University of Reading cookie policy

We use cookies on reading.ac.uk to improve your experience, monitor site performance and tailor content to you

Read our cookie policy to find out how to manage your cookie settings

The University of Reading has been working with the Moscow State Institute 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 Master's with MGIMO

As part of the University's strategic partnership with MGIMO, the Department of Politics and International Relations offers a Double Master's in International Security Studies with MGIMO.

It is a full-time, 24-month programme taught entirely in English, where you will spend year two in Moscow.

We also welcome students who have started their degree at MGIMO to the University of Reading for their second year.

At MGIMO, the MA Governance and Global Affairs provides Russian and international students with necessary skills required for employment in international organisations. The curriculum best serves those students who are willing to become directly involved in politics, government or political organisations.

The programme provides students with profound knowledge about contemporary politics, international diplomacy, governmental and legal systems, economics and international relations and security with a focus on Russia.

Learn more about the MA Governance and Global Affairs at MGIMO

At the University of Reading, our programme will give you an excellent grounding in preparation for a PhD, or for a research career at think tanks, government departments, or non-governmental organisations.

The MA is designed for students with an interest in international relations and contemporary issues of international security. This programme allows you the freedom to tailor the course to suit your particular research interests and produce a specialist research dissertation in consultation with an expert supervisor.

Learn more about the Double MA Security Studies

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


I chose to study the MA International Security Studies programme at Reading because of its connection to the Governance and Global Affairs programme at MGIMO in Moscow. This dual-degree arrangement allowed me to earn two master's degrees in two years. Together, I think these two educational experiences provided a really holistic perspective.

Louis Train

Double Master's in International Security Studies with MGIMO graduate

Fee discount

We are pleased to offer students from MGIMO a 10% discount on their tuition fees when spending their second year at University of Reading.

How to apply

To apply to MGIMO, please apply via their online registration system or contact them via e-mail masters@inno.mgimo.ru.

If you are already a student at MGIMO and want to spend your second year at the University of Reading, please use Reading's online application portal to apply and select MGIMO as your partner institution.

If you are a University of Reading student looking to study at MGIMO in your second year, please speak to your programme director, who will recommend you to MGIMO directly.

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, immigration and understanding UK culture. You can also benefit from the STaR Mentor Scheme, which matches 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 the military, journalism and politics, creating an academic platform for everyone to engage with peers, academics and politicians.

They also hold regular meetings and evening socials 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

Athena Swan Bronze Award
Athena SWAN Bronze Award logo