School of Social Sciences

The School is home to a cohesive team of faculty members with strong academic backgrounds and extensive experience.

The Dean’s Welcome:


Welcome to the School of Social Sciences at the University of Kurdistan Hewlêr (UKH) – the first public English-medium university in Iraq and the Kurdistan region.


The school is home to an international faculty with strong academic backgrounds and extensive experience in their respective fields. Our faculty members come from all around the world. Together, they work to best educate our students in their chosen majors and prepare them to enter the professional world of work or postgraduate education.


We have one of the best graduate employment rates in the Kurdistan region according to our placement records. All of our graduates go on to future employment or pursue further education.


I hope you can participate in some very exciting opportunities that we offer our students outside of the classroom. The School has an ongoing exchange agreement with Sciences Po, a prestigious French higher education institution, where students can study abroad for one or two semesters and enjoy an international experience.


We offer programmes in four areas:


The Department of Politics and International Relations (PIR) offers two programmes: the BA in Politics and International Relations and the MA in International Studies.


The PIR Department also offers a student internship programme for BA students to participate in semester-long internship placement in a governmental or non-governmental organization. The internship programme helps students to try out different career options, gain new skills and build professional networks.


The English Language Department offers the BA in English, BA in English and Foreign Language (German, French, Russian Italian and Spanish) and the MA in Language and Literature. The Department also hosts a series of exciting literary events, workshops, and seminars in the American Corner in the UKH Library.


Our Foundation programmes are delivered by our team of highly qualified and dedicated native English speakers who strive to provide our students with the help they need to acquire full language proficiency.


The English Language Centre (ELC) provides a number of services both within and outside the university including commercial and general English courses and administers the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic).


The school has a collaborative project with University College London and Oxford University funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop a new Research Centre for the Sustainable Development of Cultural Heritage at UKH. This new project aims to help Iraq reclaim its ancient heritage and put these sites to constructive use for local communities and economies.

Departments under this school: