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PAIS Extras

In addition to the excellent quality of research and module teaching in PAIS, we provide a host of additional opportunities that allow our students to get the most out of their MA year. Here are just some of the things you will be able to do as a student on one of our programmes:

Workshops & Seminars

PaIS MA Workshops

MA students have compulsory workshops which cover topics such as essay writing skills, plagiarism and how to avoid it, and research ethics.

MA Student Experience seminar series

Organised by Gabrielle Lynch, not sure what this covers at the moment!

Symposiums e.g. GAD Symposium

The symposium is composed mainly of presentations and discussions of successful development practices in empowerment, food insecurity and education. The presentations will be followed by screening of the film 'Schooling the World: The White Man's Last Burden'.

Dissertation Conference

The MA Dissertation Conference is hosted annually by students of the PAIS Department. The conference aims to provide a platform for MA students to present their provisional dissertation plans and discuss their ideas with academics, Phd students and each other to help them refine and improve their plans previous to the deadline.PaIS Seminar Series and Guest Lectures

Weekly, some internal and some external experts in the field

Just take a look at the PaIS calendar to see the types of things happening within PaIS (?)

Skills training and enhancing your CV


Student Assistant Positions

Based on the Teaching Assistant model used by universities in the US, the PAIS Student Assistants will work closely with a member of PAIS staff to assist with research and administrative duties. This is a great opportunity to add relevant experience to your CV and gain insight into how an academic department operates.


Student-led initiatives

Discussion Groups

Discussion groups are student-led groups by MA programme and are arranged weekly or fortnightly depending on student preferences. Each meeting, two students from the group can propose a topic (e.g. current affairs; discussing key texts; etc.) and chair the discussion with a PhD student acting as a facilitator. If you would like to organise a Discussion Group for your Programme, please collect a 'Setting up a Discussion Group' form from the Postgraduate Office. We will arrange the PhD facilitator and room bookings for you.

PinPoint Politics

This Warwick-led project, initiated by postgraduates from PAIS and King's College London, started in March 2012 and is already growing to include contributions from other prestigious UK universities. Funding is supplied primarily by a Santander Current Student Scholarship at Warwick as well as the PAIS department.

Film Club

All PAIS students are welcome to attend the Film Series; although the films are selected to coincide with undergraduate core module topics, they are relevant across level and discipline within PAIS, and all are welcome to attend the screening/discussion sessions. Check out the PAIS calendar to see what's on.

Other support from Warwick

Warwick offers excellent student support and opportunities

PG Hub Compass events

Compass is an event series for masters and research students plugged into your life as a postgraduate student. Whether it's coursework, exams and dissertation as a masters student or independent research, thesis and viva as a PhD student, Compass events are designed to support you.

Masters Skills programme

Use the Masters Skills Programme to develop your academic, personal and professional development skills, improve your marks, impress potential employers, and network with other Warwick students.