Trade Diplomacy


Economic and trade issues are increasingly coming to the fore in diplomatic undertakings of states. 

Please note: This module will be available as a part of the MSc Global Energy and Climate Policy from September 2018.

Topics covered

This module introduces students to the key theories and issues concerning the dealings of nations with each other as well as the institutions of global governance that impact trade relations. This module introduces students to economic theories of trade as well as international political economy in order to provide a well-rounded introduction to the subject. It traces the changes taking place in the global trade architecture especially the move from trade negotiations fronted by the WTO to trade in a multilateral environment and the regulatory architecture for dispute settlement. This module will focus on relevant issues such as the rise of China and its influence on global trade, the rise of non-state actors as pressure groups, the inclusion of non-trade related topics in trade negotiations and finally the 'Brexit' trade negotiations.


  • Five written online activities (30% of the module mark)
  • 5,000 word essay (70%).