School of Social and Political Science

Summer Reading


We are often asked by incoming students if they need to do any advance reading.

So our MSc Programme Directors have put together their summer reading recommendations for you.

This summer reading is not compulsory, but aims to give you a sense of themes/topics you will be exploring during your MSc studies with us.


Programme Summer Reading
Africa & International Development MSc Africa & International Development - Summer Reading
Comparative Public Policy MSc Comparative Public Policy - Summer Reading
Digital Sociology MSc Digital Sociology - Summer Reading
Global Environment, Politics & Society (GEPS) MSc GEPS - Summer Reading
Global Health Policy MSc Global Health Policy and online MSc Global Health Policy - Summer Reading
International Development

MSc International Development - Summer Reading

MSc International Development (online) - Summer reading

International & European Politics MSc International & European Politics - Summer Reading
International Relations These are suggestions and not requirements!
  • War and the Liberal Conscience by Michael Howard
  • The Quiet American by Graham Greene
International Relations of the Middle East programmes MSc International Relations of the Middle East - Summer Reading
Policy Studies MSc Public Policy - Summer Reading
Science and Technology in Society
  • Collins and Evans (2002) The Third Wave of Science Studies: Studies of Expertise and Experience. Social Studies of Science 32 (2). 235–296
  • Williams and Edge (1996). The Social Shaping of Technology. Research Policy 25 (1996) 865-899
  • Schot and SteinMueller (2018).  Three frames for innovation policy: R&D, systems of innovation and transformative change. Research Policy 47 (9). 1554-1567
Social Anthropology
  • Think Like an Anthropologist by Matthew Engelke
  • Small Places, Large Issues by Thomas Hylland Eriksen
  • An Introduction to Social Anthropology by Joy Hendry
Master of Social Work (MSW) MSW Social Work - Summer Reading
Sociology and Global Change MSc Sociology and Global Change - Summer Reading
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