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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.

Campus Information

North Terrace

The campus provides a mix of the historical and contemporary, combining old sandstone buildings with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities.

Intakes

  • Jan
  • Sep

Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

There are three key steps you will need to take when addressing the selection criteria in any University of Adelaide job application:

  • Create a new document. Your statement addressing the position’s specified selection criteria should be separate from your cover letter and resume.
  • List each criterion separately. Give each a title, using exactly the same wording as appears on the Position Description (e.g. Excellent verbal communication skills).
  • Address each criterion. Under each heading, write two short paragraphs explaining how your experience, skills, education and training equip you to meet that specific requirement. Dot points are also acceptable.

Please note that failing to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria could result in your application not being considered.

Some helpful writing tips
There are a number of steps you can take when putting together your responses to increase their clarity and impact.

  • Give details of one or two specific things you’ve done that are good examples of the relevant experience or knowledge required. For example: ‘I was responsible for organising an event attended by… This involved…'
  • Preface these examples with a short overview that shows you appreciate the relevance of the specific criterion.
  • Quantify your experience (number of years worked, staff supervised, etc.). For example: ‘I delivered a presentation to an industry forum with an audience of 80 people.’
  • Where possible, indicate how successfully you meet the criterion. You could do this by referring to feedback from others, or things you've set up that are still being used. For example: ‘A report I wrote about… was endorsed by the… Committee and circulated to all stakeholders for discussion.

You could also consider using the STAR method as a structural framework when describing examples of your work. This involves describing, in the order listed here, the:

  • situation you faced
  • task required, and desired outcome
  • action you took to complete the task
  • results you achieved, and lessons you learned.

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.

Graduate Attributes
The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
Deep discipline knowledge
Critical thinking and problem solving
Teamwork and communication skills
Career and leadership readiness
Intercultural and ethical competency
Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Industry Placement
Work placement can include:

Professions Internships

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

PSW Opportunity

NA

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Entry to postgraduate coursework programs as a minimum requires a Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification from an approved institution as a qualification for entry.

Some of the graduate certificates and graduate diplomas that are offered may be accepted as qualifying work for entry to a Masters program, or as professional qualifications in their own right.

IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6

TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 20 Listening 20 Speaking 23 Writing 27

Pearson Overall 58 Reading 58 Listening 58 Speaking 65 Writing 65
 
C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 176 Listening 176 Speaking 185 Writing 185
 
Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent with a credit average.