Master of Arts in International Trade Policy and Law

Programme Coordinator

Ms. Suzan Kijjagulwe



This weekend programme is aimed at training prospective students the importance of trade in economic development; understand the recent developments in international trade, changes in domestic competition, trade policies in various countries and trade negotiations in the framework of the World Trade Organisation.

Objectives of the Course

  • To contribute to a pool of competent national negotiators in trade matters.
  • To build long-term capacity in trade-related policy issues at the national and regional levels.
  • To provide a theoretical foundation for practical skills, and thereby contribute to the competence and confidence in practical performance at the workplace.
  • To provide an opportunity to potential trade policy analysts and negotiators to understand the practical aspects of international trade through internships and research.


Target Group

  • Trade negotiators,
  • Advisors on trade issues (to government and private sector),
  • Trade analysts for the country,
  • Customs officers and Freight forwarders
  • Business community especially in private sector, and
  • Staff members of NGOs interested in trade matters e.g. Action Aid International, OXFAM, etc.
  • Commercial and Trade Attaches



ITPL 01:           Introduction to International Trading Systems

Well aware of the importance of trade in economic development and the dynamic nature of recent developments in the field of international trade, changes in domestic competition and trade policies in various countries, Uganda Martyrs University recognized the need to equip interested persons from both public and private sectors with knowledge and skills in International Trade Policy and Law.  This module is designed as an introduction to the overall master’s degree program in International Trade Policy and Law. It therefore covers a broad spectrum of issues, many of which will be treated in a more detailed manner in other modules.


ITPL 02: Trade and Development in East Africa


This course is concerned with the relationship between trade and development, with emphasis on development-related issues in the WTO and regional trade arrangements, with a focus on the East African Community. The course will provide an overview of how trade can contribute to achieving economic growth and development when framed by the appropriate domestic and international policies and measures. It will analyse how the EAC integration has evolved and how it is impacting on the trade and development of her member states.


ITPL 03: Quantitative Methods for Trade Policy Analysis


This course provides students with a range of quantitative techniques for analyzing trade and other economic data used in the formulation and analysis of international trade policy.   The course requires a basic understanding of mathematics and statistics. Students should consult any introductory mathematics or statistics text as a refresher. Students are expected to know the following: Statistics – measures of central tendency (mean, mode, etc) and dispersion (variance, standard deviation, etc), Mathematics – differentiation of a function, matrices (addition, subtraction, multiplication and inversion). A basic knowledge of computers and computer programs would also be required for the course. During the course students will be shown how to use Stata and Eviews software for Trade Policy Analysis.


ITPL 04:           Contemporary International Trade Policy Analysis


The times when international trade policy issues were left to a few technocrats in trade ministries have long gone by. Currently these issues are directly pertinent to people from all walks of life including business people, politicians, medics, educationist, and more especially those in Foreign Service.


ITPL 06:           International Business Strategy


The module International Business Strategy is aimed to enable the student appreciate international strategy business operations.  The course is based on the notion of business expanding outside the natural boarders, changing various business perspectives. The course aims at closing the knowledge gap between the textbook based strategy to informed and realistic perspectives, hence a student will be able to formulate and implement and international business strategy.


DIS 1008 Research Methods


The first part of this course will be quantitative methods while the second will be qualitative. This course introduces the student to basic methods of empirical inquiry in the social sciences research. The overwhelming majorities of studies that test hypotheses, empirically fit models, produce predictions, or estimate policy impacts are based upon some form of quantitative or statistical analysis. The level of mathematical treatment will be moderate (some algebra).


ITPL 07:  International Negotiations and Advocacy


Students should be able to:

  1. Gain a deeper understanding of theories about the processes and outcomes of international negotiations.
  2. Understand the origins of negotiation and aspects resolving disagreements.
  3. Improve personal negotiation, advocacy and lobbying skills.
  4. Develop ability to analyze international conflicts and disagreements.
  5. Analyze some critical factors affecting international negotiation, advocacy and lobbying.

ITPL 08:  International Trade law


Ubisocietas, ibiius (where society is, there is law). This old saying is also true with regard to international trade, for international trade law can be traced back to many of the ancient societies such as Mesopotamia, Egypt, Kush, China and India, through the Middle Ages to the present modern times. There has always been and there will always be some form of law to ensure order in international trade.



ITPL 09:  Application of Ethics in International Trade


The recent discoveries in technology, and particularly in information and communication technology, and the consequent process of globalization, have substantially modified the traditional way of doing trade. Not only have they led to new products, new services, new forms of organization and communication, but also have overcome the limits of space and time, as the countries are becoming more and more interdependent, thus making trade more global. Today there is increased mobility of the people and exchange of commercial goods and stock markets. All this not only imposes new opportunities but also new challenges unknown before. A mistake done in one part can easily affect the entire world, given the global link. This shows the need for a typically ethical reflection on international trade since the science of economics alone, given its method, does not have within itself the criteria for judging the good and bad. Thus ethical principles or standards are needed to guide all those engaged in international trade and policy makers.


ITPL 10:           Econometrics


Econometrics provides the interface between economic theory and the real world.  It provides the tools with which to test hypotheses and to generate forecasts of economic activity.  The skills you will develop in this course are vital in any applied economic work, and will constitute an essential ingredient in most jobs in the field of economics, whether in the public, private or academic sector.  More immediately, econometrics may prove very useful for your Research projects.


This course is intended to offer a solid grounding in the fundamental techniques of econometrics.  It assumes that students have studied basic mathematics and statistics courses and builds on the Quantitative Methods course.  Those of you who are new to econometrics will need to work particularly hard at the start to catch up.  The course is highly applied, with all the theory learnt in lectures being put into practice in the computer lab using EViews econometrics software.


SDIS 2004:  Global Communication II Languages: French


This course examines the dynamics of communication in institutions and organizations especially where communication, through the use of Information Communication Technologies (ICT), fosters understanding in international affairs.

The course aims at equipping the learners with basic communication skills in French. Such skills are situational; speech acts will thus be carefully selected to suit specific situations, relevant to the learners’ domain