Taught course


University of Reading · Graduate Institute of Political and International Relations (GIPIS)

Entry requirements

You are normally required to have a good first or second class honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK).

Months of entry


Course content

* Academic training for prospective and practising diplomats, civil servants, staff of NGOs or academics
* Combines the theory and practice of contemporary diplomacy
* Benefit from practitioners who contribute valuable insight into current challenges and processes
* Develop transferable skills, including research, policymaking, and interpersonal skills
* Specialist research dissertation in consultation with an expert supervisor

About the Department

Politics and International Relations at Reading

Study with academics who have personal experience of public policy, government departments and international organisations, or of working as advisers to government.

You will benefit from the high level of our research, which has been recognised worldwide by visiting professorships at leading universities. We were ranked within the top 10 in the UK for research intensity in the latest national assessment.[1] Our research is cited regularly as well as translated into other languages.

Seminars are taught in small groups, giving you maximum exposure to leading scholars. Leading practitioners contribute to the programmes as guest speakers. We also have close relationships with other departments with converging interests in international relations, strategic studies, wars and their origins, public policy, and the resolution of conflicts.

[1] Research Excellence Framework, 2014.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months
72 months

Course contact details

Global Department Team