MA in Politics and International Relations

Two years $3,000 per academic year


The mission of our University’s is to be the leading higher educational institution in the region. We seek to contribute to the social, intellectual, economic, cultural, governmental and industrial development of Kurdistan, and Iraq as a whole. The University of Kurdistan Hewlêr (UKH) teaches exclusively in English and applies academic and teaching standards and practices that are comparable with those of western universities. Indeed, the Department of Politics and International Relations boasts an international faculty of highly qualified and committed academics and experts in their subject areas to guide you throughout your studies with us. This programme was launched in fall 2020. The key aim of this degree scheme is to produce high quality graduates who are able to think critically and creatively, and to be able to apply their acquired knowledge to the developmental challenges of the region and beyond. Our Master’s degree in Politics and International Relations is designed to allow students to comprehend the complex nature of political life both within and between states. Here, we emphasise such topics as democracy and political expression, political institutions, economy and governance, institutions and practices, and so on, at both national and international levels.

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate Degree: Completion of a recognised university undergraduate degree, at least to Bachelor level with Honours (or equivalent), in a relevant discipline.
  • Undergraduate Degree: Minimum undergraduate average of 60% (equalized transcript is required for students who have graduated from international institutions).
  • English Language Proficiency: Minimum English Language requirement is 50 in PTE – 6.0 in IELTS -74 in TOEFL iBT or 105 in Duolingo.
  • Reference: Two references which indicate capacity to undertake postgraduate studies, at least one of which will be from an academic who has taught the applicant.
  • Equalised transcript is required for students who have graduated from international institutions.
  • Note! Applicants dismissed for any reason from any university, school or college will not be considered.

  • Application Form: Online application form is required.
  • Official Transcripts: Provide a copy of your undergraduate transcript with your application.
  • A copy of your passport and national ID.


Our Master’s Degrees comprise of four semesters. The taught component of each programme consists of two semesters comprising four modules, making a total of eight. In Semester One, we provide four modules forming a common foundation for our two MA pathways. In Semester Two, all modules are subject specific to the particular MA pathway. The taught modular component of the programmes represents two-thirds of the final credits. The final one-third of the credits is taken up by the thesis which occupies the two remaining semesters. Here, students undertake independent research specific to the subject area chosen, under the supervision of a member of our academic faculty. Note: research topics must be selected on the basis of the availability of sufficient supervisory expertise, and be closely aligned to the subject area of the specific pathway curriculum.
Throughout the programme, graduate students will become familiarized with a number of sub-fields of study within their subject areas. The modules have been selected on the basis of those recommended as mandatory to the respective fields by the British Quality Assurance Agency inspectorate (QAA).

Skills Development

The MA in Politics and International Relations will equip students with a comprehensive and distinctive set of key skills to enable continuation of an academic career or a range of practical employment possibilities. After successful completion of the programme, students will be able to: Demonstrate highly developed levels of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Show familiarity with the major theoretical and methodological issues associated with the study of politics and/or International Relations and Diplomacy. Undertake high quality research. Demonstrate good communication and presentational skills. Analyse complex political problems and issues. Dissect, analyse and disseminate complex academic literature. Demonstrate a high level of understanding of the nature of the political world at state and sub-state levels. Show a sophisticated understanding of the nature of the state and its institutions. Demonstrate a solid understanding of the nature of government and governmental institutions. Show good understanding of the relationship between society and government. Demonstrate good knowledge of political power and its application in policy formation at national and international levels. Demonstrate a solid appreciation of the relationship between the economic and the political at multiple levels.

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