Master of Science (M.Sc) in International Relations

Master of Science (M.Sc) in International Relations


This programme gives a broad assessment of contemporary international relations. It integrates theoretical approaches with the study of many cases and issues. It also explores the ways in which the line between the domestic and international is blurred by trade, financial, environmental, strategic, ideological, cultural and ethical issues. It probes into the causes and consequences of phenomena such as war, trade, regional integration, migration and terrorism. It also examines the theoretical approaches in the contemporary study of international politics and their application. This programme provides a structure for the advanced study of an exciting disciplinary field. The programme bridges the sub-fields of international security, international relations theory, international law, foreign policy analysis, political philosophy and political science. The elective subjects address a range of contemporary global concerns such as environmental politics, feminism, digital technologies and conflict management.

Objectives and Learning Outcomes of M.Sc in International Relations

  • To develop an integrated advanced interdisciplinary knowledge of theories and issues in financial and political development, beyond bachelor degree level.
  • To develop knowledge of globalization processes in fields of finance, politics and commerce.
  • To give students training that is vocationally relevant to employment in government, commerce and industry.
  • To equip students with appropriate tools of analysis that will allow them to undertake applied research for their employers in the areas of financial and political development.
  • The students will acquire a full understanding of the development of the discipline of International Relations (IR), and will be able to pursue specialist interests within a general framework.
  • The programme will acquaint the students with the main issues in International Relations, and will demonstrate how they have a bearing on a range of specialist areas of study.
  • The programme is structured to equip the students with the methodological tools required to conduct critical research in this broad and demanding field.
  • Upon completion of this degree, the students will be able to secure careers in international organizations, national organizations, local government, non-government organizations (NGOs), private business and media organizations.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • B.A/B.Sc/B.Com/BBA or equivalent 14 year of education
  • 60% marks in B.A/B.Sc/B.Com/BBA or equivalent qualification

Ineligibility:

  • Rusticated/expelled from a University for misconduct
  • Involved in offence of moral turpitude
  • Currently enrolled in an academic programme in other College/University

SEMESTER PLAN

Year 1 Semester 1

Code Course CreditHrs Pre-Requisite
IR01 Introduction to International Relations 3 None
IR02 Dimensions of Modern Strategy 3 None
IR03 International Political Economy 3 None
IR04 Approaches and Theories of International Relations 3 None
IR05 Geopolitical Structure of the World 3 None

Year 1 Semester 2

Code Course CreditHrs Pre-Requisite
IR06 International Relations since 1945 3 None
IR07 Foreign Policy Analysis 3 None
IR08 Diplomacy 3 None
IR09 Conflict Management and Resolution 3 None
IR10 Technology and International Relations 3 None

Year 2 Semester 3

Code Course CreditHrs Pre-Requisite
IR11 Arms Control and Disarmament 3 None
IR12 International Security 3 None
IR13 Research Methodology 3 None
IR14 Politics of Human Rights 3 None
IR15 Migration, Urbanization and IDPs 3 None

Year 2 Semester 4

Code Course CreditHrs Pre-Requisite
IR16 Introduction to International Law 3 None
IR17 Regional and International Organizations 3 None
IR18 Defense & Strategic Studies 3 None
IR19 Peace Studies 3 None
IR20 Seminar on contemporary regional & global issues 3 None
T/PR-I Dissertation/Project Report 6 None

LIST OF ELECTIVES

Students are required to take courses from this list.

Code Title CrHrs

List of elective courses may be revised as per requirement.