1-Master of Sciences in Counseling and Health Psychology (CHP)

The School of Psychology and Pre-School Education was established in 1967 awarding a general degree of psychology. The growing international knowledge and theories in Counselling and Health psychology as well as national demands for such specialization lead AUW to introduce a BSc honours degree in counselling and health psychology since 1998. This specialization at (AUW) is the first and only one to be offered by a Sudanese university. However other national universities appreciating the importance of such discipline have integrated concepts of counselling and health psychology in their general degree of psychology.

Rationale and Justification

A review of Sudanese institutes that offer MSc/MA of psychology indicated that the specialization of counselling and health psychology is not offered at MSc level at any other Sudanese university. Furthermore a market analysis was undertaken in different health providing settings (clinics, hospitals, research and training institutions, civil societies offering counselling interventions…ect) showed the great demand for more qualified and trained personnel in the area of counselling and health psychology.  The results also indicated that this is a growing field with the involvement of international and non-governmental agencies in the development of Sudan. More of these services are demanded, and recommended to provide a culturally sensitive counselling service, to respond to the high demand among population that are discriminated against or affected by war, such as Gender Based Violence (GBV) cases, posttraumatic stress survivors …etc.

Ahfad University fulfilled its commitment and continued its mission by offering this M.Sc. degree to meet the community needs and the student’s development in regard to theoretical as well as the practical components.

2- Master of Arts in International and Multicultural Education and Development (MAIMED)

This program has been launched in 2012. The first batch graduated in 2014The aim of this master program is to build capacities of staff in public and private sector and develop the attitudes, skills and competencies of students in the field of education and development. This is to be done by enhancing their capacities to tackle problems of education, development, peace building, human rights and democracy education effectively from local, national and international perspectives.

By the end of this program, students will be able to:                         

  • Acquire a holistic interdisciplinary approach in tackling problems especially including those related to the Millennium Development Goals and issues related to their own practical fields,
  • Address issues related to multicultural education efficiently and effectively.
  • Acquire knowledge and research skills and become independent learners and qualified researchers capable of producing and disseminating knowledge by publishing their findings in books and journals.
  • Acquire knowledge and skills in specialized areas that include conflict resolution, human rights, peace and democracy,
  • Use ICT effectively in developing their messages and achieving their intended goals
  • Critically examine and discuss the complex interrelationship between education and cultural diversities.
  • Appreciate the complex interrelationship between education and cultural diversities.
  • Articulate policies and set plans and strategies to address relevant issues within their institutions, states, country or regions.

The aim of this Master programme is to build capacity among staff in the public and private sector and develop the attitudes, skills and competencies of students in the field of education, development and other related fields to tackle problems of Peace building, human rights and democracy education in a holistic interdisciplinary approach. These themes address key issues related to the Millennium Development Goals. The programme will be directly related to the practical field(s) from which the students come with emphasis on education. The demand for higher level of theoretical and practical competence in the fields of multiculturalism, peace education and development is increasing very rapidly, both nationally, regionally and internationally.

Sudan (or the two Sudans) is currently the largest country in Africa and one of the largest worldwide with an area of 2.5 M km2. On this vast land lives a diversity of multicultural, multi-religion, multi-ethnic groups (more than 500 tribes). The Sudanese people speak more than 150 languages although Arabic, in one form or another is the medium of communication (lingua franca).  Religious beliefs vary just as well, from Islam to Christianity to a multitude of local religions. Bad management of diversity led to many conflicts and wars. It is only now that the Sudanese people are recognizing that diversity is an asset and not a liability especially for a country that has a deep rooted civilization and a long history worthy to be proud of.

Post conflict Sudan is in dire need for capacity building in areas of education and development (as well as other areas). The development of skills and attitudes of students in peace building, human rights, democracy, education and conflict resolution should come at the top of the priorities of Higher Education Institutions in the country.

This programme will address these issues, and the teaching will be accompanied by research on the relationship between culture, context, gender inequalities and other forms of diversities – all in an educational context. The programme will critically explore how these issues are locally interpreted and compared to the global perspectives of these issues.

The current master programmes running in faculties of education of Sudanese universities do not address issues of multiculturalism, human rights or democracy education neither do they offer solidly research based degrees. Thus this degree is unique in its nature and is long overdue. Being developed from a collaborative project between universities in the North (OUC in Norway) and universities in the South (AUW in Sudan, UNZA in Zambia and UCT in South Africa) this programme will be an important step in the Internationalization process AUW is working hard to be part of.

A solid research based degree is expected to improve the standing of AUW in scientific research publication activities as well as the position of Ahfad Journal and hence the ranking of AUW regionally and internationally.

3- Master of Science in Trauma and Community Counseling (TCC)

This program has been launched in 2013. The first batch graduated in 2015.The aim of this master program is to provide comprehensive trauma counselling educational and training programs to qualify graduates in delivering optimum care to individuals and communities at national and regional levels. Nevertheless, the trauma and community counselling program aims to qualify students to use practical counselling skills and therapeutic procedures in the delivery of services to individuals, families and communities affected by traumatic events. To prepare students to conduct high quality research in the area of trauma and community

Program Learning Outcome

  • To have adequate understanding of the principles and theoretical approaches of trauma counseling
  • To develop counseling and therapeutic skills to support  individuals and communities who have been exposed to traumatic events
  • To identify, assess, intervene and rehabilitate various trauma related disorders.
  • To equip students with needed research skills in the area of trauma and counselling psychology.