Master’s Programme in International Relations and Diplomacy

Studying a master’s programme in international relations and diplomacy is among the most important disciplines that serve the work of institutions specialized in political and international affairs and community issues. International Suleiman University seeks to develop a curriculum commensurate with the trends in force in the world in order to provide students with research opportunities to specialize in fields that are compatible with the need to develop intellectual capabilities and awareness of the issue of political systems.
The programme that the university seeks to implement aims to deepen and develop the student’s cognitive and analytical capabilities of the contemporary social and political phenomenon, thus contributing to raising his efficiency in developing his scientific and practical skills in the functional field or in civil society organizations and other areas related to the political changes in the political arena in most Countries live in.
Graduate researchers and diplomats.
Supplying society’s institutions with political competencies capable of representing their countries in international forums.
Enhancing students’ knowledge on the most important issues and developments in international relations.
To develop students’ experiences and knowledge regarding international relations in the Middle East region.
Providing students with basic theories in this field and enhancing their critical thinking capabilities.
Provide students with theoretical research skills on the structures, procedures, and policies of international relations and cross-border relations.
To develop the student’s ability to apply theoretical knowledge in understanding contemporary international relations.
Enhancing students’ international experiences.

● The student studies eight courses, distributed as follows:
Six compulsory courses.
Two optional courses from among the courses offered by the college for master’s students.
● The study takes place through research seminars in each course. The research circle depends on multiple references and is in accordance with the methodology and standards of scientific research.
● The study of each of the eight courses takes four credit hours for a period of four weeks as a minimum, and may exceed that depending on the abilities of each student, after which the competency and knowledge test of the student is held in the course from which he finished, then he begins in another course in the same manner, and so on.
● The student is assigned a hypothetical course that the college selects from among the courses studied by the student at the undergraduate level, and this is a practical training for the student that is evaluated for ten credit hours. The student must divide this course from twelve to fourteen brief lectures, and the student submits each lecture in the form of a written summary of its topic in Word or PDF format, accompanied by a video recording of it in the student’s voice using the Power Point program of no less than ten minutes and no more than About twenty minutes.
● Study courses in the first year The student has the right to extend the study there for a period not exceeding a second year.
● The requirements for obtaining a master’s degree in political sciences are sixty credit hours according to the study plan approved by the University Council, and these requirements are distributed according to the following programmes:
1- Research courses of thirty two credit hours.
2- A thesis of eighteen credit hours.
3- Practical training of ten credit hours.

Requirements for registering a thesis topic for a master’s degree in political sciences
● It is a requirement for the student to pass the stipulated courses of at least 70%.
● The student has obtained a TOEFL certificate with a score of at least 450, or its equivalent, or obtained a corresponding certificate in the French language, except for those who have obtained a first university degree in one of the two languages, or in one of the two languages.
● The student submits an application to the university administration to register the master’s thesis accompanied by a proposed topic in one of the sub-specialized tracks.
● If the initial approval is achieved on the topic’s title, the College Council assigns a supervisor to guide and follow up the student in preparing the plan.
● The research plan includes the importance of the topic and a critical presentation of previous studies in it, specifically the research problem, then defining the methodology of the study and its main hypotheses or questions that it wants to answer, and the division of the study and its sources.
● The student presents his proposed plan in a scientific seminar, and discusses the plan as a topic and method.
● The student modifies his plan based on the professors ’notes in the seminar if he is asked to amend.
● After the seminar, the plan is presented to the college council to take a decision regarding registering the topic.
● In case of approval, the decision of the Faculty Council is presented to the University Council for approval of registration, and the date of registration is calculated from the date of approval of the University Council.

Discussion and awarding of the grade
● The minimum period for preparing a master’s thesis is nine months starting from the date of approval by the University Council to register the subject, and the maximum is two years. It can be extended for an exceptional third year upon the recommendation of the supervisor and the approval of the College Board, provided that the total period of student enrollment in the degree does not exceed four years.
● The supervisor submits a semi-annual report that includes what has been accomplished, and what is required in the remaining period.
● After the student completes the thesis and the supervisor reviews it, the supervisor submits a report to the university administration stating its validity for discussion, including an evaluation of the student’s performance during the thesis preparation period of 140 degrees, with a complete copy of the thesis signed by him, and a letter with the names of the discussion and judgment committee proposed by the professors of the specialty, for presentation on college Council.
● It is required, before discussing the student, that at least fifteen days have passed since the date of the examination committee approval of the college.
● The validity period of the committee formed to discuss the dissertation is six months. It may be renewed for a similar period based on a report from the supervisor and the approval of the College Board.
● Each member of the committee writes a detailed scientific report on the validity of the dissertation for discussion. It evaluates the dissertation of 420 degrees, and is taken with the average of the three degrees.
● A student may not be discussed unless he obtains at least 70% of the supervisor’s evaluation of his performance and the committee members ’evaluation of the mission in individual reports.
● After the discussion, a group report is submitted, signed by all committee members, with a 140-degree evaluation of the dissertation discussion.

  • Thedissertation shall be approved after public discussion with an estimate of the estimates shown in the following table:

The percentage of the scores


Grade symbol




95 to 100%


A +

A +


90 to less than 95%





85 to less than 90%


B +


very good

80 to less than 85%





75 to less than 80%


C +

C +


70 to less than 75%





● After the Faculty approves the student’s results, a master’s degree is awarded at a rate calculated from the average total of the courses and thesis scores.
● After obtaining the approval of the University Council to grant a master’s degree, the student is entitled to obtain secure certificates notarized by the university stating that he has obtained that degree, in order to present them to various authorities.

The period of study for a master’s degree in political science in all disciplines is two years as a minimum, and four years as a maximum.
In the first year, the student studies no less than eight subjects, and the study is through research seminars in each academic course, and the research circle depends on multiple references and is in accordance with the methodology and standards of scientific research.
In the second year, the student will attend a general seminar for the topic of the scientific thesis that he will prepare and present for discussion
The general seminar is discussed by the scientific committee at the university and the title of the scientific thesis is approved
The student works to complete his thesis under the supervision of the supervisor who is decided by the university presidency based on the proposal of the college deanship
The student accomplishes his academic thesis and presents for discussion before the committee formed by the university presidency in an open session and completes the conditions of the master’s degree
Study courses in the first year The student has the right to extend the study there for a period not exceeding a second year
The scientific thesis prepared by the student within a period of time not less than 9 months and not more than two years

1) A student is deemed to have passed any of the program’s decisions if he achieves a final score of not less than 60%. He is also considered successful in the master’s project if he obtains a mark (granted by the jury) of no less than 70%.
After the student presented the results of his project before the committee, and discussed with him about its technical content.
2) The student is not entitled to present to discuss his thesis until a scientific research has been published in an accredited refereed journal
3) The student obtains a master’s degree inPolitical Sciences after he has fully fulfilled the academic requirements for this degree

Compulsory courses Elective courses
M Course Name The number of hours


Notes M Course Name The number of hours


1- Scientific research methodology 4   1- Political Sociology 4  
2- International Relations 4   2- Political history 4  
3- political economy 4  


3- Geopolitics 4  


4- The origins of diplomatic and consular relations 4  


4- Political crisis management 4 Choose


Two decisions

5- The Origins of Political Analysis 4   5- The political architecture of the European Union 4 Just
6- negotiation art 4   6- European Union strategic policies 4  

Teaching at the university
Political analyst
Political advisor
Director of Public Relations
Director of social media platforms specializing in political science
Work in diplomatic bodies
Work in embassies
Work in the United Nations
Work in ministries

Faculty: Political Sciences
Award: Master’s Degree

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