Master of Science Degree in International Relations

All applicants have to meet  the following minimum requirements for admission prescribed under the general regulations (i.e.):

  • A good first Degree from a recognized University will be considered.
  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered including Higher National Diploma in Journalism, Human Resources Management etc.

The Master of Science in International Relations Degree Consists of two academic years for full time study

Structure of the Programme
Code               Description   
M IR501          Theories and Concepts of International Relation
M IR502          The United Nations Organisation
M IR503          Globalisation and International Development 
PC503             Research Methods and stastics
MIR505           Africa and the World
M IR506          World Issues of Our time
M IR507          Politics in the Third World
M IR508          International Law
MIR509           Strategic Studies
M IR510          Terrorism
MIR511           French/Portuguese 
MIR600           Dissertation   

The dissertation must be submitted on or before the due date, which will be given to the student at the beginning of the final year of study. The candidate will submit three loose bound copies of the dissertation to the relevant department. Normally a student will spend the final six months of the program working solely on the dissertation. The dissertation is a core and its weighting is five courses. The relevant department will appoint at least one suitable member of its staff to supervise the student’s work. There will be a minimum of 60 hours of contact time between the student and his/her supervisor during the final six-month period. The contact will not necessarily be on an individual basis.

Two internal examiners and one external examiner will supervise the dissertation. The examiners will produce detailed reports and make recommendations. Normally, the candidate will also be required to present his/her dissertation orally to the Department Board of Examiners.

The Department Board of Examiners will consider the oral examination and the three examiners’ reports and decide on the final mark for the dissertation. Where appropriate, the Department Panel of Examiners will advise the candidate on amendments to be made to the dissertation