Overview of the M.Sc. in Management – Retail Logistics  

The M.Sc. in Management offers a unique format. First, students take a module in a general management topic (shown in grey). This content is then applied in a subsequent module focusing specifically on retail logistics.

The module descriptions show what awaits you in each module, including details about examinations and academic requirements.

Module Descriptions

Management and Management Studies

  • Understanding of, tasks, and forms of management
  • Management, management theory and studies, management as a social science
  • History of the theory of management
  • The practical relevance of management studies

Retail and Procurement Management

  • Retail management
  • Strategic procurement management
  • International aspects

Management of Value Creating Relationships

  • Supply chain management
  • Production and logistics management
  • Network planning and critical path analysis
  • Process and information management

Cooperation and Verticalization in Value Creation

  • Verticalization in retail
  • Efficient consumer response
  • Outsourcing management

Strategic Management and Management of Market Relationships

  • Strategic management
  • Marketing theory
  • Value-oriented customer management and sales
  • Market research: primary/secondary, qualitative and quantitative
  • Multivariate analytical methods, incl. time series analysis

Concepts and Methods of Retail Logistics

  • Supply chain and logistics management in retail
  • Methods of retail logistics management
  • Quality management
  • Logistics controlling in retail
  • Retail logistics and CSR

Economics, Law, and Responsibility

  • Economic stakeholders and economics
  • Business, ethics, and responsibility
  • Information, institutional und behavioural economics
  • Macroeconomics and globalization
  • German and international business, corporate and labour law

Retail Logistics Law

  • Transportation law
  • Transport law
  • Labour law
  • Warehouse and fire safety law
  • Foreign trade and international sale of goods law (UNCITRAL)
  • Food and packaging law

Human Resource Management

  • Organizational behaviour
  • Motivation and leadership
  • Managing teams
  • Human resource and personnel management 
  • Leading in an intercultural context

Information Systems for Retail Logistics

  • Information and communication standards for supply chain management
  • Inventory control systems
  • Warehouse management systems
  • Transport management systems
  • SCM platforms

Value-centered Management and Controlling

  • Corporate finance
  • International financial reporting
  • Value-centered controlling
  • Balance sheet and corporate analysis

Distribution Logistics

  • Distribution systems
  • Transport and transport management
  • Warehouse management
  • Instore logistics
  • Waste management logistics

Academic Requirements and Examinations

Module Requirements

Management and Management Studies 5 ECTS Exam, Paper, Participation
Retail and Procurement Management 6 ECTS Exam, Paper, Participation
Management of Value Creating Relationships 5 ECTS Exam, Assignment, Participation
Cooperation and Verticalization in Value Creation 5 ECTS Exam, Assignment, Participation
Strategic Management and Management of Market Relationships 5 ECTS Assignment, Paper, Participation
Concepts and Methods of Retail Logistics 8 ECTS Exam, Assignment, Participation
Economics, Law, and Responsibility 5 ECTS Exam, Assignment, Participation
Retail Logistics Law 5 ECTS Exam, Paper, Participation
Human Resource Management 5 ECTS Assignment, Paper, Participation
Information Systems for Retail Logistics 6 ECTS Assignment, Paper, Participation
Value-centered Management and Controlling 5 ECTS Exam, Paper, Participation
Distribution Logistics 6 ECTS Exam, Assignment, Participation

Research Project

The Research Project receives 6 ECTS and takes place during the entire third semester. The goal of the Research Project is to conduct empirical research in close coordination with the supervising professor. Students collect and analyze the necessary data themselves. Often students address a logistical problem from their firm and develop new and innovative problem-sovling approaches based on scientific methods. The results are documented in a paper and presented to classmates during a seminar.

Master's Thesis

At the end of the programme, you will write a master's thesis in which you examine a topic in management scientifically. You are encouraged to work together with a firm for the thesis. We will give you thorough preparation during "Research Methods" to meet the requirements of the master's thesis. The written thesis receives 15 ECTS. After completing the thesis, you will defend it in a Final Examination (Colloquium). This part receives 3 ECTS.