The Faculty of Postgraduate Studies at the University of Burao was established in November 2016 as the first Postgraduate Faculty in Togdheer, Somaliland. The vision of the faculty is to provide an opportunity for students in Burao to conduct study and research for the development of the country, and to open the door for Masters and PhD studies in this region. The first two Masters programs were started in May 2017. In the second student intake (January 2020), the following Masters programs are offered: M.A. (English Proficiency in Education), Master of Research (Social Sciences), Master of Sharia & Law, MBA (Human Resource Management), MBA (Project Planning), MBA (Accounting & Finance), and Postgraduate Diploma (English Proficiency).
The Master of Arts (English Proficiency in Education) is aimed at equipping students in two ways. Firstly, students develop the ability to communicate in English in both writing and speaking, as well as skills of editing texts, presenting research, and understanding both academic and non-academic literature. Secondly, students develop skills necessary for work in academic institutions, namely teaching and research skills. The programmer is therefore uniquely suited to prepare students for work in university education in Somaliland, equipping them to both be fluent in the English language and having foundational knowledge and skills in teaching and research.
Programme Description
  • Duration of programme: two years / four semesters, plus minor dissertation
  • Contact & credit hours: 16 courses (each course consists of 3 credit hours and 32 contact hours) and one small dissertation (4 credit hours)
  • Nomenclature: Master of Arts

Programme Objectives
Language capabilities

  • Ability to communicate in English in both writing and speaking
  • Skills of editing texts, presenting research, and understanding both academic and non-academic literature

Cognitive capabilities

  • Critical and analytical thinking and problem-solving capabilities
  • Capability of independent inquiry
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Research knowledge and skills
  • Teaching skills

Social capabilities

  • Capable of collaborative inquiry
  • Effective communication
  • Engaged and ethical citizens of Somaliland as well as global citizens
  • Socially just and responsible

Personal capabilities

  • Capable of professional and personal initiative
  • Commitment to continuous learning and research