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A history of our School

The school came into being in 2011, combining the well-established and prestigious schools of Politics & International Relations and Economics. They both remain as distinct departments within the School whilst actively promoting synergies across the social sciences in order to advance both research and the teaching and learning experiences of our students at all levels.

Our successful undergraduate degrees in Politics and Economics have been well-established for many years, and the inauguration of SPEIR allows multidisciplinary synergies and offers further opportunities on the postgraduate front to maximise the teaching and research strengths of the two departments.

Our school-wide MA programme in Public Policy, which came into effect in October 2012, is multi-disciplinary in its scope and remit and aims to help graduates develop a deep understanding of the making and impact of public policy across a whole range of institutions at local, national, regional and global levels. Find out more about our MA in Public Policy


Why study with us?

The School of Politics, Economics and International Relations at Reading University is an exciting and dynamic place for you to learn. See below the main reasons to study with us:

  • Innovative teaching from our exciting parliamentary studies module to our weekly economics 'conversations' events
  • Enriching learning environment, including traditional lectures, simulation activities and online tutorials.
  • Our staff are approachable, helpful and passionate about their research. They also often feature in both local and international press for their insights into global affairs
  • Academic excellence through our leading REF results
  • Commitment to student employability with a dedicated placement officer on hand to help students, search, secure and succeed in placement opportunities.
  • An international perspective, where you benefit with small interactive group teaching with students from around the world
  • A strong community built from student societies, regular department socials and strong pastoral care.


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