Master's in International Relations and Diplomacy - Tribhuvan University

Tribhuvan University

Humanities and Social Sciences

2 year(s)

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. 

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Admission criteria


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. 

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Curricular structure

First Semester

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • World Politics
  • Public Policy and Governance
  • Comparative Politics
  • Creative and Professional Writing and Public Speaking

Second Semester

  1. Theories of International Relations
  2. International Political Economy
  3. Theories of Diplomacy
  4. International Law
  5. Research Methods in International Relations

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
  • Strategic Studies/Thought
  • Climate Change and Security

Fourth semester

  • Foreign Policy of Major Power
  • Small State in International Relations
  • Development Economics
  • Internship
  • Thesis
  • Globalization and Regional Integration*
  • International Conflict and Cooperation*
  • International Migration*
  • (*=optional paper)