DUT Logistics & Transport Management

The University Diploma (DUT) in Logistics & Transport Management is a two year long course based on the study of logistics and transport, which is organised into 4 semesters. Students are assessed on two major aspects throughout the two years: academic studies and an internship.

The teaching part of this course consists of many different classes. During the first semester, the classes are very general in order to ensure all students have good basic knowledge concerning the subjects of maths, economy, languages, law and others. Subjects are divided into 3 modules, in order to pass a semester; a student must have an overall average of 10- including a mark of at least 8 in every module. Extra credit is available to students at any time, but depends on the points achieved beforehand.

At the beginning of the second semester, each and every first year student must find an internship that will last 1 month. At the end of the internship, students must give a presentation in front of a jury, illustrating what they have learned about logistics and transport, and explain how the internship was an enriching experience.

Second year students will undertake a longer internship, lasting 2 months. Furthermore, second semester classes will be different to those in the first semester. Classes will focus more on logistics and transport, the subject areas become more and more specialised, and students will begin to meet with professionals of the industry. It is also important to note that, once a second year student, it is mandatory to choose one of two pathways: transport or logistics.

Most classes are taught in the form of lectures, where classes are normally divided in two according to the students' chosen pathway. This division, carried out in all subjects for both first and second year classes, has proven to be efficient in the way that it enables teachers to focus on individual students during exercises.

The I.U.T. d'Allier focuses on the fact that students need professional experience, for this reason there are many student-organised events throughout the year. This also gives students the opportunity to meet professionals and make contacts of their own.

In addition to the student-organised events, students will also work on a supervised project. Working in small groups, every student has an individual project to work on, with tutors or teachers following their progress. These projects are assessed and contribute to a student's Grade Point Average for the semester.

A usual day at the I.U.T. d'Allier begins at 8.30am and ends at 6pm, with breaks at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 4pm. Free time is given on Thursday afternoons, and on Fridays lessons begin 30 minutes earlier to allow students to go home earlier on the weekend.