Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Study mode:Full-time Languages: English Duration:2 years
Deadline: Jun 30, 2021
StudyQA ranking:831

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The Master's programme in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management combines the themes logistics, management and leadership in a unique way. Logistics & SCM represents about half of the curriculum.

Programme content:
  • Courses in logistics and SCM, management, economics, and leadership skills
  • An exchange semester with partner universities
  • Three-month period of practical training
  • Master's thesis (four months)

Why study at KLU in Hamburg?
  • Scientifically based content
  • Highly favourable student-to-teacher ratio
  • Small classes, excellent opportunities for classroom interaction
  • International students and professors, instruction in English
  • Emphasis on the real world and practical applications
  • Excellent company contacts and career/placement services
  • Modern campus in the HafenCity area of Hamburg, Germany
  • Top-ranked university according to Handelsblatt Ranking 2014
  • Top-ranked university according to CHE Ranking 2014

Educational organisation

Starting in September each year, you can complete the MSc in Global Logistics & SCM programme in either four semesters (120 ECTS; standard track) or three semesters (90 ECTS; fast track). On both tracks, the curriculum comprises modules in logistics and supply chain management, management, economics, and leadership skills.

In detail, the topics and modules include:

Core Modules

Business Logistics and Supply Chain Management / Management Information Systems / Analytical Methods in Logistics and Supply Chain Management / Leadership and Organisational Behaviour / Financial Performance Management and Management Control / Transportation and Distribution / Capstone Project / Business Analytics and Econometrics / Applied Research Methods


Strategic Issues in Supply Chain Management / Sourcing and Procurement Management / Managing Supply Chain Complexity / Revenue Management and Service Operations / Demand Planning and Inventory Management / Maritime Logistics / Humanitarian Logistics / Advanced Modelling in Logistics and Supply Chain Management / Sustainable Logistics / Advanced Supply Chain Management / Advanced Topics in Logistics / Negotiations / Selected Topics in Finance / SAP Laboratory / International Economics / Project Management / Intercultural Skills / Business Ethics / Conflict Management

Study abroad unit(s)

The students on the standard track have the opportunity to spend an outbound exchange semester at a partner university as part of the international education at Kühne Logistics University. Enrolled as full students at the host university, they will gain first-hand insights into new countries and cultures and have unique experiences. Of course, the credits earned abroad are transferable to the KLU transcript. Visit our website for a complete listing of our partner university network.


After the third semester, students do an internship, which they can complete abroad. This is a good opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills and to find a subject and material for your Master's thesis. The Career Services Department will assist students in finding an appropriate internship.

Students who have already studied at a university outside of Germany for a substantial amount of time (for example if your first degree is from abroad) can choose to spend their third semester at KLU.

Forms of assessment

Students are expected to take written and oral examinations. The written examinations include examinations, project reports and the Master's thesis. Oral examinations include the examination interview, presentations and colloquiums. All examinations must be taken during the course of studies. Examination work can be divided into the intermediate exam, case work and presentation, and final exam.

Course objectives

  • To understand, design, and operate worldwide interconnected flows of information, goods, services, and capital
  • To develop the competence to work scientifically and apply scientific methods to gain an understanding of problem areas in global logistics and supply chain management
  • To give graduates practice-oriented, interdisciplinary training and to develop their leadership skills in a targeted way

Language requirements

Students must prove their proficiency in English:
  • English proficiency proven by TOEFL (577/233/90), IELTS (band 6.5), or equivalent

Academic requirements

Candidates for the MSc programme in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management must comply with the following prerequisites:

  • a Bachelor's degree or equivalent, preferably in business or economics
  • English proficiency proven by TOEFL (577/233/90), IELTS (band 6.5), or equivalent

Other fields such as industrial engineering, business informatics, and mathematics, for example, will be considered if your Bachelor's degree contains a sufficient number of courses (at least four) in the field of business administration or business economics.

Do you not yet have your Bachelor's certificate? Of course, you can apply to Kühne Logistics University. Just provide a transcript of records and you can hand in your Bachelor's certificate at a later stage.

Costs of living

Students should budget around 11,300 EUR for cost of living per year of study. An amount of at least 8,640 EUR per year has to be deposited or documented when applying to German embassies or consulates for a student visa.

Job opportunities

The workload will not allow you to work while studying.

Funding opportunities within the university

Inability to pay tuition fees has never prevented anyone from studying at KLU. We offer merit-based scholarships for anyone who is talented and wants to study at KLU. Scholarships cover between 50% and up to 100% of the tuition fee. You must be admitted to our programmes in order to apply for a scholarship.

Arrival support

Our Student Services Office will arrange arrival services within the metropolitan area of Hamburg.

Services and support for international students

Enjoy the advantages of a private university: instruction in small groups, a favourable student-faculty ratio, easy access to important contacts, modern infrastructure and a comprehensive range of services.

Our Career Services team offers a unique programme that targets your personal development as well as your contacts with future employers. Our International Office paves the way for your semester abroad and our Programme Management team ensures that your course of study meets our quality standards and runs as smoothly as possible. Upon acceptance we will help you organise your journey to Hamburg and continue to assist you throughout this process.

You do the studying, we do everything else!


KLU does not have on-campus accommodation. Therefore, it is recommended that you start looking for accommodation as soon as possible. Our Student Services Office will be happy to assist you in finding suitable accommodation.
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