About the Programme
Logistics Management consists of identifying the steps in a production value chain, ensuring the efficient delivery of inputs and intermediates, coordinating the flow of information, and scheduling of delivery. It is not only a process within industrial companies, but it is also used increasingly as a business model by various warehouse and distribution companies.
The BSc in Logistics combines education in business and general management with a solid and in-depth knowledge in the fields of logistics, transportation management, and supply chain management. Courses are taught by faculty based in Muscat together with visiting professors from RWTH Aachen University and other renowned universities, hence the programme unites German state-of-the-art expertise and with detailed local knowledge in the field.
In addition to teaching generic skills such as critical and creative thinking, and life-long learning, which are important factors to success, the programme has a strong emphasis on the employability of GUtech’s graduates as well: many of the practical elements of the programme such as case studies or excursions are accomplished in cooperation with local and international industry partners. Intercultural communication and teamwork are regarded as essential and are also integrated throughout the curriculum.
The language of the degree programme is English, including written and oral tests, seminar papers and the bachelor’s thesis. Students are also expected to develop at least basic language and communication skills in German.
Students of the Bachelor of Science in Logistics receive an interdisciplinary education, focusing on the knowledge of fundamental theoretical concepts as well as the development of applied competencies. They receive in-depth insights into the design and management of logistics networks, of supplier management, production and transportation logistics, and much more.
This well-rounded education allows graduates to work as logistics managers, distribution managers, supply chain managers, or logistics engineers in a multitude of areas in industry or government. Other possible employment fields are sales, customer service, procurement, or industry analysis.
Potential employers can be found among transportation and logistics service providers (e.g. Marina Logistics, DHL), airlines (e.g. Omanair), rail operators (e.g. DB Schenker), retailers (e.g. Carrefour), and producers in the manufacturing industry (e.g. Oman cables industry SAOG). The current major infrastructure projects in the region will further raise the demand for highly-qualified specialists in the field of logistics so that the number of jobs in this sector will probably increase in the coming years.
Opportunities for further studies
Graduates can enrol in postgraduate programmes in the fields of logistics and supply chain management in the Sultanate of Oman or abroad.
Skills and attributes gained on graduation
The generic attributes and skills that graduates are expected to develop during their undergraduate studies are:
- Ethics – The graduates have developed awareness and holistic understanding of their role as responsible citizens in an increasingly globalised context.
- Critical thinking and problem solving – The graduates are able to engage real-world problems in a theoretically informed, rigorous, and questioning manner. They are able to devise solutions, select the most appropriate one, implement it, and reflect on its performance.
- Creative thinking – The graduates are able to think laterally and develop creative ideas.
- Individual and team work – The graduates have the capability to work effectively alone or in a team, to be self-directed, and to show independent judgment.
- Communication – The graduates are effective communicators, using oral, written, and electronic communication skills. They can interact confidently in a variety of settings, with a range of people from both genders, individually and in team situations, from peers to the wider community.
- Life-long-learning – The graduates appreciate that learning is continuous and have the ability to continue learning throughout life. They have developed a variety of approaches to learning, including self-directed, collaborative and self-reflective processes.
Graduates from the BSc in International Business & Service Management will also have developed the following programme-specific attributes and skills:
- Knowledge about business methods and theories – Graduates have gained a sound knowledge of the most important business and management theories. They understand and evaluate central functions of a business and are also able to relate individual business questions to a wider economic and social context.
- Understanding of logistics – Graduates have developed an understanding of the various aspects of logistics, and they have acquired knowledge of methods and analytical tools to conceptualize, to communicate, to manage, and to solve logistics problems such as optimization tasks that are characteristic in this field.
- Quantitative orientation – Graduates are able to apply diverse optimization and simulation techniques and they have also learned to analyse quantitative data. They have a basic understanding of formal modelling approaches as they are used in the logistics scientific literature and they possess the necessary computer skills to solve quantitative problems using logistics and supply chain management software.
- Thinking in logistics contexts – Graduates can utilize their knowledge to analyse practical problems. They can extract the main issues underlying a particular logistics problem, structure these for a deeper analysis, and know which solution methods are suitable. They also know how to use relevant sources of information and how to search in the literature. They critically reflect available solutions and are aware of the limits of their own analysis.
- Management and entrepreneurial skills – Graduates have developed the knowledge and skills to work in a responsible position of an established corporate structure as well as in a start-up or emerging business, in particular in the field of logistics service providers.
The BSc in Logistics is taught as a full-time programme. It is aligned with the programme structures introduced in Europe after the Bologna Reform. The duration of the programme is eight semesters. The main focus of the first four semesters is to introduce students to the field of logistics and to convey the fundamentals of the study programme in mathematics, statistics, computer sciences and core business subjects. In the last four semesters, the study programme covers all other basic fields in business administration, economics, management, and the most relevant concepts, methods and applications of logistics.
|Type of Certificate||Does this apply to you?||You will be admitted to:|
|Omani General Education Diploma (GED)||Pass in General Education Diploma with|
‘65%’ in Mathematics (Pure or Applied), and
‘65%’ in English.
|Academic Foundation Programme|
|Indian Certificates||Pass in:|
– Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) with an average below 70%, or
– Indian State Board Examinations with an average below 70%, or
– High School Certificate (12 years of schooling).
Pass in mathematics at grade 10.
|Academic Foundation Programme|
|Indian Certificates||Pass in CBSE or ISBE or High School Certificate with an average of 70% or above,|
Academic IELTS 6.0 in overall (TOEFL 76 – iBT).
|GCE Certificate (AS and A-level)||Pass in 4 subjects at AS-level and 2 subjects at A-level,|
Pass in mathematics at GCSE level.
|Academic Foundation Programme|
|GCE Certificate (AS and A-level)||In addition to the above:|
Pass in mathematics at AS-level, with at least ‘C’,
Pass in at least one subject from group C at AS or A-Level
|International Baccalaureate||IB Certificate or Diploma, but not fulfilling the requirements for direct entry into BSc.||Academic Foundation Programme|
|International Baccalaureate||Pass in IB diploma or certificate, with at least 24 points,|
At least (3) points in any type of mathematics at HL or (4) points in any type of mathematics at SL,
at least (3) points at HL or (4) points at SL in at least one subject from group E
(Group C: Business studies; Economics
Group E: Business & management; Economics)
Recommended Study Plan
German Course I
The Business Environment
Production, Logistics, and Transportation Management
German Course II
Operations Research and Management
German Course III
Human Resource Management
|4||Supply Chain Management|
IT Systems in Logistics
Life Skill Course
|5||Industrial Projects in Logistics|
Transportation and Traffic
Life Skill Course
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Finance and Investment
Warehouse and Inventory Management
Material Flows and Intra-Logistics
|Electives I—III: to be chosen from the following courses|
Advanced Operations Research
Life Skill Courses: choice from the list of courses offered university-wide.