Programme

Build the skills and competencies to help businesses manage the planning, production and delivery of their products and services. Learn how advanced operations management, modern and sustainable supply chains, and the flow of information therein have become the bedrock of competitive advantage in an ever-changing global business environment. Become a confident professional in operations and supply chain management and make a decisive step towards securing a very exciting career.

The study is divided into 3 Terms of 60 credits each;

Term 1; September - December in Venlo, The Netherlands

3 Modules (20 credits per module):
MAR700 Supply Chains and Production Control Systems
MAR701V Research Skills and economics for International Supply Chains
MAR702V Maritime Finance and Business Modelling

Term 2; January - May in Plymouth, U.K.

3 Modules (20 credits per module):

  • MAR707 International Supply Chain Systems
  • STO704 Operations and Project Management
  • STO706 Operations Management for Competitive Advantage

    Term 3; May - September, location can be everywhere

    MAR710 Research project (60 credits)

    Modes of instruction

    Workshops, lectures, group work, guest lecturers, assignments, seminars, group discussions, case studies, tutorials, logistic excursions (Port visit), research project.

    MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management

    MSc International Procurement and Supply Chain Management



    • Word of welcome

      Welcome to the Master of Science Program in International Logistics / Procurement / Supply Chain Management We have been offering this program in cooperation with Plymouth University for over 30 years in which we have managed to educate many eager international students.

      This program offers the best of 2 worlds. First part at Fontys in Venlo, renowned for its expertise in all aspects of Logistics. Second part at Plymouth University which enjoys a good reputation for its focus on international Logistics and Marine studies. With this up-to-date and stimulating program we hope to give students the opportunity to think critically about business contexts relevant to international logistics, procurement and supply chain management as well as learning to use different tools and applications in doing research. Not only the content of the study will be worthwhile for their future careers, also the international experience will be of a significant value for the career of our students working in an international environments as well as for their social network.

      With a positive attitude and willingness to work hard, students will succeed and become a highly appreciated and highly skilled employer for many industries. We are proud of our students and alumni, because of the personal development they achieve in one academic year, the positive reviews we receive from all parties, not in the least the businesses where our student find employment.

      Any questions in regards to this Master course? I would be happy to inform you, so feel free to contact me,

      Mrs. Olga Kuypers-Martens Programme Manager Fontys

      Ambience photo Fontys

    • MAR700 Supply Chains and Production Control Systems

      Module description

      This module introduces students to the management of operations and logistics control systems. It analyses the influences on the external business environment of organisations involved in international logistics, and synthesises the operation of logistics and production and control systems.

      Module aims

      To provide an insight into the management of Supply Chains and operations in a Production environment. To provide a sound understanding of the principles and applications of control systems to their operation. To provide an insight into the essence of Information and Communication Systems.

      Assessed learning outcomes

      At the end of the module the student will be expected to be able to:

      • evaluate external influences on the operation of supply chain and production systems.
      • assess complex supply chain and logistical situations.
      • evaluate the role of production control concepts in international supply chain and production systems.
      • synthesise a supply chain and production control system.

    • MAR701V Research Skills and Economics for International Supply Chains

      Module description

      This module develops the skills required to carry out international supply chain research including communication, writing and oral presentation and promotes critical awareness of economic and other business contexts.


      Module aims

      To develop practical skills including communication, writing and oral presentation required to conduct high quality research. To foster critical awareness of the economic and other contexts framing international supply chain decisions.

      Assessed learning outcomes

      At the end of this module the learner will be expected to be able to:

      • Appraise research presented orally and in reports and journals
      • Demonstrate the skills needed to communicate research results effectively
      • Understand the context of research rules, controls and policy and work within them
      • Structure a reflective overview of one aspect of international supply chains
      • Categorise international supply chains in terms of component market structures
      • Compare business contexts within which international supply chain decisions are made.

    • MAR702V Maritime Finance and Business Modelling

      Module description

      This module considers the role of business finance in maritime industries including interpretation of traditional accounts and analysis of corporate performance and approaches to investment appraisal. It develops hands-on skills for decision making based on an integrated approach to quantitative decision methods using spread sheets. Also, modern statistical tools are used to analyse problems in maritime business environments. Descriptive statistics and graphical displays, optimization and risk analysis will be covered.

      Module aims

      To identify the role of business finance in maritime industries, providing students with modern statistical tools to analyse problems in maritime business environments.  Descriptive statistics and graphical displays, optimisation and risk analysis will be covered.

      Assessed learning outcomes

      At the end of a module the student will be expected to be able to:

      • critically discuss the basic sources of corporate finance for maritime industry
      • apply ratio analysis to the accounts of shipping and logistics companies
      • assess the impact of risk management on investment appraisal
      • summarise and display graphically data from shipping business, logistics or port areas using a spread sheet
      • solve optimization problems using a spread sheet
      • perform simulation-based risk analysis using a spread sheet
    • MAR707 International Supply Chains

      Module description

      You'll focus on international supply chain systems that facilitate the flow of goods and services in international trading systems and consider various supply chain management processes involved in optimising the supply chain performance to achieve and sustain competitive advantage in complex and dynamic trading environment. You'll also consider issues related to international trade and macroeconomic policy.

      Module aims

      To understand the strategic importance of supply chain design, planning and operation to firms to realise sustainable competitive advantage.

      Assessed learning outcomes

      At the end of this module the learner will be expected to be able to:

      • Evaluate the interacting and dynamic effect of operations in supply chain systems
      • Synthesise and design supply chain systems via business process re-engineering and information technologies.
      • Apprise the essence of building a strategic framework to analyse supply chain effectiveness.
      • Assess the central;ity of supply chaijn drivers in designing a supply chain network to support a firm's business strategy.
      • Evaluate the critticality of supply chain design and supply chain planning in devising supply chain strategies and implementing supply chain operations.

    • MAR710 Research Project

      In the Project/Dissertation you will be expected to research a topic or problem related to your award title on the basis of relevant literature and appropriate empirical work. You may choose to participate in either an established research area or follow a line of work based of your own interest.

    • STO704 Operations and Project management

      Module description

      This module will focus on the key challenges facing Operations and Project Managers. It will examine key topics such as the management of processes, quality improvement, capacity and demand management, project planning, resource scheduling and risk management, along with communication, organisation and leadership practices.

      Module aims

      • To develop comprehensive knowledge and critical understanding of the tools, techniques and practice of operations and how they can be applied in different organisations.
      • To develop a systematic understanding of projects and the major tools, techniques and themes of project management.
      • To gain practical experience in applying and using appropriate tools and techniques to enable effective management decision making.
      • To analyse the cross-disciplinary, integrative nature of the operations and project management and propose solutions to complex problems.

      Assesed learning outcomes

      At the end of this module the learner will be expected to be able to:

      • Appraise and crittically evaluate different approaches to managing operations and how they work in practice.
      • Assess, select and apply appropriate methodologies and techniques to the analysis of a range of operations management problems.
      • Crittically evaluate and select appropriate hard and soft techniques for the effective management of projects.
      • Demonstrate research skills that enable wider exploration of the subject area and effective descion making in practice
      • Analyse and reflect upon effectiveness of communication, teamwork and presentation skills.

    • STO706 Operations Management for Competative Advantage

      Module description

      This module considers how to use business operations to achieve sustainable competitive advantage. Operations strategy will be highlighted, showing how it needs to inform and underpin the design and improvement of all operational processes to ensure increased cost efficiency and maximise operational effectiveness.

      Module aims

      • To provide comprehensive knowledge and understanding of operations strategy
      • To evaluate the ways that resources can be configured to create competitive advantage.
      • To analyse business operations and evaluate their contribution to the sustainable competitive advantage of the firm.

      Assesed learning outcomes

      At the end of this module the learner will be expected to be able to:

      • Provide a deep and systematic understanding of how to evaluate the operational recources of a given business.
      • Crittically appraise advanced operations management theory and practice with regard to competitive advantage.
      • Crittically assess alternative options about how to configure operational resources to creat competitive advantage and select appropriate solutions using effective decision making techniques.
      • Evaluate crittically the congruence between business strategy and business operations and recommend how to improve this.