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Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods: UCAS Code 7L29

This three-year degree provides core training in the theoretical, empirical and multi-disciplinary perspectives in Politics and International Studies with an emphasis on statistical research skills, data collection and analysis.

Programme Content

This degree enables you to develop a strong grounding in the discipline of Politics and International Studies while also gaining advanced skills in quantitative methodologies. The critical analysis of political ideas and global politics is a central theme of the degree course and you will examine a variety of theories and empirical evidence that confront contemporary and historical issues in international relations. There will be a particular emphasis on training in quantitative methods that will enable you to engage more fully with opinion surveys, government statistics, large data sets, and other aspects of the fast-developing digital society. These statistical, data collection and analysis skills coupled with rigorous academic training in the discipline of politics, are increasingly required in today’s global job market.

Questions tackled when you study Politics, international Studies and Quantitative Methods include:

  • What is power, who has it, and how is it used?
  • How might we measure violence globally?
  • How does terrorism threaten our security?

  • What data can show how globalisation affects inequality and injustice?

  • What is the political relationship between states and markets?

  • How are government and official statistics used to control states?

  • What is the probability of the Labour Party winning the next general election?

  • How are voting statistics used to influence and manipulate views?

The course is taught in conjunction with the multi-million pound Warwick Q-Step Centre that is part of a national programme designed to promote a step-change in quantitative social science training in the UK. You will gain valuable skills from a number of added extras on this degree including a work placement based around quantitative methods and participation in an annual spring methods camp.

As an additional year to your degree, you can apply to study abroad at any of our exchange partners in Europe, Australia, Hong Kong or Japan, including institutions that place a strong emphasis on quantitative analysis. Political Theory and the study of International Relations and other sub-disciplines such as International Political Economy, Democratisation, International Security, Comparative Politics and International Development are also available as core or optional modules that you can choose as part of your degree. There is an added emphasis on the use of quantitative methods to confront political issues such as conflict, starvation, economic crisis and terrorism, as well as giving you the tools necessary to critique election polls, evaluate economic policies and predict the likelihood of security threats.

The PAIS department will do more than give you a stimulating, exciting, and challenging experience in your studies. It will provide for you a sense of belonging, community and membership that you will not find in any other department! In PAIS we enjoy exclusive, weekly seminars and additional sessions whereby academics and thinkers from all over the globe will hold a special talk where you can learn more content that may or may not relate to your subject. This provides an additional application of learning, and also allows you the opportunity to see a subject from an external perspective.

The “Introduction to Quantitative Methods” module I took in first year offered a fascinating insight into how we can find the truth behind numbers, understanding how easy they are to be misread or even manipulated. Each time the government tells us that something is improving, we cannot take any number they take at face value. Also, quantitative methods are a valuable transferable skill of growing importance in the Social Sciences.

Arif Erdogan, BA Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods (2019)