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Beyond the classroom

In addition to your modules, you will have the opportunity to pursue your academic and other interests through a range of activities outside the classroom. These include events organised by the department, internships, student-led initiatives, and one of the country's largest Students Unions.

Events in PAIS

You’ll have access to a large range of activities and opportunities organised by us and the wider PAIS community. There are weekly events taking place that bring together our undergraduate students, postgraduate students, post-docs and staff members.

We have regular research seminars featuring speakers from other universities or practitioners in politics, such as former UK Cabinet Minister, Justine Greening MP. The PAIS Film Club shows contemporary and classic feature films and documentaries on political issues, with discussions and debates after the film. These discussions often include members of the department, and even the directors of the films themselves such as Ken Loach.

Towards the end of each academic year, there’s also a ‘Big PAIS Social’ in the Copper Rooms nightclub on campus. Previous socials have featured members of our academic staff DJ-ing and playing in our department’s very own ‘indie rock’ band!

We offer lots of opportunities for you to gain practical experiences alongside your studies. PAIS advertises a number of Student Research Assistantships each year that enable final year students to work across the department with academic and administrative members of staff to support research, teaching and the student experience. This is a great opportunity to add to your CV and gain an insight into how an academic department operates.We offer a number of bespoke internship opportunities for which students can apply, and we also have an online list of links to a range of internship opportunities related to politics and international studies previously held by our students.You can apply to become a PAIS Student Ambassador. Being an ambassador gives you the chance to represent our department at university open days, departmental open days and also at schools and colleges across the country as part of our widening participation and outreach events.

Internships

Placements are a great way to see how the things you learn at university play out in the world of policy and work, so PAIS offers bespoke internships in the UK and abroad. You can also tap into our network of partner institutions and internship providers to find a placement in a range of sectors.

Students who take an intercalated year during their degree will also be eligible to arrange a work placement during their year away from Warwick. You can read more about the intercalated year on our Study Abroad pages.

You can explore some of the ways PAIS supports placements and other employability-enhancing activities on our Careers pages.

Societies

If you study at Warwick, you can be involved in a wide range of societies – ranging from those which are academic in nature, to those which might relate to your hobbies or other interests. There are over 250 societies at Warwick including the Politics Society which regularly organises events, holds socials and brings in outside speakers.

You can also help organise and participate in the Undergraduate Dissertation Conference that happens in your final year. Warwick’s International Development Society, founded by our students, hosts a high-profile Summit Meeting each year.

There are also a number of PAIS students who become deeply involved in campus politics, running for and winning elections to become Students’ Union officers and even the Warwick SU President!

Join the undergraduate research community

Our undergraduate students can apply to take part in the Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (URSS).

If you are successful, you’ll get a bursary and skills development training to carry out your summer research project as an addition to your PAIS degree course. All students are supervised by an academic member of staff for the scheme.

Undertaking a summer research project with URSS will give you a taste of research which is invaluable if, after your undergraduate degree, you want to go on and study at postgraduate level. You’ll also develop a range of skills which will add further value to your degree study.

The opportunities for you here are wide and varied. We encourage you to make the most out of your time at university and we will support you in doing just that. All of our beyond the classroom opportunities contribute to our graduates being highly employable.

Examples of URSS Research projects our students have carried out:
  • Bottom-up Depoliticisation: The Neo-coloniality of Hong Kong.
  • The History of ISIS: Its Leaders and Political Ties with the Middle East.
  • The Rise of China and the Re-orientation of Europe: A Study of the Impact of the Chinese Political Economy on Britain and Germany.

  • The Role of Charities in Britain under Austerity: A Political Economy Analysis of Food Banks in Coventry.