Masters in Humanitarian Supply Chain Management
A masters in humanitarian supply chain management provides knowledge and understanding of complex logistical operations in areas of disaster and conflicts. Often covering the functions of procurement, transport, warehousing and fleet management, a masters in humanitarian supply chains or logistics gives students practical skills needed to oversee the aid delivery.
Humanitarian logistics masters allow students to explore the current trends, challenges and innovations in the humanitarian supply chain sector as well as develop the tools needed to be effective logistics managers. Graduates with a masters in humanitarian supply chain or logistics often join humanitarian NGOs or the United Nations in logistics and supply chain roles.
MSc Logistics and Global Operations – University of Lincoln
The University of Lincoln offers a masters degree in Logistics and Global Operations. The one-year full time or two-year part time course focuses on the theoretical and practical management of logistics in the international context. With a specific focus on the humanitarian and relief sector, the course aims to build the core competencies needed to oversee complex global supply chains and develops students understanding of how world changes affect logistical operations. The MSc in Logistics and Operations at the University Lincoln includes core modules on global procurement and supply strategy, operations and process management, business logistics in a digital world and decision analysis for managers. Optional modules also include disaster management, humanitarian logistics and team management and leadership.
Applicants for the MSc Logistics and Global Operations at the University of Lincoln need to have completed an undergraduate degree. Overseas students with English not as their first language need a IELTS score of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 on all parts.
UK and EU students pay 8,800 GDP to study the MSc Logistics and Global Operations at the University of Lincoln. International students pay 15,900 GBP. There is a fees discount for alumni of the University of Lincoln. The university has a wide range of scholarships and bursaries including the BAME scholarship for UK students and the Commonwealth Scholarships for overseas students.
Supply Chain Management with Humanitarian Challenges MSc – University of Huddersfield
The University of Huddersfield in the UK has a masters in Supply Chain Management with Humanitarian Challenges. The course trains students in the fundamentals of managing complex supply chains for humanitarian responses. The course also introduces students to the key challenges faced by logistics operations in disaster response. The masters degree also encourages students to engage in the current trends, changes and innovations taking place in the humanitarian supply chain field and introduces students to explore how supply chain management can be used to address humanitarian crises. The Supply Chain Management with Humanitarian Challenges masters at the University of Huddersfield includes study themes such as purchasing and supply chain management, supply chain planning and control and logistics and freight transport management. It also covers the themes of global business and human rights as well as investigating specific humanitarian challenges.
Entry requirements for the MSc Supply Chain Management with Humanitarian Challenges course at the University of Huddersfield is normally an undergraduate degree of 2.2. or above. Applicants with relevant professional experience can also apply. For non-native English-speaking applicants, a IELTS score of 6.0 with no elements lower than 5.5 is needed.
Tuition fees for the masters in Supply Chain Management with Humanitarian Challenges at the University of Huddersfield are 8,900 GBP for UK and EU students. The University estimates living costs to be between 6,300 and 9,200 GBP per 44-week term. International tuition fees are around 14,500 GBP. The University has a range of scholarships, including for international students from countries such as Nigeria, Egypt and the US.
Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management – Università della Svizzera Italiana
In Switzerland, the Università della Svizzera Italiana offers a masters in Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management. Taught in English, the one-year programme is designed for those already working in the humanitarian sector who want to increase their knowledge and skills in humanitarian logistics. The course covers the four core elements of supply chain management, process and project management, strategic management and humanitarian action. The masters in Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management at Università della Svizzera Italiana is taught by current humanitarian logistics practitioners and includes classes on project management principles, transportation management and procurement. The course also covers areas such as strategic planning, operations and supply chain management and crisis information management. The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, as well as scenarios, games, simulations, case studies, and group work.
Applicants to the Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management master’s course at the Università della Svizzera Italiana need a minimum of three years relevant work experience, as well as bachelor’s degree or professional certificate in the areas of logistics, humanitarian aid, public service, or NGO management.
Fees for the masters in Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management at Università della Svizzera Italiana are 21,000 CHF. In addition to this, students must fund costs of living, visas, accommodation and course books. The university says many students receive financial support through their employers.
Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) hosts the Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab. The Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab aims to education practitioners and leaders through graduate courses, practical programmes and simulated trainings. The Lab has ongoing collaborations with NGOs and government agencies allowing students to under-take research projects directly linked to humanitarian supply chain management and implementation. The Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab links with masters degree programmes at MIT including in supply chain management, technology and policy, supply chain and logistics and research. For a full list of post-graduate degrees and courses, as well as entry requirements and fees, explore the MIT Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab website.