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Courses for 2023/24

MA International Relations

On our MA International Relations course, you'll explore contemporary issues around the world, and learn to analyse them critically.

You'll have the opportunity to specialise in various aspects of world politics, strategic studies, international law, international political economy and public policy.

Learn more about the MA International Relations

MA Diplomacy

This course is designed to develop your understanding of the practices and procedures of modern diplomacy and give you a systematic understanding of international affairs. 

It provides excellent academic training for prospective and practising diplomats, civil servants, journalists or academics.

Learn more about the MA Diplomacy

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 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. 

Learn more about the MA International Security Studies

MA Strategic Studies

With the MA Strategic Studies, you'll acquire a comprehensive education in both the theory and practice of strategy.

The course provides a thorough analysis of contemporary strategic issues and the challenges of defence planning in the modern world.

Learn more about the MA Strategic Studies

MSc 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'll focus on the economics and politics of public policy, and have the opportunity to undertake a Capstone project or an extended project linked to a placement. 

Learn more about the MSc Public Policy

MRes Politics and International Relations

Do you want to focus on research as preparation for a PhD? Or 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.

This is a flexible course that enables you to focus on the particular research area that interests you. 

Learn more about the MRes Politics and International Relations

Fees and funding

All students interested in studying one of our master's courses are eligible to apply for postgraduate funding.

Both UK and international students can apply for a range of scholarships. UK students can receive government loans to help towards tuition fees and living costs. You may also be eligible for other grants and bursaries. Learn more about postgraduate fees and funding at Reading.

ESRC studentships

The Department is a member of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-funded Southeast Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), along with several other universities across London and the south east of England. 

SeNSS scholarships include a Research Council rate stipend, tuition fees at the UK rate and provide innovative and challenging world-class doctoral training in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary research environment.   

If you are considering doctoral study after your master's and would be interested in applying for a studentship, please contact Professor Alan Cromartie ( and potential supervisors as early as possible so they can assist and support your application. 

You can find full details on the SeNSS Social Sciences Studentships page.

The studentships are open to applications from UK and international students; see SeNSS eligibility criteria for further information. 


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.

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.