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International Politics and East Asia - MA (Full-Time/Part-Time, 2018 Entry)

Our MA in International Politics and East Asia (IPEA) is not a traditional area-studies course on East Asia, but rather a disciplinary degree that focuses on the region for its case studies and thus offers unique advantages: strong disciplinary expertise combined with genuine regional expertise.

East Asia’s emergence as the most dynamic region in the global political economy continues despite a series of crises since the early 1990s. If anything, the crises reinvigorated the study of the international relations and political economy of East Asia. Instead of just focusing on business and economics, the crises highlighted the politics of international economic relations, the impact of globalisation on the region and existing development paradigms, and the need for greater regional cooperation to cope with future economic shocks.

The IPEA programme is one of the leading postgraduate programmes of its kind. We have among the greatest concentration of disciplinary based East Asia experts in the UK and Europe, and we are home to the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, researching issues of Asia-Pacific and East Asian regionalism.

Core Module:
The core module for International Politics and East Asia is International Relations of the Asia-Pacific. A full module description is available here.

Optional Modules:
This programme has optional modules to choose from to allow you to achieve the required credits to successfully complete the award; in addition to your core module, you will select 40 CATS (normally 2 modules) from a list of specialist of modules for this course, and a further 40 CATS from our extensive range of optional modules. At a research led institution, optional module lists are subject to change each year to keep the student learning experience current and up-to-date. For the optional modules available in this department please visit the department website.

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

Debate and discussion are at the heart of the teaching style in PAIS, and most modules are taught via one 2-hour seminar per week. Seminars give you the opportunity to interact with leading scholars as well as with your peers to explore a set topic each week. Every seminar will be based on extensive guided reading you will do each week, but there is no strict pattern to how sessions are run; you will experience a variety of teaching methods tailored to each specific topic and teacher. This may include mini-lectures followed by discussion, Q&A sessions, organised debates, peer presentations, policy briefs, small group work, and other projects.

In addition to your seminars, you will have access to your module tutors during advice and feedback hours. You will have the opportunity to sit down with your tutors on a one-to-one basis during these weekly office hours to follow up on seminar discussions, seek guidance on your essays, and ask questions about feedback on your marks.

PAIS modules are assessed entirely by research essays throughout the year, culminating in a 10,000 word dissertation at the end.


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Essential information


Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Entry requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English Language requirements

Band B

Department of study

Poltics and International Studies

Location of study

University of Warwick

Course fees

Home/EU: £11,950 per year
Overseas: £19,650 per year

Home/EU: £5,975 per year
Overseas: £9,780 per year

Find out more about fees and funding.


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Application information


This information is applicable for 2018 entry.