Bachelor of International Relations and Diplomatic Studies

The study of International Relations develops specific skills and knowledge which provide an advantage for employment opportunities in foreign affairs, diplomacy, intelligence, international research and consultancy, military and defence administration, international journalism, international human rights organisations, international development organisations, business and trade, and international hospitality.

The study of International Relations also enhances 'generalist' job-related skills - such as skills in research, information processing, analysis evaluation, organisation, oral and written communication, and a broad general knowledge - which equip graduates for an increasingly dynamic job market in such broad areas as administration, management, business and the public service.

Graduates will gain:

  • Knowledge and understanding to initiate and carry out projects in the field of International Relations
  • The ability to critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstracts, concepts and or including incomplete data to make judgments and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution or identify a range of solutions to a problem in their field
  • The ability to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialised and non-specialist in the field of International Relations and Diplomacy
  • Qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility and decision making in a complex and unpredictable contexts


Year One

Introduction to International Relations
Communication Skills 
Financial Accounting
Information System and Technology
Business Administration
Case Study workshop I
Government and Politics in Africa
Introduction to Political Science
International Organisations 
International Law
International Political Economy
Case Study workshop II

Year Two

African International Relations
Research Methods in International Relations
Public Administration and Management 
Human Rights, Democracy and International Relations
Conflict and Peace Studies 
Research workshop I
Diplomatic Theory and Practice 
Foreign Policy Analysis
Comparative Political Systems 
International Environmental Politics 
Government and Politics in East Africa
Case Study workshop III

Year Three

Africa in Regional and Global Security 
Theory and practice in modern warfare (Terrorism) 
Globalization (incl. Dev.) 
Political Thought
Research Workshop II
Security and Strategic Studies
Civil-Military Relations
Refugees and IDPs in Contemporary World Politics
Identity Politics: Gender, Religion and Ethnicity 
Early warning in armed conflicts situations 
Case Study workshop IV

Employment opportunities are continuing to grow as globalisation increases. Careers may be found in business, government and non-government organisations, international agencies, multinational firms, non-profit organisations and financial institutions, across a range of areas. Roles may be found in foreign affairs analysis, marketing, tourism, hospitality, policy development, research, education, media, market research, journalism, and public affairs coordination.

Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education or its equivalent and 2 principal passes obtained at the same sitting
Diploma in Human Resources Management or in any other related course from a recognised Institution