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Department of Politics and International Relations – University of Reading

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  • Climate justice

    Professor Catriona McKinnon's climate justice research is contributing to the global climate change debate

  • The rise of the far right and political populism

    Learn more about Dr Daphne Halikiopoulou's research into Greece's Golden Dawn

  • The political economy of state-building

    Professor Dominik Zaum's research is enhancing the way DFID works

  • Innovative undergraduate experiences

    Dr Mark Shanahan highlights the innovative modules you can study in the Department

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.

Undergraduate degrees

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. 92% of our undergraduates who completed the National Student Survey 2017 said that they were satisfied with our teaching.

Master's degrees

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.

PhD programmes

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

We are a top 10 institution for research outputs according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 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.

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