Join our research-led Department of 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.

Why choose the University of Reading?

Study with academics who have personal experience in public policy, government departments and international organisations.

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.


Students can apply for a partial scholarship

Our master’s programmes

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:
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:
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:
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):
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:
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:
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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