MSc, Master of Science International Trade & Logistics

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Eduniversal 2024 French Ranking - International Trade Category


Best Masters 2024 ranking - Maritime management category

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to Bachelor's degree - 4 years, Validation of Personal and Professional Experience (VAPP)




MSc, Master of Science


Full Time


September 2024




Eduniversal 2024 French Ranking - International Trade Category


Best Masters 2024 ranking - Maritime management category

MSc International Trade & Logistics

Capitalising on over 65 years of expertise in transport, logistics, and commercial optimisation, KEDGE presents a distinctive MSc International Trade & Logistics programme, tailored with a unique focus on the maritime industry. This postgraduate training, accredited by leading professional bodies, emphasizes academic rigor and ensures participants acquire a deep understanding of the industry through a curriculum undergoing regular reviews by industry professionals. The programme welcoming candidates wishing to specialise in logistics and transportation offers a pathway for both entry and advancement at the master's level. Explore the world of international trade and logistics at KEDGE for an enriching academic journey.

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Head of the International Trade & Logistics Master of Science (MSc)


"Drawing strength from a rich heritage and strong links with the corporate world, KEDGE offers high-quality training as well as exclusive insights into its global vision of transport and logistics. The international element of the MSc programme in International Transport and Logistics is the cornerstone of the programme. It follows a partnership-lead method of teaching, enabling students to get hands-on experience managing international and strategic issues related to sustainable transportation, storage, customs, and IT. Taking a global perspective on international transport and logisitics helps students develop skills in three key areas: trade, international transport, and logistics."

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Highlights of the International Trade & Logistics MSc

Encompassing international trade, logistics, and international transport, the curriculum seamlessly aligns with the current demands of companies and the complexities of our global environment. This comprehensive strategy is designed to address the multifaceted challenges faced by international businesses, covering these three key areas. The programme hence ensures that students acquire a well-rounded understanding of the interconnected facets essential for success in the global marketplace.

Courses are strongly focused on international aspects of these fields. This global oriented teaching offers several benefits:

•    Prepare for the needs of the global marketplace
•    Develop openness and agility
•    Acquire a global perspective
•    Improve or learn English
•    Create an international network

The programme places an emphasis on the maritime industry, acknowledging its significant role in international trade, with a minimum of 90% of global trade occurring through maritime transportation. This focus is particularly relevant in Marseille, given its distinctive DNA and extensive connections with local and global economic stakeholders. The curriculum provides a comprehensive exploration of this sector, ensuring students gain the essential knowledge to navigate its complexities.

The programme provides two distinctive specialisations, allowing students to tailor their education based on their career goals:

  • Advance in logistics: An immersive journey into logistical strategies with practical insights into the intricacies of supply chain management, and a focuss on cultivating advanced analytical and decision-making skills crucial for navigating the complexities of modern logistics.
  • Advance in maritime & trade: Dynamics of the maritime industry with specialised knowledge that spans international trade regulations and practices, for exposure to the intricate world of maritime logistics, preparing students for leadership roles in the global landscape of trade operations.

The programme prioritises assisting participants in integrating into the professional world. Business projects are a vital component, offering practical insights into operations and strategy. Students not only gain hands-on experience but also develop skills for complex decision-making as part of those endeavors involving corporate mentors and KEDGE tutors. These help students build a strong professional profile and expand their network, offering many opportunities for them to connect with the business world.

The Rotterdam study trip is a unique opportunity within the MSc International Transport and Logistics programme. Students have the option to organise an overseas visit to the port city of Rotterdam, aligning with the course's emphasis on the maritime industry. This experience provides valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities of international trade and logistics.

Over 50% of instructors, esteemed professionals in their respective fields, enhance courses with experiential learning methods, including industry conferences and on-site study trips. Students gain practical insights through part-time placements, contribute to case studies, and defend projects in front of professional panels, ensuring a blend of operational expertise and a strong theoretical foundation in corporate projects.

CCEF Certification, an integral part of the training, equips students with essential knowledge for expertise in international trade. Recognised by global experts, it connects students to a network of 4,300 members across 146 countries. Participants attend a round of conferences, crucial for earning the final "French Foreign Trade Advisors" certification, emphasizing strategic topics for understanding global trade.

Skills developed in the International Trade & Logistics MSc

Students learn how to develop an overview of key issues, gain a deeper understanding of the operational and strategic challenges related to international trade and logistics, and learn about port management and strategy as well.

Business strategies related to global logistics and trade, from breaking into foreign markets to managing physical flows and information. Students learn how to integrate digitised techniques into operations management, as well as the basic concepts related to international transport and logistics, international transport law and customs operations.

Transversal skills needed to design and pilot successful development strategies for a company or production unit in an international environment are studies. Students will manage all risk, personnel and multimodal transport, as well the operational and financial resources involved in the international supply chain.

Students learn and practice skills in cross-cultural negotiation, international marketing and end-to-end management (from supplier to end customer), while also mastering geopolitics, international finance and international contract law in this portion of the course.

Why pursue a Master in maritime logistics and trade?

Professionals in international logistics and trade are crucial in business, facing a rising demand for their expertise. Substantial growth in these roles has made postgraduate programmes the preferred choice for individuals, at both entry level and with experience, preparing them for managerial and executive roles worldwide. Notably, a master's degree level has become a prerequisite for most positions, providing various benefits:

  • Leadership preparation: Aspiring professionals need advanced technical and leadership skills, and graduate education serves as a potent tool for their development. MSc courses cover data analytics, process optimisation, strategy, and international logistics, fostering essential leadership skills (communication, negotiation, team management...).
  • Job security and earning potential: Specialised education substantially enhances job security in an industry proven to be resilient even in times of economic uncertainty. Recent events highlighted the industry's robustness, with a strong demand during pandemics and natural disasters. An MSc provides a competitive edge, unlocking higher earning potential, particularly in high-level roles.
  • Current industry and technology knowledge: MScs' technology-centric curricula offer hands-on experience with the latest industry tools. Graduates learn to leverage modern technology for data gathering, access, management, analysis, and utilisation. Additionally, specialised courses prepare professionals for industry-recognised certifications, notably within the MSc International Trade & Logistics at KEDGE.
  • Robust professional network: Specialised Masters of Science provide a focused curriculum, attracting industry professionals as professors. Interaction with faculty and classmates, often boasting extensive industry experience, facilitates the creation of a strong professional network.

For further exploration of the prospects after obtaining a specialised degree, explore the dedicated career page.