Master in Transport and Supply Chain Management

General

Program Description

How do you manage product flows in fast-moving industries such as food or fashion? How does government transport policy impact the environment?

The Transport & Supply Chain Management Master’s programme offers a unique combination of transport policy and global supply chain management insights and tools. On the one hand, you’ll work at micro-level (i.e., the level of an individual company) – for example, in understanding and tackling the complexities of managing global supply chains and transportation networks, and learning about supply chain strategy development. On the other hand, you’ll work at macro-level – for example, when investigating the impact of government regulations or transport policies on the environment. What’s more, you’ll get to grips with the data analysis tools commonly used in the industry (such as Excel and R) so that you’re ready to hit the ground running when you start your first job. And that won’t take long – because most graduates already have job offers before they’ve even finished the programme.

This specialization of the Master's programme Business Administration is expected to be accredited as Master’s programme Transport and Supply Chain Management as of 1 October 2019.

This is what you will be doing
The Master’s programme is made up of a combination of transport economics and supply chain management courses that together will give you the tools and techniques to analyse any transport and supply chain related problem a business may face in your future career. In addition to these courses you’ll learn to apply research methodologies to support data-driven decision making, write your Master’s thesis on a current topic defined in collaboration with industry or government, and prepare for the world of work.

To break it down:

  • You’ll take five mandatory core courses. These include:
    • Supply Chain Data Analytics – The course will furnish you with the statistical skills that are essential for the remainder of the programme. This helps you land that first job by making you proficient in analysing large sets of data using widely available software packages like Excel and R. You’ll put your skills straight into practice by using data to solve real-life industry problems.
    • Transport Economics & Management – You’ll take a policy perspective on the issues that companies face, and apply economic theories to these issues, including road congestion, the effect of competition on prices, and so on.
    • Decision making in supply chains – This course helps you learn how to use and build spreadsheet models to analyse real-life company data, to develop optimisation and simulation models, to report results and to formulate recommendations to improve supply chain performance.
  • You’ll take three elective courses out of a choice of six – each of which relates to either transport economics or supply chain management.
  • You’ll also write your Master’s thesis on a current topic and you’ll have the opportunity to take an internship.
Last updated November 2019

About the School

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 150 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to 23,00 ... Read More

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 150 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to 23,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff of 130 nationalities create a dynamic international academic community. The University distinguishes itself in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World and Governance for Society. Read less