About this research graduate course
PAIS has a vibrant PhD community, and our doctoral research have a very broad range of research interest. The programme is structured around achieving distinct milestones centred on your progress. In your first year, you will be required to attend the PAIS first-year training module PO961: Doctoral Thesis Writing in Politics and International Studies.
As you progress through the course, you are also expected to attend a series of advanced training workshops throughout the programme. Additional research training and personal and professional development are available through the department, the Graduate School, IT Services, and the Careers and Skills Office.
PAIS has a keen interest in fostering networking between doctoral researchers of all stages as well as between PhD students and staff, and we therefore hold regular social events.
Teaching and learning
- PO961: Doctoral Thesis Writing in Politics and International Studies
- Advanced Training Workshops
Visiting PhD students
If you are currently a PhD student at another university anywhere in the world, it is possible to attend Warwick as a visiting researcher for up to one year. PAIS welcomes applications from students already undertaking postgraduate research at another institution, who wish to join us in a visiting capacity in order to participate in, and benefit from, the research culture and resources of the department and the university.
We recommend that you contact us prior to submitting an application in order to discuss your needs; the best starting point is to approach academic staff researching in your area to discuss your visit dates and research plans, whilst at Warwick. Please note that although members of the department’s academic staff are happy to arrange meetings with visiting students to discuss research and offer advice and suggestions, you would not be formally supervised during your visit.
Should you wish to submit an application, you will need to do this through the University's online postgraduate application system. Your application must include:
- The proposed start and end dates of your visit
- The name of the academic staff who will oversee your visit in the department
- A reference from your current supervisor which confirms your current student status and suitability for undertaking research at Warwick as a visiting student
- A brief outline of the research you intend to undertake while you are with us.
You will also need to meet PAIS’s English language requirements (IELTS 7.0); however, if you only plan to stay for a short period, a test waiver may be available. In that case, please email paispgadmissions at warwick dot ac dot uk for details.
Before you submit your application, you should also consult the Doctoral College's information about visiting as a research student; their pages contain further information about fees, links to visa information if required, and a link to the relevant application form.
The PhD programme in PAIS is designed to be taken on a full-time basis. However, for a small number of candidates, studying part-time offers a way to balance life and study commitments.
General entry requirements
A Master’s degree (or equivalent) with a minimum degree classification of merit/2:i in a relevant subject area; a strong research proposal; explicit support from potential PAIS supervisor(s).
Read our department specific advice on applying to ensure your application has the best chance for success.
English language requirements
You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:
- Band B
- IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page.
There are no additional requirements for this course.
Areas for PhD supervision
By research groups:
- International Political Economy
- International Relations and Security
- Comparative Politics and Democratisation
- Political Theory.
- Performance and Politics
- Cyber Security
- Food Security
- US/EU/UK Foreign Policy
- East Asia
- Political Spaces
- Environmental Policy
- North-South Relations
- International Finance
- Global Governance
- Terrorism and Counter-terrorism
Find a supervisor
Find your supervisor using the link below and discuss with them the area you'd like to research.
Explore our Politics and International Studies Staff Directory where you will be able to filter by research cluster, region or topic.
You can also see our general University guidance about finding a supervisor.
Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.
Fee Status Guidance
The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.
If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information, however we are awaiting guidance from the UK government regarding fee status for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members living in the UK for academic year 2021/22 onwards. We are not able to confirm the fee status for these students until the relevant eligibility criteria have been confirmed. Once we have received further information from the UK government, we will provide you with an update on your fee status and let you know if any additional information is required. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.
Additional course costs
As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad. Information about department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:
- Core text books
- Printer credits
- Dissertation binding
- Robe hire for your degree ceremony
Scholarships and bursaries
Find out about the many different funding routes available for postgraduate study at Warwick.
Find out more about the various funding opportunities that are available in our department.
Find out more about the cost of living as a postgraduate student at the University of Warwick.
Politics and International Studies at Warwick
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Our Postgraduate courses
- International Development (MA)
- International Political Economy (MA)
- International Politics and East Asia (MA)
- International Politics and Europe (MA)
- International Relations (MA)
- International Security (MA)
- Politics and International Studies (PhD)
- Political and Legal Theory (MA)
- Politics, Big Data and Quantitative Methods (MA)
- Public Policy (MA)
- United States Foreign Policy (MA)
Our Double Degree programmes allow you to study a Warwick MA programme for one year as well as a Masters programme at a partner university.
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