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School of Politics, Economics and International Relations – University of Reading

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  • Welcome to speir

    Learn more about our programmes, our research and the range of activities we engage in across the School.

  • Putting Politics into Practice

    Learn more about our Department of Politics and International Relations

  • Where Economics is diverse

    Learn more about our Department of Economics

School of Politics, Economics and International Relations

Explore contemporary world issues and understand the forces shaping our world today. 

From our exciting Model United Nations module to our weekly informal economics discussion meetings, our innovative teaching makes our school a dynamic place to learn. We aim to equip you with the knowledge of developments in the global economy and how these are linked with political changes at the national and international level.

"Economics and Politics are central to our lives today. SPEIR brings together these two disciplines facilitating synergies between them and enabling a more holistic analysis of the world around us."

Professor Uma Kambhampati

Head of School of Politics, Economics and International Relations

department of politics and international relations

How do we determine who is a terrorist? What is causing the rise of far-right parties across the EU? How can the international community best respond to conflict in the Middle East? If these sorts of complex questions fascinate you, you’ll love studying politics and international relations with us. 

Join us to learn more about the world’s most topical political issues and address them in a stimulating environment where discussion is quite simply the way we work.

We are a lively and dynamic research-led department with particular strengths in political theory, strategic/conflict studies, public policy and comparative government. Studying with us you can gain a direct insight into real-world political processes through innovative political simulations, integrated work placements and an extensive programme of guest speakers and visiting experts.

Department of economics

Is global warming the inevitable consequence of economic growth? Why are so many rich countries in debt? Does money bring happiness? Why do people migrate? Economics helps provide the answers.

Economics at the University of Reading is highly interdisciplinary not only explaining areas of pure economics like unemployment and inflation or how industry operates, but also focuses on the economics of social policy issues such as inequality and poverty, the environment, health and gender issues, and sport.

We offer flexible degree programmes and innovative modules that relate to the real world keeping you in touch with the latest global developments and challenges. Our active programme of seminars, guest speakers and department discussions brings subjects to life helping you learn, debate and challenge your thinking.

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