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The SRC’s International Trade Policy Programme

The SRC flagship programme offers a globally relevant and recognized programme rooted in Caribbean and small states realities. The programme is offered both as a Masters of Science (M.Sc.) degree and a post-graduate diploma awarded by the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of the West Indies’ Cave Hill Campus, Barbados. The MITP/PGITP Coordinator is Dr. Jan Yves Remy, current SRC Director. The MITP/PGITP Administrator is Mrs. Desiree Evelyn.

The Masters in International Trade Policy Programme is a 12-month full-time course that emphasizes critical thinking on trade policy matters, taught by a unique blend of regional and international scholars, professionals and practitioners. It also engages participants in interactive learning scenarios that emulate the world of advocacy, negotiations and trade diplomacy.

The SRC also offers a Postgraduate Diploma in International Trade Policy – a four-month course of study that allows students to cover core courses in international trade policy in one semester.

For those not in Barbados there are limited spaces available for remote classes so please sign up today!

Persons are also permitted to take individual courses on an ad hoc basis. For further information, please contact our MITP/PGITP administrator.

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Why you should enroll with us

  • Courses are tailor-made for the student who wants to acquire multi-disciplinary expertise in regional and international trade policy and business, with a  specific emphasis on the perspective of small states
  • The Masters Course has been running for 15 years and has generated a well-connected alumni network of over 180 persons, including many of the region’s TOP regional trade professionals
  • Every year, we do a Study Tour to Geneva, Switzerland where we meet Caribbean and international trade experts and visit the major international trade institutions where trade is taking place!
  • Our teaching faculty comprises trade professionals drawn from the region and internationally, who have academic, government and business backgrounds in trade.
  • Following the course, we assist in finding you internships in regional and international trade organizations.

Joint University Study Tour (JUST)

The Joint University Study Tour (JUST) is an immersive week where a selection of students visit major Trade actors in Geneva, attend seminars and events related to the topic, and have the opportunity to shadow trade delegates.

The tour is organised together with universities from around the world which gives participating students an opportunity to meet peers from around the world.

Qualifications Required

  • A Lower Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in fields such as Economics, International Relations, Political Science, International Business, Management, Statistical Analysis, Law, Agriculture Development or related fields.
  • Candidates with Pass degrees in the aforementioned fields, who have other relevant qualifications and/or at least five (5) years’ experience in relevant fields of work (e.g. Trade Policy, Law, Economics, Foreign Policy, Agricultural Development Policy, Business and Investment Facilitation, Export Development, Standards and Quality Infrastructure, Port and Maritime Operations, Statistics, Customs and Trade Facilitation, etc.) will be considered for entry on a case by case basis.

About the Masters in International Trade Policy Programme (MITP)

The MITP is taught over the course of 12 months. The MITP has both a theoretical and practical component.


Theoretical Component: For the first 6 months (conducted over the course of Semester I and Semester II), students learn about the theories and substantive scope of trade rules from a multi-disciplinary perspective of law, politics and economics. While a global perspective is provided, the added value of the programme is to provide a uniquely Caribbean perspective that students will find nowhere else and will afford them an opportunity to begin thinking about Caribbean responses to global problems and issues.


Practical Component: The practical component includes a two-week study tour in a city or region of particular trade interest for the region (currently, the Study Tour has been confined to Geneva) and then undertake a three-month practical attachment to a national, regional or international institution or company with a trade or trade-related function.


Semester I covers the “core” courses. In Semester II, students must undertake a supervised Research paper; and choose four courses from a variety of electives. At the end of Semester II, students participate in the Study Tour; and complete a three-month internship at a trade/related organization or business.

About the Post-Graduate Diploma in International Trade Policy Programme (PGITP)

The SRC is proud to also offer a PGITP for those students who only wish to complete the core courses offered in Semester I. This PGITP caters to the student who does not have the time to complete a Masters in one academic year and who may opt at a later date to attain a full Masters by selecting courses over a longer period time. It also caters to the student who simply wishes a post-graduate diploma in international trade policy.

Core Courses

Our core courses are offered in Semester I for our Master in International Trade Policy (MITP) and Postgraduate in International Trade Policy (PGITP) students. Please click on the course to access the course description.

Elective Courses

Our elective courses are offered in Semester II. Please click on the course to access the course description.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are scholarships available for the MITP programme?

The MITP programme is not currently offering a scholarship.


Are there payment plans options available?

Payments for the MITP programme can be made in 4 installments. Students must first contact the University of the West Indies Bursary to make the necessary arrangements so the plan can be added to the student account.


Can my credits be applied towards the Master’s  programme after completion of the Post-Graduate Diploma?

The credits from the Post-Graduate Diploma will go forward towards the completion of the Master’s degree in International Trade Policy


Does the programme offer semester long courses?

The courses in the MITP programme are all two-weeks in duration (modular) with the exception of the Law course which is four weeks and the Quantitative course which is the only course which is semester long.


What is the purpose of the Study Tour to Geneva?

The period spent in Geneva has been designed to fine tune the skills and knowledge which the students acquired during the last 9 months of academic teaching.

Any Questions? Reach Out To Our MITP/PGITP Administrator

To learn more about our MITP and PGITP programmes, please do not hesitate to reach out to our MITP/PGITP Administrator.