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Bachelor of International Logistics Management


Programme Length

  • 8 Semesters (Full-Time)

Programme Entry Requirements

Applicants need to be competent at English and Maths. They can demonstrate this by:

  • Passing the required level on the Bahrain Polytechnic Entry test, or
  • Passing the Certificate in Academic Preparation
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Introduction and Programme Aims

The transport and logistics industry is one of the sectors seen as critical to Bahrain’s 2030 Economic Vision. This includes the different modes which, when joined together, are referred to as the global supply chain and are made of separate, yet interconnecting, industries. These industries include maritime, ports, aviation, road, rail, warehousing and logistics.

The Bachelor of International Logistics Management (BILM) seeks to:

  • Prepare students for leadership positions in a sector facing enormous challenges and opportunities.
  • Provide students with the skills to manage change associated with the way transport systems and networks adapt to external circumstances.
  • Develop students’ ability to think critically and analyse opportunities arising from the adaptation and development of various transport modes and how to plan global supply chains and manage transport networks effectively.
  • Raise awareness of growing environmental concerns in global and local transport, including energy supply, alternative fuels, and carbon emissions.

Students can choose to develop their understanding of one of four sectors that are viewed as critical to the future of the logistics industry in Bahrain. The sections are Maritime Logistics, Aviation Logistics, Supply Chain Management and Transport Security.

Graduate Profile

Graduates with a Bachelor of International Logistics Management (BILM) will be able to:

  • Problem solve logistics issues.
  • Explain how land/sea/air transport networks work.
  • Use analysis and critical thinking to develop solutions to transport and logistics problems.
  • Understand how ports work in the global industry.
  • Analyse critical issues of energy and transport.
  • Apply principles of urban and regional transport planning in Bahrain.
  • Analyse the environmental effects of the industry and seek solutions to the problems.

Career Opportunities

Upon graduation students can apply for positions in middle management and other roles as transport and logistics professionals, transport and environmental policy analysts, planning professionals and consultants, and leadership positions with transport service providers.

Students can seek careers in:

  • Ports and Maritime Management.
  • Aviation and Air Freight Management.
  • Road and Rail Operations Management.
  • Warehousing and Inventory Management.
  • Supply Chain Management.
  • Government Policy Development.
  • Law Enforcement and Defence.
  • Passenger Transport & People Movement Management.
  • International Logistics Organisations.
  • Urban Logistics and Traffic Flow Management.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching will focus on a student-centred approach and develop learner autonomy. Level 7 and 8 courses are specifically aimed at developing the skills that a future manager in the sector requires. There is also a purposeful move toward more independent learning and research so the student develops advanced managerial skills. Students will be expected to think critically around problems, seek solutions and communicate in an industry specific way.


To be awarded a Bachelor of International Logistics Management (BILM), students must achieve 480 credits meeting specified requirements. Students may also study the required courses to receive the following embedded internationally recognised qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT):

  • CILT International Certificate in Logistics and Transport.
  • CILT International Diploma in Logistics and Transport.

Accreditation and Partnerships

  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).
    The School has had a longstanding partnership with CILT since its inception culminating in the full accreditation of the Bachelor of International Logistics Management (BILM) giving the degree full international accreditation and recognition. This not only serves to ensure the quality of the programme but also provides students with numerous pathways for post-graduate studies at various universities and institutes around the world including the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Indicative Programme Structure

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Managing in the Transport & Logistics EnvironmentInternational Transport LawUrban Public TransportTransport Energy
Freight & Warehouse OperationsMaritime Shipping Systems & PracticesLogistics Operations ManagementTransport Communication
Introduction to Supply Chain Operations & ProcurementPassenger Transport ManagementResearch Methodologies for Transport & LogisticsIndustry Based Project (60 credits)
International Transport GeographyInventory & Warehouse ManagementAviation Security
Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief LogisticsInternational Transport Organisations
Introduction to Information SystemsInternational Air Cargo

Industry Based Project

The final year Industry Based Project enables students to apply the knowledge and skills in the Bachelor of International Logistics Management (BILM) to complete a successful industry project in an approved transport and logistics environment. Students gain exposure to transport and logistics work practices and reflect critically on the professional and personal skills in the workplace. The project may cover a broad range of topics to reflect diversity across the transport and logistics sectors and will see students placed in various organisations, contexts or settings ranging from public to private sector organisations. Students must apply what they know in a real-time, real-world problem solving capacity resulting in practical and achievable recommendations based on the student’s own research.


B.ILM Courses


Normally Taken YearCourse TitleCourse CodeMandatory / ElectiveNQF LevelNQF Credit
1English Communication 1EL5001Mandatory515
English Communication 2EL5002Mandatory515
Introduction to International Transport GeographyTL6000Mandatory615
Freight and Warehouse OperationsTL6001Mandatory615
Managing in the Transport and Logistics EnvironmentTL6300Mandatory615
Introduction to Information SystemsIT6009Mandatory615
Introduction to Supply Chain Operations & ProcurementTL6302Mandatory615
Humanitarian LogisticsTL6303Mandatory615
2Introduction to AccountingBU6005Mandatory615
Workplace Health and Safety in the Logistics EnvironmentTL6501Elective615
English for Specific Purposes 3EL6901Mandatory615
English for Specific Purposes 4EL6902Mandatory615
International Transport LawTL7001Mandatory715
Customer Care and Fleet ManagementTL6301Optional615
Int’l Organisations for Transport and CommunicationsTL7200Optional715
Strategic Supply Chain and Retail LogisticsTL7302Optional715
2-3Maritime Shipping Systems and PracticesTL7202Mandatory715
Transport and Logistics Economics and FinanceTL7000Optional715
Managing Transport Operations & ResourcesTL7002Optional715
Logistics Operations ManagementTL7003Optional715
International Air CargoTL7201Optional715
Passenger Transport ManagementTL7300Optional715
Inventory and Warehouse ManagementTL7301Optional715
3Research Methodologies for Logistics and TransportTL7009Mandatory715
Urban Public TransportTL7303Mandatory715
3-4Shipping safety, Security and Port State ControlTL8201Optional815
Supply Chains and Risk ManagementTL8302Optional815
Aviation SecurityTL8401Optional815
Risk, Crisis and Disaster ManagementTL8502Optional815
4Transport and EnergyTL8002Mandatory815
Transport CommunicationsTL8003Mandatory815
Industry Based ProjectTL8501Mandatory815

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