LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORT MANAGEMENT

"After having worked in the field of logistics for several years, I wanted to obtain a higher formal qualification and therefore chose “Logistics and Transport Management” for my bachelor. As there is a work-cum-studies option, it was easy to juggle my job and my studies. After my successful completion of the bachelor’s degree I thus also went for the master’s programme at the FH bfi Vienna."

Andrea Fischl, MA, Alumna

 

Qualification awarded
Master degree programme (3 semesters, 90 ECTS credits): Master of Arts in Business; abbreviated: MA

Level of qualification
Master degree programme: second cycle, ISCED 5A, EQF level 7

Specific admission requirements
A precondition for admission to a master degree programme at a university or a university of applied sciences is the successful completion of an Austrian bachelor degree programme or a comparable post-secondary degree acknowledged its equivalent. Generally admission to universities of applied sciences is based on a selective admissions process, which usually consists of an interview and a multiple-choice test. The admission process for the degree programme Logistics and Transport Management (master programme) consists of a written application, an interview and a multiple-choice test.

Applicants for the master degree programme have to show a minimum of the following qualifications on undergraduate level:

  • Logistics, Transport and Traffic (4 ECTS credits);
  • Business Administration (10 ECTS credits);
  • Information Technology (4 ECTS credits);
  • English (4 ECTS credits [not for native speakers]);
  • Law Studies (4 ECTS credits).

 

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning (formal, non-formal and informal)
Students who have acquired certain competences through prior learning can apply for the recognition of these. If the competences were acquired within the framework of a formal learning process (university or equivalent, or other recognized training /education institutions), the programme director decides on the basis of the provided documents (transcripts, course descriptions, etc.), if the credits for the prior learning can be transferred. If competences were acquired in a non-formal or informal context, students can request a competence ascertainment test. If the student passes this test, the competences acquired through prior learning will be credited. Applications for recognition of prior learning have to be submitted within 14 days of the beginning of the semester in which the course is situated. Students must substantiate a request for recognition of prior learning with original documents or officially authenticated copies.

Recognition of study abroad periods
Before the study abroad period every prospective mobile student draws up a learning agreement which has to be approved by the UAS bfi Vienna and the host institution. In case of changes in the study programme the learning agreement may be amended. All changes have to be approved by both the UAS bfi Vienna and the host institution. After the mobility period students hand in their transcripts of records to the mobility coordinator, who will facilitate the recognition based on the signed learning agreements and the approved changes. The credits obtained at the host institution in accordance with the learning agreement are automatically transferred into the transcript of records of the UAS bfi Vienna with their original titles and a reference to the host institution, where the study abroad credits were obtained.

Qualification requirements and regulations
Applicants for the master degree programme have to show a minimum of the following qualifications on the undergraduate level:

  • Logistics, Transport and Traffic (4 ECTS credits);
  • Business Administration (10 ECTS credits);
  • Information Technology (4 ECTS credits);
  • English (4 ECTS credits [not for native speakers]);
  • Law Studies (4 ECTS credits).

 

Programme profile
In future, logistic middle management will be characterized by the interdisciplinary combination of logistics management and IT competence. The objective of the master degree programme Logistics and Transport Management is to provide students with this interdisciplinary knowledge and the skills necessary for future logistics managers. Graduates of this bachelor degree programme are suitable for the following positions and professional fields: logistics managers in transport, traffic and forwarding companies, managers in traffic planning, traffic security and traffic controlling bodies, consultants for logistic, transport and traffic issues.
The master programme Logistics and Transport Management is a career-parallel 3-semester programme (Career-parallel programmes are designed for working students and take their specific situation into account. The semester takes 20 weeks and classes are held on three evenings per week and on Saturdays.). The 7 subject areas are:

  • Business Administration: Integrated Business Administration, Organisational Development and Human Resources Management;
  • Logistics, Supply Chain Management, Transport and Traffic: This mainly business oriented subject area provides the core specialisation of the professional field. In relation to the corresponding bachelor programme the special focus covers more subject areas, is more detailed and focuses more on managerial competences which implies enhanced interdisciplinary thinking and proceeding.
  • Information Technology: Fundamentals in Corporate Planning and Information Systems, Transport and Traffic Technology, Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
  • Law Studies: Labour Legislation and Social Legislation, Fiscal Law, Contract Law and Specific Issues in Traffic Law or Logistics Law.
  • Advanced Business English: Business English is taught in the first 2 semesters so that students can continuously improve their language skills.
  • Personality development: Developing personal competences and leadership techniques/strategies enable the students to take over leadership functions in the occupational field.
  • Methodological competence: Research Methods, Operations Research and elective courses in which students submit term papers, as well as writing the final master thesis ensure high methodological and scientific competence on master level.

 

This master programme aims to furnish students with both the theoretical and practice-oriented knowledge necessary for management positions in logistics, transport and traffic enterprises and institutions.
In the first semester the students acquire the fundamental knowledge, competences and skills required for the master degree in the areas of business administration, logistics, transport and traffic, law and English. In this career-parallel course, the integration of students' experiences and know-how is of great importance. Opportunities for individual in-depth study are given in the form of elective courses in the second semester (Technologies in Logistics/SCM or Transport/Traffic) and a Logistics/SCM or Transport/Traffic seminar as well as in the area of specific legal issues in Logistics/SCM or Transport/Traffic and when students select a topic for their master thesis in the third semester. The didactic focus, which aims to prepare students for managerial tasks, is constantly on the development and expansion of the competence to engage in joined-up thinking and of the capacity for interdisciplinary analysis (e.g. by means of complex case studies). The graduates will also acquire the ability to analyse, evaluate and apply important tools for managerial positions, such as operations research, methods of controlling and the strategic use of organizational information systems. The future managers will also study legal issues, advanced issues of economic and transport geography, economics and economic policy, intercultural team, conflict and leadership competences relevant to their vocational field as well as matters pertaining to the future, such as ecology, sustainability, risk management and media relations.

Key learning outcomes
The master graduates are able to:

  • build and implement internal and cross-plant supply and logistics chains;
  • draw up and realize logistic and transport systems;
  • calculate logistic, transport and traffic services for national and international calls for bids;
  • draw up stock and inventory management projects measures;
  • develop business location and regional planning projects;
  • assess the sustainable nature of logistic processes and realize corresponding change plans evaluate and carry out cooperation options like partnerships and alliances;
  • run R&D projects in logistics and transport management;
  • advise enterprises and politicians in charge in logistics, transport and traffic matters.

 

Occupational profiles of graduates with examples
Based on the above competences, skills and know-how, the fields of activity for the graduates of the master degree programme can be found primarily in the following (types) of enterprises:

  • nationally and internationally operating logistics companies, carriers, forwarding agents and transportation companies;
  • information and process management companies;
  • operational logistics in industry, commerce and trade;
  • enterprises (incl. service providers) in the field of traffic planning, traffic engineering, traffic control, traffic safety and traffic ecology;
  • enterprises (incl. service providers) in the field of logistics planning, logistics technology, logistics control, logistics security, logistics ecology;
  • organisations in site development and regional development;
  • authorities and institutions (incl. EU) as well as NPOs in the field of logistics, transportation and traffic (e.g. Red Cross, Armed Forces);
  • consultants in the field of logistics, transportation and traffic;
  • institutions of applied research in the field of logistics, transportation and traffic

 

Basically, the same sectors and types of enterprises are relevant for graduates of the master degree programme as for the bachelor degree programme of the same name. However, unlike graduates of the bachelor degree programme, they are prepared for independent work in managerial positions (middle management to begin with) in the vocational field (e.g. project leaders, team leaders and department leaders).

Access to further studies
Graduates of UAS master degree programmes are entitled to enrol in doctoral programmes at universities.

Course structure diagram with credits
  Logistics and Transport Management MA (PDF, 62.49 KB)

Course descriptions in German
Course descriptions in English

Examination and assessment regulations
Every examination can be repeated twice, whereby the third examination is before a commission. In case of a negative commission examination, a once only application to repeat a year can be made to the degree programme director. According to the modalities for examinations outlined in the curricula, achievement may be evaluated upon the basis of oral and written exams or project related work. In principle oral examinations are open to the public (Source: Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research Unit III/7).
Final examination: The examination at the end of a master degree programme consists of drafting a master paper and a commission examination.

Austrian Grading Scheme (PDF, 38.95 KB)

Additional information about the grading system is provided in the Transcript of Records (ToR) and the Diploma Supplement.

Graduation requirements
The examination at the end of a master degree programme consists of drafting of a master paper and a commission examination.

Mode of study (full-time, part-time, e-learning…): career-parallel

Programme director or equivalent: Andreas Breinbauer, tel.: ++43-1-7201286-60