Master in logistics and distribution chain direction


Program Description

The logistic activities assume a high percentage in the cost of any product and for this reason a good management is essential in any company or organization. The demand for professionals who have a Master's Degree in Logistics is in continuous growth since we are in a world in constant globalization, where international logistics is increasingly important, as well as new technologies and the constant new trends of the sector.

The Master in Logistics and Distribution Chain Management enables you to:

  • Carry out an efficient and efficient distribution of products, with a quality service
  • Plan and direct logistics operations and quality processes
  • Mastering logistics production and global commercial distribution
  • Establish a procurement and procurement strategy, as well as the mechanisms necessary to create a distribution chain
  • Plan any logistic project going through all its phases and be able to make operational decisions
  • Identify improvements in the logistics process of a company
  • Design logistics models that optimize the resources of an organization
  • Mastering information technologies, applied to logistics and all tools related to systems and logistics engineering

Students who successfully pass the Master's examinations and exams will be in a position to obtain the Candidate European Logistician Certificate (CESLOG) upon previous student's request to the Spanish Logistics Center. This certificate is based on the European Logistic Association (ELA) criteria, with no additional tests or exams necessary.

Our goal is for the Master in Logistics and Distribution Chain to have the necessary endorsements that guarantee the students a quality training.

Access Requirements

Bachelor's or equivalent professional experience


Professionals and staff interested in specializing or enhancing their knowledge in the area of ​​logistics operations and mastering the necessary skills that this sector requires in all its areas: quality processes, logistics operations, retail, distribution chain, purchasing management and Supply.


Module I

Fundamentals of Logistics

  1. Concept of Logistics
  2. Logistic activities and their integration
  3. Logistic strategy
  4. Logistic direction
  5. Logistic quality
  6. Practical cases of introduction to logistics
  7. Distribution chain concept
  8. Strategic alignment of the distribution chain
  9. Strategic decisions and key success factors
  10. Design of distribution networks
  11. Risk factors in a distribution network
  12. Practical cases of design of the distribution chain
  13. Forecasting demand. Forecasting methods
  14. Aggregate planning to a distribution network
  15. Supply and demand management
  16. Value chain and distribution chain
  17. Practical cases of relations analysis in a logistics chain
  18. Logistics network reengineering
  19. Management of the relationship portfolio in a logistics chain
  20. Coordination - The whip effect - The CPFR
  21. The concept of service
  22. Logistic services in Europe (I). Structural changes in the logistic chain
  23. Logistic services in Europe (II). Third Party Logistics
  24. Logistic services in Europe (III). Lean Logistics
  25. Practical cases of structural and strategic changes in the distribution chain

Module II

Purchasing and Procurement Management

  1. Introduction to Purchasing and Procurement Management
  2. Purchasing management and value chain. LNP-CPS
  3. Planning and programming. Purchasing organization
  4. Purchasing Strategies
  5. Supplier Policies and Kano Matrices
  6. Risk analysis in supply processes
  7. Practical case of basic aspects of purchasing and supply management
  8. Decision making in purchases (I). Internal activity and subcontracting. Third parties and suppliers rooms
  9. Decision-making in purchasing (II). Selection of suppliers
  10. Purchasing management plan
  11. Purchasing management techniques (I). Product and process oriented. E-procurement
  12. Purchasing management techniques (II). Organization oriented. Buying groups
  13. Purchase Agreements
  14. Practical cases of purchasing management
  15. Purchasing Negotiation Processes
  16. Process of transport in supply (I). Selection of type and planning
  17. Process of transport in supply (II). Teams and systems
  18. Procurement process (III). Transport situation in the Iberian Peninsula and Europe
  19. Goods Receipt, Control and Input Handling Processes
  20. Practical cases of purchasing and procurement processes
  21. Control of the management of stocks of raw material (I). Spare parts and demand forecasting systems
  22. Control of the management of raw material stocks (II). Sizing, control and follow-up
  23. The Role of IT in the control and follow-up of procurement and procurement management
  24. Customer-vendor integration strategies
  25. Practical cases of control and integration of purchasing and supply processes

Module III

Production Logistics

  1. Concept of production logistics
  2. Physical flows in production
  3. Stocks in progress
  4. Packaging, wrapping, packaging and palletising
  5. Practical cases of introduction to internal logistics
  6. Handling and maintenance (I). Load bearing
  7. Handling and maintenance (II). Shelves and Shelves
  8. Handling and maintenance (III). Hand Carts
  9. Handling and maintenance (IV). Forklifts, guided automatic devices and air cargo equipment
  10. Handling and maintenance (V). Facilities, docks, processes and equipment for loading and unloading
  11. Practical handling and maintenance
  12. Layout of a finished product warehouse
  13. Finished product storage methods
  14. Design and management of finished product warehouses
  15. Stock management and control
  16. Concept and organization of order preparation
  17. Order preparation facilities and equipment
  18. Practical cases of production warehouses
  19. Maintenance Logistics. Conservation and maintenance as logistical operations
  20. Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) and independent quality maintenance
  21. Preventive error logging and team improvement
  22. Practical cases of maintenance as a logistic activity
  23. Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (ERP)
  24. Logistics Management with sisUD ERP
  25. Practical cases of computerization of internal logistics

Module IV

Physical Distribution. Reverse Logistics

  1. Physical distribution. Models and strategies. The transport of goods.
  2. Physical distribution. Storage
  3. Reverse logistics

Module V

Management of the Distribution Chain. Operators and Logistics Centers

  1. Direction of the distribution chain
  2. Logistics as a competitive tool. Value chain
  3. Purchasing and supply management
  4. Inventory management
  5. Warehouse management
  6. Cargo transportation management
  7. Practical cases of supply chain management
  8. Supply chain strategy and SCOR model
  9. Logistics Outsourcing
  10. Logistic collaboration strategies (CPFR, VMI, ECR)
  11. E-procurement and e-fullfillment
  12. Support technologies (EDI, RFID, TMS, GPS)
  13. Practical cases of supply chain technologies and strategies
  14. Logistic operators. Logistics contract and self-regulation

Module VI

Commercial Distribution and Global Logistics

  1. Introduction to commercial distribution. The demand for commercial distribution services
  2. Type of business forms
  3. The commercial channels. Conformation, type and organization
  4. Selection and management of commercial channels
  5. The spatial organization of commercial distribution systems
  6. Practical cases of commercial channels
  7. Competition and trade policy. Brands
  8. The distribution and trade sector in Spain and Europe
  9. Basic Aspects of Franchising
  10. Franchise strategies and structures
  11. Distribution business models and their evolution
  12. Practical cases of policies and strategies for commercial distribution

Module VII

The Logistic Project

  1. Introduction to PMI, PMP and PMBOK
  2. The logistic project. Planning of the scope of the logistic project
  3. Logistics project HR planning
  4. Communications planning and logistics project schedule
  5. Logistics project risk planning
  6. Quality planning, procurement and logistics project costs
  7. Practical case of logistic project planning
  8. Logistic project execution processes. Leadership
  9. Processes of monitoring and control of the logistic project
  10. Logistic quality and competitive strategy
  11. Logistics green or green logistic
  12. Practical cases of logistics quality and competitive strategy
  13. Service and logistics costs. The value chain in logistics
  14. The quality and the hidden cost

Module VIII

Information Technology in Logistics

  1. ICT support for the design of delivery routes
  2. ICT support for logistics management
  3. Identification and logistical information systems
  4. Logistics and e-commerce

Module IX

Integrated Logistic Support. Logistics Engineering and Systems Logistics

  1. Integrated logistic support and system life cycle
  2. The logistics of support in the design of the system
  3. Support logistics during the construction, operation and withdrawal of the system


English course

Basic, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate or Advanced
The student can choose one of the four levels


The Master in Logistics and Supply Chain Management offers a fully flexible methodology tailored to your needs, regardless of geographical location or time availability.

E-Learning Methodology: All content will be available on the campus virtual campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, without any mandatory schedule so it becomes extremely flexible. In this way, it is easy to reconcile an active professional life with an excellent academic formation.

All contents are updated with great technical rigor, are easy to understand and have a clear practical vocation.

The IMF Business School offers its students:

  • Personal tutorials (chat, phone, email)
  • Webinars
  • Discussion and discussion groups through forums and chats
  • Self evaluation tests
  • Case studies and documentation
  • Virtual Library


Continuous evaluation as one advances the study of the Master in Direction of Logistics and Distribution Chain. Each module is evaluated through the combination of online exams and case study development.

Obtaining the double degree, Master IMF Business School + Master Camilo José Cela University, is subject to overcoming all modules.


The Course Tutors Panel is comprised primarily of corporate and academic professionals who can pass on to students real work experience and practical examples from their experience in business activity.

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Career Opportunities

At the end of our Master's Degree in Logistics Management and Distribution Chain you will be prepared to practice as:

  • Director or Head of Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Director or Production Manager
  • Director or Head of Purchasing and Procurement Department
  • Director or Warehouse Manager
  • Head of traffic
  • Search or Production Planner
  • Director of Operations
  • Distribution and Transportation Technician
  • Strategy and Information Systems Consultant
Last updated Jul 2017

About the School

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