Taught course

International Relations (by examination)

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

  • Freedom to tailor the programme to suit your particular research interests
  • Preparation for a PhD or for a research career in think tanks, government departments or elsewhere
  • Specialist research dissertation in consultation with expert supervisor

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

English language requirements

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

Fees and funding

UK students
£7,360 p/a
International students
EU £7,360 p/a Non EU £15,650 p/a

Please see the fees and funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration


72 months
full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team