The United States has 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 9/11 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.
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.
- International Development (MA)
- International Political Economy (MA)
- International Politics and East Asia (MA)
- International Politics and Europe (MA)
- International Relations (MA)
- International Security (MA)
- Political Legal Theory (MA)
- Politics, Big Data and Quantitative Methods (MA)
- Public Policy (MA)
You’ll have the freedom to select 2-4 modules from our extensive range of optional modules. Previously these have included:
- Transitional Justice and International Development
- The Nuclear Question
- The CIA and Covert Action
- Issues in International Relations
Optional module lists are updated regularly and we will publish these here.
* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
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. This may include mini-lectures followed by discussion, Q&A sessions, organised debates, peer presentations, policy briefs, small group work, and other projects.
6 hours of Seminars per week for 9 weeks in Terms 1 and 2 plus advice and feedback hours when requested and Dissertation supervision in Terms 2 and 3.
A maximum of 18 per seminar group in PAIS delivered modules.
PAIS modules are assessed entirely by research essays throughout the year, culminating in a 10,000 word dissertation at the end.
Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including:
- Conservative Party
- Royal Bank of Scotland
They have progressed into roles such as:
- Management Consultant
- Business Analyst
- Party Chairman’s Correspondence Assistant
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(P-M9PQP for part-time)
Full-time: 1 year
(September 2019 - September 2020)
Part-time: 2 years
(September 2019 - September 2021)
2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject
English Language Requirements
IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.
Department of Study
Location of Study
University of Warwick
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In 2019, the department is offering four £5,000 tuition awards for Home and EU offer holders and four £10,000 tuition awards for Overseas offer holders.
Additional Course Costs
There may be additional costs associated with studying this programme, such as field trips, specially organised events, materials bench fees or studio hire. You should consider these costs when deciding whether or not to accept this offer. You can find this information here.
Find out more about fees and funding on the University website.