MA / MPhil in International Relations

University of Ghana

Program Description

MA / MPhil in International Relations

University of Ghana

M.A. COURSE IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Duration: The Programme is full time for a period of 2 semesters (12 months)

Entry requirements: A good first degree. Candidates would submit to a selection interview.

Courses

The courses for this degree cover a period of 12 months from the date of registration. Students are required to take a minimum of four courses, each of which carries 3 credits in each of the two semesters. Students are also offered a twenty-week course in Research Methodology.

Part-time students will take the course over 24 months from date of registration.

Core Courses

  • INTA 601 International Relations 3
  • INTA 641 International Law 3
  • INTA 661 International Economic Relations 3

Elective Courses

  • INTA 200 Language Proficiency 3
  • INTA 600 Dissertation 12
  • INTA 602 Regionalism : Theory, History and Practice 3
  • INTA 604 Topics in International Relations Theory 3
  • INTA 606 International Conflicts and Conflict Resolution 3
  • INTA 608 Comparative Politics 3
  • INTA 610 Research Methodology 2
  • INTA 612 Political Development 3
  • INTA 614 Comparative Public Policy 3
  • INTA 616 Area Politics Courses 3
  • INTA 618 Ghanaian Foreign Policy 3
  • INTA 620 Applied Field Methods 2
  • INTA 622 Issues in Ghanaian Foreign Policy 3
  • INTA 624 Africa in world Politics 3
  • INTA 626 Comparative Foreign Policy 3
  • INTA 628 Issues in International Politics 3
  • INTA 642 Law of Diplomacy and International Institutions 3
  • INTA 644 International Institutions 3
  • INTA 646 UN Law 3
  • INTA 662 International Trade and Development 3
  • INTA 664 Global Competitiveness and Development 3
  • INTA 666 International Finance and Development Countries 3
  • INTA 668 Politics of Structural Adjustment 3
  • INTA 682 Science and Technology in the Modern World 3
  • INTA 684 American Foreign Policy 3
  • INTA 686 International Humanitarian Law 3
  • INTA 688 Gender and International Affairs 3
  • INTA 692 Public Administration 3
  • INTA 694 Issues in Public Administration 3

1st Semester: THREE Core Courses + 1 Elective

2nd Semester: FOUR of the Elective Courses

In addition, candidates are required:

a) To pass a proficiency test (‘C’ – 50% or better) in one foreign language (e.g. French, Spanish, German, Russian, Arabic, Swahili, Japanese and Portuguese). Where a candidate has qualification in one or more languages, she/he would be required to pass a proficiency test in a further language; and,

b) To participate regularly in 10 seminars on contemporary International Relations and African political, economic, cultural, scientific and social problems in each semester.

c) To take an examinable course in Diplomatic Practice and Diplomatic Communications in the first and second semesters respectively.

SCHEME OF EXAMINATION:

Four 3-hour papers to be written at the end of each semester.

A dissertation to be submitted not earlier than 9 months and not later than 15 months from the date of registration. A candidate may also be examined orally on the substance of his/ her dissertation if the examiners so decide.

Course Unit Requirements

Course Work: 23 Credits

Dissertation 12 Credits

Total 35 Credits

M.PHIL COURSE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

The M.Phil degree in International Affairs requires two academic years’ study during which candidates take at least four courses. For part-time students, however, the M.Phil Programme lasts FOUR academic years or a maximum of EIGHT consecutive semesters. M.Phil candidates are required to take INTA 610; Research Methodology and INTA 620; Applied Field Methods, 5 core courses in addition to a minimum of two electives in the first semester. In the Second Semester, the students are required to take four electives including INTA 604 and Public Policy Analysis in the Political Science Department.

The third and fourth semesters are devoted to the thesis.

In addition, M.Phil candidates, are required to study a foreign language, (Proficiency course) other than English. The candidates are also encouraged to participate in the LECIA Wednesday Seminars.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

1. The M.Phil (International Relations) shall normally be open to MA students who pass the MA course work with a B+ average, or better. Such candidates may proceed directly to Part II of the M.Phil programme. However, they will be required to take additional courses in areas where they are found to be deficient.

2. Holders of a very good first degree in a cognate discipline may be admitted directly to the M.Phil after submitting to a selection interview.

3. Holders of a Masters degree in International Affairs from a recognized University may also be admitted to the second part of the M.Phil programme. Such candidates MAY be required to take additional courses in areas where they are found to be deficient.

4. The programmes for those admitted directly to the M.Phil and those admitted after the first two semesters of the MA differ slightly.

THESIS

A Thesis is required for the M.Phil degree.

In addition, candidates are required:

a) To pass a proficiency test (‘C’ – 40% or better) in one foreign language (e.g. French, Spanish, German, Russian, Arabic, Swahili, Japanese and Portuguese). Where a candidate has qualification in one or more languages, she/he would be required to pass a proficiency test in a further language; and,

b) to participate regularly in seminars on contemporary International Relations and African political, economic, cultural, scientific and social problems.

SCHEME OF EXAMINATION:

Nine 3-hour papers to be written over the first three semesters of the programme and a Thesis of not more than 40,000 words to be submitted not earlier than 18 months and not later than 24 months from the date of registration. A candidate may also be examined orally on the substance of his/her thesis if the examiners so decide.

COURSE UNIT REQUIREMENTS

Course Work: - 23 Credits

Research Proposal Seminar I - 3 Credits

Seminar Presentation II - 3 Credits

Thesis - 30 Credits

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