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MSc International Trade, Strategy and Operations (ITSO)

 

Modern business trades across international boundries, so a thorough knowledge and understanding of the management and operational requirements to trade successfully in international markets is essential to success.

You will get a comprehensive overview of how international companies operate and will develop a broad set of skills to enable your involvement in the whole business process from initial engagement with a new market right through to the delivery of a product or service.

Throughout the year, you will learn to identify business opportunities, formulate strategic options, and define business winning propositions, as well as learning to manage, lead change and improve operational and supply chain processes within international businesses.

Because this programme is heavily focused on the application of theory into practice, you will be able to envisage how the skills developed throughout your studies will be used to best advantage in a professional environment.


Accreditations

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

IoE logo"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.

Course modules

You'll be required to take the following modules as part of this MSc programme:

Elective modules

You must choose 3 elective modules from the following list:

Please note: the list relates to modules available in 2018/19 academic year, and should be regarded as an illustrative guide to modules available in future years.

You are required to pass nine modules in total for this MSc course.


Project

The project is worth 50% of the final grade and supports you in developing your personal research skills. Work on your project runs concurrently with your module work.

You are expected to devote an appropriate portion of your time and intellectual effort to the project during the course i.e. approximately 900 hours or 6 months study.

For International Trade, Strategy and Operations the project should relate to one or more of the following aspects of trading in an international context:

  • International sales and marketing
  • Transport, logistics, supply chain and customs compliance
  • Financial management
  • Legal aspects of international trade
  • Business management and trade strategy
  • Operations and service management

Learning style

The taught component of the course is a mixture of lectures, seminars, syndicate/group work, practicals, online learning and forum activities. Module leaders are experts in their fields and are supported by external speakers working in organisations at the forefront of their fields.

The taught component of the course is assessed primarily through written assignments, although some modules include assessed in-module exercises. There are no written exams.

Each module usually lasts one week. See here for more information about the course structure.


Entry requirements

In order to meet our academic entry requirement, you should have obtained the minimum of a UK second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a variety of disciplines.

Students may have already studied business related programes, but this course is also very much open to those with other academic backgrounds.


English language
For non-native English speakers, we require an IELTS score of 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any one component).
What you will need to apply
  • A completed application form and application fee.
  • A Personal Statement, which can be included in the online application.
  • A scan of your transcript (marksheet). If you are still studying, send us your transcripts to date. NB: if you are made an offer, we will then require your original degree transcripts and certificate in hard copy format to clear your conditions.
  • English test result (if applicable) - this can be submitted after you have an offer.
  • One reference. If you completed studies less than 2 years ago, this should be an academic reference. If you graduated more than 2 years ago, we will accept professional references. We contact your referee directly, so please include their valid professional email address on your application form.

You can read more about the application process on our how to apply page.

What our students say...

ITSO_student1Eason Wu

"The style of learning bridges the gap between academic theory and the real world of business – and gives you the chance to put what you’ve learned into practice. It was also refreshing not to have exams. When you’re studying for exams, you simply memorise information. But with WMG’s mix of lectures, simulations, self-directed research and assignments, you actually understand that information and how it applies to business. To me, that is what a master's is all about". ~ Read more from Eason

Want to read more student views?

Find out what our current students think about studying at WMG Master's, by checking out our blogs and vlogs page or, you can take a look at our alumni profiles page and read about their experiences.

Employability and career prospects

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The International Trade programme will prepare graduates to take on a senior role within a company that trades internationally. The breadth of the programme enables students to gain a clear overview of all the elements of international trade whilst giving the opportunity to also focus or specialise on a particular aspect of interest to the individual.

The programme opens up a range of career options including transportation and logistics; customs and the legal aspects of international business; business development, relationship management and negotiation; implementation of strategy.

The onus on the practical application of theory means graduates will be in the advantageous position of being able to take on a useful professional role right from the outset, thus maximising employment prospects.

A few recent job titles of graduates from this course include:
  • Export Operations Specialist
  • Customer Management
  • Logistics Customer Service Coordinator
  • Strategy and Business Development Manager
  • Business Development Specialist
  • Consultant Solutions Provider
  • Marketing Associate
  • Brand Associate

WMG: a department embedded in industry

You'll be studying in an environment surrounded by professionals from a range of industries and sectors; including hearing directly from industry experts and guest speakers in many of our modules.

Throughout the year, we also host activities and events that will help you to understand potential career pathways including; seminars; external speakers; industrial visits; alumni talks and more. We encourage our students to make the most of the opportunities available to learn about career options for the future.

Warwick Careers Service

The University of Warwick's Careers Service offers specific careers support to WMG students, through a dedicated Careers Advisor, Siobhan Qadir. The service provides practical workshops and 1-1 appointments for our students covering many aspects of career choice and development, including: how to build a strong CV and write job applications; effective career planning and guidance; and how to enhance your interview and networking skills.

Additionally, each year, employers have a presence on campus, with careers fairs, presentations and guest lectures happening on a regular basis; meaning you'll have lots of exposure to potential employers.

Alumni

We hope that your relationship with WMG and the University of Warwick will continue long after your graduate. The university and the department both have vast alumni networks and, upon graduation, you'll be a member of this ever-growing community of professionals working in countries around the world. You'll have access to our alumni support; events; e-mentoring scheme; amongst many other opportunities.

You can read about more about the careers and experiences of our alumni on our alumni profiles web pages.

      Key Facts

      Start date 
      30th September 2019

      Duration
      One year, full-time

      Tuition fees
      Overseas: £25,870
      Home/EU: £14,115

      Scholarships available

      Application
      Apply online (£55 application fee)

      Entry requirements
      UK Bachelor's 2:2 (Hons) or equivalent

      English language requirements
      IELTS 6.5

      Application deadline
      31st July 2019*

      However, please note that early application for this course is strongly recommended.

      *Applications will close prior to this deadline if capacity on the course is reached.

      Course leader
      Rebecca Wilde