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University of Nairobi

Postgraduate Diploma Program 4 YEARS

Course Details

Course Overview

While giving due attention to the academic aspects of the study of international relations, the course also aims at increasing the trainee diplomats’ ability to handle the practical aspects of their job. Ordinary teaching is complemented by lectures and conferences given by foreign academics, Kenyans and foreign practitioners of diplomacy. Students also do practical exercises like simulations of negotiations and go on study tours in Kenya and abroad.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for admission to the University of Nairobi for the above programme are:

1 First degree or its equivalent from a recognized university.

2 At least one year’s working experience in a relevant environment.

Course Program

Course Outline

Semester 1 (Core)

International Relations


International Political Economy

Research Methods for Social Sciences

Semester 2

Core units

International Law

Introduction to French

Introduction to Spanish

Foreign Language

International Relations of African States

International Conflict Management

Theory and Practice of International Peacekeeping

Diplomatic Methods and Practice

Foreign Policy Analysis

Project Paper

Semester 1: Core Courses

i) International Relations

ii) Theory and Practice of International Peacekeeping

iii) Law of Armed Conflict

iv)  Research Methodology

Semester 2

i) Strategic Planning

ii) Project Paper (Compulsory)

Electives 3

i) African International Relations

ii) International Conflict Management

iii) Diplomacy

iv)  Political Economy of Africa


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