International Trading System

38.04.01In english

Level of education Master

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 2 years

Full description

The International Trading System MA programme was developed in 2004 with the academic support of the Center for Trade policy and Law (Ottawa, Canada). The programme is targeted at public and private sector trade professionals – people engaged in economics, finance, law. The programme is developed for students who have a specific interest in trade policy development and those who practice actively in international trade, investments and finance.

Its goal is to train highly qualified experts in international trade and trade policy analysis. To achieve this goal, the team involved in the programme development introduced unique academic modules. The World Economy department organizes open lectures of high-ranked policy-makers and representatives of international economic organizations, think tanks, and independent experts on a regular basis. The team members participate in various skills training programmes in Russia and abroad.

The programme is targeted at public and private sector trade professionals – people engaged in economics, finance, law, those who practice actively in international trade, investments and finance, and those who have a specific interest in trade policy development.

Key Skills

Graduates should:

  • be ready to independently acquire new knowledge and skills with the use of information technologies;
  • be able to develop effective strategies for economic agents’ behavior, taking into account the competitive situation in various markets, including international ones, in a rapidly changing institutional environment and technological developments;
  • be able to develop solutions and assess their efficiency taking into consideration conditions of uncertainty and risk, to prepare regulatory and methodological documents, proposals and to implement designed programmes into practice;
  • provide expertise for decision makers at strategic level by using instrumental tools in the field of financial, economic and social policy, including inter alia, databases and various internet sources;
  • acquire new research methods based upon main principles of international economic law and pursue complex interdisciplinary applied research of external economic activity.
Entering Research and Professional Community

Students can follow internships in:

  • International economic organisations
  • National/sub-national regulators in charge of trade policy
  • Strategic departments of big companies, financial institutions
  • Consulting companies
  • Think tanks and universities
Key Features of the Programme
  • Teaching staff: world class teachers and practitioners; students have an opportunity to participate in open lectures of high-ranked policy-makers and representatives of international economic organizations, think tanks, and independent experts.
  • International learning environment: over the years, students from Germany, the USA, Canada, Columbia, China, India, Pakistan, and other countries participated in the programme.
  • Study tour: during the study process students have an opportunity to visit international economic organizations based in Geneva, and get additional knowledge and skills in trade policy issues.
  • Employment: students have an opportunity to combine the study process with employment.
  • Career opportunities: Graduates of the programme have great career opportunities. They are employed by private sector organizations, as well as national/sub-national bodies in charge of trade policy, consulting companies, think tanks and universities.
Main Courses

The programme offers the following relevant and engaging courses: 

  • Research Methods
  • Theory and Practice of International Economic Relations
  • Commercial Diplomacy
  • Legal Aspects of International Trade Regulation
  • Theories of International Relations and Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Research seminars: International Trading System, Countries in the WTO System, The European Union in the International Trading System
Teaching Staff

Professors of the programme are world renowned scientists and experienced lecturers:

Prof. Sergei Sutyrin – Honoured Worker of the Higher Education of the Russian Federation

Professor Elena Efimova, Associate Professor Olga Trofimenko received gratitude from the Ministry of Education and Science.

Professor Alexander Pogorletsky, Associate Professor Irina Vorobieva, Associate Professor Vladimir Sherov-Ignatiev, Associate Professor Liudmila Popova received certificates of honor from the Ministry of Education and Science.

Programme Academic Council:

Jean-Marie Paugam. WTO Deputy Director General, Geneva, Switzerland

Mina Mashayekhi. Senior Advisor, RockCreek Group, Member of the College Advisory Board, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA

Jan Bohanes. Senior Counsel, Advisory center for the WTO law, Geneva, Switzerland

Alejandro Gamboa. Former Senior Adviser, Market Access Department, World Trade Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Alexei Shkvarov. Director General, Assistance in Insurance LLC, St. Petersburg, Russia

Sergei Sinyaev. Deputy General Director for Commercial Affairs, JSC Severnaya Zorya Research and Production Complex, St. Petersburg, Russia

Irina Korgun. PhD in Economics, Senior Research Fellow, the Institute of Economics, Russian Academy of Science, Moscow, Russia