Master of International Trade and Development

Degree Type Masters by Coursework
Duration 1.5 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3CM125
CRICOS 089644F

International trade is widely recognised as a key contributor to economic growth and development—and the Master of International Trade and Development (MITD) equips graduates for a wide variety of leading roles in the field.

The degree instils a deep, practically-oriented understanding of global, regional and domestic trade, services and investment, and development issues. It provides graduates with:

  • the ability to think and act strategically about international trade and development issues
  • practical insights into the political dynamics of the negotiating environment
  • an understanding of the opportunities and challenges globalisation presents for businesses and economies
  • knowledge of the practical legal and commercial aspects of international trade.

Students engage in case-based learning experiences exposing them to interactions between business and government in trade negotiations; and equipping them to develop strategies for leveraging trade-related commercial opportunities to achieve sustainable economic development.

Important note for students: The MITD degree is a 36 unit program taught over 1 or 1.5 years (see 'Degree Structure' section below for more information). The price quoted on this site is for the standard 24 units per year program load.

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  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 3CM125
    Intake January, May and September
    Enquiries Future Students team
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Graduate Entry A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM125

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    Admissions information

    CRICOS 089644F
    Intake January, May and September
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent with a credit average.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $29,500

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $40,500


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

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  • Careers

    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
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    Work placement can include:

    Professional Accreditation

    The University of Adelaide has been awarded international accreditation for the Business, and the Innovation and Entrepreneurship degrees from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.

    Potential careers

    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, Political Adviser, Politician, Export / Import trade, International Development Worker, International Government and Trade Policy Adviser, International Trade or Business Analyst, Foreign Affairs, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Humanitarian / Aid Worker, Information Analyst

  • 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.

    Academic Program Rules

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

    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
    LAW 7099: International Trade Transactions and the Law
    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: Thursday, 6 Dec 2018