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Discover Reading Podcast

In this episode, Chris Stylianou (MA Public Policy student) and Dr Phil Etherington (Regional Manager, Global Recruitment) chat with our expert in American politics and history, Dr Mark Shanahan.

Mark, a former Weakest Link champion no less, possesses great knowledge about the American political character, society, commerce and presidents. This honest conversation reveals why the US would do well to find its Eisenhower and why a wise person would be smart not to write off the United States of America anytime soon. 

Interested in studying a master’s degree with us?

Explore the world's most pressing issues with our dynamic research-led degrees. We are living in unpredictable political times. There is no better time to study politics than now; join the debate.

We are ranked 9th in the UK by research intensity in Politics and International Studies, with 80% of our research impact judged to be world leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014).


Study the subjects you're most passionate about

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.


Learn from academics engaged in current affairs

Our staff regularly share their expertise in the media. We have academics who have informed and influenced policymakers, advising NATO and the UK government. Their involvement in modern-day politics means our teaching and research is always up to date and relevant. You'll get to engage in discussion on today's big issues.


Develop your career prospects

You will develop subject-specific expertise as well as strong transferable skills that you can take into your future professional career. Previous graduate destinations include Office for National Statistics, Civil Service Fast Stream, Department for International Trade, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and Cabinet Office.

Don't just take our word for it...

Hear MA International Security Studies graduate Joseph Farkas share his experience of studying at Reading.

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.