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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

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
  • War and peace
  • Politics of public policy
  • 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.


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

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