BSc (Hons) Humanitarian Supply Chain Management 

  • Award: Bachelor of Science with Honours
  • Duration: Up to 2 years
  • School: Lincoln Business School, University of Lincoln
  • Mode: Work Based Distance Learning

Course Overview

The BSc Humanitarian Supply Chain Management degree is a work-based, distance learning course that will develop the academic and practical expertise of students who already manage supply chains in the workplace. The course is intended for professionals employed in the management and coordination of the supply chains associated with the provision of what may be life saving aid after natural or man-made disasters. 

As a final year ‘top up’ degree, the BSc in Humanitarian Supply Chain Management uses your previous academic achievements and professional experience as accreditation for the first one and two years of the course. 

This flexible distance learning programme can take up to two years to complete, depending on your individual work and personal commitments. Modules include:

  • Study Skills for Distance Learning
  • Integrating Professional Humanitarian Supply Chain Experience
  • Management of Change in a Humanitarian Organisation
  • Humanitarian Supply Chain Strategy 
  • Applied Problem Solving with the Humanitarian Supply Chain
  • Dissertation (Humanitarian Supply Chain Management)

What You Will Study

Providing you meet the relevant entry requirements you will start the programme at Level 3, which is typically the third year of a BSc in Humanitarian Supply Chain Management.

Level 1 (The First Year of the Degree)

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) General credit of 120 CATS points is awarded to students who meet the minimum entry criteria of an HND, Foundation Degree or equivalent.

Level 2 (The Second Year of the Degree)

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) General credit of 120 CATS points is awarded to students who meet the minimum entry criteria of an HND, Foundation Degree or equivalent and have proof of relevant or current professional work experience.

Level 3 (The Third Year of the Degree)

Study Skills for Distance Learning
Distance learning courses are a flexible way to achieve a work/life balance, as they are suited to your individual needs. This module provides students with the essential academic and practical skills needed to succeed when studying off campus. You will develop your ability to think independently and logically whilst managing your own studies. To ensure you have a structured framework to follow during your course, you will identify and evaluate your learning and writing style, develop research skills and discover where to find relevant sources.
Integrating Professional Humanitarian Supply Chain Experience
Students will develop the ability to analyse, understand and apply academic theory to the practical management of humanitarian logistics. With a foundation in self-awareness and critical reflection, you will learn from past academic and humanitarian workplace experience to aid your personal and professional development.

Management of Change in a Humanitarian Organisation
This module asks students to consider their own organisation in terms of its structure and how it operates in order to learn the essential skills of change management. From how to manage operational change within your workplace to the critical analysis of how culture can impact the change process, you will have the theoretical models you need to apply to the real world. 

Humanitarian Supply Chain Strategy 

Humanitarian disasters are expected to increase five-fold over the next 50 years and the associated need for humanitarian assistance is also expected to rise *(Oloruntoba and Gray, 2006). Therefore the provision of timely and appropriate humanitarian aid is vital as more focus is being placed on the improvement of humanitarian supply chains.  In this module students will consider future trends influencing the development of humanitarian supply chain strategy and learn how to develop and justify solutions to industry problems.

Applied Problem Solving with the Humanitarian Supply Chain
Throughout this module students will develop, integrate and apply problem-solving skills in a real practical context. You will gain experience of how to solve problems in a logistics workplace using unconventional or original methodological tools and implementation planning. 

Students will complete a major independent project focused on Humanitarian Supply Chain Management. This project will give you the opportunity to use your own initiative and apply and explore appropriate concepts, analytical techniques and methods on a topic related to problems within a business context.

How You Are Assessed

You will complete assignments that enable you to manage your own time, develop your research and analytical skills and explore subjects in greater depth. Each module will be assessed in a range of forms, including essays, reports, portfolios and reflective logs. Your final assessment will be an 8,000-word dissertation on an extended project of your choice.

Entry Requirements

Each programme is designed to meet the needs of students in any business who want to upgrade their operations skills and progress their qualifications to degree level.

To qualify for direct entry to the top-up degree we normally look for a recent level 5 qualification (up to 5 years old) and on-going employment in a relevant field to the course subject area.

We may also accept candidates with a level 4 qualification or extensive work experience under certain conditions.
If you are unsure of your suitability for the degree, please contact our Admissions team.

Career Benefits

Employers are increasingly looking to recruit graduates who can demonstrate that they have the skills and abilities to succeed in the workplace. This degree will give you that edge.

For You:

  • Academic recognition for learning you have already achieved
  • Study at a pace and place to suit you, the potential to work towards the degree when work and personal commitments allow and to take a break from the course when other pressures take over
  • Learning is relevant and focused on issues in your job
  • Direct access to specialist expertise to support work-based projects and to extend the scope of your activities
  • Immediate opportunities to apply theory in practice
  • Improved performance and the ability to respond to change.
For Employers: 
  • Improved performance and competitive edge
  • Increased motivation, confidence and creativity of workforce
  • Immediate benefits from availability of expertise and advice on work-based projects
  • Customised programmes to suit your organisation.



Programme delivery Work Based Distance Learning
UK/EU/International £7,000 fee for the duration of the programme
Payment Option 1 One instalment of £7,000 at enrolment
Payment Option 2 Two instalments of £3,500, first at enrolment and second in 12th month of study 
Payment Option 3  Four instalments of £1,750, first at enrolment and then every six months of study 

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*Oloruntoba, R. and Gray, R., 2006. Humanitarian aid: an agile supply chain?.Supply Chain Management: an international journal, 11(2), pp.115-120.