Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme

Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS

Governance  and Social Sciences :

International Relations and Diplomacy

Name of the HEI offering the course: Addis Ababa University (AAU)

Type of academic programme: Masters

Thematic field of study: Governance  and Social Sciences

Title of the academic programme: International Relations and Diplomacy

Duration in each case (in semesters): Four Semesters or two years (A Semester is covered in 14 weeks/3.5 months). Masters programs at AAU are all modular in which students are required to successfully complete a minimum of 90 to a maximum of 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).

Objectives (max. 150 words):

(Objectives of the master/doctoral programme in relation to the identified needs and the link to the thematic field(s) proposed; etc.)

The main objectives of the Masters Program in International Relations and Diplomacy are:
• To provide postgraduate teaching and training in the field of international relations and diplomacy;
• To promote and carryout research in the field of international relations and diplomacy with focus on Ethiopia, the Horn of Africa and on selected emerging continental and global issues;
• To meet the growing demand of internal and external stakeholders for skilled, professional manpower;
• To serve as resource pool of teaching, research and training for governmental, non-governmental and international stakeholders and
• To lay a firm foundation for teaching beyond Master’s level training, research, and education including a doctoral program
Structure and content (max. 400 words):

(Structure and content of the programme, subjects covered; assessment methods; etc.)

The Masters programs at AAU are designed as modular programs, for which modules were developed with work packages and syllabi that determine the activities of the students and the instructors including the outlining the delivery systems. Most of the course activities are student-based where students are strictly required to engage themselves in independent work. Students are therefore assessed on the seminars they write and defend, the laboratory and field work and reports they submit, the continuous assessment by way of quizzes, examinations, discussions, group work, and so on they do. On their part, the respective departments have also developed the required course modules, student and staff manuals, and the necessary regulations and quality control mechanisms that keep the programs in track. Depending on the program each Masters student is required to complete 90 to 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), the average being around 105.

The Master’s program in International Relations is revised with a new component on diplomacy added to it. Revision along this line has become necessary in view of the experiences gained over the last six years since the introduction of the modular curriculum and hence the need to strengthen the program by way of adapting it to new developments that have taken place both within and outside the country. Besides meeting the requirements of potential stakeholders like Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Ethiopia, collaborative frameworks with foreign Universities are being envisaged and hence compelling enough to restructure the programme to suit the changing circumstances. By this it is hoped to bring new learning and job opportunities for the student community in terms of facilitating means and ways to equip them with necessary skills to deal with socio-economic problems of the country.

The main professional courses in International Relations MA Program include Theories of International Relations, Theory and Practice of Diplomacy, International Law and Organizations, Africa in the Global Political Economy, Hydro-politics in North-Eastern Africa and Middle East and The Politics of Human Rights and Diplomacy.

Each student is required to complete the above mentioned work requirements through the continuous assessment system. Anything above 85 is graded as A, 75-84 as B, 65-74 as C. Generally, Masters students are expected to score B or above. This by default entails a requirement of a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.00 or above to graduate successfully. All C grades are expected to be repeated and other grades less than that are failing grades. At any stage if Masters students score CGPA of less than 3:00, they are subject to dismissal.
Finally, thesis defence is open to the public with external examiners coming from abroad but mostly from other universities within Ethiopia after their CV in the field are examined by the department examining board. These are rated as excellent, very good and good. Anything below is subject to re-write up or modifications as the case may be.

Learning outcomes (max 200 words):

(The expected learning outcomes in view of the students’ future academic opportunities and employability, the personal competences, and the impact at institutional, national, regional levels)

The learning outcomes or profile of the graduates include:
• Lecturers and researchers in the field of Political Science and International Relations in Ethiopia
• Domestic and international civil servants
• Policy analysts and advisors
• Diplomatic personnel

Recognition and accreditation obtained:

(The master/doctoral program offered must have been recognised and accredited at the time of this application. The official proof of accreditation can be asked by the Agency for all programmes indicated in this section during project implementation.)

Programs at Public Universities in Ethiopia are automatically accredited through the university Senet decisions

The name of the relevant authority that accredited the program:

All Masters programs after curricula developments, they are assessed by senior professors of the field, defended at curriculum review conferences, approved by the respective department councils, academic commissions of the relevant college, approved AAU Senate and finally accredited by the Federal Ministry of Education of Ethiopia.

Period of validity of accreditation:

The period of validity prevails until the next program review period which is usually done between 4 to 5 years.


 Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme


Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS

The overall objective of the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility programme is to promote sustainable development and ultimately contribute to poverty reduction by increasing the availability of trained and qualified high-level professional manpower in Africa.


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