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Master of International Trade Finance

Master of International Trade Finance

The multidisciplinary Master of International Trade Finance Degree is aimed at providing practical skills to effectively negotiate trade finance contracts, review and analyse regulatory aspects of trade finance, assess trade finance-related risks, advise clients on appropriate trade finance solutions, prepare trade finance contracts and instruments and further understand the confluence of trade finance and international trade regulatory framework. This will be achieved by taking the following 12 modules and a master thesis:


  1. Regulatory Framework for International Trade and Regional Integration.
  2. Economics of International Trade and Trade Finance.
  3. International Trade Finance Practice.
  4. Practical Trade Finance Solutions
  5. Contractual Aspects of International Trade Finance
  6. Research Methods
  7. Law and Practice Relating to Trade Finance Instruments
  8. Factoring, Forfaiting and Receivables Financing
  9. International Trade Finance for Trade and Development
  10. Trade Finance and Good Governance
  11. Contemporary Issues in International Trade Finance
  12. Negotiations for Trade Finance Instruments
  13. Thesis in relevant aspects of Trade Finance.

The 12 modules plus the thesis add up to 180 credit units out of which 20 are for the thesis. For the Master’s degree to be awarded, the programme must be completed within two to five years.

Minimum admission requirements for the Master’s Programme

Applicants eligible for admission must:

  • have a relevant bachelor’s degree from a recognised university.
  • at least one year experience in trade finance or related fields
  • have a good command of the English language. Where English was not the medium of instruction language during the applicant’s first degree, there must be evidence of good knowledge of English demonstrated through appropriate passes in internationally recognised English language proficiency qualifications.

Thesis Writing

To be allocated a supervisor, the student must have completed a total of six courses inclusive of the Research Methods module. Before applying for a supervisor allocation, the candidates are strongly recommended to consider formulating a suitable thesis proposal and also plan for the thesis. The student may write the thesis as he/she enrols for the last four modules, to make a total of eleven courses and a thesis to qualify for the Master’s degree in International Trade Finance. The requirements for the thesis include;

  • The thesis shall be approximately 15,000 words in length.
  • The grading scale for the thesis is the same as for the taught courses. The thesis proposal as well as the oral defence must meet certain criteria.
  • A student who fails to pass will be allowed to re-write and re-submit the thesis a maximum of two times.
  • A pass after a re-submission of the thesis shall be recorded as an E in the academic transcript.

Accreditation and Certification

The Master of International Trade Finance is accredited by the Government of Tanzania’s National Council for Technical Education (NACTE) through ESAMI. Consequently, certification for the Master’s programme is done by ESAMI.

Fees, Date and Venue

  • Venue: Blended/ global online and physical in country at venues in regional offices.
  • Date: 26th February 2024
  • Fees – $4,500

Blended/ global online and physical in country at venues in regional offices below

Class Times

The classes start at 5:00pm to 10:00pm, Monday to Friday
Please also note that lectures run for three weeks consecutively and then break off for two months.

How to Apply

Additional information on this master’s degree programme in International Trade Finance as well as the application process can be accessed by emailing us at Prospective trainees can assess additional information either ESAMI-trapca’s website, ESAMI-trapca offices at the ESAMI Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania or from ESAMI Country offices, currently present in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Harare (Zimbabwe), Kampala (Uganda), Lilongwe (Malawi), Lusaka (Zambia), Nairobi (Kenya), Maputo (Mozambique), Mbabane (Eswatini) and Windhoek (Namibia). The contact details of ESAMI-trapca, ESAMI Headquarters and Country Offices are given at the end of this Prospectus.

Or visit us at our following offices:

Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa (ESAMI-trapca) ESAMI Hill, ESAMI Road
P.O. Box 3030, Arusha, Tanzania
+255 2722970077/737063640
+255 27 297 0065/8/9
+255 27 2970066
ESAMI Headquarters PO Box 3030 ARUSHA, TANZANIA
Tel: +255 27 297 00 65/8/9
+255 27 297 00 70/1/2/3
Fax: +255 27 297 00 66
Email:  Website:
Country Coordinator ESAMI
NIC Investment House 3rd Floor PO  Box   22290 DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA
Tel: +255 22 211 2670, +255 22 213 5046 Mobile:  +255  713   32   77   28 Fax: +255 22 211 3686
Country Coordinator ESAMI
ESAMI Centre Plot 52 Bombo Road PO Box 824 KAMPALA, UGANDA
Tel: +256 41 4254 222, +256 41 434 3397 Fax: +256 41 4232 168
Coutry Coordinator ESAMI
International House 4th Floor Mama Ngina Street PO Box 56628-00200 NAIROBI,
Tel: +254 20 224 1770, +254 20 222 8233 Telefax: +254 20 224 8814
Email: /
Country Coordinator ESAMI
Superannuation House 2nd Floor Ben  Bella   Road PO Box 32132 LUSAKA,
ZAMBIA Tel: +260 211 222 937 Telefax: +260 211 222 968
Country Coordinator ESAMI
Development House 1st Floor City Centre PO Box 31127 LILONGWE 3, MALAWI
Tel: +265 1 774 423, +265 1 770 253
+ 265 1 775 385
Telefax: +265 1 770 957 Email:
Country Coordinator ESAMI
No. 6 Bantry Road, Alexandra Park, PO Box 2627
Tel: +263 4 292 6672/3
+263 4 2917274/+263 4 744 364/935
Telefax: +263 4 745607.
Email:  esamizimbabwe@esami-africa.or g
Country Coordinator ESAMI
Avenida Julius Nyerere No. 657  2  andar PO Box 2077 MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE  Tel: +258 21 487 375
Telefax: +258 21 487 375
Country Coordinator ESAMI
Lilunga House 3rd Floor Somhololo Road PO Box 4234 MBABANE, ESWATINI  Tel: +268 40 48 494
Telefax: +268 40 48 495 Email:
Country Coordinator ESAMI
Corner Nelson Mandela/ Sam Najoma Drive Hidas Centre
1st Floor PO Box 1836 WINDHOEK, 9000, NAMIBIA
Tel: +264 61 236 965/6 Telefax: +264 61 249 822
Country Coordinator Seychelles Institute of Management (SIM) PO Box 1678 Ma Joire
MAHE SEYCHELLES Tel: +248 443 2241 Fax: +248 443 2422



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