Business School launches trade programme

The Plymouth Business School is launching a new online course, BSc (Hons) Management Practice – International Trade, in collaboration with the Institute of Export (IoE).

Starting in September 2015, the two-year course aims to provide graduates with a combination of module study and a high level of work-based learning.

The course will complement the University’s existing suite of business programmes, and add to the partnerships it enjoys with industry bodies globally.

It will focus on the structures, cultures, processes and procedures relating to international trade, including the wider organisational and institutional environment in which they operate.

Dr Karen Jones, Programme Leader for the new degree programme, said:

“The programme is specifically aimed at those with prior workplace experience who wish to extend their existing knowledge and qualifications. It has been designed in line with national and international best practice and in consultation with local and global partners and professional bodies. We are delighted to be working with the IoE.”

Students choosing the International Trade pathway will  be required to complete two specialism modules, International Trade Operations and Strategy and International Trade Policy and Compliance, in addition to the core degree modules.

The International Trade Operations and Strategy module focuses on strategic management decision making techniques in the context of international trade operations, while the International Trade Policy and Compliance module explores international law and the regulations that govern the international trade environment.

Upon completion of the course, graduates will have amassed knowledge, understanding and experience in their specialist subjects, as well as wide-ranging skills in areas such as IT, communication, critical thinking and research.

They will understand the complexities of internal and external organisational environments and have acquired skills and techniques relevant to the management of markets, customers, finance, people, operations and for effective decision making and performance as a practising manager.

Lesley Batchelor OBE, Director General of the Institute of Export says:

“As a professional membership body representing and supporting the interests of everyone involved in importing, exporting and international trade, it is tremendous that the IOE is delivering this qualification in partnership with Plymouth University.”

The course is also recognised by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) – the world’s largest professional body for insurance and financial services.

Dr Hilary Duckett, Director of Plymouth Business School, said:

The BSc (Hons) Management Practice demonstrates our strong commitment to work based learning and professional development. It will enable learners to develop their skills as leaders, gain new insights and knowledge and to become practice based researchers