M.Phil International Relations

The M. Phil in International Relations is a two-year program that combines intellectually rigorous training in theoretical and conceptual approaches of international relations. Studying International Relations/Global Politics is actually about organizing one’s observations and knowledge of an ever-changing world in a coherent, structured and systematic way as well as about being equipped with the methodological tools for understanding, and most importantly, explaining complex social and international phenomena. The course will not only equip students with the knowledge and skills they require to pursue research and study at advanced level but also allows them to undertake numerous forms of professional work in the field.


List of Core Courses

  • Sr. No. Code Area
  • 1IR5113International Relations: Advanced Theory and Practice
  • 2IR5123Advanced Research Methodology
  • 3IR5213Seminar on Contemporary Regional and Global Issues
  • 4IR5133International Political Economy: Theories, Issues and Practices

Total Credit Hours: 12

List of Optional Courses:

  • Sr. No. Code Area
  • 1IR5223Politics of South Asia
  • 2IR5233Politics Middle East
  • 3IR5243Contemporary Central Asian Politics
  • 4IR5253Contemporary Environmental Issues
  • 5IR5263Orientalist Perspectives on International Relations
  • 6R5313 Foreign Policy Analysis
  • 7IR5323 Comparative Analysis of Foreign Policy of Major Powers (any two)
  • 8IR5333US Foreign Policy
  • 9IR5343 Foreign Policy of China
  • 10IR5353Regional Integration
  • 11IR5363Foreign Policy of Russia
  • 12IR5373Foreign Policy of India
  • 13IR5413International Organizations and Regimes
  • 14IR5423International Law and Use of Force
  • 15IR5433Contemporary Trends in International Law
  • 16IR5443Role of International Financial Institutions in International Relations
  • 17IR5453Politics of Human Rights
  • 18IR5463International Politics of Migration
  • 19IR5513National Security Issues in Contemporary Pakistan
  • 20IR5523Ethnic Conflict in Global Perspective
  • 21IR5533Politics and Security of Asia-Pacific Region
  • 22IR5543Peace-Building in Post-Conflict Societies
  • 23IR5553Politics of Terrorism
  • 24IR5563The politics of International Security

Total Credit Hours: 12

Road Map

  • Year 1, Semester 1

    Sr. No. Code Name of Subject Credits
  • 1IR5113International Relations: Advanced Theory and Practice3
  • 2IR5123Advanced Research Methodology3
  • 3IR5213Seminar on Contemporary Regional and Global Issues3
  • Year 1, Semester 2

    Sr. No. Code Name of Subject Credits
  • 1IR5133International Political Economy: Theories, Issues and Practices3
  • 5Thesis 6

Admission Criteria

Degree Requirements

The degree requires satisfactory completion of 30 credit hours including 6 credit hours of Thesis.

Admission Requirements

  1. BS degree (4 years) in any of Social Sciences (International Relations, Political Science, Defense and Strategic Studies, Sociology, Economics, History, and Media Studies).
  2. M.A with 2nd Division or 2.5 CGPA in BS in Social Sciences (16 years of education in any subject of Social Sciences preferably in IR, Political Science, Defense and Strategic Studies, and History.


M. Phil in International Relations provides education to those who aspire to understand the interaction among states at bilateral and multilateral levels. This program helps prepare students to compete for work with governmental agencies, intergovernmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations, multinational corporations, and research and academic institutions. The program is also recommended for students planning to pursue a PhD for an academic career at higher institution. Students would also find employment in government institutions in national and international charities and aid organizations, as well as across the private sector. The skills and profile of the students would enable them to succeed in the competitive and evolving global world. The UCP offers career support and advice that will assist and guide students in their study choices. Through internships programs, students would gain acumen, work experience, and transferable skills giving them a competitive advantage in a fast-paced working environment.

Fee Structure

M.Phil. International Relations (2 yrs, 4 semesters)

  • 1M.Phil25,000870030286,000


Above mentioned fee structure has been followed as given by the other three departments of FASS that have already been offering MS/M.Phil. programs.

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