Master of Science in International Relations and Diplomacy

About the Programme

The Master of Science in International Relations and Diplomacy is designed in a way that allows a variety of choices and flexibility for both full time and part-time prospective students.

Programme Aim
The aim of the MSc programme is to:

  1. Create a centre of excellence where students can be trained to interrogate national, regional and global policies paying special attention to the socio-political and economic interests of Africa;
  2. broaden and deepen the theoretical and practical knowledge, skills and competencies of students in the field of international relations and diplomacy which echo the Pan-African call that Africa must unite in order to realise its Renaissance; 
  3.  prepare students with skills to examine critically different perspectives on political, social, cultural, economic and environmental concerns within the international arena with an interdisciplinary focus for future generations and the continent;
  4. help students understand the inherent possibilities, priorities and challenges of working for governments in the diplomatic community or relevant environments as a way of nurturing transformative leadership that will drive the Pan-Africanist agenda and defend Africa’s interests.

About the Programme

  1. Candidates applying for admission in the MSc in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity degree programme must have:
  2. a Second Class Honours  degree of Africa University 
    a qualification from another institution of higher learning deemed by the GSC to be equivalent to a Second Class Honours degree of Africa University.
  3. A candidate with a Pass in an Honours degree will be considered for admission if his/her undergraduate performance in the proposed area of study was a B (3.0) grade average or above, and s/he has satisfied the GSC through the relevant Faculty/Institute that s/he has exhibited academic potential by conducting fieldwork, subsequent research experience and/or additional training in the academic discipline of the intended Masters degree.
  4. A candidate who holds a general degree should at least have a lower second class with an average of B (3.0) or higher in the academic discipline of the intended Masters degree.
  5. Upon recommendation to the GSC by the Dean/Director of the respective Faculty/Institute, a candidate whose first degree is considered deficient may be required to take one or more undergraduate courses in addition to the minimum graduate requirements.
  6. The Faculty may impose special conditions for admission as required by the degree programme.

Year 1: Semester 1: Six Core Courses (18 credit hours)
Year 1: Semester 2: a) Five Electives (15 credit hours)
b) Proposal development and defense (3 credit hours)
Year 2: Semester 1: Dissertation (6 Credit hours)
Students are required to take six core courses in the first semester, five electives in the second semester plus a compulsory research proposal development course and defense.
Students will write a dissertation in the third semester.
Total Credit Hours: 42

Core courses:

Year 1: Semester 1(18 Credits Hours)
All students taking the MSc degree in International Relations and Diplomacy must take and pass the following six core courses:
IRD500: Theories of International Relations and Diplomacy (3 Credits)
IRD501: African Perspectives to International Relations and Diplomacy (Credits)
IRD502: Africa in International Affairs and World Politics (3 Credits)

IRD503: Global and Domestic Foreign Policy Making and Analysis (3 Credits)
IRD504: International Law and the Law of Diplomacy (3 Credits)
REM500: Research Methods (University wide course) (3 Credits)

Electives: Year 1: Semester 2 (18 Credit Hours)

International Relations (PIR)

PIR510: Contemporary Issues in African Politics (3 Credits)
PIR511: Global Governance and Regional Integration in World Economy (3 Credits)
PIR513: African Leadership in Foreign Policy Decision Making (3 Credits)
PIR514: Africa – China Relations in Global Politics (3 Credits)
PIR515: African Business and Markets in the Global Political Economy (3 Credits)
PIR516: Globalisation, State Security and the Information Age (3 Credits)
PIR517: International Protocol and Etiquette (3 Credits)
PIR518: Global Leadership and Non-State Actors in Global Politics (3 Credits)
PIR519: Nation building, State building and State failure in Comparative Perspective (3 Credits)
PIR520: Strategic Thinking for Global Policy Formulation and Making (3 Credits)
PIR521: Immigration and Transnationalism in Africa (3 Credits)

Peace and Diplomacy (PD)

PDP510: The United Nations and the Preservation of Peace and Diplomacy in Africa (3 Credits)
PDP511: Indigenous Mechanisms, Peace and Diplomacy in Africa (3 Credits)
PDP512: The Politics of Diplomacy, Policy and Practice in Africa (3 Credits)
PDP513: International Diplomacy and the Resource Curse in Africa (3 Credits)
PDP513: The Political Economy of War and Peace in Africa (3 Credits)
PDP514: Diplomacy, Global Security and Peacebuilding (3 Credits)
PDP515: Environmental Diplomacy, Peace and Development (3 Credits)
PDP516: African Perspectives to Peace and Public Diplomacy (3 Credits)
PDP517: Gender and Politics, Implications for Peace and Diplomacy in Africa (3 Credits)
PDP518: Third World Diplomacy and Negotiations (3 Credits)
PDP519: Peace and Diplomacy through Alliances (3 Credits)
PDP520: Religion, Peace and Justice in Africa (3 Credits)
PDP521: Speechwriting and Language of Diplomacy (3 Credits)

Compulsory Course:
PPD512: Research Proposal and Defense                 (3 Credits)

 Year 2: Semester 1

PLG504: Dissertation                                        6 Credit Hours

Career and Job Opportunities

The MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy provides potential students with insights and tools to become political analysts, policy makers and future scholars in areas that concern relations between governments, states and the global diplomatic community and networks. The programme expects students to come also from the different countries in Africa and abroad in line with Africa University’s pan-African vision and mission.
The majority of the students are expected to come from the undergraduate programme in the International Relations programme offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. As such, the MSc programme in IRD will be offered in close collaboration with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Thus, potential students will have a foundation valuable for a wide range of experiences and careers, including working for various state departments or other foreign ministries, working in international development organisations, as policymakers and public advocacy practitioners; UN agencies, working in non-governmental organisations or public service, working on legal issues and pursuing further education in graduate programmes in the broader fields of political and social sciences, humanities and public administration.
In addition, the increasing complexity of public and social issues in Africa requires visionary leaders and creative researchers with a broad knowledge of how global foreign policy and global politics, impact processes and competencies of Africa future leaders and policy-makers and practitioners and as individual nation-sates and collective communities.