Online Master TSCM

The Netherlands is renowned throughout the world for its expertise in trade, transport and logistics. The 2014 Logistics Performance Index report of the World Bank puts the Netherlands in a second position in terms of logistics competitiveness after Germany. Major ports in the Netherlands transship enormous flows of goods and passengers to and from Europe and the rest of the world. Supply chain control is the key to managing these flows effectively. 

The presence and support of ambitious mainports (Schiphol Airport, Port of Amsterdam), important retail and wholesale companies such as Ahold, the world’s largest flower auction Flora Holland, and the large number of corporate headquarters directly or indirectly involved in supply chain logistics services, have allowed the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration to offer a highly successful Master programme in Transport and Supply Chain Management for more than 10 years.

In the online Master TSCM programme we analyse supply chain problems in for-profit and non-profit environments. The former includes shippers such as manufacturers, wholesale companies and retailers as well as shipping companies such as logistics service providers, rail operators, airlines and short-sea and long-distance shipping companies. The latter includes the healthcare sector, the public sector but also non-governmental organizations in for example humanitarian aid. Our staff has a strong academic track record built on research that is practically relevant.

VU Amsterdam’s central campus of today in Amsterdam’s Zuidas district features all facilities for teaching and research. It is also an easily accessible metropolitan meeting place thanks to its Zuidas location in the immediate vicinity of Schiphol Airport. Being a true part of Amsterdam, VU Amsterdam is an international community that works together with knowledge partners, civil society and business.

For whom?
Running supply chains requires a thorough understanding of the key mechanics of a supply chain. Any retailer executive will tell you that you cannot run a retail chain without knowing the shop floor. Our online Master TSCM programme has been designed to give you a thorough understanding in the drivers of supply chain performance and to teach you tools and methods to develop and enhance your professional potential/skills. If you have at least 3 years of work experience, want to broaden your knowledge and deepen your skills in the area of transport and supply chain management, taking the online Master TSCM programme is an excellent choice.

The content is delivered via web lectures and assignments that are available in a protected online learning environment. The online study environment is used to disseminate lectures and additional course material, give you access to our extensive online university library, course and assignment deadlines and for handing in assignment reports and receiving feedback.

The programme has a study load of 60 credits, which equals one year full-time study work. One EC (European Credit) equals a study load of 28 hours. The programme is concluded with a master’s thesis, which can be written based on a topic in your own organization.

During the lecture period, lecturers are available via Skype or phone to answer questions. Exams need to be taken at the VU University Campus in Amsterdam. We plan to provide two opportunities per year to take an exam (around Christmas and around summer). Apart from the participation in the exams which are mandatory to obtain the degree, online TSCM Master students are free to participate in other TSCM events at the VU Amsterdam Campus, attend seminars or use facilities such as the library.

2 years
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31 July 2014 for start on September 1, 2014; please contact
1 September
Economie, Recht en Bestuur