Trade Management and Policy - PgCert

  • Level: Postgraduate Taught
  • Starting: May 2019
  • Study mode: Blended Learning
  • Course cost: £1,317 per year for UK/EU Blended Learning 2019 entry (view all fees)
  • Location: City Centre

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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.

Why Choose Us?

  • The certificate has been developed specifically to address the learning and training needs of industry professionals and prospective export managers.
  • It incorporates fundamental legal aspects of international trade as a core part of the programme; it is therefore positioned differently from competitors who emphasise strategy, finance and/or logistics.
  • It helps develop originality in the application of theoretical knowledge in international trade, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in international trade, both in terms of strategic choices and day-to-day operations.
  • It will be delivered by working closely with the University’s Centre for Brexit Studies, ensuring a continued focus on an issue of immediate relevance for companies with interests in international trade and research-informed teaching.
  • It focuses on a UK perspective, thus pitching the delivery on a set of Post-Brexit scenarios, which will represent excellent opportunities for simulation exercises and real-case scenario analysis.
This course is not open to International students
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This course has been designed for:

  • Export Managers
  • Export Consultants
  • Freight Forwarders
  • Trade Fair Operators
  • SME Managers

New £10,906 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,906 available for postgraduate study.

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Entry Requirements

UK students

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

EU / International students
English language requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
Other accepted qualifications Visit our English language page

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
PgCert May 2019 BL 2 Years £1,317 per year

International Students

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.

Personal statement

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:

Your passion and motivations

Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?

Why this course?

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.

What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?

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.

Relevant academic or work experience

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.

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Additional costs

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.

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Accommodation and living costs

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.

Financial Support

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?

Postgraduate loans

Year One

International Trade Management
International Logistics (Part 1)

Year Two

International Logistics (Part 2)
International Corporate Law

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 Ambassador

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.

Curzon facilities eatery
Curzon facilities staircase
Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

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.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point