Taught course

International Relations

University of Reading · School of Politics, Economics and International Relations

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

Collaborate with academics who have personal experience of public policy, government departments and international organisations (including NATO), or working as advisers to government (including in the UK, the US, France, Italy and Germany). 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.

Our research is cited regularly as well as translated into other languages. Seminar sizes vary from five or fewer to around 15 students. We teach 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, and the resolution of conflicts.

• Provides a thorough introduction to the principal ideas employed in the study of world politics • Develops an understanding of contemporary global challenges and equips you to analyse them critically • Freedom to tailor the programme to suit your research interests • Specialist research dissertation in consultation with an expert supervisor • Suitable for graduates from any discipline

We provide lots of opportunities for you to develop transferable skills for your future career. Our graduates move on to a wide range of roles, including UK ambassadors, military officers, members of the SAS or intelligence analysts, bankers, political analysts, university lecturers, staff college lecturers, journalists, officials in international organisations or police officers. Others have gone into industry, teaching, local government administration, charitable foundations or Parliament.

Information for international students

Evidence of English Language ability required: an overall score of 6.5 in the IELTS with no individual element scoring less than 5.5 (or equivalent)

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


72 months
part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations37
Written coursework / continuous assessment38
Dissertation25 (13,000-15,000 words)

Course contact details

Professor Giovanni Razzu