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The University of Reading has been working with the Moscow State University for International Relations (MGIMO) since 2013, and we have developed a one-of-a-kind strategic partnership between Russia and the UK. 

We believe that this collaboration provides exciting and unique opportunities for students and staff, and enables us to bring together a wide variety of expertise to improve and push the boundaries of our teaching and research across our institutions.

Double Degree in Politics and International Relations

Strengthening the relationship between the two universities, the University of Reading and MGIMO have launched a double degree bachelor programme in Politics and International Relations that will span four years, with students spending the first two years at MGIMO and the final two years at Reading.

Upon completion, students will be awarded two bachelor's degrees. The inaugural cohort of students started in September 2018 at MGIMO, and as of 2020, we will welcome students from MGIMO to our Department.

This Double Degree programme is unique for combining UK and Russian teaching and research perspectives, as well as providing students with the opportunity to access both the UK and Russian job markets at the completion of the programme.

The MGIMO part of the curriculum includes lectures and seminars in social sciences and humanities – history and philosophy, sociology and economics, political science and international relations.

Students are also trained in academic skills and creative writing. The core parts of the Moscow curriculum are delivered by native English speakers with advanced degrees in politics and linguistics from leading universities across the globe.

Over their two years at University of Reading, Double Degree students learn through advanced courses in comparative politics, foreign policy analysis, and contemporary global issues.

Throughout their degree, students will be able to study a foreign language.

Learn more about the Double Degree in Politics and International Relations on the MGIMO website

Read the parents' guide to studying at Reading (Russian language: PDF, 0.25MB)

Watch our film to discover more about studying Politics and International Relations at Reading.

Fee discount

We are very pleased to offer a 15% discount on the international tuition fee to all students on this programme for their two years at University of Reading.

Learn more about entry requirements on the MGIMO website

Progression requirements at the University of Reading

  • Average of 70% in all modules taken at MGIMO
  • IELTS: 6.5

The international student experience

The Department of Politics and International Relations thrives on the lively academic environment developed from cross-cultural collaboration. Both our student and staff communities are made up of people from all around the globe.

The University’s International Student Advisory Team offer support on issues such as visas and immigration, and understanding UK culture. You can also benefit from the STaR Mentor Scheme, matching you with a current student mentor at the University before you start here.

Our active Politics and International Relations Society welcomes all individuals, whether they study within the Department or just have an interest in politics and world affairs.

The Society invites a range of guest speakers with backgrounds in military, journalism and politics, creating an academic platform for everyone to engage with peers, academics and politicians. They also hold regular meetings and evening social events to discuss politics, assignments and relax. 

Read about the University's international student support

Learn more about life in our Department

A strategic partnership between Russia and the UK

Our strategic partnership with MGIMO spans many disciplines, including politics, international relations, business, finance, law and languages.

Learn more about the partnership

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