MA (IRDS) Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies

2 Years

This programme is offered by the Department of Political Science and Public Administration.


The programme is intended to offer opportunity for comprehensive training for persons wishing to pursue academic careers and for those who need advanced graduate study as well as practitioners in related fields.  The thrust of the programme is to equip students with tools of analysis and research, as well as to re-tool practitioners in the related fields.

The programme aims first to provide students with the basic grounding in the theory and approaches in international relations. Secondly, to enable students gain a more detailed knowledge of those aspects of International Relations in which they wish to specialise and thirdly, to emphasise the development of critical thinking and research skills necessary to understand the problems confronting the developing countries and other parts of the world and where possible, to offer alternative solutions. And fourtLHy, to enable students integrate theoretical knowledge and practical experience.

Admission Requirements

The programme intake per year is twenty-five (25) privately sponsored students.  Applicants should have an Honours Degree in Social Sciences or a related field, or its equivalent from a recognized University; and, practical experience in diplomacy and related fields.
Duration and Nature of Degree

The duration of the programme is two years or four semesters. The programme of study is by course-work and dissertation.  Teaching is done through lectures and seminars. Assessment is by seminar papers, essays, research papers, examination and a dissertation.

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