BSc Logistics with Purchasing Management

Aston University Logistics with Supply Chain Management

I graduated with a First and was awarded the Jaguar Land Rover Prize for the best Logistics dissertation. I now work as a Quality Engineer at Raytheon UK.”

Serena Martin
BSc Logistics with Supply Chain Management

Entry requirements

BBB - BBC including a numerate or science based subject

This programme will prepare you for a career in Purchasing or Supply Chain Management, with its emphasis on the selection, engagement, and development and performance measurement of suppliers. 

The intention is for this particular route to be accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).
Integrated placement year
Gain specialist knowledge required to start a successful career in logistics
Close industrial links for excellent placement opportunities

3 years full-time / 4 years full-time with integrated placement year

UCAS Code:

Please note:

GCSE requirements: Maths and English Grade C

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Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements  

Typical offer level


Any Numerate or Science based subject, Business, Economics or General Studies accepted.

32 overall points with 554.
BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD
A subject related Access to Higher Education with 45 credits at Level 3 and at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Tuition fees:
£9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2018/19)                             
£16,000 for Outside EU students (2018/19)
Placement Year: £2,500 for International Students


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Purchasing has an overwhelming impact on the bottom line of any organization. It generally accounts for over half of an organisations spend and has a direct impact on the two forces that drive the bottom line: sales and costs. In a world-class organisation therefore it is essential that Purchasing becomes a core competency of the firm, finding and developing supplers and bringing in highly valued expertise.

The course includes a thorough grounding in all the key subjects one would expect in a Logistics or Operations Management degree. In addition specialist modules cover the strategic, operation and practical techniques used to select, develop, contractually engage and monitor suppliers. The application of technology, management of supply risk, methods of costing and accquisition, importance of corporate social responsibility and many more important topics are studied within the context of maximising supply chain functionality, performance and ultimately value.


Year 1

  • Research Skills (EC113A)
  • Enhancing Employment Skills (EAS1ES)
  • Introduction to Logistics (LT1301)
  • Company and Contract Law (LT1305)
  • Principles of Economics (LT1307)
  • Literature Review Project (LT1312)
  • Transport Fundamentals (LT1314)
  • Facilities Design and Management (LT1315)
  • Air Transport (LT1319)
  • Introduction to Business Management (SE1500)
  • Principles of Financial Accounting (LT1PFA)

Year 2

  • Inventory Control (LT2102)
  • Operations and Process Management (LT2316)
  • Project Management (LT2306)
  • Road Transport (LT2317)
  • Modelling Simulation and Optimisation (LT2318)
  • International Logistics and Purchasing (LT2319)
  • Maritime Transport (LT2311)
  • Rail Transport (LT2315)
  • Database Management (LT2312)
  • Services Marketing (LT2320)
  • Purchasing, Principles and Process (LT2321)

Year 3 - Optional placement year

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

  • EAS Study Placement Year (SEP001)
  • EAS Industrial Placement Year (SEP002)
  • EAS Study/Work Placement Year (SEP003)

Final Year

  • Final Year Project (EC310A)
  • Leadership and Human Resource Management (LT3306)
  • International Trade Law and Policy (LT3315)
  • Developing the Purchasing and Supply Functions (LT3207)
  • Technology Applications in Supply Chains (LT3321)
  • Contemporary Issues in Supply Chains (LT3320)
  • Supply Chain and Procurement Strategy (LT3104)
  • Management of Strategic Contracts and Suppliers (LT3106)

You will benefit from a wide range of teaching and learning methods, including:

  • lectures, tutorials and project work
  • planning exercises, simulations, computer packages
  • company and site visits
  • assessment by a combination of continuous assessment, such as coursework and tests (25%) and end-of-year exams (around 75%).
Your final degree classification is determined by your performance in the second and final year.


At the end of the second year, you can choose to benefit from a paid twelve month professional placement. This Optional Sandwich Year, in relevant employment, will be arranged with the help of our placement tutor. We have excellent links with the logistics industry and can offer a wide range of opportunities spanning all aspects of the sector.  The placement year can be taken in the UK or abroad and some placement allowances are available.  In most cases placement students are offered graduate employment.

Our current and recent placement employers include companies in the UK and abroad such as: Toyota, TNT, Renault, Peugeot, Eddie Stobbart, Corus, DHL, TDG.  

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

Our Logistics degrees are designed to also give you a range of transferable and practical skills to succeed within your chosen career. We make extensive use of group working and presentations to prepare you for the reality of working life. Such work develops your team working and negotiating skills.

The intention is for this particular route to be accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

Aston University has developed strong partnerships with industry, whether they are project or research based, Astons Engineering Systems and Management group offers programmes which are tailored to suit the industrial environment. This focus allows our graduates to build skills which are essential to industry, moulding them into highly employable industry ready graduates. These partnerships also further the knowledge of the working environment allowing lecturers to adapt their teaching methods to compliment the frequently changing industrial environment.

Our graduates work with leading companies across all major business sectors including:

Industry Links

Dr James Stone

Programme Director for the UG Supply chain programmes


Teaches in the areas of:

  • International Logistics Operations
  • Purchasing & Supply Chain
  • Performance Measurement Systems and Management

He has taught at a number of UK Universities including; Warwick Business School, Loughborough and Birmingham.

He is currently a visiting Lecturer at Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University, Stuttgart, at ESB Business School, Reutlingen and at Emirates Aviation University, Dubai.

Chair of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Accreditation Committee.

Chair of the Institute of Operations Management Accreditation Committee.

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