MA in International Relations and Diplomacy

MA in International Relations and Diplomacy

2 years

The Central Department of International Relations and Diplomacy (CDRID) under the faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences offers Master's program in International Relations and Diplomacy (MIRD).

The program offers both theoretical and practical knowledge in International Relations and Diplomacy. The entire course is highly participatory and students are expected to take active interaction in the classroom discussions and periodic seminars and workshops.

 The MIRD program is a multidisciplinary program designed to develop the analytical and practical skills of the students so that they can critically examine, diagnose, and offer solutions to various aspects of international relations, foreign policy, and diplomacy in various context. The program intends to provide solid knowledge on theories, historical developments, regional issues and current issues. The MIRD is two years full time study program composed of four semesters. The students’ performance will be evaluated in GPA grading system.

The evaluation is based on class attendance, participation in classroom activities, regular assignments (term papers, presentations) and final written exam at the end of the semester. The medium of teaching, learning and other classroom activities is in English. 

Vision, Mission and Objectives: 

Through a rigorous program of lectures, seminars, research, fieldwork, and internship, the four-semester, two-year Master's program in International Relations and Diplomacy (MIRD) strives to impart theoretical, methodological, and practical set of knowledge and skills that will equip the MIRD graduates to operate in a variety of roles including academic teaching and research, policy analysis, and as hands-on practitioners in government, national, and international organization.

As a pioneer program dedicated to the teaching and research in international relations and diplomacy, MIRD is expected to emerge as a think tank for foreign policy of the country and professional forum for academics and practitioners working in the field of international relations, foreign policy and diplomacy with particular focus on South Asian affairs.

The graduates of this program will be able to identify and reconcile ever changing norms, roles and the types of practical diplomacy. The International Relations and Diplomacy program will enhance students’ skills to gather, update and to apply the newest scientific knowledge after the  completion of the program. 

Objectives of the program is to impart the following skills:

  • To be prepared to perform practical work in the field of international relations and diplomacy using achieved theoretical background
  • The ability to independently identify and analyse the main challenges in the practical sphere of international relations and diplomacy.
  • To be prepared to conduct theoretical analyses of significant problems in the field of international relations and diplomacy.
  • To obtain familiarity with the high culture of professional thinking.
  • The ability to learn independently, and apply this ability in practice and evaluate relevent international events.

Salient Features



Admission to the MIRD is based upon the academic and personal qualifications of applicants. The candidate selection process is highly competitive. The program intends to enrol up to 50 qualified students each year in each session. The Dean Office of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences will conduct entrance test to select best candidates among prospective students. 

A Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline with second division (CGPA 2.0) from Tribhuvan University or any university recognized by TU and having proficiency in written and spoken English will be the eligible candidate for the enrolment in the MIRD program. Priority will be given for the candidates having work, research and publication experience in the related field.

 Also, securing an acceptable level or ranking in the entrance exam will be essential. The entrance exam will test the prospective students' language proficiency and analytical abilities.Personal interviews are required for admission. 


Admission Criteria

Curricular Structure

First Semester

Introduction to International Relations 

World Political Affairs 

Theories of Diplomacy 

Foreign Policy Analysis 

Government and Policies of South Asia 

Second Semester

Theories of International Relations 

International Political Economy 

Public Policy for International Relations and Diplomacy 

International Law 

Research Methodology

Third semester

International and Regional Organizations 

International human Rights and Humanitarian Law 

Foreign Policy and Diplomacy of Nepal 

Diplomatic Practices 

State Building and Failure in Developing World *

Politics of Climate Change and Security * 

Strategic Studies *

Fourth semester

Foreign Policy of Major and Emerging Powers 

Small States in International Relations 

Professional & Diplomatic Communication 

Development Economics *

Globalization of Regional Integration *

International Conflict and Cooperation *

Politics of International Migration *

Comparative Politics*


* Elective papers

Note: Out of elective Papers, only two papers can be offered in Third and Fourth Semester.