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    Developing synergies with like-minded institutions

Welcoming Students to Reading

The School of Politics, Economics and International Relations is dedicated to developing long-lasting and sustainable partnerships with prestigious universities and institutions around the world.   

Our partnerships help to enhance the scope of educational and career paths available to our students and  support increased global engagement and collaboration to share ideas and learning opportunities.

Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO)

MGIMO is a prestigious Russian University, specialising in international relations, regional studies, and international law and is famous for producing political, economic and civic professionals.


As part of the University's Strategic Partnership with MGIMO, our 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 and 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.


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 at 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.

Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

In partnership with the Henley Business School, the School of Politics, Economics and International Relations delivers the British Army's Higher Education Pathway. The pathway currently allows RMAS officers to achieve a formal academic qualification in Leadership and Strategic Studies at the University. Selected officer cadets entering the Commissioning Course at RMAS can pursue a Bachelor's or Master's degree during the early years of their career.

The course is taught face to face and online, offering digital learning access to officers spread around the UK and abroad. It is intended to equip them with skills to deal with a variety of scenarios in the field of duty.

“Both the University of Reading and RMAS have long-standing and distinctive traditions of inquiry and education. We are already bringing these traditions together in the education of army officers, and look forward to explore further areas for collaboration in education and research, and learn from each other."

Professor Dominik Zaum

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation and Professor of Governance, Conflict and Security, University of Reading


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