The MCA responds to the challenges of the modern customs environment in both the public and private sectors. Customs today is characterised by a constant drive for trade facilitation, a heightened awareness of security risks, complex taxation rules and increasing bilateral trade agreements. Customs practitioners must have thorough knowledge of these areas in order to:

  • develop strategies that cope with change,
  • optimise customs-related processes and
  • ensure compliance with increasingly demanding statutory regulations.


  • Deepen knowledge of customs and related areas from an academic and practical point of view
  • Promote compliance and the effective implementation of international standards
  • Improve dialogue and cooperation between customs managers in the public and private sector


  • Lectures and seminars provide a theoretical overview and examine practical issues on the basis of case studies
  • Self-study presents students with set tasks to prepare and reflect on taught classes
  • The modules are accompanied by the transfer project which bridges between the workplace and the course. It requires the participants to apply the knowledge they have acquired at the workplace
  • The master's thesis requires the participants to investigate a customs-related problem from an academic and practical perspective. It represents an independent investigation, structured and worked out in accordance with academic requirements

Learning outcomes

Graduates of the MCA will be prepared for a managerial role in global customs and trade. They will be able to:

  • develop policies that respond to and anticipate current and future developments
  • ensure compliance, optimise customs and tax-related processes
  • formulate work and organisational instructions to ensure effective implementation within their organisation
  • communicate and cooperate with the other organisations in the private and public sectors
  • effectively represent the interests of their organisation at national and European level