Manipal University offers a four-semester MA in Geopolitics and International Relations (GIR) programme spread over two years. It also offers a Ph.D. programme, where the students pursue their research interests in themes relating to strategic studies and geopolitics.

The MA course has been designed to give a holistic perspective on the issues impacting India’s national security. The focus has been to evolve and strengthen the understanding on strategic issues in each and every region of the world from India’s perspective.

The students are also sent to do their summer internship at think tanks/research institutes in the country and to Singapore.

The department conducts national and international conferences every year.