Why Study International Studies?

We are all connected! As the world globalises and nations and economies become more integrated, it is vital to understand our world and the ideas, cultures and beliefs of our international neighbours and trading partners. By studying International Studies at IIE MSA you will be acquiring the skills needed to compete in the international marketplace of products, ideas and knowledge.

Rooted in the Programme of Political, Philosophical and International Studies (PPI) in the Political, Social and Development Studies cluster of the Faculty of Social and Health Sciences (FSHS) at IIE MSA International Studies is its own interdisciplinary area of study that brings together aspects of politics, international relations, philosophy, history, cultural studies, development issues, globalisation, economics and migration studies.

The International Studies study areas recognises Africa’s unique contribution to globalisation and the challenges faced as international integration becomes a global norm. In choosing this study area, you will be equipped with the knowledge you need to understand the world in which you live, as well as to define your place within it. You will also have the opportunity to practice what you learn through one of two internships offered by the study area at third year level. Essentially, International Studies brings to life the issues and events that have shaped, and continue to shape the world.

Following this three-year degree, the IIE Bachelor of Social Science Honours with a specialisation in International Studies is also offered at IIE MSA, as a well as a research IIE Master of Philosophy in Arts on completion of your Honours degree.

What are My International Studies Career Outcomes?

Completing your IIE Bachelor of Social Science at IIE MSA, with a specialisation in International Studies and Political Studies, will help you build a successful career in the following career opportunities:

  • The diplomatic service and other government positions
  • Research (for think tanks and other organisations)
  • Working for the World Bank, SADC, the UN, the AU and other regional and international organisations
  • Journalism (political or otherwise)
  • Marketing
  • The tourism industry
  • Multinational Corporations
  • Development agencies
  • Non-Governmental Organisations
  • Military and/or intelligence