Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy - Riara University | Educartis

4 years
On Campus


Course Overview

This four (4) year Bachelor Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy is designed to expose students to global affairs and the dynamics of world politics. Taken on-campus at Riara University, the course critically analyses key areas such as Foreign Policy, International Law, International Security and Political Economy through a multidisciplinary approach. The program has been deliberately designed to allow learners to interact with both practitioners and academicians in the field from within and outside Kenya, allowing them to become familiar with both the theory and practice of the discipline. 

For graduates of International Relations and Diplomacy, there are many varied and interesting careers available, particularly involving overseas travel. In a world where nuclear weapons exist, where suicide terrorist attacks strike without warning, and thousands die each day from poverty, professionals in this field have a chance, skill, and power to make positive changes in the lives of others and help create a safer and more peaceful world. If this sounds like the right path for you, then this course will provide you with the practical experience and theoretical knowledge you need to enter this exciting, and very important, field. 

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How This Course Will Benefit Your Career

At the end of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Play an active role in a globalised world. 
  • Demonstrate the personal and professional qualities of an inquiring mind, innovativeness, critical and logical thinking, and ethical integrity. 
  • Enhance their oral and written skills. 
  • Recognize issues of social justice in global contexts.
  • Understand international institutions and forces that drive behaviour in this field. 
  • Pursue career opportunities in the United Nations, African Union, COMESA, IGAD, East African Community, Embassies, International and local NGOs.
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Certification obtained

Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy 

What jobs will I qualify for?

This course will successfully prepare students for careers such as: 

  • Public Affairs Consultant 
  • Government Official 
  • Politician 
  • Social Researcher 

Student Testimonial

"Riara University has given me confidence and taught me to never stop yearning for knowledge. I have become an independent individual, equipped with the skills necessary to be positive innovative and confident to face the world ahead of me" - Acheing' Okello



On Campus, 4 years, January 2020


On Campus, 4 years, January 2020


On Campus, 6 months, January 2020


When do I start?

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Admission Criteria

To be eligible for this course, students must satisfy one of the following requirements: 

  • Be a holder of a minimum KCSE Grade of C+ 
  • Be a holder of a KACE certificate with a minimum of two principal passes and one subsidiary pass or its equivalent 
  • Be a holder of a IGCSE certificate with a minimum of five credits or the equivalent 
  • Be a holder of a Diploma in a relevant field from Riara University with a GPA of 2.00 (C) or an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution.

How do I apply?

To apply for this course, students must: 

  • Fill out an application form 
  • Provide copies of relevant certificates
  • Attach a personal statement 
  • Pay a non-refundable fee of 2,000 KSH 

Additional Information
Students applying online may pay the fee by credit card or, alternatively, pay in the bank and attach the scanned bank deposit slip. Applications submitted by mail should include a banker’s cheque or money order, payable to Riara University.

Payment options

Students can pay their fees using the following bank accounts: 

  • Kenya Commercial Bank (Prestige Plaza Branch) 
  • Commercial Bank of Africa (Upperhill Branch) 

Detailed course information

The programme shall consist of course units drawn from Foundation courses, Programme Core courses, Programme Elective courses, International Relations Simulation, Project and one attachment as indicated in the schedule below:

Year 1
  • Introduction 
  • Theory and Practice of Diplomacy
  • Introduction to International Conflict Management
  • Introduction to Foreign Language
  • Communication and Writing Skills
  • Introduction to Computer Applications 
  • Introduction to International Law 
  • Introduction to International Political Economy
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Intermediate Foreign Language
  • HIV-Aids and Drugs Abuse
  • Creative and Critical Thinking
  • Introduction to International Security 

Year 2 
  • International Relations of African States
  • Humanitarian Law
  • Africa in International Affairs
  • Migration and Diaspora Studies
  • Diplomacy of Regional Integration
  • Community Service
Year 3
  • Research Methods in International Relations
  • Terrorism and Counter Terrorism Strategies
  • Use of Force in International Law and Humanitarian Intervention
  • Diplomacy and Refugees
  • Electives
    • International Relations and Law Option
    • Conflict Management and Security Option
  • Internship (1 Semester) 
Year 4 
  • Diplomatic History of Kenya
  • Diplomatic Protocol, Etiquette and Ceremony
  • Emerging Powers in International Relations
  • Theory and Practice of Diplomatic Negotiations
  • Electives 
    • Diplomacy Option
    • Conflict Management Option 
    • International Relations Option 
  • Research Project 
  • National and Regional Security 
  • Border Diplomacy 
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Where and When


Riara University

Mbagathi Way, next to Nyayo Highrise Estate., Nairobi, Kenya


Riara University

Mbagathi Way, next to Nyayo Highrise Estate., Nairobi, Kenya


Riara University

Mbagathi Way, next to Nyayo Highrise Estate., Nairobi, Kenya


Riara University

Mbagathi Way, next to Nyayo Highrise Estate., Nairobi, Kenya


Riara University

Mbagathi Way, next to Nyayo Highrise Estate., Nairobi, Kenya

This course is taught by:

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Dr. Francis Onditi

HOD - School of International Relations and Diplomacy

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