The Doctor of Philosophy in International Studies offers students already grounded in social sciences an opportunity for advanced academic work in international relations

Course Objectives

  1. To provide students with extensive academic skills and knowledge in their areas of specialization.
  2. To aid students in the development of ideas and solutions to problems that may arise in their fields of specialization over time.

Course structure

Ph.D. work will normally be conducted through course work, research, and thesis writing. The mode of delivery for the program is face to face however due to COVID-19 the program assumes a virtual/blended instruction mode.

Classes run during the evening hours only on a full-time basis.

Candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy(PhD.) degree in International Studies must be:

  1. Holders of a master’s degree from the University of Nairobi or its equivalent from another university recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate, with specialization in one or more of the following fields: Diplomacy, International Relations, International Law, International Economics and International Politics.

Intake is done in September only.


Studying International Studies at the Department of Diplomacy and International Studies will prepare students for careers in various fields that include:

  1. Foreign service
  2. Diplomatic missions
  3. International Organizations e.g. United Nations, African Union, East African Community, World Bank, etc. 
  4. International Non-Governmental Organizations e.g. Human rights Watch, Amnesty International
  5. Government Security agencies
  6. International Humanitarian agencies e.g. International committee of the Red Cross.
  7. Educational Institutions: University teach and research
  8. Private sector: International Business.


Apart from using the university career office, our experienced academics staff will advise and guide our students on how to expose themselves by developing applicable skills and once the student identifies an internship opportunity, the Director IDIS will provide a recommendation letter.


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