Institute for Export and International Trade

FdSc International Trade

International markets offer huge opportunities for UK businesses. Finding and developing new markets for products is a hugely valuable avenue for expansion. Similarly, suppliers around the world offer a wide variety of goods that might suit your business. Trading internationally is very complex but – as with most things – easier with help and appropriate training.

Offering a unique range of individual and business membership benefits and a world renowned suite of qualifications and training, the Institute is the leading authority in best practice and competence for businesses trading globally.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • IEIT1001 Fundamentals of Degree Learning

      This module introduces learners to the degree based learning, covering the required academic standards and study techniques.

    • IEIT1002 International Marketing

      This module introduces learners to the international marketing theories, research methodology and how businesses applying the marketing mix, in terms of Price, Product, Promotion and Place, when trading in international markets.

    • IEIT1003 The Business Environment of International Trade

      The module covers macro-economics as applicable to international trade. The economics background required is broad and is sufficient to give students an insight into the potential implications on international trade of world economic developments.

    • IEIT1004 The Legal Environment of International Trade

      The module covers the law, as it is applicable to international trade. The study of the law is focused onto the international trade arena concentrating on the law pertaining to Contract, international sales to both business and consumers, and agencies. Recent legislation is used where applicable.

    • IEIT1005 Fulfilling Import and Export Orders

      This module covers the requirements necessary for businesses to successfully fulfil export orders and import purchases, addressing the documentation requirements and terms of sale required as part of the export and import order process.

    • IEIT1006 Transportation, Packaging and Insurance of Goods in Transit

      This module introduces students to the practicalities of distribution in international trade. It collects a range of topics all connected by the ultimate requirement legally to transport goods to an overseas customer and provides a thematic relationship between them.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • IEIT2001 Finance of International Trade

      The course focuses initially on company financial structure, quickly turning to methods of finance of international trade in order to optimise the trade finance mix for a given market. Methods of mitigating foreign exchange losses are allied to overseas payment security, all in the context of country and buyer risks. Throughout the course, basic cost data uses are studied.

    • IEIT2002 International Logistics and Purchasing

      This module is designed to build on the knowledge of transportation mechanisms developed in year one of the FdSc, and to develop the student¿s knowledge to an extent whereby they are able to recommend the appropriate measures for the management of transport, warehousing, inventory and materials handling. There is an emphasis on the appropriate management of risk within the logistics context.

    • IEIT2003 International Marketing Strategy

      This module addresses the development of international marketing strategies and plans including market selection, market entry, the marketing mix and some of the organisational aspects relating to international marketing.

    • IEIT2004 Management of International Trade

      This module addresses the development and use of appropriate techniques of corporate strategy and management in an international context, and appropriate international financial and pricing strategies. There is a requirement for students to analyse the importance of managing risk in multi-currency trading.

    • IEIT2005 Practical Global Trading

      This module contains a 40 credit volume of work related learning. This module gives students the opportunity to consolidate their work on the FdSc and apply this to their workplace This module will develop further the research skills of students, following on from International Marketing which gives an early grounding in primary research.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

This course offers multiple entry points in January, May and September.

For further information and to apply for this course, please visit the institution's website.

Our partnership with Institute for Export and International Trade

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Degree Apprenticeship: Chartered Manager

The Institute of Exports and International Trade and the University of Plymouth work collaboratively to offer a Degree Apprenticeship in Chartered Manager. Employees completing the Degree Apprenticeship will gain Chartered Manager status, an FdSc in International Trade, and a BSc (Hons) in Professional Management Practice. This four year work-based route will consist of two years study with the Institute of Exports and International Trade and two years study with the University of Plymouth. As a University of Plymouth apprentice from day one, your learning journey will be integrated and tailored around your workplace setting.

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship has been designed with employers in collaboration with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.