Online Master TSCM

Study programme

The programme starts with compulsory courses where theoretical concepts in relation to transport & supply chain management will be discussed. By means of desk research students will explore various supply chains and learn how to take strategic transportation decisions. This knowledge is then deepened by teaching students how to design supply chains by means of quantitative research methods, such as simulation. In business ethics students learn to evaluate business problems from ethical perspectives. Students can then follow an elective. In year 2 students first get a compulsory course after which they can select an additional elective. They then follow two Research Seminars TSCM: the first is focused at decision problems in real-life supply chains or transportation networks. Students study the problem the perspective of various disciplines such as finance, human resource management, logistics, strategy and so on. In a management report and presentation students need to suggest to the companies involved how the supply chain or transportation network should be designed. The course Research Seminar TSCM (2) is used to present an overview of relevant research methods in the area of transport and supply chain management. In their master thesis, students need to select appropriate research methods to study a research question that is well embedded in the academic literature and professional practice Students can use periods 4 and 5 to follow another specialisation course. Furthermore, we will provide students with a list of optional courses in the area of Transportation and Supply Chain Management at the VU University Amsterdam and other universities. Thesis (see table below for an overview of the 2 year study programme).


CourseStatus# ECPeriod
Distribution Logistics and Supply Chain ManagementCompulsory course6Sept/Oct
Decision Making in Supply ChainsCompulsory course6Nov/Dec
Business EthicsCompulsory course3Jan
Distribution Logistics and Interorganizational SystemsElectives A: choose 1 of 26Feb/Mar
Airline Business


CourseStatus# ECPeriod
Transport, Economics & ManagementCompulsory course6Sept/Oct
Network AnalysisElectives B: choose 1 of 26Nov/Dec
Supply Chain Execution & Geographical Information Systems
Research Seminar I/Managerial Integration ProjectCompulsory course*3Jan
Research Seminar IICompulsory course3Feb/Mar
Optional course/internshipCompulsory course*6
Master’s thesisCompulsory15April-Aug

* CHSCM graduates may receive exemptions for these courses

A student taking and passing the courses in sync with the study programme outlined above will need two years to complete the programme. You can enter the programme once per year, starting in September. You will need to be in Amsterdam at least once per year during your studies (the exam periods; these periods will also be used for presentation of some of your assignment work). Ideally you visit Amsterdam four times during your studies (twice per year). Course assessment is typically a combination of a written exam and an assignment report and/or presentation. The assignment may be a literature study or can pertain to studying and analyzing a real life situation described in a case study. The assignment may be written in a group; the written exam is always an individual piece. 

The two-year study programme has been designed for a study load of about 20 hours per week. Since content is available online you can study the programme at your own pace and in your own time – yet it is advisable to have your organization provide you with time for study as well.