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
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
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
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
Departments under this school: