Master of International Relations, Security and Political Strategy

Master of International Relations, Security and Political Strategy

This Master of International Relations, Security and Political Strategy covers the key concepts and theoretical traditions within states, security and political strategy and their relevance to contemporary themes in world politics. You will expand your knowledge by delving into the complexities of war in a global context, gain an insight into the practices of Somali foreign policy. security and politics learn how diplomacy and globalization has changed international relations.

This master program explores the ways in which the line between the domestic and international is blurred by trade, environmental, strategic, security, ideological, cultural and ethical issues.

In regard, the establishment of this innovative Online Master in International Relations & Diplomacy it holds great significance. This online programme is designed to be perfectly suited to the needs of students and full-time professionals interested in both developing essential knowledge for understanding international relations, as well as strengthening their capacities in the practice of diplomacy.

This Master Degree will allow diplomats, government officials, students and other stakeholders to upgrade their studies and knowledge with a formally recognized degree combining the best of university education in Somalia.

Why Study Master of International Relations and Diplomacy?

A master degree in International Relations will prepare you for the new global reality by providing an understanding of how ideology, culture, environment, power, religion, war and conflict influence international interactions between states, people and persons.

Job opportunities

Graduates may compete for jobs within civil administration, international organizations, research and education institutions, and within the private sector working in international environments.

This program is currently the only Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy offered at a Somali universities.

Study information


15 Jan 2023 Campus
20 Jan 2023 Online Studies
10 Oct 2023 Online Studies
10 Jan 2023 Online Studies
15 Mar 2023 Online Studies
Place of Study:Mogadishu, Online Studies
Application Deadline:Continuous recording. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received.
Duration::1.5 year full-time (campus and online studies)
3 years part-time (online studies only)
Degree::Master Degree (Professional Degree)


Abdijabaar Sh. Ahmed

Program leader and subject instructor

Jibril Mohamed

Co-program leader and subject instructor

Ahmed Shiraac

Subject instructor

Rooda Mohamed

Subject instuctor

Mohamed Aden

Subject instuctor

Wafa W. Ahmed

Programme advisor and graduation policy.

Kawsar Abdullahi

Office of Admissions
Tel: 0610 17 1010

1.5 Year Programme

To obtain a Master of International Relations and Diplomacy Degree, students are required to complete 60 credits. Courses may be taken on a full-time, Online or part-time basis.

  • This subject provides an introduction to the main characteristics of the laws that govern the relationships between the main stakeholders in international society (public international law). We will cover topics such as the use of force, the law of the sea, aviation law, environmental law, etc.
  • This course seeks to familiarise you with the discipline of international political economy. The module begins by explaining the key characteristics of this discipline and its field of study. Different thinkers and traditions within political economy will be discussed (e.g. Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Keynes, Polanyi, Hayek and Friedman) and you will gain understanding of the complexities and nuances of globalisation in its different aspects (e.g. production, trade, finance, culture etc.). You will also be introduced to the relationship between the state and the economy through the discussions of various policies and their effects on underlying economic conditions. Economic and financial crises will also be discussed in some depth.
  • This course examines the basis for the Human Rights discourse moving from the particular Somali legal situation to the wider aspects of the UN Convention, focusing on and establishing threads of similarities in order to establish a cohesive picture of Human Rights.

    This course also explores the extent to which key African human rights concepts and principles are apt in maintaining a healthy relationship between the African states and the world institutions. It pays particular attention to a number of fundamental rights and their interplay including the prohibition of torture, the right to life, aspects of fair trial, the right to private life, religious freedom, and freedom of expression.

  • This course will provide you with an outline of seminal as well as current paradigms in peace studies. The main themes will touch upon issues such as governance of insecurities, peace-making and peace-building, before going on to look at local critiques of foreign peace-building and state-building and alternative perspectives on post-war reconstruction.

    During this course we will focus on Somali Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, will use knowledge and skills developed within years 1 and 2 of the Programme and apply those to new issues and emergent debates. This course will specifically equips students with detailed knowledge of current approaches to and understandings of peace and state-building and of governance in post-war societies.

    The course also uses subject-specific knowledge to develop and enhance critical analytical skills and original thinking.

  • In this subject, you will learn the terminology and the conceptual foundations for the study of various branches of law. You will also acquire theoretical and historical knowledge of law that will give you the right perspective to analyse various legal solutions to common problems.
  • From a theoretical and practical perspective, this subject will provide an introduction to the reality of diplomatic and consular relations, ad hoc diplomacy, relations with other subjects of international law, and agents and officials of international organisations.
  • This course offers a general introduction to the World International Trade Law (WTO Law), EU-law, Africa and the other parts of the world. Exploring the structure, principles and main WTO Agreements shaping international trade within the WTO will provide the students with a birds-eye view to international trade framework in general. The study of the relationship between WTO and EU will consist of the analysis of the status of the EU in the WTO, and the legal effect of WTO law in the EU.
  • Terrorism and security are the issues near the top of the political agenda in countries from across the globe. This ourse will provide students with knowledge and understanding of the various approaches to studying terrorism and initiatives that are intended to counter it. In particular, the history of terrorism, the evolution of relevant terrorism and its related concepts, domestic and international case studies, and current issues will all be considered in detail with a view to providing students with the means and ability to assess these areas critically. Central to the module is an analysis of the role of the state in respect of how its responds to terrorism, how it may attempt to prevent terrorism, and its role as a potential instigator and sponsor of terrorism
  • You have to submit all your assignment requirements.

Master's Thesis

The master’s thesis is independent work undertaken by the student under the guidance of academic staff as a finalization of your master’s degree.

Progamme Entry Requirements,

Document Requirements:

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this master’s degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Your bachelor’s degree Certificate and Transcript

Upload your bachelor’s degree certificate and a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original)

You can also send through our email: if you can’t upload online. 

Personal Statement

A photo passport and a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular master’s degree programme.

English Language Requirements,

To study for a postgraduate degree at The University of Government and Economics it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write academic English fluently. These skills will allow you to understand lectures, produce high standards of written work, and perform well in examinations.

Programme Fee

Application Fees: $80

Total tuition fees for one-time payment: $1,800

The University of Government and Economics is specialized university for public policy and economics. The University’s goal is to improve public policy, economics and leadership so people can live in societies that are more safe, just and sustainably prosperous.

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