Taught course

Public Policy

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. See website for more details.

Months of entry


Course content

Established more than 45 years ago, we continue to enjoy a reputation as one of the world’s premier centres for teaching and research in international business. Our academic staff include world experts in the global arena of economics, with research expertise in the fields of development, housing, the labour market, behavioural economics, climate change policy, macroeconomics, banking and finance. We offer a leading range of postgraduate programmes reflecting the changing global economic environment. Our strong focus on applied research means we emphasise the policy implications of our research findings. We also encourage you to look beyond the headlines and understand the forces shaping our world today. You will graduate with knowledge of recent developments in the global economy and how these are linked with political changes at the national and international level. We are proud of our friendly and inclusive international community. Through group work you will have the opportunity to network with, and learn from, fellow students from a wide range of backgrounds, and share different perspectives and experiences.

• Gain the tools to understand and assess a range of public policy issues

• Focus on a specialist pathway, such as welfare policy, sustainable environments, international development and global governance

• Many classes led by UK government analysts and seminars with politicians and government officials

• Accredited as a Climate-KIC Master Programme

Our programmes give both a deep understanding of the specific subject matter and a range of transferable skills that can be utilised in a wide variety of future careers. They provide specialist expertise in economic analysis, preparing you for challenging roles. We have a strong commitment to employability and our graduates are successful in obtaining jobs after university, in the public as well as corporate and third sectors. We want to make sure this continues to be the case in the future. Our award-winning Careers Centre provides excellent careers advice specifically for postgraduate students. Placement opportunities may also be available, and we have a dedicated School Development Officer to help you progress with your career.

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


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Nigel Wadeson