Political Sciences and International Relations

Degree and Title:
Bachelor’s degree in Political Systems and Public Policies
Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies

Study Hours/Academic Levels:
137 credit hours/4 academic levels

The degree is designed for eight semesters, however, top students can complete their degree in less than four years if they pass the maximum number of credit hours allowed in one semester, including the summer semester.


The School of Political Sciences and International Relations is unique in being an independent college of political science, and not a part of the colleges of economics and political science, or economics and administrative sciences, or colleges of social sciences; which is common in most political science departments in Egyptian and Arab universities.

The School of Political Science encompasses two departments: Political Systems and Public Policies, and International Relations and Strategic Studies. This makes it able to prepare male and female researchers in new fields in internal political systems (public policy analysis) and international relations (strategic studies).

All students (in the first and second levels) study several basic courses in political systems and international relations.

Starting the third level, the student chooses one of the two specializations as a major and studies its in-depth courses.

Academic Majors and Departments

  • International Relations and Strategic Studies
  • Political Systems and Public Policies

Meet the Dean

Professor Maisa Abdel Moneim

Dr. Maisa is the current Dean and previous Vice Dean of the School of Biotechnology at BUC. She has more than 30 years of organic chemistry practice and research experience.

Dr. Maisa received her Bachelor of Science from Assiut University and received her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the same university. She has received numerous awards for research, teaching, and administrative works.

Moreover, she obtained a post-doctoral fellowship from Aachen, Germany in 2006.

She is serving as a professor of chemistry at the School of Pharmacy BUC from 2015 until now. Also, she is a professor of organic chemistry in the Chemistry Department, at the Faculty of Science, Assiut University.

Dr. Maisa attended and participated in several international and national conferences and presses and has published over 40 publications in organic chemistry.

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Meet the Vice Dean

Dr. Mahmoud Elsabahy

Dr. Mahmoud Elsabahy is a Professor of Pharmaceutical Technology and Nanomedicine, with more than 15 years of experience in the development of cutting-edge technologies for gene therapy, and delivery of biotechnology-related products.

He is a fellow of the Leaders in Innovation Fellowship Program (Royal Academy Engineering in London) that provided added skills in business and entrepreneurship, a pivotal bridge between academia and industry. He has completed M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Faculty of Pharmacy, the University of Montreal “Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology” (Montreal, Canada).

Academic experience includes teaching in Egypt and North America and participating in the development of curricula for multiple programs, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is also the head of the BUC Research Academy, and he is participating in several committees, including the coordinator of World University Rankings at BUC and the secretary of BUC Council of Postgraduate Studies.

Dr. Elsabahy has been the Assistant Director of a research facility at Texas A&M University (Texas, USA, 2011-2020). He is currently a Visiting Scholar at Texas A&M University and the Editor of the Journal of Toxicology.

He has been ranked in 2020 among the Top 2% scientists in the world and the Top 1% scientists in the world in “Pharmacy and Pharmacology”, as named by Stanford University World’s Top 2% Scientists. He contributed to ca. 90 publications, all in international top-profile peer-reviewed journals (e.g., Nature CommunicationsNano LettersJournal of the American Chemical Societyetc.), book chapters, and US patents, and he is the Principal Investigator on several grant applications.

Research interests include the rational design of pharmaceutical dosage forms and nanomedicine for delivery of DNA/RNA-based biotechnology materials and other small molecules, proteins, peptides, antigens, for various therapeutic and diagnostic biomedical applications, for which he has received several national and international prestigious awards. In May 2016, he received the State Award, and in August 2017, he received the Excellence Medal “First Class” from the Egyptian President. His contributions have been highlighted six times in prestigious global journals in the world.

Recently, in 2021, he won the Gold Medal from the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva and has been awarded the Obada Prize. He has been participating in the planning and management of science and technology in Egypt through membership in the Egyptian Young Academy of Science. Moreover, he is currently an Ambassador for the Egyptian Young Academy of Science.

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Dean’s Word

It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, at BUC.

The school’s vision stresses achieving excellence and good practice in teaching human and social sciences. It also relates academic knowledge with practical skills. Our graduates are expected to be distinguished practitioners in different fields including social and psychological research, GIS, regional planning, mass communication, archology, informatics of libraries and archives, and Islamic studies.

We believe that social science constitutes an important component in the process of development and nation-building. Therefore, our graduates are going to be pioneers in this process.

I wish you a fruitful and successful learning experience and a happy university life.

Professor Ahmed A. Zayed

Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities

Career Opportunities

During the school’s bylaw creation, we were mindful of the developments in contemporary scientific branches in various disciplines and the changes in the labor market.

The school majors’ open doors for various job opportunities as follows:

  • Scientific Research in the Field of Social Sciences
  • Psychological and Social Counseling
  • The Medical Field
  • The Criminal Justice Field
  • Use of Geographic Information Systems
  • Maps and Cadastral Systems
  • Restoration and Management of Antiquities and Archaeological Tourism Guidance
  • Modern Media Systems
  • Digital Governance and Library Management
  • Islamic Studies

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