School of Social Sciences

The School is home to a cohesive team of faculty members with strong academic backgrounds and extensive experience.

Since its inception, the goal of the School of Social Sciences (SSS) has been to prepare students to become the ambassadors of a future generation of citizens capable not only of leading the development of the Kurdistan Region and Iraq, but also of understanding and meeting the challenges of our globalized world.


To this end, the School is committed to teaching, training and research excellence in the fields of politics, international relations, diplomacy, public policy, applied linguistics, and literature, with particular emphasis placed on the acquisition of a strong proficiency in the English language as well as a good familiarity with an additional European language. Delivered by a passionate and highly qualified international faculty in a stimulating and collaborative learning environment, the School offers a variety of programmes aimed to equip students with the knowledge and skills for a successful career as future elites, while educating them to become critical thinkers and masters of their own intellectual growth.


As a way to increase their employability and prepare them to be valuable citizens of the world, students in the Department of Politics and International Relations have the opportunity to participate in internship programmes in public and private institutions in the Kurdistan Region and in a study-abroad exchange programme with SciencesPo University in Paris, France, together with a number of other community outreach and applied research projects. Graduates from the Department of Politics and International Relations have found positions in a number of professional fields, including politics, diplomacy, public administration, media, non-governmental and the business sector.


The English Language Department aims at serving Kurdistan through educating intellectuals and scholars who can utilize their excellent language capital to explore further knowledge, develop their skills and qualification, as well as build a foundation for themselves, the Kurdistan Region, and Iraq. Due to the comprehensiveness of its programmes and effectiveness of its methods of instruction, graduates of our Department can advance their careers in a wide range of sectors, such as language education, translation, linguistics, the media, politics, humanitarian assistance, research and diplomacy.


SSS Programmes

·       Department of Politics and International Relations (PIR)

BA Programmes

BA in Global Politics and Diplomatic Studies


MA Programmes

1.     MA in Politics and International Relations

2.     MA in Diplomacy and International Law


·       English Language Department (ENG)

·       BA Programmes

1.     BA in English

2.     BA in English with a Minor in a European Language

3.     BA in English with a Minor in Translation

MA Programmes

1.     MA in English Literature

2.     MA in Applied Linguistics / TESOL 

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