The MA in US Foreign Policy will enable you to examine foreign policy and security relating to the United States of America. As a leading global power, the United States and its foreign affairs have a significant impact upon international relations, both in terms of policy and academic scholarship. This significance has grown in the 15 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the subsequent ’war on terror‘ in ways that have been reflected in the development of the academic literature and in the increased level of interest in the subject area.
With a high concentration of US Foreign Policy and International Security experts among PAIS academics, we are in a unique position to bring cutting-edge, in-depth knowledge and discussion to postgraduatestudy in this field. This programme focuses on US foreign policy in the context of national security as well as wider aspects of the country’s foreign policy and its impact in the areas of the economy, international relations, and particularly security.
The core module for US Foreign Policy is United States Foreign Policy and National Security. A full module description is available here.
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’ll have the freedom to select 2-4 modules (80 CATS) that appeal to you 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.
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years
2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject
English Language requirements
Department of study
Location of study
University of Warwick
Home/EU: £11,950 per year
Overseas: £19,560 per year
Home/EU: £5,975 per year
Overseas: £9,780 per year
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