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Why study with us? – University of Reading

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  • Just 30 minutes away from London by train

    Benefit from close proximity to the UK's most important political hub

Why study with us?

Taught by world-leading scholars in their fields, our master's courses reflect the particular strength of our research expertise in the areas of international relations, strategic and security studies, and public policy.

We offer wide range of master's degrees that enable you to either develop a broad understanding of the field or specialise in a certain area. Whichever degree you choose, there are a number of benefits to doing within the Department of Politics and International Relations at Reading.

Engage with visiting fellows and practitioners

Our staff work on cutting-edge research, and many have invaluable experience working as advisers to government bodies, the military and international organisations. Our relationships with practitioners in the public sector and academics in research institutes and universities means we often welcome guest speakers who contribute to our policy-relevant teaching.

Watch our livestream recording of Alastair Campbell's talk, as part of our Political Voices lecture series:


To ensure this policy-oriented approach, we have also recruited Visting Fellows to help lead some of our modules. These retired practitioners have held top positions in the British civil service, diplomatic corps and military, and bring a wealth of experience and insight to your learning.

Degrees designed with small-group teaching at their core

Small-group teaching is at the core of all our master's courses, giving you the chance to work closely with the Department's leading experts. Many of our courses have an interdisciplinary element, building on close links with colleagues in History, Economics, Development, and other areas.

A great selection of optional modules to choose from

We offer a wide range of optional modules across all of our master's degrees. This gives you the flexibility to study a number of topics or specialise in a specific area.

Research methods training

You can choose to undertake modules in research methods training. These modules train you in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and are incredibly useful if you wish to eventually pursue a PhD or a career with a core focus on research.

We're located only 25 minutes away from London by train

Our location in Reading means we are very easy to get to - we have direct bus and train links to Heathrow and Gatwick airports. It is also very easy to get from Reading to anywhere in London or the South East: London and Oxford are both just 25 minutes away by train, and you have access to great research resources and a wide variety of speaker meetings and other events.

Many events also take place here in Reading: we hold weekly research seminars and regular Policy in Practice seminars with leading figures from government, the military, the media, and think tanks. Our award-winning, 130-hectare parkland campus provides a superb environment and is home to state-of-the-art facilities.

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Learn more about our master's degrees and find the one that suits your research interests and career aspirations.

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