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Our courses

We offer a wide range of master's degrees that enable you to develop a broad understanding of the field, or specialise in a certain area, such as diplomacy or public policy.

Why study with us?

Learn from world experts and engage with visiting speakers from the world of politics. You can tailor your studies to suit your interests and ambitions as you build the skills you need for a successful career.

Discover Politics and International Relations at the University of Reading

Watch our film to learn more about studying a master's degree in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Reading.

How you'll study

Small-group teaching is at the core of all our master's courses. You'll develop your ideas through rigorous discussion and build strong relationships with academics.

Life in the Department

Join our supportive community of staff and students from all over the world. You will balance your time between seminars and independent research, and have opportunities to attend exciting departmental events.

Our research

Our internationally recognised research in the areas of international relations, strategic and security studies, and public policy feeds directly into our teaching.

Our staff

Our academics have personal experience of public policy, government departments and international organisations. and regularly share their expertise in the media. 

Our stories

Learn about the important work our academics are doing, and meet some of our graduates to find out how they've succeeded since studying with us.