Master of Science in International Studies (MSc IS)

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February 5, 2024
18 Months


Zimbabwe National Defence University   View map

The Master of Science Degree in International Studies is a post graduate degree focusing on enhancing students’ capabilities in the understanding of how states interact within a given global setting. Its main focus is to equip students with high analytical skills and the dynamics that inform the behaviour of nation states as they interface from either individual or collective perspectives.

Entry Requirements

For Normal Entry, a candidate must have an Upper Second Class (2.1) or better in any social science related undergraduate degree such as politics and administration, international relations, defence and security studies. For a lower second class, relevant experience of at least two (02) years will be considered.

NB The Department of Peace and Security Studies reserves the right to assess candidates on their suitability for admission into this programme. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not necessarily ensure admission. Admission is based on the number of places available and therefore awarded on merit.

Programme Synopsis 

A synopsis of the programme outlook is as follows:

  • A full-time post-graduate degree programme delivered within three semesters (18 months).
  • Level 1 has two (2) semesters mostly committed to unbundling theoretical aspects and their application in real life situations (case studies). The core and optional courses are contained in the ZNDU Prospectus.
  • A student cannot be allowed to graduate without passing at least all core courses and a prescribed number of elective courses as defined in the programme regulations.
  • A student who fails a core course shall repeat that course.
  • A student who fails a required optional course may repeat that course or take an equivalent course specified in the regulations.
  • Repeat courses take priority over any other courses should there be a clash on the timetable.
  • The provision of supplementary examinations is not included on the programme regulations.

Level 2 has one (1) semester committed to the research project (Dissertation) where the student would be required to identify a research problem and carry out a research in the related discipline and be able to project practicable outcomes. The project/dissertation is worth 30 credits and is submitted for assessment before a date specified by the Departmental Board, failure of which would result in the student being penalised.

Career Opportunities

On completion of the programme the graduate could be employed within the Civil Service, Civil Society, Non-Governmental or International/Multinational Organisations including any academic institutions.