About

The University of Reading has been at the forefront of UK higher education for nearly a century. Over the decades we have become innovators and pioneers, pushing academic boundaries and leading social change.

The University of Reading is a Top 30 UK University (ranked 27th out of 90 UK universities featured in the QS World University Rankings, 2022) based in the South East of England, 25 minutes from central London by train. 

At the University of Reading, our master's programmes cover a broad range of disciplines. Through the quality of our teaching and research, as well as our excellent student support services, we're preparing our graduates to succeed in the world – and to seize the life-changing opportunities that lie ahead.

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Why study Politics and International Relations

Join our research-led Department of Politics and International Relations and take advantage of our strengths in political theory, strategic/conflict studies, public policy and comparative government.

  • Study with academics who have personal experience in public policy, government departments and international organisations.
  • 80% of our research impact was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent in the latest Research Excellence Framework, 2014.
  • We’re proud to be the academic home of the Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Programme in Climate Justice, Ways of War Centre and the British Army Higher Education Pathway.
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Masters programmes

MA Diplomacy

MA Diplomacy

Gain a strong understanding of major concepts and contemporary debates, while you explore your interests in politics and international relations, strategic studies, international political economy, international law, and war and peace.

MA International Relations

MA International Relations

Engage with current debates and choose to specialise in various aspects of international politics, strategic studies, international law, international organisations, and area studies.

MA International Security Studies

MA International Security Studies

Equip yourself with a thorough understanding of key theories, concepts and scholarly debates related to international security. Choose to specialise in strategic studies, diplomacy and conflict resolution, and the international relations and politics of particular regions.

MA Strategic Studies

MA Strategic Studies

Analyse contemporary strategic issues and the challenges of defence planning in the modern world. Explore the great works of strategic theory, and examine some of the most significant historical case studies in modern history.

Double MA Security Studies (With MGIMO University, Moscow)

Double MA Security Studies (With MGIMO University, Moscow)

Deepen your knowledge of international relations and contemporary international affairs. Specialise in subjects relating to Russia in an international context or in sub‑areas such as diplomacy, media, and business economics.

MRes Politics and International Relations

MRes Politics and International Relations

Focus on research as preparation for a PhD or to pursue a research-orientated career in think tanks or government departments. Study topics such as philosophical issues in the social sciences and qualitative and quantitative research methods.

MA Public Policy

MA Public Policy

Develop the tools to understand and assess a range of public policy issues. Study a specialist pathway – such as welfare policy, sustainable environments, international development or global governance.

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Funding Your Master's Courses

Tuition Fee

Tuition fees vary depending on your programme and whether you are a UK or International student. 


Fees are payable in two instalments: 50% on enrolment and 50% at the start of the second term of your studies. However, if you are receiving the Master’s Loan, you can also pay your fees in three instalments during the year to match when you receive instalments of the loan.

Master's scholarships 2022 / 3

The University of Reading offers a numbers of scholarship awards to high-achieving students. Awards are either funded by the University or by external organisations, sponsors, and generous donors. To be the first to hear about the awards on offer for 2022/3 entry, register your interest to receive further information.

Flexible payment available

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