Graduate Diploma in International Trade and Development

Towards sustainable economic development

In a conflicted and inequitable world, practical and informed steps towards positive growth are key. Global collaboration is needed to secure a stable, positive future for our planet.

Our Graduate Diploma in International Trade and Development will help you build the knowledge, networks and capacity to enable change.  

What will you do?

  • Gain practical insights into the political dynamics of trading environments.
  • Understand the roles of key domestic, regional and global players.
  • Consider opportunities and challenges facing businesses and economies in a globalised world.
  • Build legal and commercial knowledge.

Note: The Graduate Diploma in International Trade and Development is currently only offered as an exit strategy from the Master of International Trade and Development, rather than an entry point. Applicants are advised to apply for the Master of International Trade and Development.

  • AACSB accredited
  • ISO 9001 Certification
  • Gain a global perspective from experts

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

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Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

How to Apply
Apply through SATAC:
This program is an Exit award for the Master of International Trade and Development 3CM125

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $35,000


These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

Find a Scholarship.


Career Readiness

Careers in international trade and development increasingly require knowledge and skills that transcend traditional academic disciplines. Government officials, business representatives, international aid agency employees and others working in today's global environment need a broad background in economics, international law, trade policy and business to effectively meet the challenges they face.

Potential careers include:


Officer in the Diplomatic Corps (Foreign Affairs and Trade)

International development official (such as AusAID)

Export market development official (such as Austrade)

National development planner (Government economic development agency)

Trade agreements negotiator (Government international trade agency)


Non-Government -

Corporate export manager

International marketing manager

Development assistance officer (non government organisations such as World Vision)

Consultant on international trade and investment

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Graduate Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
  1. Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Potential careers

Business Representative, International Aid Agency Employee

Degree Structure

The Graduate Diploma in International Trade and Development is a 24 unit program comprising eight 3 unit core courses. See Study Plan for more details.

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

You can find the academic program rules for this degree under the Faculty of the Professions rules.

Example Study Plan

Indicative study plan
To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in International Trade and
Development, you must satisfactorily complete a program of study
consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not
less than 24 units
Core Courses (24 units): TRADE 5000 International Trade Negotiations & Agreements
TRADE 7003 Research Methods in International Trade
TRADE 7004 Principles of International Trade & Development
TRADE 7005 Agriculture & Food in International Trade
TRADE 7006 Research Project in International Trade (A)
ECON 7200 Economic Principles (M)
LAW 7070 International Trade Law
ECON 7058 Development Economics
AGRIBUS 7054 Global Food & Agricultural Policy Analysis


Studying has broadened my understanding of the importance and complexity of the global food system and the implications increasing food demand will have on us all.

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Last updated: Thursday, 21 Oct 2021