SRH Hochschule in Nordrhein-Westfalen

Cologne, Hamm Supply Chain Management M.Sc. - Reverse SCM

  • Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  • 4 Semesters
  • Full time
  • 120 ECTS
  • New
  • Full time
  • multiple locations

Have you always wanted to know what happens to the things you buy online and send back? If you don't see returns as something that should be avoided, but as an opportunity for completely new business fields, then the Reverse SCM course is your choice

  • English
  • summer and winter semester
SRH Hochschule in Nordrhein-Westfalen
Your course content

What you will learn

You learn to think logistics "the other way round" and to turn supply chains upside down. To do this, you use all the tools available to you as a supply chain manager: From strategic planning and operational business process management to the use of state-of-the-art IT technology, you will pull out all the stops to get products from the end consumer back into the economic cycle in a sustainable and reliable manner. You learn to control processes with ERP systems and to optimise them with big data and business analytics. The human factor is not neglected either: you not only learn the technical basics of modern logistics, but can also lead your logistics projects to success with targeted communication. A special feature of your studies is dealing with the "return journey" of products. You will learn how packaging waste can be avoided during returns, how efficient recycling strategies can be developed and what sustainable product life cycles must look like.

Your career prospects

Our innovative approach that pays off

In times of online retailing, the "return journey" of products is becoming increasingly important. Companies that rely on a well thought-out strategy for returns management and recycling have a major competitive advantage. Therefore, experts in reverse supply chain management are among the most sought-after talents on the market and have outstanding prospects for the future.

Flexibility at its best - Our bridge semester

In addition to the high-quality transfer of knowledge in teaching according to the CORE principle and thus in addition to the training of technical, social and methodical competence application, the personal development of the students is also important to our university. Therefore, we have now introduced the so-called bridging semester in order to offer a maximum of flexibility for exactly this personal development. How does this work and what are the requirements? Quite simply.

You have reached 90 CP in your Master´s degree program? Perfect. We now offer you two options:

  1. You continue your studies and graduate as soon as possible
  2. You take a semester break and use this time to find a job, do internships, get a taste of companies, learn languages, acquire cultural competencies or whatever enhances your skills. You do not have to pay any monthly fees for this semester. Of course, your studies will continue for one more semester.

You can use this bridging semester as a bridging semester at the earliest after reaching 90 CPs and at the earliest after finishing the 3th semester in terms of personal and professional development and remain enrolled. A fee is charged for this semester, but the last semester is then free of charge. The bridging semester is limited to one semester. You can indicate yourself if you have reached the required CP before the bridging semester.

The possibility to apply for a semester off remains. The bridging semester is a parallel existing attractive alternative.

Your curriculum

4 Semester 120 ECTS
1. Semester

1. Semester

  • Fundamentals of International Management, Communication and Knowledge-Management, Language I

  • Technologies, Data and Strategies, Sensors, IT-Systems, CPS, IT Architektur, Businessmodells for SCM (IT) Solutions, Language I

  • SLM "strategic levels in Logistics", SCO "Fields of development and potentials", Language I

2. Semester

2. Semester

  • Delivering infomation for data, Modelling und analytical methods, Pareto-Optimization, Game Theory and Complex Simulation, Language II

  • Productionsplanning and CRM, Strategic and tactical design of networks, Evolution and drivers of supply chain management, Tools and methods of management and controlling, Language II

  • Simulation of valuecreating networks, Tools for systemsanalysing, potentials of simulations in optimization, Datamodells and architectures; methods and tools, Big Data, structures of sources and growth, Language II


You can receive an official SAP certificate for the course "SAP® Business Intelligence"!

    ✓ SAP BW as a module of a company-wide IT system landscape.
    ✓ Working with SAP GUI and SAP BEx Suite
    ✓ Modeling objects using Administration Workbench
    ✓ Creating and executing queries using Query Designer
    ✓ Using created reports with the methods of multidimensional analysis

3. Semester

3. Semester

  • Structure and set-up of SAP ERP; Order to cash cycle, Simulation using SAP ERPSIM, Systemstheory and processdesign; modelling business processes, Language III

  • Organizations: economics and law; Business developement, Fundamentals of business law, Introduction to international law, Language III

  • Returns management and handling unit circulation, Recycling and waste management, Business English III

4. Semester

4. Semester

  • Master's Thesis incl. Colloquium

Admission requirements

Our requirements

For an application you need

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent university degree (e.g. Diploma) with a minimum of 180 credit points (ECTS) in Logistics, Business Engineering, Economics, Engineering, IT and/or equivalent subjects.
  • One of the following qualifications: General university entrance qualification, University of Applied Sciences entrance qualification, North Rhine-Westphalia extended university entrance qualification or for international applicants: university entrance qualification or equivalent
  • CV
  • Photo
  • Health insurance certificate
  • certification of proficiency in English (e. g. IELTS 6.5, a TOEFL score of at least 600 (pbT) / 80 (ibT), Duolingo (Score of 110) or other verification (for instance, via an interview). This requirement is waived for students from countries where English is the official language of education.
  • Important information: Please verify the specific visa deadlines for your country before beginning studies in Germany. You will only be able to enroll at the university if you have a visa valid for study in Germany. Please contact the German embassy in your home country to obtain the specific deadlines.
Fees and Funding

Your tuition fees

Study fees (valid for all non-EWR citizens):

4.700 Euro per semester (783 Euro per month) + one-off enrollment fee of 1000 Euro.

Terms of payment (valid for all non-EWR citizens):

1. You pay 1000 € (one-off enrollment fee in advance - that is not refundable)
2. We will send you the Final Admission Letter (now you have time to take care of Health insurance, APS, VISA, blocked account, accommodation etc.)
3. After that, you will receive a new payment request in the amount of the first semester fee (payment per semester is mandatory)
4. If we received this fee, you will be enrolled

Option for you: You can get a discount of 3% for annual payment and 5% for full payment

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Application process and deadlines

1. You can apply easy by clicking on the button 'Apply' on our website and you will be linked to our SRH application portal.
2. You can register online on our SRH application portal and will be guided through the application process.  
3.  After you have sent your application, we will check your admission.
4. If you fulfill the requirements, you will receive a contract from us by post or email. You will also receive an overview of the documents we still need from you.
5. You sign your study contract and send it back to us together with the missing documents.
6. You will receive your certificate of enrolment after we received your fees on our University bank account.  
7. You take part in our introductory week and start your dream study programme!

There is no deadline for enrolment. You have the choice to apply whenever you want. But to guarantee a smooth process, we highly recommend to apply as soon as possible.
Important information: Please verify the specific visa deadlines for your country for beginning studies in Germany. You will only be able to enrol at the university if you have a visa valid for study in Germany. Please contact the German embassy in your home country to obtain the specific deadlines.

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  • You study in practical tasks in small teams
  • You can concentrate on the essentials in 5-week blocks
  • You receive continuous performance feedback
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