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Tuition Fees:$592 /year
Final Award:Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:Faculty of Socio-Economic Sciences
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline: September 2021
Programme Overview

Political and economic problems today invariably transcend national and international boundaries yet the dynamics of the contemporary international environment, its complexity and interconnectedness, presents an array of challenges for policy analysts, decision makers and scholars alike.

The Programme is intended to elucidate the role of cooperation, collaboration, foreign policy, international law and diplomacy among others as the main vehicles for systematically addressing the broad cluster of issues that affect the entire world and in particular, the most troubled hotspots, with regional consequences.

The Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies (BAIRDS) is a 3 year-long, full-time undergraduate course of study. It is a multi-disciplinary programme which has been designed for those engaged in, or planning to embark upon, a professional career requiring international expertise in government, non-profit, corporate or academic environments.

It equips students with the knowledge, skills, competencies and exposure they need in order to pursue a life in government, business and journalism and at international organizations and law firms, or to continue with graduate studies in political science and international relations.

The programme covers the fields of international politics, international economy, international law, comparative politics, diplomatic history, as well as diplomatic theory and practice.

– To provide an in-depth understanding of the core theories and perspectives underpinning international relation
– To develop a clear and thorough knowledge of the political, social, economic, historical, and cultural contexts of the international system and its institutions shaping world affairs.
– To equip candidates with skills necessary to address the concerns of public and private institutions that deal with: Diplomacy, Peace Studies, Security Studies, International Law, International Relations, Conflict Management, International Economics and Development Studies.

Admission Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for admission are:
Direct entry
(a) At least five (5) passes at the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) obtained at the same sitting or its equivalent
(b) At least two (2) principal passes at the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) obtained at the same sitting or its equivalent.
– Conditional admission will be verified after getting the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) Results print – out.
– Within the framework of the general direct entry requirements, there may be Special Faculty Requirements which a candidate must fulfill to gain admission to a programme in a specific Faculty.

Mature Age Entry
(a) A candidate must be at least 25 years of age
(b) The candidate must have passed Mature Age Entry Examinations with 50% mark or above
(c) The Mature Age Entry Examinations must have been taken at a Centre approved by the NCHE
(d)No candidate who had previously attended a programme at Cavendish University Uganda shall be readmitted to the University under this scheme to a programme of study in which he/she failed to qualify during his/her previous attendance.

A Diploma Holder`s Avenue
A candidate must have obtained at least a second class/credit diploma or the equivalent performance which is relevant to his/her desired field of study from a recognized institution.

Foundation Programme Certificate
A candidate who holds a Foundation Programme Certificate from a recognized institution is eligible for admission.

Special Entry:
Applications submitted by candidates who do not meet the traditional entry criteria can only be considered after consultations with the NCHE for guidance and with the approval of the Senate.

Admission to level Other than the First Year
Admission to the second or third or any other year requires the special consideration and permission of the relevant Faculty Board and the Senate in accordance with the University policies on Exemption and Credit Accumulation and Transfer.

A holder of a 12- year-system of education Certificate:
A holder of this Certificate such as the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education or the equivalent is required to successfully complete a Foundation Year before enrolling for the Bachelor`s degree programme.

– The University may consider for admission to a degree programme a candidate who has successfully completed a 12 – year – system of education provided that such a candidate has been registered at another University, prior to applying to Cavendish University Uganda, for a degree programme and has successfully completed at least one year of University education. Such a candidate must, however, submit the University academic transcript from that other University.

International Applicants
The Candidate must have a qualification that is recognized for University entry in his/her home country or country where he/she has studied. The applicant will be offered a provisional admission for one semester pending equating of his/her qualification.

Application Process
Application Fees for Ugandan Students: $8
Application Fees for International Students: $10

Application is done Online at :

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities for Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies include:
– Civil Service fast streamer
– Diplomatic service officer
– Government social research officer
– Intelligence analyst
– International aid/development worker
– Policy officer
– Political risk analyst
– Public affairs consultant

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Tuition Fees for Ugandan Students: $592
Tuition Fees for International Students: $667

Tuition Fees per year for Ugandan Students = 2,184,000 UGX
Tuition Fees per year for International Students = 2,457,156 UGX

** The annual tuition is an addition of the fees for each of the two semesters 1,092,000 UGX (Ugandans) and 325 USD (International Students)
**Students who pay in advance will be have a 5% discount.

Relevant Contact

Dr. Alice Wabule
Dean Faculty of Socio-Economic Sciences
Enrolment Office
Responsible for Enrolment Enquiries