One of the main challenges of international trade lies in its technicalities and the composite set of skills that export managers need to develop in order to operate effectively in foreign markets.
The increasing complexity of the business world, the growing exposure of SMEs to export and the emergence of new global players require not only a theoretical knowledge of international economics but also a practical expertise that combines business, law and trade practices.
Moreover, in a post-Brexit scenario, UK companies will face the hurdle of no longer belonging to the EU and its trade regulations, even if it is not clear in which kind of free trade area configuration the UK will eventually settle. In any case, it will translate into additional training needs.
This PGCert in Trade Management and Policy is of extreme interest for managers of all organisations trading at a global level, as well as for trade advisers and export managers from both manufacturing and services.
It aims to help business operators gain essential skills to successfully engage in international trade, combining theoretical understanding with a hands-on approach. This PGCert is aimed at executives and prospective export managers who want not only to get to grips with, but thrive in, a post-Brexit world.
You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,906 available for postgraduate study.
An honours degree from a British University or equivalent institution (minimum 2:2)
OR an equivalent graduate level qualification from an overseas university or equivalent institution (minimum 2:2)
AND at least two years of business experience
Claims for APEL will be considered in line with University policy
|English language requirements 2017/18|
|IELTS||6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands|
|Other accepted qualifications||Visit our English language page|
|PgCert||May 2019||BL||2 Years||£1,317 per year|
Sorry, this course is not available to international students.
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.
Students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.
Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?
Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.
Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.
Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?
You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
While there are no additional costs associated with purchasing text books, there may be other costs to you. If you are joining the course which has a professional body accreditation you may be required to pay membership or examination costs. For details of these costs, please click on the link below.
Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.
We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,906 for some courses and options?
The course has been designed for a part-time mode with blended/block delivery to cater for the needs of professionals that cannot reasonably attend every week.
It will be delivered in monthly all-day sessions, seven for each module, supplemented with guided activities on our internal learning platform Moodle, and self-directed learning.
The staff teaching the course include highly qualified module tutors with significant professional practice experience of international trade, and the programme itself will involve professionals from a series of trade-oriented organisations such as Chambers of Commerce, UKTI and similar public bodies.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.
This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.
The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.
The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.
The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.