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Our MSc in International Trade, Strategy and Operations will give you a comprehensive overview of how international companies operate, and will enable you to develop a broad set of skills to increase 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.


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 the MSc International Trade Strategy and Operations. The Master’s degree continues to attract a very high level of students globally wanting to learn about the different disciplines in international trade. This is a unique degree with a global audience developed by two leading institutions WMG, University of Warwick and the Institute of Export and International Trade." Kevin Shakespeare, Director of Academy at The Institute of Export and International Trade 

Tuesday, 01 January 2019

Course content

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:

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

Please note: the modules outlined above represent those available for this course in the 2020/21 academic year. They should be regarded as an illustrative guide to modules available in future years.


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.

Friday, 01 February 2019

Entry requirements

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.

Friday, 01 March 2019

Student views

What our students say...

Rokas KvaraciejusRokas Kvaraciejus

"The way WMG teaches and shapes student minds is amazing. The course is taught with the most up-to-date material and you are constantly engaging with real-world problems that you will face in workplace. You are taught to think critically, which is especially essential in international trade, as creating value for international customers requires unique and well-thought-out solutions.

During my year of studies, I met people from around 50 different countries. This meant that I was able to learn about different cultures, their values and certain ways of doing business. I believe this plays a big part of successfully starting new operations in new countries, and definitely isn’t the kind of thing you can learn from a book."

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.

Monday, 01 April 2019


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.

Below we have listed some examples of the roles that ITSO graduates have secured:

  • Business Development Specialist
  • EU Sourcing Procurement Manager
  • Export Operations Specialist
  • Foreign Procurement Officer
  • Import Planner
  • International Trade Consultant
  • Logistics Customer Service Coordinator
  • Strategy and Business Development Manager
  • Supply Analyst
  • Tax Valuation Services Analyst

International trade is a relevant and important discipline across a broad range of sectors. Below we have provided examples of the types of companies that some of our recent graduates are now working in:

  • Trade finance (Tradewind)
  • Trade regulation (World Trade Organisation)
  • Third-party logistics (FedEx, Coldman Logistics)
  • Energy (World Fuel Services)
  • Food and drink (Innocent Drinks)
  • Technology (Alibaba)
  • Chemical production (Invista)
  • Consultancy (Deloitte)
  • Manufacturing (Lanaro Steel Technology)

Andrea ScarpittaWorking for one of the world’s leading container shipping lines means Andrea Scarpitta is now using his knowledge from MSc ITSO to solve problems in a constantly changing environment

His role in Far East exports for the Mediterranean Shipping Company means making sure that vital cargoes reach their destination, even in testing circumstances. “My Master’s degree at Warwick gave me a global picture of international trade and the knowledge to handle the situations we face”.

You can find out more about Andrea’s role in international shipping by reading his alumni story.

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.

There are also various events run throughout the year to develop your skillset and teach you how to market this to employers. Individual workshops are hosted on a variety of topics, such as networking and time management. Or for those interested in a more complete programme, you can partake in awards such as WMG Skills+ to develop your core employability skills, or the Intercultural Training Programme to strengthen your intercultural awareness. In addition, there is a wealth of online material available to help strengthen your industrial knowledge and build on employability skills, such as the WMG Virtual Careers Programme. Find out more about the support available to you by visiting our Careers and Employability page.


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.

      Wednesday, 01 May 2019


      Please note, this is course information for 2021 entry. We will be updating our web pages at the end of September to reflect the latest course information for 2022 entry. Applications for 2022 entry will open from mid-October.

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


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