Department of Politics and International Relations
Home to a number of renowned world experts in the field, the Department of Politics and International Relations addresses the most pressing political issues affecting all our lives on both a national and international scale.
Explore the stimulating and incredibly varied field of politics and international relations through one of our single- or joint-honours degrees. Discuss and examine the world's most pressing issues in small-group seminars, and study innovative modules that teach you relevant skills that will prove useful in your future career. In 2017, we achieved a student satisfaction score of 92% for our teaching in the National Student Survey (for more details, ask us at www.reading.ac.uk/question).
Pursue specialist study in key aspects of contemporary world affairs. Through our master's courses you will acquire the skills, experience, and contacts to succeed in your career, whatever your ambitions.
Join our vibrant postgraduate research community. We provide extensive training and support every step of the way to help you achieve your PhD.
Renowned for world-leading research with impact
In the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014), 80% of our research impact was rated world-leading or internationally excellent, and many of our academics have attracted prestigious funded fellowships and grants for their work.
Media coverage and impact
Our academics are experts in their field and are therefore regularly featured in the media offering their expertise and opinions on current issues and affairs:
- Dr Mark Shanahan is frequently interviewed about US politics. He has appeared on CNN, BBC, Sky News, ITV Meridian, France 24, ABC Australia, CTV Canada, Russia Today, Al Jazeera, BFBS and Heart Radio. In recent broadcasts he has discussed various aspects and events of Donald Trump's presidency, as well as the UK's passage towards Brexit.
- Dr Jonathan Golub has given a number of interviews concerning Brexit. He was recently interviewed by Voice of Islam Radio to discuss the UK's withdrawal and the dynamics of British-EU negotiations. He was also interviewed by CTN News TV (Canada) to discuss Brexit and Theresa May's announcement about invoking Article 50.
- Dr Daphne Halikiopoulou has carried out over 50 interviews in the past two years, commenting on European elections and the rise of the far right. She has been interviewed by the BBC World Service, BBC Radio Berkshire, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio5Live, Channel 4 News, France24 TV Live News and Bloomberg. Recently she was on a panel on BBC Radio 4 show The Briefing Room: Europe's Illiberal Democracies, to discuss the rise of far right politics in Europe.
- Professor Beatrice Heuser appeared on the BBC Radio 4 show Document, to discuss documents showing a possible invasion of Yugoslavia by western powers during the Cold War.
- Professor Dominic Zaum provided his reaction live on BBC Berkshire to the final debate between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump, ahead of the US elections.