Entry requirements

In order to meet our academic entry requirement, you should have obtained the equivalent of a UK first or second class honours degree (minimum Bachelor 2:2 (Hons). If you are a non-native English speaker you will need to submit an English test result equivalent to IELTS 6.5

How to apply

To make an application to a WMG Master’s course, applications must be made online at www.warwick.ac.uk/go/wmgmasters/entry .

You can apply now, even if you do not yet have all the necessary documents ready; if necessary we will make you a conditional offer until you provide them.

You will need to provide

  • A completed application form & application fee.
  • A Personal Statement, which can be included in the online application.
  • A transcript of marks awarded so far (if you are currently studying) OR a final transcript / degree certificate* (if you have completed your studies).
  • English test result (if applicable)
  • One reference. If you completed studies less than 2 years ago, this should be an academic reference.

Months of entry


Course content

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 the course will provide

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 structure and assessment

The curriculum is divided in nine taught modules (six core modules, and three elective modules) and the project. After each taught module, you will complete a post-module assignment. 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 path.


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

In addition to the above core modules, three elective modules must be chosen from the recommended module list on our website.

Future career prospects

After graduating from ITSO, a wide range of career options will be open to you, including managerial roles within: transportation and logistics; business development, relationship management and negotiation; strategy implementation; customs and the legal aspects of international business.

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

Information for international students

Application advice can be given through the WMG admissions team - wmgmasters@warwick.ac.uk or through any one of our overseas support offices and agents. An extensive list of overseas representatives is available at http://www.warwick.ac.uk/wmgmasters/entry/overseasapplicationsupport/

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

WMG will be awarding over £700,000 in scholarships and bursaries to students commencing study on our full-time MSc programmes beginning in October 2018.

Offer holders are invited to apply for the WMG excellence scholarship, application deadline is May 20th. For more information on the scholarship and how to apply, please see here.

There are also bursaries available for nationals from Syria, Turkey, Iran and Latin America.

For information on other funding opportunities, please visit the WMG funding webpage or the University of Warwick Graduate School.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Accredited by The Institute of Export and International Trade. "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

Course contact details

Cathy Fawcett
+44 2476 5 75889