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MSc International Trade, Strategy and Operations

Full-time Master's

MSc International Trade, Strategy and Operations

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.

Start date:
30 September 2024

12 months, full time

Application deadline:
2 August 2024

Master of Science (MSc) 

Highlights and benefits

  • This course is ranked 16th in the World (3rd in the UK) in QS International Trade Rankings 2024Link opens in a new window. (Up from 2023 rankings: 22nd World and 4th in UK).
  • Accredited by the Institute of Export & International Trade.
  • Relevant to all organisations trading internationally from engineering, retail, manufacturing, wholesale, financial services and service sector.
  • 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.
  • Benefits from a wide range of guest speakers with expertise in international trade, to enhance your learning and provide opportunities to network with business.


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

The International Trade, Strategy and Operations MSc investigates and analyses real-world applications. It is set within a truly global context due to the international nature of case studies and examples which illustrate the issues and challenges facing a range of stakeholders, from businesses at a micro-level, to governmental bodies at a macro-level. Teaching from the course team will be both research and experience led, as many of the course team members are active research participants and/or have experience of engaging with business in a variety of areas on an international scale.

The course focuses heavily on the application of theory into practice, so you will be able to envisage as a student, how the skills developed throughout your studies will be used to best advantage in a professional environment. Students are able to undertake a company-based dissertation in collaboration with one of a series of key industrial partners, which allow students to work on real-life challenges faced by a particular company.

This course is suitable for candidates with a background in international trade, strategy or operations who wish to specialise further in these areas. It is also suitable for candidates from other internationally focused or business related disciplines who wish to pursue a career in the field of international trade.


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

"The Institute of Export & 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 & International Trade." ~ Kevin Shakespeare, Director of Academy at The Institute of Export & International Trade 

Meet the Course Director: Dr Di Li

Di is an Assistant Professor at Warwick. Her primary research focus lies in digitalization-enabled sustainable operations and trade, supply chain resilience in industry 4.0, global supply network design, and reversed FDI. Di serves as a review editor for International Journal of Operations & Production Management (IJOPM) and is a member of the EurOMA conference review committee. She is an academic consultant for the UK Government Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy.

Scholarships and Bursaries

WMG will be awarding over £1million in scholarships and bursaries to students commencing study on any of our full-time MSc programmes beginning in September 2024.

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