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MSc International Trade, Strategy and Operations (ITSO)

This course delivers a thorough knowledge and understanding of the management and operational requirements necessary to trade successfully in international markets.
Who is this course designed for?

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. It is suitable for students from any academic background.

What will the course will provide?

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.

Course modules
International Trade Transport Techniques and Management
International Joint Ventures Strategic Marketing
Legal Aspects of a Global Business Financial Analysis and Control Systems

Elective Modules

You should choose 3 additional elective modules from the following list:


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 traditional lectured material, syndicate/group work, large-scale delivery, practical work, 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.

Industrial visits are available to all students and the course is assessed through post module assignments.

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

What are the career opportunities?

This 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.

To give some examples, recent ITSO graduates have gone into roles and companies such as: Export Operations Specialist (Assan Aluminyum), Customer Management (China Construction Bank), Logistics Customer Service Coordinator (Samskip), Strategy and Business Development Manager (Silicon Markets), Business Development Specialist (Yilport Holding Inc.), Consultant Solutions Provider (CGI), Marketing, Brand Associate (Le Vendangeur).

Contact us

If you have questions about this course, you can contact the Admissions Office:, +44 (0)24 7652 3691


"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.

Start Date: 
1st October 2018

One year, full time

Tuition Fees
Overseas: £24,640
Home/EU: £13,440

Online £55 application fee

Entry Requirements
Bachelor 2:2 (Hons) or equivalent
IELTS 6.5 (or IELTS 6.0 + pre-sessional)

Application Deadline
31st July 2018

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