Taught course

Politics and 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) in politics, economics, international relations or a related field.

Months of entry


Course content

* Designed to enhance research skills in politics and/or international relations
* Preparation for a PhD, or for a research career in think tanks, government departments or elsewhere
* Freedom to tailor the programme to suit your particular research interests
* Specialist research dissertation
* Suitable for graduates from any discipline

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
UK/EU full-time fee: £7,360 per year
International students
International full-time fee: £15,650 per year

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
Up ro 6 months months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team