TSCM Programme

PeriodCourses# EC
Distribution Logistics & Supply Chain Management
Transport Economics and Management
 Decision Making in Supply Chains
 One of the following specialization courses:
  • Network Analysis
  • Geo-Logistics & Transport Planning
 Research Seminar (I): Managerial Integration Project
(Febr-  Mar)
 Research Seminar (II) 
 Master Thesis TSCM: Start Thesis
 One of the following specialization courses:  
  • Airline Business 
  • Distribution Logistics & Interorganizational Systems

 One of the following courses:
  • Capita Selecta Transport & Supply Chain Management 
    (with selection procedure)
  • List of recommended optional courses at VU and elsewhere
  • Other course
 Master Thesis Transport & Supply Chain Management

Master Thesis Transport & Supply Chain Management6


The TSCM specialization is a one-year programme worth 60 EC credits. The classes are highly interactive and give students ample opportunity to put theories to the test through discussions about practical assignments and simulation modelling. Case studies form an important component of the coursework and students often work together in teams, for example when analysing real-world supply chains. Company visits provide the opportunity for hands-on operations analysis and the detailed study of supply chains and in-company environments.

The specialization is divided into six periods and is taught entirely in English. The main goal of periods 1-3 is to offer students the opportunity to gain knowledge of relevant topics in Transport & Supply Chain Management. Most courses in the first three periods are therefore compulsory. The course starts in September.

  • Period 1 is devoted to theoretical concepts in TSCM. Students will conduct desk research into various supply chains and learn how to make strategic transportation decisions.
  • Period 2 is used to deepen this knowledge by teaching students how to design supply chains by means of quantitative research methods, including simulation. Students also select one of the specialization courses in period 2.
  • The TSCM Research Seminar in period 3 challenges students to tackle problems in real-life supply chains or transportation networks by applying the theoretical knowledge obtained in periods 1 and 2. Students study the problems in small groups and from varying angles, including perspectives such as finance, human resource management, logistics, strategy and so on. Students will conduct work for the companies involved, preparing a management report and presentation on the most efficacious design for their particular supply chain or transportation network.
  • The TSCM Research Seminar (2) in period 4 presents an overview of relevant research methods in the area of transport and supply chain management. Students need to select appropriate research methods to address their specific research questions while writing a research proposal for their Master's thesis. Periods 4 and 5 can be used by students to take another specialization course and an optional course. 
  • In periods 5 and 6 students write their Master's thesis