PhD in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

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PhD in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM)

PhD in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM)

A multidisciplinary program aimed at building high quality academic and entrepreneurial capacities to support the rapid rate of change and the challenges associated with the scaling of industrial systems.

Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) form the backbone of any country’s business and trade, both within and outside its borders. Due to the unprecedented growth in traditional and digital market structures, organizations and states alike dedicate specialist teams to maintain, continuously restructure and improve their networks of logistics and supplies to further advance their economic, environmental and social development. For instance, in light of the evolving regional trade climate, Qatar has greatly invested into improving its existing world-class land, air and sea port infrastructure to leverage greater advantage of its geostrategic position and charter new trading routes. Upon the implementation of new projects in the upcoming years, logistics are expected to surpass 10 percent of GDP.

Currently, there are no academic programs on offer in Qatar and very few in the region in the area of logistics and supply chain management, to prepare and train increasingly needed human capital. The rapid evolution of the global marketplace also necessitates that the understanding, application and optimization of competitive logistics and supply chain networks must be up to date to effectively bridge gaps between suppliers, producers and customers.


The (PhD) program of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) offer innovative multidisciplinary curricula featuring a unique learning and research experience for students. 

During the course of their academic studies at the Division of Engineering Management and Decision Sciences (EMDS), College of Science and Engineering (CSE), students will develop essential skills and knowledge of engineering, management and decision-making processes. The programs are specifically aimed at building high quality academic and entrepreneurial capacities to support the aggressive rate of change and the challenges associated with the scaling of industrial systems. 

Notably, students will benefit from working with stakeholders from government, industry and academia. Furthermore, graduates of these programs will be equipped with skill sets vastly sought-after by both the private and public sectors participating in activities for economic diversification and will support Qatar’s effort in becoming a logistical hub for the region and the world.

Program Focus

Logistics focus on activities such as transportation, procurement, distribution, maintenance, and inventory. Supply Chain Management (SCM) also includes activities such as marketing, business decisions, new product development, finance, customer service and data analytics.

Overall, the programs are designed to be:

  • Multidisciplinary: Students will acquire a range of essential skills to successfully lead and make informed business decisions based on analytics, optimize manufacturing and system designs, identify optimal logistics choices, and guide organizational and state policies.
  • Conducive to building management and leadership skills: Students will develop skills necessary to drive logistics and supply chain management fields in Qatar and beyond.
  • Flexible: Four core concentrations allowing students a well-rounded and holistic approach to understanding the best ways to navigate complex networks of customers and suppliers.
  • Research-oriented: Research is an integral part of the programs through which students draw on their knowledge, compile original data, test their hypotheses, and develop a research thesis that helps them advance local and regional insight into logistics and supply chain management.



A 54-credit program, taught in English, typically over three years (for students already possessing a master’s degree) that includes:

  • Three core courses

  • Three elective courses

  • Three semesters of graduate research seminars

  • A minimum of 36-credit research thesis under the supervision of an adviser and a PhD dissertation committee

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