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

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


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 the date of registration.


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 Program 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.

  1. The M.Phil (International Relations) shall normally be open to MA students who pass the MA coursework with a B+ average, or better. Such candidates may proceed directly to Part II of the M.Phil program. 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 program. Such candidates MAY be required to take additional courses in areas where they are found to be deficient.
  4. The programs for those admitted directly to the M.Phil and those admitted after the first two semesters of the MA differ slightly.


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 a 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.


Nine 3-hour papers to be written over the first three semesters of the program 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.

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