BA (Hons) International Relations



NIBM Programmes


Colombo /
NIBM Programmes




Full Time / Part Time


3 Years


  • The world is becoming ever more interdependent and the resulting global socio-political changes affect people locally. Helping you to understand these changes and supporting you in becoming a global citizen is at the heart of the BA International Relations course. Throughout your studies, you can develop knowledge and crucial transferable skills which will be valuable in many rewarding careers.
  • This degree builds on the knowledge you gained at Diploma level and reflects the flexibility of contemporary International Relations.  You will study the evolution and interaction of different states and societies across the globe which will help you to understand the complexity of the modern world and you will learn how these changes affect individuals globally. Topics include the study of war, social movements, terrorism, political struggles and democratic advances and set-backs across the world. We will discuss their ethical implications with you as much as you will be introduced how these changes are being approached by foreign policy decision-makers and international organizations.
  • You may choose to specialize on different areas of the world, such as the Middle East, Africa, or China. We will support your international journey with Collaborative Online International Learning projects with staff and students at Coventry University (UK).
  • Recent graduates on a similar course at Coventry University are now employed in the private sector in industries ranging from marketing, human resources, banking and finance to media, and across the public sector in education, the civil service, police forces, local authorities, charities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and international organisations.


1st Year – Advanced Diploma in International Relations

  • G.C.E. (A/L) 3 passes with 5 credits for G.C.E. (O/L) including English
  • G.C.E. (A/L) – pending results with 5 credit passes for G.C.E. (O/L) including English
  • For those with 2 passes in G.C.E. (A/L) will have to complete the Certificate Course in International Relations offered by the NIBM

2nd Year – Higher Diploma in International Relations

  • A Advanced Diploma in International Relations from a recognized institute

3rd Year – BA (Hon) International Relations

  • You need to have obtained a pass for the NIBM Higher National Diploma in International Relations to join this course and have the required level of English proficiency through the English Diagnostic Test conducted by the School of Language (SOL) of NIBM



  • Colombo – Pending

Course structure and modules

1st Year - Advanced Diploma in International Relations

Semester 01

  • Introduction to International Relations and International Politics
  • Foundation of Modern Society
  • Post Second World War and International Politics
  • Applied Politics

Semester 02

  • Sri Lanka foreign policy after independence
  • Introduction to International Law
  • SAARC and Regional Corporations
  • UN and other International Organizations

2nd Year - Higher Diploma in International Relations

Semester 01

  • Peace and conflict resolution
  • International trade and law
  • Human rights, women’s right and rights of children
  • Theory and Practice of diplomacy in International Relations
  • Global Environmental Awareness and International Cooperation
  • International Relations in the age of globalization
  • International law and world order
  • Research methodology in International Relations
  • Mini Dissertation

3rd Year - BA (Hons) International Relations

Semester 01

  • Ethics and International Relations
  • Politics of the Contemporary Middle East
  • Global Organised Crime
  • United States’ Foreign Policy since 1945

Semester 02

  • Dissertation
  • Chinese Politics, Foreign Relations, and Security
  • Britain in the World: Foreign Policy since 1945
  • An Inconvenient History: The Green Movement

Programme Fees

  • Year 1 – Course Fee: LKR 300,000/- + Registration Fee: LKR 5,000/-
  • Year 2 – Course Fee: LKR 500,000/- + Registration Fee: LKR 5,000/-
  • Year 3 – Course Fee: LKR 900,000/- + Registration Fee: LKR 8,000/-