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In search of a highly respected course that equips one with excellent knowledge of political and economic systems, Chris chose to study the MA Public Policy degree at Reading. Furthermore, the flexibility to select modules without doubt was a bonus of choosing Reading over other alternatives. 

"I was able to study modules on strategy and security, both of which were instrumental in allowing me to understand national and international challenges from a government and military viewpoint."

The MA Experience

Chris highly recommends studying the module in Diplomacy which has been one of the highlights of his time at Reading.

"The module in addition to being well taught also presented the opportunity to engage with former and current diplomats from across the service."

Maths was never Chris's strongest subject, but the core module in Economics was so clearly taught that he was able to absorb the critical economic theories, relate them to real world examples and surprise himself with a high first on a project focused upon the UK National Minimum Wage.

Studying alongside students from across the world has been another highlight of his time at Reading.

"The different types of regional knowledge and expertise of my classmates has been a catalyst for conversations that include a range of perspectives, which provides good grounding for my future career."

Build a career path

The course also allows you to apply for a Capstone project placement or an applied research placement with an external organisation. Chris is currently in the process of applying for placements with an international or strategic focus. This is an important part of the course and gives you an opportunity to shape your future career direction.  

"I started the MA with the hope that experiencing different parts of the political system would allow me to see which avenue in the world of politics I would be best suited for. I discovered that I loved studying risk management and diplomacy, and I hope to explore career opportunities in both after graduation. It actually took studying a flexible range of modules to narrow down the choice to these two pathways and so again I would advise embracing the diversity of modules Reading has to offer to help you shape your career."