Where To Study Logistics

Boxes of goods sit in a warehouse, waiting to be distributed

A background in Logistics offers one the qualification to be able to oversee or organize the transportation, storage and distribution of goods within a business’ supply chain, which represents a vital part of the business’ ability to perform efficiently. For someone who has their sights set on a career in Logistics, South African private and public universities offer a great variety of qualifications within this field to choose from.


Pursuing any type of tertiary education can be difficult to do when you have no idea where to begin. Fortunately for those interested in a career in or related to Logistics, the following is a compiled list of private and public tertiary institutions offering courses in Logistics. This ranges from short programmes to degrees, and what some of these courses may entail.

To begin with, there are the private colleges which offer different varieties of Logistics courses, such as:

  • Independent Institute of Education (IIE’s) Varsity College’s School of Management which offers the following: 
    • A Short Learning Programme in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (contact learning) - this takes a minimum of 12 months to complete and places focus on the theories, principles and practices behind logistics and supply management. Completion of the programme will enable candidates the “skills to perform entry level tasks in logistics, supply chain and purchasing management fields”, according to Varsity College’s official website.
    • A Higher Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Distanced learning) - this takes a minimum of 18 months to complete on a part-time basis and, according to the Varsity College website, this qualification also focuses on theories, principles and practices of logistics and supply chain management in addition to “basic finance, purchasing, customer management, transportation economics and operations support skills” which are integral for those who want to pursue further study in the field. This course will also prepare graduates for entry-level positions in this field. 
  • Institute of Marketing Management (IMM) Graduate School offers the following:
    • The Bachelor of Commerce in International Supply Chain Management - this qualification offers two independent streams of learning, one in Transport and the other in Logistics and Procurement. Altogether, this is a 3-year degree which covers “business and supply chain related subjects”, and upon its completion, positions graduates for “management roles within the areas of inventory and materials management, procurement logistics, and supply chain management”, as stated on the IMM website.
  • Damelin College offers the following:
    • A Short Programme in Procurement and Supply Chain Management - upon completion of the short 52-hour, part-time programme, the student will receive a certificate.
    • A Short Programme in Strategic Logistics Management - upon completion of this 68-hour part-time course, the student will also be issued a certificate.
  • IIE’s Rosebank College offers the following:
    • A Higher Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management - this qualification offers that ability to obtain work as Logistics and Supply Chain Administrators, Logistics/Transport controller, Operations Administrator or a Dispatcher. 

On the other hand, there are options within the public sphere of tertiary education, such as:

  • Vaal University of Technology (VUT’s) Department of Logistics, which offers the following:
    • Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, Postgraduate Diplomas, Masters of Management in Supply Chain and Phd in Business Administration - these qualifications will prepare the graduate for work at entry level, middle level and top level, dependent on the type of qualification or amount of experience obtained:
      • At entry level, one can achieve a career as a Junior Buyer and Order Clerk.
      • At middle level, one can achieve a career as a Senior Purchaser and Assistant Logistics Manager.
      • At top level, one can achieve a career as a Logistics Manager, Procurement Manager, Chief Procurement Manager, Chief Procurement Officer and Transport Manager.
  • University of Pretoria offers the following:
    • Bachelor in Supply Chain Management - this degree takes a 3-year span to complete and equips students with the ability to participate in functional management in an integrated supply chain.
  • University of Johannesburg offers the following:
    • Bachelor of Commerce in Logistics Management - this degree takes 3 years to complete, and by its completion, the student will be competent in the understanding and interpreting of logistics management principles
  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) offers the following:
    • Short courses in Supply Chain Management 1 & 2 - one of the modules offered to students is focused on the Logistics Perspective.

There are many more options available for prospective logistic students to consider outside of this list that are available in both the public and private tertiary institution sectors, however, this list is a good place to start.


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