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Enhance your research skills in politics and/or international relations with the MRes Politics and International Relations course.

This programme is excellent preparation for a PhD or for a research career with employers such as think-tanks and government departments.

You will have the freedom to tailor the programme to suit your particular research interests as you work on your specialist research dissertation.

This programme is suitable for graduates from any discipline.

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Philosophical issues in the social sciences
  • Introduction to both qualitative and quantitative research methods in politics and international relations
  • Politics of public policy
  • 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.

View all Politics and International Relations courses.


Visit the Politics and International Relations MRes page on the University of Reading website for more details!

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