School of Social Sciences
Politics and International Relations
MA in Politics and International Relations
The mission of our
University’s is to be the leading higher educational institution in the
region. We seek to contribute to the
social, intellectual, economic, cultural, governmental and industrial
development of Kurdistan, and Iraq as a whole. The University of
Kurdistan-Hewler teaches exclusively in English and applies academic and
teaching standards and practices that are comparable with those of western
universities. Indeed, the Department of
Politics and International Relations boasts an international faculty of highly
qualified and committed academics and experts in their subject areas to guide
you throughout your studies with us.
Beginning in the fall of
2020, we are offering two new Master’s programmes; one in Politics and International
Relations and one in Diplomacy and International Law. The key combined aims of these two degree schemes
are to produce high quality graduates who are able to think critically and
creatively, and to be able to apply their acquired knowledge to the
developmental challenges of the region and beyond.
Our Master’s degree in Politics
and International Relations is designed to allow students to comprehend the
complex nature of political life both within and between states. Here, we emphasise such topics as democracy
and political expression, political institutions, economy and governance,
institutions and practices, and so on, at both national and international
levels. Our Diplomacy and International
Law programme meanwhile investigates such themes as the nature of the
interaction between states at a diplomatic level; the protocols and skills
required of diplomats; human rights architecture and its role; the practice of
international law and its theoretical underpinnings, and so on.
It is expected that graduates
of our Master’s programmes will further pursue an academic career, if they so
choose, or find future employment in government ministries, the diplomatic service,
international and non-government organisations, and so on.
Our Master’s Degrees comprise of four
semesters. The taught component of each programme
consists of two semesters comprising four modules, making a total of
eight. In Semester One, we provide four modules
forming a common foundation for our two MA pathways. In Semester Two, all modules are subject
specific to the particular MA pathway.
The taught modular component of the programmes represents two-thirds of
the final credits. The final one-third
of the credits is taken up by the thesis which occupies the two remaining
semesters. Here, students undertake
independent research specific to the subject area chosen, under the supervision
of a member of our academic faculty.
Note: research topics must be selected on the basis of the availability
of sufficient supervisory expertise, and be closely aligned to the subject area
of the specific pathway curriculum.
Throughout both programmes, graduate students
will become familiarised with a number of sub-fields of study within their
subject areas. The modules have been
selected on the basis of those recommended as mandatory to the respective fields
by the British Quality Assurance Agency inspectorate (QAA).
The MA Programmes in Politics and
International Relations and Diplomacy will equip students with a comprehensive
and distinctive set of key skills to enable continuation of an academic career
or a range of practical employment possibilities. After successful completion of either
Programme, students will be able to:
· Demonstrate highly developed levels of
critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
· Show familiarity with the major
theoretical and methodological issues associated with the study of politics
and/or International Relations and Diplomacy.
· Undertake high quality research.
· Demonstrate good communication and
· Analyse complex political problems and
· Dissect, analyse and disseminate complex
Politics and International Relations Students
· Demonstrate a high level of understanding
of the nature of the political world at state and sub-state levels.
· Show a sophisticated understanding of the
nature of the state and its institutions.
· Demonstrate a solid understanding of the
nature of government and governmental institutions.
· Show good understanding of the
relationship between society and government.
· Demonstrate good knowledge of political
power and its application in policy formation at national and international
· Demonstrate a solid appreciation of the
relationship between the economic and the political at multiple levels.
Diplomacy and International Law Students
· Show a high level of understanding of the
nature of the international relations and diplomacy arenas.
· Show a sophisticated understanding of the theory,
institutions and application of international law.
· Demonstrate a keen appreciation of the
nature of state behaviour and state-interest pursuit at the international
· Demonstrate a high level understanding of
the nature and function of international institutions.
· Demonstrate a solid comprehension of international
human rights in theory and practice.
· Demonstrate a thorough understanding of
the nature and tasks associated with the art of diplomacy.
A number of
strategies will be employed involving essay writing; examinations; student presentations;
report writing; evaluation of discussion quality and overall contribution to
seminars; thesis writing.
The MA Programmes
place an evaluation at 33.3% of the overall course mark on the production of a
thesis written by the student under the supervision of a chosen/assigned
supervisor. The thesis is expected to be
between 25,000-30,000 words in length. The
thesis will be assessed by both internal and external jurors and the student
will submit to a viva voce examination.
The University adopts an approved set of admission criteria for all Masters programmes, as follows.
Minimum admission requirements shall be normally:
- Completion of a recognised university undergraduate degree, at least to Bachelor level with Honours (or equivalent), in a relevant discipline;
- Minimum undergraduate average of 60% (equalized transcript is required for students who have graduated from international institutions).
- Minimum English Language requirement is 50 in PTE, 6.0 in IELTS or 74 in iBT-TOEFL.
- School entrance Test for English Department
Applicants dismissed for any reason from any university, school or college shall not be considered.
$6,000 per programme