Master of Arts (MA)

Political Science and International Relations


Graduates in political science, allied social sciences or from other disciplines with a minimum of 50 per cent marks (CGPA) from a recognised university can apply for this MA Programme. Those in the last semester of their undergraduate degree may also apply.


The MA in Political Science and International Relations is designed to provide students of humanities and social sciences with a wider and deeper understanding of the field. It is a 2-year (four-semester) programme at JAIN (Deemed-to-be University) that aims to comprehend national and global politics. The course will provide rigorous academic content, train students to develop political analysis, problem-solving, and research writing skills. The course equips them to gain skills to appear for professional competitive civil service examinations, and give them exposure to the real world of politics, political organisations, structures and processes, international political organisations think tanks, enabling interactions with policymakers, bureaucrats, legislators and other allied experts in the field. The need and scope of this programme are significant as it caters to the increasing demand for domestic and international politics experts, civil servants, researchers, consultants and strategists who are well-trained to understand the politics that shape the world. 

Program code: 041
Course code : 4117
Course Commencement : Sept 2024

Study Campus

Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Education (CeRSSE),
25th Main Road,
J.P. Nagar, 6th Phase, K.R. Layout
JAIN (Deemed-to-be University)
Bengaluru-560078, Karnataka

Admissions Office

JAIN Knowledge Campus
#44/4, District Fund Road
Jayanagar 9th Block Campus
Bengaluru - 5600 69
P : +91 9606045275
P : +91 7337882364

Curriculum Structure
  • Theories of International Relations
  • Indian Foreign policy: Major Powers and Her Neighbours
  • Political Theory: Concepts and Debates
  • Western Political Thought
  • Seminar Course: International Relations and World History
  • Project- Indian Constitution: Case Studies and Debates
  • Political Theory: Ideologies
  • Advanced Theories of International Relations
  • Research Methodology
  • PCL: Dissertation Synopsis
  • Open Electives
  • Summer Internship
  • Public Administration
  • International Law
  • International Organisation
  • Indian Political Thought
  • Seminar Course Option 1: Globalisation and the Non-traditional Security Issues
  • Seminar Course Option 2: State, Violence, and Human Rights
  • Open Elective
  • Project: Forced Migration: Case Studies from across the World
  • Development Administration
  • Indian Politics
  • Political Economy: Theory and Practices
  • Option 1-Contemporary Geopolitical Concerns
  • Option 2- major and Emerging Powers in World politics
  • Open Elective
  • PCL – Dissertation and Viva
  • Smartphone Photography
  • Lights, Camera, Cinema: Beginner Course on Cinematography
  • Indian Knowledge System
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Indian Music Appreciation
  • Nutrition and Wellness
  • Data Analytics Using Excel
  • Human Resource management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Happiness and Wellbeing
  • Marketing, Finance and Business Models for New Ventures
  • Entrepreneurship Growth Strategies
Course Highlights
  • Well-grounded in the dynamic of national and international politics.
  • Ability to present and communicate research findings to map national and international policy trends.
  • Ability to write and publish academically rigorous research papers
  • Opportunity to create an interface with industry and experts in the field with greater exposure with field experiences
  • National and International Collaborations with for Research, Workshops, Conferences, and Public Lectures
Career Enhancement Programs

The course provides a conducive environment where the students are trained to become policy makers by holding key positions in the governments. The course nurtures the students and develop them into Socio-Political Innovators and make them better humans for tomorrow.

Career Outcomes

The postgraduates from this discipline will be equipped to apply for all competitive civil service exams and also work in policy research organisations, and think tanks. They will be trained to be teachers, researchers, consultants and analysts. The students can find ample job opportunities across different sectors, some of the job roles are:

  • Political Scientists and International Relations Experts
  • Policy Makers and Law Makers
  • Socio-Political Entrepreneurs
  • Civil Service Aspirants
  • Communicators and Organisational Strategists
  • Public Service Providers
  • Academicians
  • Journalists