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Full Time MA Degrees in Politics & Government, Reading, United Kingdom

We have 7 Full Time MA Degrees in Politics & Government, Reading, United Kingdom

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Provides a thorough introduction to the principal ideas employed in the study of world politics. Develops an understanding of contemporary global challenges and equips you to analyse them critically. Read more
  • Provides a thorough introduction to the principal ideas employed in the study of world politics
  • Develops an understanding of contemporary global challenges and equips you to analyse them critically
  • Freedom to tailor the programme to suit your research interests
  • Specialist research dissertation in consultation with an expert supervisor
  • Suitable for graduates from any discipline

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • International relations theory
  • 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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For those with an interest in international relations and contemporary issues of international security. Designed to enhance research skills in the area of security studies. Read more
  • For those with an interest in international relations and contemporary issues of international security
  • Designed to enhance research skills in the area of security studies
  • Preparation for a PhD, or for a research career in think tanks, government departments or non-governmental organisations
  • Flexible programme to suit your particular research interests
  • Specialist research dissertation

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • International relations theory (core module)
  • Contemporary diplomacy
  • Terrorism in a globalising world
  • 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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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 . Read more
  • 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

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Economics of public policy
  • Politics of public policy
  • Research methods
  • Dissertation or work placement and project
  • Range of optional modules on climate change, social policy, international relations, development

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

What career can you have?

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.



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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 . Read more
  • 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

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Economics of public policy
  • Politics of public policy
  • Research methods
  • Dissertation or work placement and project
  • Range of optional modules on climate change, social policy, international relations, development

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

What career can you have?

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.



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This Bologna-style two-year Master’s degree is taught entirely in English. You can elect to take a Russian course when in Moscow, which can be a beginner's course. Read more

This Bologna-style two-year Master’s degree is taught entirely in English.

You can elect to take a Russian course when in Moscow, which can be a beginner's course. The course consists of the larger British-style modules taught over 20 weeks and smaller modules as taught at MGIMO. The subject area covers general topics in the area of international relations and contemporary international affairs, but allows you to specialise in subjects relating to Russia in an international context or else in more general sub-areas such as diplomacy, media or business economics. No knowledge of Russian necessary!

What will you study?

Modules include:

  • International relations
  • International security studies
  • (Year 2 at MGIMO) Political process in contemporary Russia
  • Foundations of Russia’s foreign policy
  • Russian language module (beginner’s or advanced).

What career can you have?

Our graduates have gone into many walks of life, from UK Ambassador, military officer, members of the SAS or intelligence analyst, to banker, political analyst, university lecturer, staff college lecturer, journalist, official in an international organisation, or policeman. Others have gone into industry, teaching, local government administration, work for charitable foundations or parliament. Our courses 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.



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Discover the origins and evolution of key strategic concepts. Familiarise yourself with examples of their application, and the problems and possibilities these pose. Read more
  • Discover the origins and evolution of key strategic concepts
  • Familiarise yourself with examples of their application, and the problems and possibilities these pose
  • Apply the conceptual frameworks acquired to the analysis of particular security issues
  • Suitable for graduates with a background in any humanities subject, most social sciences subjects, or law

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Strategic practice
  • Key concepts of strategy
  • Origins and causes of war
  • The political economy of civil war
  • 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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Academic training for prospective and practising diplomats, civil servants, or academics. Combines the theory and practice of contemporary diplomacy. Read more
  • Academic training for prospective and practising diplomats, civil servants, or academics
  • Combines the theory and practice of contemporary diplomacy
  • Benefit from British diplomats and officials who contribute valuable insight into current challenges and processes
  • Develop transferable skills, including research, policymaking, and interpersonal skills
  • Select from a range of optional modules to suit your individual interests

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Contemporary diplomacy (core)
  • Terrorism in a globalising world
  • Building peace after civil war
  • Governance, security, development
  • 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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