VUT b Tech Logistics

VUT b Tech Logistics,the Department of Logistics aims at providing current education in the dynamic field of logistics and supply chain management. This is achieved through the integration of existing knowledge with new knowledge and affording learners the ability to:

• Think logically

• Gain knowledge of the various areas of logistics and supply chain management, in order to

• Make a positive contribution to the field of business upon completion of studies.

The department offers an assortment of courses that are designed to produce graduates who are proficient in various logistics and supply chain management areas in different sectors of the economy. These areas include transport management, procurement, warehousing, order management, packaging, materials handling and customer services management, among others. Over the years, the department has successfully produced thousands of graduates, many who have made significant contributions to both disciplinary practice and theory.

Staff members in the department possess the knowledge and skills necessary to cultivate learning in logistics and supply chain management. Staff members are also active in research and publications as well as community engagement, with numerous outputs in the two areas being realised each year. The future of the department looks bright, with prospects of offering new programs that focus on capturing the most recent as well as predicted trends in logistics and supply chain management. Thus, the Department of Logistics remains an important player in logistics and supply chain management teaching, learning and research.


Diploma: Logistics 
B Tech: Logistics 
Master of Management: Supply Chain Management
M Tech: Logistics
D Tech: Business
PhD: Business Administration

Admission Requirements:

  1. Diploma in Logistics (NQF 6)
  2. National Senior Certificate/ National Certificate Vocational
SubjectsLogistics Age exemption
Applicants of mature age (23 with grade 12 or 45 with incomplete schooling) who do not meet the entry requirements in 1, 2, 3 or 4 must submit a certificate of complete or conditional exemption from the DoHET.
NSC/NCV(4) Endorsement Eligibility for Diploma
Compulsory SubjectsLevel
EnglishMathematicsMathematics LiteracyOne other subject43or44
Remaining 3 Subjects (min. 3 per subject) 9
  1. Senior Certificate

A minimum rating of E (40-49%) for HG and D (50-59%) for SG subjects. English and Mathematics are compulsory. A total of 24 on the Swedish scale is required.

  1. N3-N6

A completed N6 in a Logistics/Supply Chain Management related field. Exemption may be awarded for some equivalent diploma subjects.

  1. NASCA

A completed National Senior Certificate for Adults with a minimum rating of 4 (50-59%) per subject except for English and Quantitative Literacy which should be rated a 5 (60-69%)

  1. International qualifications

All international qualifications will be evaluated by the International Office based on the Swedish scale.

  1. Transfers

Applications from students to transfer from other institutions will be dealt with in terms of the Recognition of Prior Learning and Continuation of Studies policies of VUT.

  1. B Tech: Logistics (NQF 7)

A completed ND: Logistics or equivalent with an aggregate of 60% is required.

  1. M Tech Logistics (NQF 8)

65% average for a completed BTech or equivalent qualification in either Logistics or any other related discipline. 65% for Research Methodology on NQF 7. Successful achievement of the faculty selection criteria

  1. Master of Management in Supply Chain Management (NQF 9)

65% average for a completed PGD or equivalent qualification in Logistics/Supply Chain Management or any related discipline. 65% average for Research Methodology and Research Project is also required. Successful achievement of the Faculty selection criteria

  1. D Tech: Business (NQF10)

A completed master’s degree in Logistics or equivalent qualification. Draft proposal should be submitted for approval before registration.

  1. PhD in Business Administration (NQF 10)

A relevant master’s degree on NQF 8/9 in a related discipline. Successful achievement of the Faculty selection criteria.

L, (25 with Mathematical Literacy


First year: Accounting Skills l, Applied Communication Skills l, Business Management I, Costing & Estimating I, Purchasing Management l.

Second year: Applied Communication Skills ll, Purchasing Management II, Business Management II, Economics l, Commercial Law.

Third year: Applied Logistics, Procurement Management l, Entrepreneurship, Operations Management l, Economics ll.

BTECH LOGISTICS: Purchasing IV, Logistics IV, Business Management IV, Research Methodology.


Business Management I: Introduction to business economics, functional division of the enterprise, the management function, the marketing function,

Business Management II: Corporate finance and business project management.

Operations Management 1: Production inputs and outputs, transformation process, efficiency and effectiveness, cost-benefit analysis, time, quality management, pricing, flexibility.

Business Management IV: Strategic Management, Contemporary Management Issues.

Commercial Law I: A brief overview of the South African Law, general principles of the law of contract, with special reference to purchase contracts, credit agreements and agency, insolvency, bills of exchange, lease, companies, close corporations, Labour Relations Act.

Applied Communication Skills: Verbal and non-verbal communication, reporting, public speaking, correspondence, the article, meeting procedures.

Costing and Estimating: Introduction to elements of cost, elements of cost, introduction to elementary accounts, absorption costing, marginal costing, cost-volume profit, analysis, budgeting, variance analysis, profitability of new projects, just-in-time accounting.

ICT Skills: computer background theory, historical background, concept definitions, operating system concepts, information organisation, telecommunications, background knowledge on various application packages, pc hardware and software acquisition, security.

Purchasing Management I: Purchasing’s role in business, relationship with other departments, procedures, forms and records, basic policies/planning, organisation, purchasing control, budgeting, purchasing ethics/public relations.

Purchasing Management II: Sourcing, quality, quality determination, right time, price, surplus materials.

Procurement Management I: Purchasing capital equipment, contract buying, retail buying, engineering and construction contracting, state and institutional purchasing, international buying, make or buy, negotiations, purchasing research, measuring purchasing management, total cost of ownership.

Purchasing Management IV: Strategic purchasing, evaluation techniques, staffing, advanced negotiation techniques, project purchasing, buying decision models, research, purchasing for small businesses, purchasing administration, supply dynamics, system design modelling, logistics, maneuverability, marketing, reporting techniques.

Economics: Economic systems, macro-economics, national income, money and banking, International trade, price theory and market mechanisms, types of markets

Research Methodology: Sampling, types of investigating, variance, non-design experimental procedures, methods of data collection, experimental designs, two-group designs, factorial designs, small-n-designs data analysis, the research process, the research problem, literature study, practical I.

Logistics Management I: General introduction to logistics foundations, system and market foundations, capacity foundations, movement process, foundations and performance foundations.

Applied Logistics: A. Logistics Operations Process, Managing products and services, Logistics process management, Logistics design decisions, B. Channel transaction and relationship management, Channel management, Channel decisions.

Logistics IV: A. logistics modelling, transport models, warehouse models, customer satisfaction, logistics research design, integrated logistical strategy.

  1. Career Opportunities

Logistics offers a challenging and exciting career in both the private and public sectors. There is a continuous demand for trained logisticians.

Position on entry-level: Junior Buyer or Order Clerk.

Middle Management: Senior Buyer, Assistant Logistics Manager.

Top Management: Logistics Manager, Transport Managers.

  1. Enquiries

Enquiries may be addressed to: The Head of Department

Department: Logistics

Vaal University of Technology, Private Bag X021 Vanderbijlpark 1900 Tel: (016) 950 6883; Fax to e-mail: 086 612 8228; e-mail: website:

Admission and Financial Enquiries may be addressed to:

Faculty Admin Officer

Deputy Registrar: Enrolment

Vaal University of Technology

Private Bag X021 VANDERBIJLPARK 1900 Tel: (016) 950-9360; e-mail: website: