Master of Science in Commodity Trading

The University of Geneva's Master in Commodity Trading is a unique programme in Europe. It focuses on the financing of resources, products and trade flows of goods, and includes courses in relevant areas of economics such as financial instruments and means of payment for the different transactions. Shipping, legal aspects, protection of goods and risk management are also addressed.

As of September 2017, the Master in Commodity Trading will enter a transition period in order to meet the objectives of the GSEM innovative "Bridge the Gap" program designed to reinforce the collaboration between the economic sectors and the academic institutions.

In the first semester (30 ECTS), several core courses are offered to the students in an inter-disciplinary spirit. The second and third semesters are more focused more on specialised courses. The students can start an internship (30 ECTS) already by the first semester. The professional specialisation consists of approximately 80% of internship and 20% of professional education with specialised courses (42 credits). Additional courses can be taken for 30 ECTS, instead of an internship. All students have to submit a thesis (18 ECTS).

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Deadline: 28 February 2017 (The enrolment procedure starts in JANUARY of each year)

Please visit the Faculty's admission webpage.

3 semesters
(max. 5
120 credits
Core fundamental courses (1st semester)
Quantitative Methods;
Finance & Investment;
Legal Aspects & Regulations;
International Economics & Trade;
Natural Resource Economics and Agri Commodities.
30 credits
Specialised courses (2nd and 3rd semester)
Metals, Ores and Minerals & Agri commodities; Options;
Hedging Tools & Technics; Shipping,Transport & Logistics;
Energy Oil and Gas; Energy Renewables;
Types of Financing for Commodity Companies;
Accountancy, Control and Auditing; Marine Insurance;
Commodity Price Mechanism; Commodity Price Risk;
Marine Insurance; Trade Finance Banking Instruments;
Shipping Market; CSR & Business Ethics.

42 credits

Internship or additional courses

30 credits

Master thesis

18 credits

Program structure and course descriptions (for students who started their Master studies in fall 2016 or before)

Programme d'études avec descriptif et horaires des enseignements