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MSc International Trade, Strategy and Operations (ITSO)

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.
Designed for

ITSO is designed for graduates looking for an International Business degree that focuses on the application of theory into practice.

Students may have already studied business related programmes, but this course is also very much open to those with other academic backgrounds. Typically the course attracts students from social sciences such as economics or international relations, and those with a more technical background now looking to apply themselves in an international business capacity.

What will the course will provide?

Accredited by the Institute of Export, this course will give you a comprehensive overview of how international companies operate. It will deepen your knowledge and understanding of the management and operational requirements necessary to trade successfully in international markets. You’ll develop a broad set of skills that will enable you to get involved 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 to manage, lead change and improve operational and supply chain processes within international business. 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.

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 will need to choose three elective modules from the module list*, which should be chosen to supplement your core modules above (subject to availability). *Important, please note: the list relates to modules available in 2017/18 academic year, and should be regarded as an illustrative guide to modules available in future years.

You are required to pass nine modules in total as part of this Master's course.


The project is worth 50% of your final grade and supports you in developing your personal research skills as well as enabling you to focus on an area of particular interest for your career

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 £50 application fee. (£55 from 1st Nov 2017)

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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