Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Studies

Programme Coordinator

Sr. Estellina Namutebi


This course is aimed at training participants in all aspects of International affairs including foreign relations, International trade, internal politics, international law, environmental issues, global communication peace and justice.


Aim of the Course

  • To train participants with career ambitions in jobs with an international  dimension, Foreign Service Officers, Staff of NGOs, International Organizations, UN Agencies and Multi-national Corporations in Protocol  and Diplomatic skills.
  • To prepare participants in all aspects of international affairs including foreign relations, international trade, international politics, international law, environmental issues, global communication, peace and justice.
  • To equip participants with the techniques of Diplomatic negotiations and mediation.
  • To enable participants identify and analyze the causes of war in order to promote effective peace-making, conflict resolution and management.
  • To train participants who will promote international leadership, co-operation and democratic governance.
  • To extend the frontiers of knowledge through research in Diplomacy and International affairs.
  • The programme aims at a comprehensive approach to understanding international affairs.
  • To become a source of excellence for research in diplomacy and international affairs, offering consultancy services to governments, regional and international bodies, civil society organizations and other stakeholders.

Target group

Foreign service officers, Protocol officers, Policy makers, Bankers, Senior military and Police officers with ambitions to serve in international peace keeping operations, United Nations staff,, NGO staff, Multi-National corporation executives, researchers, middle to top rank managers of institutions of higher learning, lawyers, head teachers and others with career ambitions in jobs with an international dimension.


SDIS 1001:  African Diplomacy and International Affairs

This course will cover the principles of African diplomacy and international relations, contemporary issues in African diplomacy and international affairs, and the challenges facing Africa in conducting her diplomatic relations.

SDIS 1002:  Protocol in Uganda: Theory and Practice Introduction

Protocol is commonly used to designate the code of behaviour as practiced not only at Diplomatic occasions but also in other forms of human relations. It formalizes channels of communication and methodologies for conducting official business between Governments and harmonizes inter Governmental conduct. It lays down the procedural down the procedural rules Governing civilized conduct at state official, diplomatic and private functions to ensure that such functions are accorded befitting dignity and decorum.  Every country, Governmental of non –Governmental organization is concerned with establishing an excellent image through observance of the rules of civilized behaviour.

This course therefore has an eye to achieving excellence by highlighting a few theoretical expositions and emphasizing the practical aspects of Diplomatic protocol in Uganda and elsewhere in the world. It sensitizes the participants to all the possible breaches protocol as well as the challenges of managing them

SDIS 1003:  Principles and Techniques of Diplomatic Negotiations and Mediation

Rivalry among factions within a country and among countries may lead to war.  When weapons fail to win a conflict, negotiators and mediators become handy in resolving that conflict.  A successful resolution of conflict hinges on mastery of diplomatic negotiations and mediation principles and techniques.  Diplomatic negotiations may start with confrontation, involve much competition and then end with cooperation.  This course, therefore aims at equipping students with principles and techniques of diplomatic negotiations and mediation.


ITPL 04:  Contemporary International Trade Policy analysis

This course examines the modalities of foreign policy formulation.The role of various actors in the Foreign Policy Formulation Process and Contemporary Patterns of African Politics are discussed. It looks at the state from inside out, trying to understand the processes and structures within states that make them take the actions they do toward other states.

SDIS 1004:  International Law and Politics

One of the most important developments of the 21st Century is that there is no aspect of world politics that can be fully understood without some knowledge of international law and awareness of how it operates as law and component of global affairs as an integral impact of international law on National legal systems is unprecedented. International Law today affects the life of every individual and should be studied in the context of Global 21st century politics.

SDIS 1008:  Research methods

The first part of this course will be quantitative methods while the second will be qualitative. This course introduces the student to basic methods of empirical inquiry in the social sciences research. The overwhelming majorities of studies that test hypotheses, empirically fit models, produce predictions, or estimate policy impacts are based upon some form of quantitative or statistical analysis. The level of mathematical treatment will be moderate (some algebra).

SDIS 1010:  International organizations and Governance

International organizations are playing greater roles in the Governance of International and domestic affairs.  There is a renewed interest in studying the theory, practice, nature and functioning of international organizations because they have become important if not dominant actors in International Relations.  This course delves into the intricacies of predicting the future of international organizations, how their activities influence international relations affect individuals and contemporary society.  The course provides a theoretical framework for understanding International Organisations.  This course starts where the undergraduate course in International Relations stops.

SDIS 1005:  Foreign Policy analysis

This course examines the modalities of foreign policy formulation.  It discusses the role of various actors in the foreign policy formulation process and contemporary patterns of global politics, beginning with nature and determinants of foreign policy ending with African continental and African sub regional foreign policies.


SDIS 1012:  World peace and Security

Peace and security are like two sides of coin. Thus, they are inseparable. in order for peace to thrive, security must be provided. The goal of the course is to examine the validity and soundness of this argument under specific global contexts. In the same vein, the course is meant to engage students in global peace and security problems with the view to attempting to put in place viable and sustainable diplomatic solutions.

SDIS 2004:  Global communication II Languages: French

This course examines the dynamics of communication in institutions and organizations especially where communication, through the use of Information Communication Technologies (ICT), fosters understanding in international affairs. The course also provides requisite skills required for scholarly and other formal presentations at conferences and workshops. It supplements the negotiation, mediation and leadership course, as well as enriching students with communication skills in the context of peace building and conflict resolution. This is a practical course that, through case studies, analyses, discusses and presents research papers and reports, précis, press releases/communiqués, official memos, policy papers/briefs, etc.