Politics and International Relations (PIR)

Welcome to the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kurdistan Hewlêr, a premier academic environment and home to an outstanding faculty conducting world-leading research and teaching in the Kurdistan Region.

Our programmes not only give students an adequate understanding of the political environment, but also equip them with the necessary skills and ability to contribute to the success of their nation.

In the course of our programmes, we aim to turn students into philosophical and critical thinkers, analysts, researchers, advisors, diplomats, public administrators, government and non-government consultants, public speakers, and writers. All these valuable assets for superior jobs, and many exciting careers in the Iraqi Kurdistan and beyond are open to our graduates.

By choosing to study in our department, you will be joining a group of talented staff and student body who teach and conduct research in a number of important and interesting study areas such as international relations, comparative politics, political theory, constitutional law and gender politics with a focus on the politics of the Middle East.

The BA in Politics and International Relations offers three streams; BA in Politics with a Minor in International Relations, BA in Politics with a Minor in Public Policy, and BA in International Relations with a Minor in Diplomacy. At the postgraduate level the department offers two streams; MA in Politics, MA in International Relations, and MA in Diplomacy and International Law.

The department also offers a PhD programme in Political Studies.