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Gain an edge for success in the global economy

Take advantage of this unique opportunity for multidisciplinary study and discover the complex world of international trade. Explore the role of trade in society from a range of perspectives—the international legal rules, economic rationales and the political and social implications.

Study how the world is connected through trade and the way it affects businesses, as producers and exporters—consider these issues through the lenses of different disciplines. Explore the impact of trade on indigenous populations, including the historical and contemporary perspectives of Māori involvement in international trade.

Expert staff, international reputation

You'll be learning from lecturers with international reputations for teaching, research and publishing. And because international trade involves several disciplines, including International Relations, Economics, Law, Public Policy and Development Studies, teaching will be across four different faculties—Law, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Victoria Business School.

What you'll study

The Master of International Trade is made up of four core courses totalling 120 points and further courses totalling 60 points.

The core courses will give you a broad knowledge of the main principles of international trade and the ability to apply that knowledge in discussion, debate and problem-solving.

You'll develop your oral and written communication skills, as well as a keen awareness of the social, economic, political and cultural contexts in which international trade operates.

You'll also gain an understanding of the customary laws of Māori and Pacific peoples and how these fit in with modern trade. Explore the impact of international trade agreements on Māori tino rangatiratanga/sovereignty.

Your elective courses can be any that are relevant to international trade and might include courses from the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences or through Te Kawa a Māui (Māori Studies).

How you'll study

You'll learn through lectures, seminars, class discussion and meetings with course teachers and the programme director, and through your own independent study and research.

Lectures will be held in the evenings and during the day. Assessment will include a combination of tests, examinations, essays and reports.

Some courses are only available in certain Trimesters, check the programme timetable to help you plan your study.

Workload and duration

If you are studying full-time you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students taking two courses per trimester will need to do around 20–23 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working.

You can estimate your workload by adding up the number of points you'll be doing. One point is roughly equal to 10–12 hours work.

The Master of International Trade can be completed in three years of part-time study, or in three trimesters of full-time study.


Postgraduate study at Victoria will help you build valuable relationships and networks with peers, university staff and future colleagues.

You'll have opportunities to attend events, workshops, social functions and seminars such as the Student Learning Postgraduate Research skills sessions.


A Master of International Trade will open doors to a career as an international trade specialist in public agencies, businesses and non-governmental organisations around the world.

The Postgraduate Students' Association can give you information and provides a voice for you on campus.




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