School of Social Sciences
Politics and International Relations
BA in Global Politics and Diplomatic Studies
of the main goals of the Department of Politics and International Relations at
UKH is to educate and train graduates capable of contributing to the future
development of the Kurdistan Region and Iraq in the turbulent and complex arena
of contemporary world politics.
this end, the BA Programme in Global Politics and Diplomatic Studies creates an
exciting and supporting learning environment where students can develop a robust,
critical knowledge of the major theoretical and methodological issues related
to the study of politics and international relations, while also acquire the competences
that will make them competitive in a wide range of professional areas. Special
emphasis is placed on equipping students with the necessary skills to start a
successful career in the sectors of public management and diplomacy.
by a cohort of passionate and highly qualified academics coming from
internationally re-known universities, the BA Programme in Global Politics and
Diplomatic Studies also gives students the opportunity to undertake internships
and to gain work experience, thereby increasing their employability. Graduates
from the Department of Politics and International Relations have found
positions in a number of professional areas including government
administration, international organizations, diplomatic representations,
no-profit, media, and the business sector.
holders from previous years have been admitted to postgraduate programmes in
prestigious universities such as Oxford and King’s College London. The
Department of Politics and International Relations has been offering its most
successful BA students the chance to participate in an exchange programme with
Science Po in Paris, France since 2013. The programme is offered every fall
semester based on merit.
general academic standards set by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher
Education in the UK, the BA Programme in Global Politics and Diplomatic Studies
is a 4-year integrated, full-time programme that covers the main
interdisciplinary domains of political science (political theory, law,
political economy, international relations, political sociology, security
studies), while providing specialized training in the sub-fields of public
management and diplomatic studies. The total number of credits is 480, which
means 120 credits each year. As far as the structure of the programme is
concerned, during the first two years students are required to attend core
modules in politics and international relations. Starting from the 1st
semester of the 3rd year, students are offered the opportunity to
pursue modules in their desired area of specialization. Before starting the
programme, students are required to undertake a one-year academic English
language programme geared to improve their familiarity with English language
and develop the required skills for their degree.
the modules offered in the BA Programme in Global Politics and Diplomatic
Studies, students will attend courses in: History of Political Thought,
Fundamentals of Political Science, International Relations, Political
Sociology, Comparative Political Systems, Security Study, Introduction to
Political Theory, International Relations Theory, Ethics and Public Policy,
Public Management, Statistics, Gender Politics, Political Economy, Cultural
Diplomacy, Contemporary Political Theory, Public International Law, Trade
Diplomacy, Politics of Oil in the Middle East, Statistics for Political
Science, Global Governance, Diplomatic Systems, Strategic Studies, Digital
Diplomacy, Public Service Leadership, Public Organizational Theory.
BA Programme in Global Politics and Diplomatic Studies will give students a
distinctive set of key skills, which will enable them to stand out in their
future studies and desired career. Upon successful completion of the programme,
students will be able to:
· Demonstrate critical understanding of the nature
and significance of politics at the national and international level.
· Show familiarity with the major theoretical and
methodological issues associated with the study of politics and international
· Make sense of complex texts and nuanced literature
pertaining to politics and international relations.
· Apply appropriate research methods and conceptual tools to the study of
the public management sector.
· Develop a solid knowledge of the various dimensions of
· Examine the functioning of systems of governance at
national, regional, and global level.
· Use analytical tools relevant to international affairs
and diplomatic practice.
· Carry out administrative tasks in public and
· Employ a sophisticated and flexible set of written and verbal
communication skills to illustrate critical arguments based on thoroughly
· Use communication and information technology for the retrieval and
presentation of complex information, including, where appropriate, statistical
or numerical information.
The BA Programme in Global Politics and Diplomatic
Studies concludes with a 10,000 to 18,000 words dissertation written by the
student under the supervision of a chosen/assigned supervisor. The module is
designed to synthesize the knowledge and skills developed in the previous
courses. The process of writing a BA dissertation enables the students to hone
their competences in academic research, laying the groundwork for postgraduate
Admission requirements are:
- Secondary school
certificate, attained within the last five years and with a general high
school score of 60% or above.
- Minimum English
Language requirement is 45 in PTE, 47 in Versant; 5.5. in IELTS or 64 in
- School entrance test.
- Scheduled Interview.
Offer may be given to applicants who submit an equivalent score of 45 PTE and
above by taking the Versant English Placemnet Test from Pearson.
47 Versant score is equivalent to 45 PTE
Applicants dismissed for any reason from any university, school or
college will not be considered.
Note: For AY 2020-21 applications, please email [email protected] or
visit UKH’s Registry Office.
$2,500 per academic year.