Are you curious about how the package delivery driver is able to deliver your new phone so quickly? You will discover the reason during the degree program Logistics Engineering, where you will learn everything there is to know about management and logistics at companies and organizations.
Order today, delivered tomorrow. It seems simple, but the process behind it is complex. How is it possible that your new sneakers are delivered to your house so quickly, even though they are coming from the other side of the world? Every day, large companies such as bol.com, DHL, and Amazon are faced with the challenge to deliver their products to their customers on time. And because of new techniques and methods, companies are constantly dealing with their logistics process. Think of self-driving trucks, drones that deliver products to your doorstep, or robots in the warehouse.
Logistics is everywhere, regardless of whether you are dealing with products, events, information, or people. During the four-year degree program of Logistics Engineering, you will learn to analyze, improve, plan or (re)design these processes in companies and organizations. You will immediately apply a lot of what you have learned in practice through internships and projects. This degree program offers excellent job prospects: employers in the Netherlands and abroad are eager to have logistics management talents. This degree program is offered in Dutch and English. If you choose the English-taught program, you will take classes with students from all over the world.
1st and 2nd year
During the first academic year, you will be introduced to the basics of logistics. You will learn more about the logistics sector and get a clear picture of your future career. You will get to work on topics such as international logistics, financial management, and event logistics. In your second academic year, the focus will be mainly on management and change processes. In addition, you will deepen your knowledge about the world of logistics. You will deal with topics such as marketing and export management, distribution logistics, production planning and you will train your practical management skills (what type of manager are you and how do you adjust your leadership style when in contact with other staff members). In addition, you will take English classes and you will learn how to start and carry out a research project. One day a week, you will either participate as an intern at a logistics company or you will be active on the board of the study association of the degree program. More to that, you will go on regular excursions in the Netherlands and abroad and to different companies such as CoolBlue, Coca-Cola, and the Air Force. You also get to visit these companies and follow guest lectures.
3rd and 4th year
In your third academic year, you will do an internship or follow a minor here or abroad. With a minor, you will deepen or broaden your knowledge and skills. You can follow a minor at HZ or at another University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands or abroad.
In your fourth academic year, you deepen your knowledge in one of the specializations of the degree program and you will do an internship at a company where you will conduct your graduation research. For your research, you will analyze a problem at a logistics company and produce the best solution. Research can include how to improve cargo ship storage, how to improve the waiting times in health care, or how to create a benchmark of different ports. You will also choose a specialization. All classes during the fourth year will be in English.
In the fourth academic year, you get to choose from one of the following specializations: Supply Chain Management, Human Logistics Management or Maritime Logistics Management.
Supply Chain Management
As a supply chain manager, you plan, coordinate, and monitor the flow (supply chain) of products and services from suppliers to customers. In this specialization, you will learn how to streamline this process by means of proper product planning, transportation, orders, a company’s inventory, and storage.
Human Logistics Management
In Human Logistics Management, you deepen your knowledge of events management and human-related logistics processes. These processes can vary from management activities, planning festivals, or large-scale military action, to disaster logistics and the improvement of processes in health care.
Maritime Logistics Management
As a maritime logistics manager, you coordinate the flow of goods at the port, for example. You will check if the transport has gone as planned, but you also need to organize storage. Your focus is on cargo that is shipped by sea or water, but you will also study the organization of new port facilities, terminals, and wharves.
Congratulations, you're now graduated! From now on you may use the title ‘Bachelor of Science’.
Did you participate in the Honors Program? You will get an extra certificate with your bachelor's degree.
With an HZ bachelor's degree, you can enroll in a Master’s program. If you want to do this abroad, you can usually start straight away. If you wish to do this at a research university in the Netherlands, you may be required to follow a pre-master's program.