MS (International Relations)

Bahria University offers 2 years MS degree in International Relations. The MS Degree offers a research track to the students along with the course work required to be completed. The degree seeks to impart both theoretical and research knowledge to the students. This degree offers specialization to students who have a bachelor’s degree in related social sciences field.

Objectives of the Program

The MS degree is designed to achieve a number of objectives which are in consonance with the mission of BU. Bahria is committed to making a valuable contribution in strengthening of the nation by providing quality education to the students. The aim of this degree is to acquaint the students with international relations and affairs which is not only important but a desirable field around the world. Furthermore, students will be taught in an analytical and critical manner where they would be able to apply their knowledge in the practical life eventually.

Distribution of Courses/Road Map

Semester Credit Hours
1 (First Years) 12 (Course Work)
2 (First Years) 12 (Course Work)
3 & 4 (Second Year) 6 (Thesis)


Semester 1 – First Year

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
IRS – 501 International Relations: Advanced  theory and Practice 03
IRS – 502 Advanced Research Methodology 03
IRS – 503 Seminar on Contemporary Regional and Global Issues 03
IRS – 524 Foreign Policy Analysis 03
Total Semester Credit Hours 12


Semester 2 – First Year

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
1 Optional – I 03
2 Optional – II 03
3 Optional – III 03
4 Optional – IV 03
Total Semester Credit Hours 12

Total course work credit hours: 24

Semester 3 & 4 – Second Year

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
RES 600 Thesis Writing & Defence 06


Total research work credit hours: 06

Total Degree Credit Hours: 24 (Course work) + 06 (Research work) = 30 Credit Hours



List of Electives

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
Ethnic Conflict in Global Perspective 3
Power Politics and Beyond 3
Gulf War and its Consequences 3
Forecasting in International Relations 3
Structural Adjustment Program – (in the 3rd world countries – Role of IMF, World Bank, and WTO) 3
Role of Non-State Actors in International Relations 3
Evolution and Development of International Political Philosophy 3
Politics of South Asia 3
Ethnic Conflict in Global Perspective 3
Politics of Middle East 3
Internal Law and Use of Force 3
Contemporary Trends in International Law 3
Comparative Analyses of Foreign Policy of Major Powers (any two) 3
Foreign Policy Analyses 3
Role of International Financial Institutions in International Relations 3
An Analysis of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy 3
Politics and Security of Asia-Pacific Region 3
National Security Issues in Contemporary Pakistan 3
Contemporary Environmental Issues 3
Major Issues of Muslim World 3
Conflict and Cooperation in South Asia 3
Peace Building in Post-conflict Societies 3
International Organizations 3
Power Sharing in Multiethnic States 3
Arms Control and International Security 3
Politics of Human Rights 3
Contemporary Political Theories 3
IRS 539 Foreign Policy of United States 3