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​​With the MA International Relations gain a thorough introduction to the principal ideas employed in the study of world politic​s.

You will develop an understanding of contemporary global challenges and learn to analyse them critically, while also having the freedom to tailor the course to suit your particular research interests.

This programme is suitable for graduates from any discipline, and you will work with an expert supervisor on your specialist research dissertation.

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • International relations theory (core module)
  • Themes and issues in contemporary international relations
  • Origins and causes of war
  • Introduction to qualitative research methods in politics and international relations
  • Dissertation

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

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.

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Visit the International Relations MA page on the University of Reading website for more details!

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