Master of Science in Commodity Trading

General

Program Description

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

The Master in Commodity Trading is special because students follow academic classes while working in trading.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates find work in all sectors in Switzerland and abroad. Given the nature of the Geneva economy, opportunities are usually found in banking, financial institutions, fiduciaries, consulting firms, insurance agencies, local and international manufacturing, international trade companies (commodities trading, product distribution), international or global organizations.

Curriculum

min 3 - max. 5 semesters | 120 credits ECTS

Required courses (1st semester) 30 credits

  • Quantitive methods
  • Finance and Investment
  • Legal Aspects and Regulations
  • International Economics and Trade
  • Natural Resource Economy and Agri Commodities

Required specialized courses (2nd and 3rd semester) 42 credits

  • Metals, Ores, and Mineral
  • Options
  • Hedging Tools & Technics
  • Shipping, Transport & Logistics
  • Energy Oil and Gas
  • Energy Renewables
  • Types of Financing for Commodity Companies
  • Trade Finance for Banking Instruments
  • Financial Statements Analysis
  • Marine Insurance
  • Commodity Price Mechanism
  • Commodity Price Risk
  • Shipping market
  • Sustainable Finance & Business Ethics
  • Information Systems/Blockchain

Required Work Placement 30 credits

Master Thesis 18 credits

Application

The application procedure for September 2020 is opens until 28 February 2020.

All applications must be submitted by 28 February 2020 at the latest.

There is only one new intake of Master’s students each year, in September. Once you have been admitted, your attendance from day one of the Master’s program is mandatory.

This admission process is for candidates who have never studied at the University of Geneva – there is a double application – one application file to be sent to the Admission office and one application to download for the Faculty. All candidates must download an application for the Faculty with the requested documents you have indicated. More information is available on the official admission page here.

There are two steps to the application process:

1) UNIGE enrollment

Candidates who have never studied at the University of Geneva must enrol and send an application to the University of Geneva's Admissions Office. This application has to be sent by post mail. If you are outside Europe, we would advise you to send it via DHL. If you wish to apply for several different Master's programs, please submit only one enrolment request.

Note: The second step can be done as soon as you have submitted your « UNIGE enrollment» (first step).

2) Master's online application

All candidates must apply to the GSEM Faculty. This should be done online. If you wish to apply for several different Master's programs, please submit a separate application for each Master's program.

Your online application for the Master's in commodities trading must contain the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae (max 2 pages A4)
  • Motivation letter in English (1 page A4)
  • Grade transcripts of previous studies (Bachelor and other university studies)
  • Copy of your Bachelor degree if already obtained (and other degrees if any)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • GMAT ou GRE

Tuition fees

CHF 500.- per semester

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

The Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM) was the result of the merger between the departments of Economics and Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC Genève) of the University of Geneva with a hi ... Read More

The Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM) was the result of the merger between the departments of Economics and Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC Genève) of the University of Geneva with a history spanning over more than 100 years. The merger of the two departments led to the strengthening of our study programs, executive education programs, and research activities in the fields of economics, management, finance, statistics and information systems. Read less