Bachelor of Governance and International Relations

Bachelor of Governance and International Relations

This Bachelor of Governance and International Relations program is designed for students who are determined to make a difference in their own community or those who have their sight set on the international arena. Learners will be taught by academic staff with a commitment to teaching and research on issues related to the workings of government, civil society and international affairs.

The program will give in-depth understanding and skills one needs to navigate the political environment. It will provide a window into all the drama and passion of power in the modern world and the factors and forces that shape contemporary international affairs.

The degree will expand the student’s horizons and prepare them for a vast range of careers in government and non-government organizations, both in Uganda and overseas. Students will develop a comprehensive knowledge of political institutions and processes, business-government relations, foreign policy and globalization. Other issues that the course will address include;

Policy making, terrorism, the environment, nuclear proliferation, democratization, representation, religion and conflict. It will also look at human rights, intelligence, and the complex relationships within and between states. By exploring these issues in the BGIR program, an attempt will be made to build peace against the context of the changing nature of world politics more generally in making the building of stable and peaceful societies a key international priority.

Students will have the option to specialize in either international relations or the governance and peace building option. Learners will gain experience and develop their leadership, public relations and conflict resolution skills through simulations and role play exercises.

Studies will be mixed with internship or work placement, allowing students to further develop their skills and networks before they graduate. The course is therefore practically oriented. Through internship, students will also interact with governments and their agencies, peace workers and other international actors as part of the programme. This will develop their skills and networks before they graduate.

The Bachelor of Governance and International Relations is also intended for students wishing to go on to do graduate studies afterwards in such academic fields like Political Science, International Relations, Peace and Conflict Transformation, Development Studies, Public Administration, International Business, Business Administration and many others.

Vital Information:

Graduates of this course can work in government agencies like Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Parliament, Ministry of Defence, Office of the President, Civil Society Organizations advocating for Peace, Human rights, anti-corruption agencies; Regional Organizations, International Organizations like the UN, International Business Organizations like the World Trade Organization and not forgetting diplomatic missions etc. We will ensure this putting the learner’s employability at the heart of every topic and bringing practitioners as guest speakers regularly.

At the end of the program, students will have been equipped with the necessary skills and methodologies to make sound decisions in a globally networked world and diverse public opinion forming and decision-making processes.

To be considered a candidate for admission in BGIR, all applicants MUST fulfil the stated minimum eligibility criterion here below:

  • Individuals with Two Principal Passes from A’ Level and its equivalent

Eligible candidates will subsequently be considered using a common two-stage selection process determined by the university. The selection process shall include but not limited to:

  • Applications with: a) personal details; b) academic record to date; c) academic and/or professional references; and, d) a letter of motivation 
  • Followed by one or more of the following: a) personal interview; b) written or oral examination, assignment, or task; and/ or c) special organised undergraduate entry exams

Year & Semester of study

Year 1
Semester 1 Semester 2
Introduction to Governance and Politics Classical and Modern Political Thought
Introduction to International Relations Human Resource Management
Introduction to Peace Building Processes International Relations Theory and Practice
Old Testament Communication and Public Relations
Writing and study skills Maths and Statistics for Research
Basic Computing New Testament

Year 2

Semester 1 Semester 2
Corporate Governance Gender and Governance
Diplomacy and Negotiation Regional Integration
Social Science Research Methods Foreign Policy Analysis
Public International Law Comparative Public Policy
Project Planning and Management Government and Politics in Africa
Understanding World Views Understanding Ethics

Year 3

Semester 1 Semester 2
Health and Wholeness  International Organizations
Civil Society in Africa Contemporary Issues in International Relations
Democracy and Human Rights Accountability and Financial Administration
Disaster Management International Political Economy 
Disaster Management Research Paper/Dissertation
Public Private Partnerships Internship 2

International Relations Track (Electives)

IInternational Relations Track (Electives)
International Security International Humanitarian Law   
International Politics and the Environment International Aid and Development
French 1 French 2

Peace-building Track

Peace Building Track

Environmental Governance and Peace Politics of Oil & Gas Resources
Refugees and Displaced Populations Corruption and Good Governance
Religion, Conflict and Peace Urban Governance
  • Students with two Principle Passes from A’ Level and/or its equivalent
  • Policy practitioners seeking to widen their knowledge and sharpen their skills in dealing with governments, international relations and foreign policy issues.
  • Religious workers/institutions involved or interested in the workings of government, governance, peace and international relations.
  • Employees of civil society organizations interested in advancing their policy, research and management skills.
  • People working in the public and private sector who desire to have a better understanding of governments and international relations processes.
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