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’s in international relations, Security and Political Strategy it holds great significance. The program 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 and security.

This master’s 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’s 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. 

2 Years Programme - Core Curriculum

This degree of Master of International Relations, Security and Political Strategy is Professional Degree. To obtain a Master of International Relations, Security and Political Strategy Degree, students are required to complete 60 credits. Courses may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis (3 years). 

  • This course provides a wide-ranging introduction to International Relations (IR) as a field of study. It surveys theories and approaches to the subject, and puts these approaches into conversation with each other. We also explore the character of contemporary international order, and debate the relationship between theories of international relations, and its practice. You will learn the key theories of international relations that include: 1. Key theories in IR: realism; liberalism; constructivism; English School, critical theories. 2. Key agential concepts in IR: state; empire; international and subnational agents; foreign policy. 3. Key structural concepts in IR: the states system; African role to the world politics, globalisation, and post-colonialism.
  •  In this course, you’ll be given an introduction to the consular law within which diplomacy is practiced. This involves: international relations, foreign policy, and the global architecture. It will also describe the role of Embassies, High Commissions, Consulates, Special Missions and Trade/Cultural Offices. Various types of diplomacy, namely, economic, cultural, diaspora communities, passport and consular services, and military intervention, in the context of war and peace.

    You will gain practical knowledge of how diplomacy is conducted and practiced by states defending their respective national interests. Diplomatic practice has evolved over centuries. It has recently undergone dramatic transformation due to globalization, speedier communication, and of course, the ubiquitous internet and social media.

  • In this course, you’ll begin exploring the debate on terrorism, and examine how it differs from political violence in African continent, and global security problems. You will delve into the reasons behind the rise in terrorism, and the problems with taking joint-coordinated action against terrorism. You will analyze the terrorist outfits active in East Africa, Asia, Europe and African continent in detail, and discuss the activities,resource and cadre mobilization of these groups.
  • In this course, you will discuss the foreign policies of various countries classified by size and comprehensive power . You will develop your ability to compare and contrast the strategies of superpowers or great powers vis-à-vis weaker countries. Learn to approach key events counterfactually and counter-intuitively, developing a thorough understanding of policy making processes, causes, and consequences.
  •  In this course, you’ll discuss the fundamentals of intelligence gathering and will examine how warfare is conducted, the importance of weapons in Somalia and the African continent, and the strategies employed in different wars. You will examine studying contemporary wars. You’ll also look into different weapon systems and discuss the role and utility of new systems in defining new templates for wars.
  • In this course, will provide the theory and practice of global maritime security operations, as well as include: Great Power Competition: Current Policy and Strategy, and Security Sector Assistance in an Era of Great Power Competition. You’ll develop a comprehensive understanding of all prevailing maritime threats and challenges, with a focus on the East African region. The curriculum includes an overview of international maritime law covering the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and various IMO conventions related to maritime safety and security.
  • In this course, introduces students to the key theories and issues concerning the dealings of nations with each other as well as the institutions of global governance that impact trade relations. This module introduces students to economic theories of trade as well as international political economy in order to provide a well-rounded introduction to the subject. It traces the changes taking place in the global trade architecture especially the move from trade negotiations fronted by the WTO to trade in a multilateral environment and the regulatory architecture for dispute settlement.

    This course will also focus on relevant issues such as the rise of China and its influence on global trade, the rise of non-state actors as pressure groups, the inclusion of non-trade related topics in trade negotiations and finally the ‘East African’ trade negotiations.

  • This course provides a grounding in analytical approaches to the political economy of violence, conflict and development by discussing empirical trends, difficulties of data collection and the importance of categorization and boundaries to matters of violence. Foundational theories on conflict and violence including gender perspectives, debates about the origins of human violence (anthropological, historical, psychological sources of violence) and the role of violence in historical change will considered. Against this background, the course explores how development theory has treated violence and conflict at different times before focusing on competing contemporary theories and claims about the causes and dynamics of conflict. The focus next shifts to the structures and manifestations of violence including themes related to boundaries, war economies, inequality (4.5), land and the environment.

    Next students will explore different facets of intervening in violent conflict including humanitarian aid, conflict resolution and reconstruction. The course ends on the links between civil war/violence, and knowledge production, discourses and ethics, with a focus on terrorism and the war on terror and the ethical challenges of conducting research on violence.

  • In this course, focuses on research methodologies. In this vein, the focus will be placed on qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, sampling approaches, and primary and secondary data collection. The course begins with a discussion on qualitative research approaches, looking at focus groups, personal interviews, ethnography, case studies and action research. We will also discuss quantitative research methods with a focus on experimental research design and survey methodology. There will be an exploration of the sampling design process and different sampling approaches, including probability and non-probability sampling as well as sample size and non-response issues.

    We will look at the nature and scope of primary and secondary data, and the importance of measurement. We will look at the role of the Internet in market research as well as non-comparative scaling techniques. The course ends with a discussion on different data collection approaches, with a focus on observation, content analysis, narrative research, phenomenology, and the collection of data using ethnography.

  • The flexible structure of our courses allows you to prepare for an internship, experience and business venture. In general, the core curriculum covers traditional management disciplines.
  • The objective of the internship is to give you a first-hand impression of the day-to-day working environment.
  • 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.

 Career Opportunities 

After graduation, you will have the necessary expertise to succeed in diplomatic and security roles within public, security and NGO’s organizations.

The real-world focus of the programme, in combination with the professional development skills you can expect to gain, will help you confidently approach the demands and challenges of modern global states and security.

Some of the positions you could explore are:

  • National Security Adviser
  • Somali Embassy Employer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  •  International Policy and Security Analyst
  • Office of The President Advisor
  • International Foreign Policy Advisor
  •  Intelligence Specialist
  • Import/export consultant
  • Regulatory Affairs Manager
  • Diplomatic Agent
  • Nonprofit Program Coordinator

This master’s degree also opens you up to the prospect of pursuing a PhD. 

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:

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: $100

Total tuition fee for one-time payment per year: $1,800

Two-time payment: $2,000

Study information


15 Jan 2024 Campus
20 Jan 2024 Online Studies
10 Oct 2024 Online Studies
10 Jan 2024 Online Studies
15 Mar 2024 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)


Ahmed Shiraac

Subject Instructor

Hawa Osman, Ph.D

Subject Instructor

Abdijabaar Sh. Ahmed

Program Leader and Subject Instructor

Jibril Mohamed

Co-program Leader and Subject Instructor

Rooda Mohamed

Subject Instuctor

Foad Warsame Abdi

Subject Instructor

Wafa W. Ahmed

Programme Advisor and Graduation Policy.

Hassan Garaad

Office of Admissions
Tel: 0610 17 1010

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Student’s Testimonial

Our Students Review

Enrolling in the Master of International Relations, Security, and Political Strategy program at The University of Government and Economics was one of the best decisions I've ever made for my professional growth. The curriculum strikes a perfect balance between theory and real-world application, enabling students to analyze and address contemporary security challenges with a well-informed and strategic approach. The supportive faculty and engaging class discussions made the learning experience both stimulating and rewarding. I feel confident and prepared to contribute meaningfully to the field of international relations and security after completing this program.
Abdikadir Hussein,
Somali Embassy employee in Tanzania
I am thrilled to share my experience as a student in the Master of International Relations, Security, and Political Strategy program at The University of Government and Economics. Pursuing this program has been an incredibly enriching and transformative journey for me. The curriculum itself was a perfect blend of theoretical knowledge and real-world applications. We delved into a wide range of topics, from global diplomacy and conflict resolution to intelligence analysis and security strategies. The program's comprehensive approach allowed me to develop a holistic understanding of international relations and its intricacies.
Adam Isse
student and employee

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