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hekima institute of peace studies and international relations hipsir

Master of Arts Degree in Peace Studies and International Relations program

Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR)

Masters Program 2 Years

Course Details

Course Overview

The Master of Arts Degree in Peace Studies and International Relations is designed as an intensive two-year academic programme with an emphasis on the major subject areas of the theory and practice of international affairs and conflict resolution. The M.A. degree is awarded on completion of a 20,000 word thesis. Students have the option of taking day or evening classes. Students who cannot complete the program in two years have the option of stretching the program to four years.

The course consists of two parts:

  • The first three semesters are devoted to full time study by course work and end-of-semester examinations.
  • The second semester of the second year is then taken up by a research project lasting a minimum of twelve weeks. Candidates will be allowed to commence their research project only after clearance with the supervisor and the Academic Board. MA students will commence writing their thesis once their thesis proposals have been presented, defended and approved by a minimum of three panelists as a fulfillment of the comprehensive examination.

Minimum Entry Requirements

For admission to the Master of Arts in Peace Studies and
International Relations degree programme, candidates must satisfy the
following requirements:


  • Attained Second Class Upper Division in the BA degree.
  •  Candidates
    with the Second Class Lower Division can be considered if they have a
    proven two year work experience or post graduate Diploma in the relevant
    field of peace and international relations.

Course Program

Structure of the Programme


  • Candidates will be offered a set of core and non-core courses each semester.
  • Core units are compulsory for all
    candidates registered for the Master of Arts in Peace Studies and
    International Relations Programme and must be examined for the award of
    the Masters Degree.
  • Non-core units are those preferred by
    students depending on their needs and area of interest. Both core and
    non-core courses registered must be passed.
  • Each candidate for the MA must take a
    total of 42 credits in course work: 11 core courses and at least 3
    non-core courses. These courses are undertaken during three Semesters.
    The presentation and defense of the thesis proposal will count for 12
    credits and, the thesis itself, when completed and marked, will count
    for 12 credits as well. The total required credits for MA is 66.

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