International Logistics Management

International Logistics Management (ILM) is a course offering an academic foundation with a practically oriented focus, leading to a Bachelor of Science qualifying you to work in the international shipping business. ILM is an international course of study with two integrated semesters spent abroad. A “dual qualification” is possible, allowing students to graduate with a joint bachelor degree from both Elsfleth and the University of Applied Science in Vlissingen (Flushing). The normal length of the degree course is seven semesters.

The last of four semesters of basic studies is spent overseas at one of our partner universities (in  Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, South Africa or Hong Kong, for example), and is followed by practical semester (work placement) within a foreign company. The bachelor thesis which completes the course maintains the practical relevance, since it is normally written in co-operation with a company. The interchange of academic and applied ideas is of benefit to both student and company.

The aim of the course is to produce graduates with interdisciplinary managerial competence, able to work at the economic and technical interface within the complex field of the shipping business.

Course Plan

Studienverlauf ITM

Career prospects

Particular attention is given to ongoing changes in the world economy. Increased productivity in developing national economies; changes in the division of labour, the globalisation of markets, obligatory specialisation on the one hand and an ever-increasing variety of products on the other – all these characterise this radical change in the economy. A particular aspect of this development is “just in time” production”, a system in which the in-house manufacturing depth is reduced while at the same time suppliers deliver single parts to be used in the production process punctually, i.e. just in time. All these factors have led to an increase in transport volumes, but also to smaller batches for delivery, which in turn has led to a disproportionate increase in individual shipments by all carriers and on all modes of transport. This development means that the logistic operations of a company are increasingly seen as key competencies.

Our ILM graduates have found jobs with the following companies:

  • Logistics companies (e.g. Kühne & Nagel, Stute Verkehrs GmbH, Buss Port Logistics, EXEL) 
  • Freight forwarding and transport companies (e.g. Hapag Lloyd, Kraftverkehr Nagel, P&O Nedlloyd, Rickmers, Ahrenkiel)
  • The logistics departments of industrial and business corporations (e.g. Tchibo, TotalFinaElf, Philips, Volkswagen)
  • Consultancy firms/financial service providers (e.g. Nordcapital)
  • Transport authorities/associations (e.g. Chamber of Industry and Commerce)

In view of the continuing above-average growth expected in the international transport business, the career prospects for ILM graduates are excellent.

The bachelor degree can be followed by a Master’s degree in Maritime Management.