This course delivers a thorough knowledge and understanding of the management and operational requirements necessary to trade successfully in international markets.
Accredited by the Institute of Export, the MSc in International Trade, Strategy and Operations is designed to deliver a thorough knowledge and understanding of the management and operational requirements necessary to trade successfully in international markets.
The programme is heavily focused on the application of theory into practice and how the skills developed throughout your studies will be used to best advantage in a professional environment.
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.
You will also develop the capability to identify business options and define business winning propositions, as well as learning to manage, lead change and improve operational and supply chain processes within international businesses.
This course is accredited by the Institute of Export and International Trade
"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.
You'll be required to take the following modules as part of this MSc programme:
If you gain exemption from some of the course modules because of prior experience or qualifications, then should then choose more electives.
You must choose 3 elective modules from the following list:
- e-Business Fundamentals
- Problem Solving with Statistics
- Leading Change
- LEAN Principles and Application
- Logistics and Operations Management
- Organisations, People and Performance
- Product Design and Development Management
- Project Planning, Management and Control
- Procurement and Inventory Management
- Quality, Reliability and Maintenance
- Reputation and Relationship Management
- Sales and Sales Management
- Service Design and Delivery
- Storage and Warehousing Techniques
- Supply Chain Management
- Operations Strategy for Industry
You are required to pass nine modules in total for this MSc course.
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
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.
In order to meet our academic entry requirement, you should have obtained the equivalent of a UK first or good second class honours degree 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.
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...
"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
Employability and career prospects
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.
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.
English language requirements