Accredited by the Institute of Export, this MSc 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.
The course will provide you with a comprehensive overview of how international companies operate and will give you 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 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.
Modules are generally taught in intensive one-week blocks, from Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 6.30pm. These one-week sessions (nine in total over the academic year) are scheduled at intervals from October through to June. Weekend sessions are also occasionally required.
Core modules are compulsory and relate specifically to this course.
- International Trade
- International Joint Ventures
- The Legal Aspects of a Global Business
- Strategic Marketing
- Transportation Techniques and Management
- Financial Analysis and Control Systems
Three elective modules should be chosen from this wide list of options, allowing you the flexibility to tailor the course in line with your specific interests.
- Operations Strategy for Industry
- Reputation and Relationship Management
- Sales and Sales Management
- Service Design and Delivery
- Storage and Warehousing Techniques
- Supply Chain Management
- Leading Change
- Logistics and Operations Management
- Organisations, People and Performance
- Product Design and Development Management
- Project Planning, Management and Control
- e-Business Fundamentals
- Problem Solving with Statistics
- LEAN Principles and Application
- Procurement and Inventory Management
- Quality, Reliability and Maintenance
* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
This course has two components – a taught component and a research component (dissertation) each accounting for 50% of your time and effort.
For the taught component, we blend lectures with seminars, practical exercises, case studies, simulations, and industrial games to encourage teamwork and practical grounding of the course material. Technology enabled learning, e-learning and forum activities also support classroom learning.
Class sizes are kept small with around 30 students in each, to encourage interaction. Larger scale lectures are delivered for some modules and are backed up by seminar and syndicate activities.
Our module leaders usually have extensive industry experience. Guest speakers from industry also contribute regularly, bringing real-world insight into your learning experience.
For the research component, each student undertakes a major individual project, which will develop your research and analytical skills and enable you to specialise. This project accounts for 50% of your overall credits and is submitted in the form of a dissertation of approximately 20,000 words, followed by an oral examination or viva at the end of the year.
Towards the beginning of the course, you will be provided with a list of projects relevant to International Trade, Strategy and Operations. Alternatively, you may define your own project related to your individual career path or aspiration, in consultation with an appropriate academic supervisor.
There are no written exams. After each module you will be assessed by a written post-module assignment (PMA). This typically requires 40 – 60 hours of work and consolidates your learning. Some modules will also include an in-module individual or group assessment or test.
9 x Post Module Assignments (3,000 – 4,000 words each) (50% of Masters credit).
20,000 dissertation (50% of Masters credit).
This degree 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.
Full-time: 1 year
2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject
English Language requirements
Department of study
Location of study
University of Warwick
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