PhD International Relations and Diplomacy

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The PhD in International Relations and Diplomacy at NUN allows students to specialize in a specific domain of knowledge while gaining the recognition that is instrumental to pursue advanced careers in academics, think tanks, international organizations, or government research.

Start Date

September or January entry


3 years (6 semesters)

Entry requirements

Masters programme

Fee Per Session



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The International Relations and Diplomacy curriculum has a multi-disciplinary scope. Required courses cover the disciplines of international relations, political science, economics, international law, international organizations, and diplomacy. The choice of electives is made in accordance with the domain in which the candidate wishes to pursue his or her research.


You will study the following modules:

1st Year Courses

First Semester

  • African International Organizations
  • Seminar I (Non-Area )
  • Research Methods (Qualitative/Quantitative)
  • General Diplomatic Studies and Practices
  • International Political Economy

Second Semester

  • Global Security
  • Research Methods (Advanced)
  • International Conflict Management

2nd Year Courses

First Semester

  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Current Debates in Political Economy
  • General Diplomatic Studies and Practice

Second Semester

  • Political Economy of Development
  • Current Issues in International Relations
  • Political Sociology

3rd Year Courses

First Semester


Second Semester


Research in Politics and International Relations explores the theory, practice and ethics of politics and governance.

We cover a broad area of expertise, from local policy to global governance, political theory to empirical studies, constructivism to rational choice approaches.

Lecturer at Nile University


Additional Information

Entry Requirements

  1. University Matriculation of 5 credit passes including English, Mathematics & two other relevant science subjects at O-Level; and
  2. Approved Bachelor’s degree with at least 2nd class lower division.
  3. Academic Master’s degree in relevant areas with a CGPA of 3.5/5.0 and with thesis score not lower than 60% (B); and
  4. Candidates must demonstrate adequate intellectual capacity, maturity and effective decision making and problem-solving potentials.

How will I be taught?

The students will be taught using the following methods: Lectures, seminars, group work, tutorial and presentations.

Career support

Students who successfully complete the programme can embark on an academic career. Doctoral graduates can also go into careers in consultancy, education and teaching, NGOs and charities, international organisations and to roles within the public sector and government.

Fees and Finance

In 2020/21 the full-time tuition fee postgraduate students on this course will be N1,500,000 Per Session.  

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance please see link Fees and Finance 

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