced transportation systems, and advanced intra logistics). These areas prioritized in the program and specified this curriculum.
The Master’s program in Logistics Management is also centered around building the participants’ R&D competences (2). To this end, the Program has developed systematic procedures to manage practically-oriented research approaches to studying logistics. The studies culminate in the student’s Master’s Thesis which solves a relevant problem identified in the company, and constructs a solution applicable for the case organization. The Master’s project is supported through personal mentorship from a supervisor, as well as support from guidance in the applied R&D methodology and practical thesis writing. Knowledge presentation and regular project status reports also improve the participants’ communication skills.
Next, the program improves International competences (3) of the students. Master's Program in Logistics Management is an international program which focuses on either developing new businesses related to logistics, and/or introducing new elements to build competitive advantages with the help of logistics related functions. The program in tailored for engineers who need to combine their technical knowledge with management competences and understanding of new advances in logistics processes globally. Therefore, core themes relate to international business, illustrated with the examples of case analyses from successful companies and best practice identified from international practice and business research globally. Additionally, the culturally diverse class members help to train multicultural collaboration in practice. International, diverse expert speakers bring an additional international perspective. Finally, all course material, as well as interactive communication activities (all written and conducted in English), and daily communication in English in class, also help to improve the students’ communication skills.
Fourthly, Master’s program in Logistics Management provides the participants with tools and competences for life-long learning (4). Personal competence assessment of professional development needs at the start of the program leads the participant to identify personality strengths and weaknesses, and builds a professional development plan on the path to effectively Leading self, team and organization. This involves a selection of the six key professional competences (analytical, methodical, etc skills), of which one can be chosen for creating an improvement plan and mastering it from recommended optional modules. Peer and mentor evaluation is used to guide the competence development.
Finally, Master’s program in Logistics Management broadens the engineering student’s expertise into areas of multidisciplinary integration (5). All of the courses represent more than one discipline, for the reason that all real-life projects incorporate a variety of perspectives, competences and resources. This approach enables the program to simulate the real-life business environment and target tangible outcomes from competence development and personal development. Especially the understanding of the corner stones of productivity and profitability is emphasized in the studies. Since student backgrounds are mixed from various fields of engineering, all the courses also rely on collaborative teaching with several experts. One example is the Research clinics which rely on co-teaching and student mentoring from different disciplinary perspectives (Logistics, business, methodology, academic writing).
The origin of the program is a collaborate project with major companies and the advisory board of Industrial Management and organizations representing companies in the field of logistics. The Master's Thesis is done for the company. Moreover, the participant makes several company analyses during the programme.
More detailed contents is given in program's Curriculum Guide 2015 - 2016 including references to the readings for each course. The references are mainly articles in established journals, books and other material. These, including handouts by lecturers and external experts are distributed during the programme in the Metropolia internal learning platform Tube.
Grading is based on written assignments, team performance and presentations, and the Master's Thesis.
The program was re-named because the new name describes better the contents of the program. The program is , except some minor amendments, identical to the 2016-2017 program. E-business was added to the course advanced transportation systems, and a course on process development was added to the optional studies.