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Course Overview

Our MSc in International Trade, Strategy and Operations covers all of the management and operational requirements you will need to trade successfully in international markets, with an emphasis on practical application.

The programme provides a clear overview of all the elements of international trade, and also have the freedom through your Final Year Project and elective modules to specialise in particular aspects such as transportation and logistics, and business development. The skills you develop will encompass initial engagement with new markets right through to the delivery of a product or service.

You will learn how to trade internationally in uncertain climates including cultural and political challenges, as well as logistical. You will develop your critical thinking to enable you to review your current processes and plan for the future.

We will develop your knowledge of international legal considerations, trading with developing economies, differing labour requirements, exchange rates, joint ventures and much more - giving you a wider viewpoint of global trading.

We cover academic theory but we focus on case studies and scenarios so you can apply your knowledge immediately, making it a very practical course.

Who is this course designed for?

The course is designed for people already working in import and export, supply chain, logistics, warehousing or looking to advance their career. It is also suitable for people who may want to start their own business or small companies who want to make it globally.

Participants come from a wide variety of industries and roles, including but not limited to: Logistics Manager, Head of International Development, and International Sales Executive.

This course will give you the opportunity to get a recognised qualification to compliment your experience and develop you as a professional.


This course is accredited by the Institute of Export and International Trade

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"The Institute of Export and International Trade is proud to be working with WMG, University of Warwick on this Master's degree. It is proving to be an exciting new development in moving towards a truly global marketplace.”

Lesley Batchelor OBE, Director General IOE International Trade.

Tuesday, 01 January 2019


Course modules

There are six required modules:

Financial Analysis and Control Systems

International Joint Ventures

International Trade

Legal Aspects of Global Business

Strategic Marketing

Transportation Techniques and Management

Elective modules

You may select three out of the following elective modules:

Leading Change

Leading Performance

LEAN Principles and Application

Logistics and Operations Management

Operations Strategy for Industry

Problems Solving with Statistics

Procurement and Inventory Management

Product Design and Development Management

Quality Management and Techniques

Project Planning, Management and Control

Reputation and Relationship Management

Supply Chain Management

Friday, 01 February 2019

Entry requirements

You should be currently employed and able to prove company support because you’ll need to apply your studies directly to your work environment.

We recommend that you have at least two to three years of appropriate professional
experience and that you possess at least a second class honours degree.

If you have an HND/HNC and professional qualifications with significant experience, you may be considered to start on an intermediate qualification such as the Postgraduate Award or Postgraduate Certificate, with the opportunity for progression to the MSc.

Monday, 01 April 2019


This course will help you:

• Learn techniques and frameworks so you can trade successfully on a global scale

• Learn how to make strategic decisions in physical trading as well as service trading

• Learn subject specific knowledge to enable you to do your job better

• Make evidence approach decisions in a business context

• Develop your critical thinking

• Adopt a business-wide viewpoint

• Develop yourself as a leader and manager making you a better asset to the organisation.

Wednesday, 01 May 2019

Delivery and assessment

Each module runs over five intensive days. You will attend lectures and seminars, and undertake group tasks based on real scenarios.

We believe that the best way to embed the ideas, tools, and processes you have studied is by applying them back to your work environment. This is why each module is followed by a post-module work-based assignment, rather than written examinations. You will be supervised by a WMG tutor and an industrial mentor from your company to help guide your dissertation.


Elevate your international business career. Develop your knowledge and deepen your understanding of the management and operational requirements to trade successfully in international markets.


Start Dates: Three intakes a year (January, May, and September annually) Duration: 3 years, part-time
Accreditation: This course is accredited by the Institute of Export and International Trade  Course leader: Rebecca Wilde