Pursue specialist study in key aspects of contemporary world affairs. Through our master's degrees you will acquire the skills, experience, and contacts to succeed in your career, whatever your ambitions.
You can study all of our master's degrees on a full-time, part-time or flexible basis. Visit the respective degree's page to find out more about these study options.
MA International Relations
On our MA International Relations course, you will explore the world's most pressing contemporary issues and learn to analyse them critically. We combine the study of principal theoretical approaches to international relations with opportunities for specialisation in various aspects of world politics, strategic studies, international law, international political economy and public policy.
This degree provides excellent academic training for prospective and practising diplomats, civil servants, journalists or academics. It is designed to develop your understanding of the practices and procedures of modern diplomacy, enhance your ability to work effectively within the diplomatic community, and give you a systematic understanding of international affairs.
MA International Security Studies
Examine threats to security at many levels of modern life and the ways in which the international community, governments and other actors have sought and now seek to tackle them. Through this interdisciplinary course, you will explore theories and concepts relating to international and global security, peace and strategic studies, and conflict resolution.
MA Strategic Studies
Our MA Strategic Studies offers a comprehensive education in both the theory and practice of strategy. It provides a thorough analysis of contemporary strategic issues and the challenges of defence planning in the modern world. This analysis is aided by an exploration of the great works of strategic theory, and an examination of some of the most significant historical case studies in Modern History.
“There are only two places in the world where you can study strategy: [the Naval War College on] Rhode Island, and Reading.”
MA Public Policy
Offered jointly by the Department of Economics and Department of Politics and International Relations, this degree offers strong training in research methods relevant to public policy. You will focus on the economics and politics of public policy and use both to specialise in areas such as welfare and social policy, sustainable environments, global governance and development. You will have the opportunity to undertake a Capstone project or an extended project linked to a placement.
MRes Politics and International Relations
Do you want to focus on research as preparation for a PhD or to pursue a research-oriented career in think tanks, public service and other areas? Then our MRes Politics and International Relations is an excellent choice for you. It is a flexible course, enabling you to focus on the particular research and study paths that interest you.
Study abroad through our Double MA programme
Our Double MA Security Studies programme encompasses a year in Reading and a year in Moscow at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, allowing you to explore international studies in two very different cultural and political environments.
MPhil International Relations (by examination)
Our taught MPhil International Relations is a two-year, Bologna-compatible master's programme combining both taught modules and a substantial research component. The first year mirrors the format of our MA programmes, and the second year allows you to complete a substantial research dissertation.