Do economic problems lead to higher support for extremism? How can the international community best respond to conflict in the Middle East? And how should we address climate change? If these types of questions intrigue you, then you will love studying politics and international relations at the University of Reading.
Studying politics and international relations means learning how our world works and how we can make it better. Through our courses you will acquire a deep understanding and knowledge of the ideas and institutions that shape today's globalised world.
At Reading, your studies will draw on our cutting-edge research, and you will engage critically with a range of contemporary problems. You will also have the opportunity to gain relevant, real-world experience, as well as develop substantive and transferable skills.
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Our degree courses
BA Politics and International Relations
Explore the world's most pressing political issues through this engaging, discussion-based degree course. You will have the opportunity to pursue your own interests through a wide range of optional modules, covering topical issues such as the politics of the welfare state, international terrorism and the Middle East crisis.
BA War, Peace and International Relations
Draw on the research strengths of the Department of Politics and International Relations and specialise in war, peace, strategy and the issues that surround conflict.
Joint-honours degree courses
BA Politics and Economics and BA International Relations and Economics
Our joint-honours degree courses with economics enable you to develop a deep understanding of the critical political and economic issues that dominate the news agenda and shape the world in which we live.
Other joint-honours degrees
- BA English Literature and International Relations
- BA English Literature and Politics
- BA French and International Relations
- BA German and International Relations
- BA History and International Relations
- BA History and Politics
- BA Italian and International Relations
- BA Philosophy and International Relations
- BA Philosophy and Politics
- BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics
- BA Spanish and International Relations
Choose from a wide range of optional modules and tailor your degree
Politics is an ever-changing discipline. That's why we review our modules every year to ensure what you study is always up to date with current thinking.
During your first year you will develop a strong grounding in a broad range of political topics. This provides the foundation for your next two years of study, during which you can select modules that reflect your interests or chosen career path.
Double degree opportunity
We offer a double degree in Politics and International Relations with the prestigious Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO). Students on this degree will spend the first two years at MGIMO and the final two years at Reading.