Master of International Trade and Development

Achieve 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 Master of International Trade and Development (MITD) equips you for leading roles in areas related to economic growth and development. We 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 advanced legal and commercial knowledge.
  • Learn negotiation and leveraging strategies through case-based learning experiences.

Where could it take you?

Your role on the global stage is dictated only by your own ambitions. You could find yourself at a world summit, coming up with strategies for achieving long-term international goals. You might look after your community’s interests as a local MP. Perhaps you’ll be an international marketing manager, investment consultant, trade agreements negotiator, corporate export director or economic researcher. 

Note: The MITD degree is a 36-unit program taught over 1 or 1.5 years. The price quoted on Degree Finder is for the standard 24 units per year program load.

  • Gain a global perspective from experts
  • Ranked 39th in world^
  • AACSB accredited

^QS International Trade Rankings, 2023

Entry Requirements

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SATAC Code 3CM125
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake January and September
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent.

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    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2022
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    International students 3 37.5%
    All students 8 100.0%

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Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $37,000

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Career Readiness

Master of International Trade and Development graduates emerge equipped with a deep knowledge of trade-and-development-related theory, frameworks and issues. They have the practical skills to develop, negotiate, implement, and monitor the effectiveness of policies intended to create more business-enabling environments—and distribute the benefits of globalisation more widely across societies.

The degree is suitable for professionals seeking a wide range of rewarding careers in international trade, aid and development. Potential roles exist in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, and may include:

  • corporate export manager
  • diplomatic corps officer
  • international development official
  • development assistance officer
  • international marketing manager
  • export market development official
  • national development planner
  • international trade and investment consultant
  • trade agreements negotiator.

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

Graduates of this program have gone on to careers in:

Agriculture, Agricultural Service Industry;  Personal / Research Officer (Local MP);  Economic Researcher;  Public Servant;  Foreign Aid Worker;  International Aid Agency Employee;  Business Consultant;  Parliamentary Adviser;  Parliamentary Member;  Policy Adviser ...

Degree Structure

The Master of International Trade and Development is a 36 unit degree that may be completed in only 12 or 18 months of full-time study. The duration will depend on the courses enrolled in each term.

Students in this degree are required to undertake 36 units of Trade, Economics and Law courses. Most courses are taught intensively, either as three two-day intensive modules (taught on a Friday afternoon and all day Saturday), or as a week-long intensive course.

Example Study Plan

Indicative Study Plan

Core courses to the value of 21 units ECON 7200: Economic Principles (M)
LAW 7070: International Trade Law
TRADE 5000: International Trade: Negotiations and Agreements
TRADE 5001: International Trade: Strategies and Opportunities
TRADE 7003: Research Methods in International Trade
TRADE 7004: Principles of International Trade and Development
TRADE 7005: Agriculture and Food in International Trade
Three courses to the value of 9 units TRADE 7007 Multinational Corporations (MNCs), Trade and Sustainable Development
TRADE 7009: International Aid and Trade
TRADE 7008: Services, Trade and Developing World Labour Markets
TRADE 7012: Trade Statistics
AGRIBUS 7054: Global Food and Agricultural Policy Analysis
ECON 7221: The Economics of Climate Change
Industry Placement or International Internship or Professions Internship or Professions Study Tours or Exchange for Business PG Students.

* A Student who wishes to pursue higher degree by research studies in the future should complete the 12 unit research project and may only take courses to a value of 3 units as electives.
Research component TRADE 7014A and TRADE 7014B Research Project in International Trade (6 units)

Or to pursue higher degree by research studies in the future:

TRADE 7013A and TRADE 7013B Research Project in International Trade (12 units)


Class participation, essays/projects and final examination.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 31 May 2023