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In 2014 about a third of all the goods and services produced were traded internationally (WTO International Trade Statistics 2015). International trade is a powerful driver for growth and rising living standards, especially in the developing world, whilst representing a significant part of GDP in most developed countries.

On this programme you will learn how international trade and logistics affect our lives and world prosperity.

International trade is the exchange of capital, goods and services across international borders. Countries specialise in exporting those products and services which they can produce most efficiently and import those where they are less efficient.

Logistics is about managing the activities along a supply chain, from procuring materials to delivering finished goods that satisfy customer orders. Effective logistics and supply chain management are therefore the key enablers of international trade.

The MSc International Trade & Logistics (accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport) links these two elements of business and provides an introduction to the management and operational knowledge necessary to trade successfully in international markets. The programme is designed for wide range of participants looking to take on senior roles in organisations which trade internationally.

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Compulsory modules

On the MSc International Trade and Logistics course you will study the compulsory modules listed below and then complete a major independent project. We offer our students the opportunity to choose a project that best suits their career aspirations. As such, students can opt to take the Dissertation, or the Synoptic Research Project, or the Work Based Project module.

Please see the course structure chart.

  • Operations and Process Management
  • Business Strategy
  • Finance and Accounting for Business
  • Principles of International Business Economics
  • International Trade and Globalisation
  • Project and Contract Management
  • Procurement and Supply Chain Management
  • Physical Logistics and Distribution
  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership
  • Research Methods

Capstone Module Choice

You will choose one of the following capstone modules that best suits your academic interests or professional development requirements.

  • Dissertation
  • Synoptic Research Project
  • Client Project

Teaching and learning

Much of the teaching on the course takes the form of interactive workshops, but there are also lectures from staff and visiting speakers. Lectures, discussions, role-play exercises and seminars are linked with selected case studies and assessments to strengthen your practical analysis and decision-making skills. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills in working as part of a team through structured group assignments.

Teaching staff at the Business School are researchers and/or come from an industry background with an in-depth practical experience of business and management issues. Visiting speakers from business, industry, consultancies and research bodies provide further input.

Approach to assessment

Assessment methods may include reports, seminar papers, formal written examinations, project work, visual and verbal presentations, workshops, simulations and practical exercises. The majority of assessments are based on individual assignments, but there is some assessed group work.

Specialist facilities

At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities. Our John Henry Brookes Building is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. . Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.

We have invested over £30m to create modern teaching and learning facilities and created a new home at Headington for the Business School.

Completed in 2017 it contains:

  • 30 teaching rooms and a collaborative lecture theatre.
  • A new Main Hall with soundproof wall, perfect for teaching and events like graduations.
  • Social learning spaces and a cafe.
  • A new gateway into the Headington Campus.

Our library provides specialist business resources (both hard copy and via online access) to UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, a wide range of constantly updated key texts, and postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses.

Field trips

We offer an International Business in Practice Study Trip module. The purpose of this study trip is to give postgraduate students a hands-on, intensive experience with the ideas and practices of global business. The programme will include presentations from local management executives and experts. Students will have direct interaction with management executives and practices through site visits to major corporations and agencies.

This study trip is voluntary and all costs associated with the trip will need to be funded by you. It is not linked to university assessments in any way. If you successfully complete this module you will have the following non-credit bearing module recorded on your transcript: P58335 International Business in Practice: Study Trip.

Field trips are optional and incur a cost.

Attendance pattern

The course is delivered over two 12-week semesters. During your third semester you will be working on your Capstone Module. 

Visit the International Trade and Logistics MSc page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!





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