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Business Management (Logistics and Operations) with a Professional Placement Year

Cardiff University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Program description

Business Management (Logistics and Operations) with a Professional Placement Year

Professionals who can manage products and services from production to delivery, on time and in budget, are central to the success of contemporary organisations.

This means you’ll be in high demand for roles in the public, private and third sectors with competitive salaries and excellent prospects for career progression.

Our BSc Business Management (Logistics and Operations) focuses on organisations of all kinds from multinational corporations to social enterprises and charities. This holistic approach ensures you develop the skills to respond to the evolving needs of all businesses, irrespective of sector.

You’ll develop logistics and operations management expertise from our team of internationally renowned researchers. They’ll introduce you to the practices of purchasing and supply, logistics and distribution and advanced operations management.

Your Professional Placement Year is an opportunity to put your university knowhow into practice as you take up a paid role and complement your academic study with exposure to real-world operational challenges.

Distinctive Features

  • Benefit from our partnership with NOVUS Lite, who work to develop students to address skills shortages in the logistics industry.
  • Get career-ready and build a network of contacts on your professional placement year in industry.
  • Follow your interests abroad and study in one of our partner institutions across the globe.
  • Acquire industry know-how from guest speakers, real-world case studies and trips to UK industry.
  • Combine business theory and practical skills to assess the needs of contemporary business.
  • Pursue your entrepreneurial interests in a culture that promotes student enterprise and start-up ideas.

Admission requirements

AAB-ABB. Please note, General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies will not be accepted.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • Society and Economy
  • Operations Management
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Management: Theory and Evidence
  • Marketing
  • People in Organisations
  • Technology and the Digital Age
  • Purchasing and Supply Management
  • Excellence in Managing Operations
  • Marketing and Strategy
  • Managing People
  • Challenges in Managing and Leading Organizations
  • Logistics Networks
  • Project Management
  • Inferential Statistics, Statistical Modelling and Survey Methods
  • Performance and Financial Management
  • Business, Government and Society
  • Marketing and Society
  • Managing in Multicultural Organisations
  • Employment Relations
  • Buyer Behaviour
  • International Management
  • Marketing Research
  • Professional Placement
  • Strategic Management
  • International Business Logistics
  • Advanced Operations Management
  • Strategic Purchasing and Supplier Management
  • Contemporary Issues in Work and Employment
  • Asian Management Systems
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Start-Ups
  • Digital Marketing
  • Exploratory Data Analysis 
  • Corporate Reporting and Finance
  • European Business Environment
  • Modelling in Management Science
  • Advertising and Marketing Communications Management
  • Ethics and Morality of Business
  • Organisational Analysis and Change
  • International Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Services Marketing 
  • Cultural Marketing
  • Business Design

Tuition fees

The full tuition fees for UK & EU Students is £9,000.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £18,450

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Understanding of the internal aspects of the structure, governance, functions and processes of organisations.
  • An appreciation of the dynamic interaction between organisations and the social and economic business environment within which they operate.
  • Knowledge of various processes, procedures and practices for the effective and responsible management of organisations.
  • An appreciation of the importance to organisations of understanding and managing their markets.
  • Understanding of how people interact within organisations and how they can be led, managed and developed.
  • Knowledge of different systems and processes for the effective management of operations within and between organisations.
  • Awareness of appropriate policies and strategies to meet stakeholder interests, manage risk and maximise achievement of strategic objectives.
  • An appreciation of how organisations can create social as well as economic improvement.
  • Knowledge of a variety of processes and systems for managing the operations of organisations.
  • Understanding of how organisations can effectively plan, implement and control the flow of goods, services and information within and between organisations.
  • An appreciation of the factors required and trade-offs between them for effective supply chains management in a contemporary business environment.

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Critical capacity to analyse, evaluate and synthesise information.
  • Ability to solve problems.
  • Competence in exhibiting balanced and informed critical arguments.
  • Capability to apply relevant theories and approaches to practice.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Skills in People Management.
  • An ability to use research to take an evidence-based approach to management.
  • Commercial acumen.
  • Innovation, creativity and enterprise.
  • Understand the nature and operations of a professional environment.
  • Operate in the workplace confidently and professionally.
  • Develop, enhance, and demonstrate work-related skills, knowledge and experience, in areas including professionalism, ethics, health and safety.
  • Be able to identify and adapt to working and related practices in an employment setting and reflect critically on them.

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Effective self-management and a propensity for personal development.
  • An ability to communicate effectively through a variety of media, and to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • A capacity to exercise co-operation skills and work effectively with others.
  • Analyse and reflect on personal management skills, identifying ways to improve through personal development planning.
  • Develop work-based skills and experience, building on confidence and professionalism.

Career opportunities

Career Prospects

97% of our students are in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

Our dedicated career professionals have got you covered on things like industry placements, internships, work experience and insights.

You’ll benefit from career consultations, interview and CV writing workshops, industry-specific events and specialist psychometric assessment and broad skills training.

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