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Undergraduate study

Explore the stimulating and varied field of politics and international relations. We equip you for career success through our innovative practical modules and exciting placement opportunities.


Master's study

Pursue specialist postgraduate study in key aspects of contemporary world affairs. On our courses you can develop expertise in public policy, international security and strategy. 

PhD study

Join our large, vibrant doctoral community, and work with world experts on research in comparative politics, international relations, and political theory.


Our research

97% of our research outputs are rated ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, meaning that the University of Reading is 6th highest in the UK for research outputs (Times Higher Education analysis of the latest Research Excellence Framework 2021 – Politics and International Studies, when scoring by GPA Output). Many of our academics have attracted prestigious funded fellowships and grants for their work.


Meet our experts

Our staff have exceptional knowledge in an impressive range of political topics and issues. Many of our academics are directly involved in international politics, sharing their expertise with governments and policymakers.


Our stories

Find out more about the amazing work our academics are doing, and how our graduates have succeeded since studying with us.


News and events

Our academics make headlines with their research and their input on current affairs. Keep up with the latest news from our Department.