Are there any winners in an international trade war? Are large trade deficits a problem? What are the challenges for businesses that wish to start exporting their products? You’ll tackle these questions and more on our exciting ‘top-up’ degree in Global Trade and Business.
More and more businesses are part of global value chains, which connect the production and supply of products across countries. Therefore, international trade is a top economic priority for governments, organisations and businesses alike. Exploring the opportunities and challenges this presents, our ‘top-up’ degree gets you ‘work ready’, gaining real-world experience on an exciting international group work visit.
This one-year course, equivalent to the final year of a traditional Bachelor’s degree, is designed for students who have previously studied business and management to ‘Level 5’. You may, for example, have been awarded a Foundation Degree or HND Diploma or benefit from a combination of academic and professional qualifications and experience.
You’ll deepen not only your understanding of the operations, strategy and decision-making processes of global trade and business but also develop an appreciation of wider social and political issues surrounding business decisions by witnessing those involved first-hand and ‘in situ’ as part of your professional experience.
Taking place during your second semester, the international work experience visit is integrated into the curriculum (travel and accommodation are included in the course fees). It provides a unique opportunity to relate what you have learned in the workplace, experiencing the different aspects of organisational practice, diverse cultures and everyday practicalities that exist.
The visit will be organised and supervised by the course team, capitalising on our existing European connections across various industries, such as shipping, energy, logistics and production. You’ll work in groups on a real business task, appraising organisational and economic problems, anything from analysing surging energy prices to the realities of global trade post-pandemic.
Based in the heart of London’s political, media and financial services, at Westminster Business School, we bring professional practice into the classroom through industry speakers, real-life case studies, and problem- and work-based learning. We welcome students from all walks of life from all over the world, representing 169 different nationalities, which will enhance your understanding of cultural diversity and international business awareness.
Top reasons to study with us
Study at one of London’s leading centres for business education based in the heart of London and its political, media and financial services scene
Integrated international professional experience, where you will work in groups on a real business task with one of our existing European partners – recent examples include organisations such as Deloitte or the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in France, and commercial firms and trade centres in Belgium and Germany
Outstanding facilities, free premium subscription to the Financial Times and access to data and software widely used in industry, such as Bloomberg and the World Integrated Trade Solution (World Bank).
Guest lectures from industry practitioners have previously included speakers from IBM, Tableau, Coca Cola and LinkedIn
Past Business School graduates have secured jobs with prestigious organisations, including the Bank of England, BT, Coca-Cola, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Goldman Sachs
Why study this course?
Combine theory and practiceLink theory to global practice through real-life case studies, guest lectures, field trips and insight from one of the world’s largest financial databases.
Learn industry-standard softwareEnhance your digital literacy and computer skills by using industry-standard software, including Excel, Tableau and FAME.
Build connectionsBuild connections with peers and future business leaders.