Become an expert in the design, planning, optimisation and control of operational processes in production, transportation, supply chains and sustainability and service logistics.
Modern production and logistics methods are growing ever more complex. Product lifetime is on the decrease, suppliers and buyers are spreading across the planet and more activities are being outsourced. How do you plan logistics between multiple actors in such an uncertain world? How do you use real-time location information to improve performance? In the specialisation Production & Logistic Management (PLM), you gain expertise in a key area Industrial Engineering & Management: the impact of customised logistical designs on overall performance.
A research orientation represents a scientific research area and determines a part of the mandatory courses you are going to follow and the field in which you do your master’s thesis. Within the PLM-specialisation, you can choose from four orientations.
- Service Logistics & Maintenance Management
- Supply Chain & Transport Management
- Manufacturing Logistics
- Operations Management in Healthcare
‘How can I improve efficiency?’ That is the main question you ask yourself during this specialisation. You cut straight to the heart of the supply chain, from sourcing raw materials to delivering finished products to customers. You learn to pinpoint the best location for production facilities and distribution centres and identify the resources they need. You also get to grips with how to structure operations management in production, warehousing, transport, distribution and purchasing. The key is to give customers the standard of service they want and to ensure process reliability.
As a student, you learn to deal with practical issues in logistical settings. In the courses, you apply advanced software tools for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and integer linear programming (ILP) problems, capacity analysis of production systems, distribution planning and vehicle routing. You also get familiar with Economic Order Quantity calculations, a typical Industrial Engineering & Management challenge. Some courses in this track are shared with our Master’s in Mechanical Engineering.
As a graduate of this Master's and this specialisation, you have acquired specific, scientific knowledge and skills and values, which you can put to good use in your future job.
Is this specialisation not exactly what you’re looking for? Maybe one of the other specialisations suits you better. It is also possible – and welcomed – to make bridges between specialisations, by adding a second specialisation (within or outside of the IEM-programme).
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