Politics, Big Data and Quantitative Methods MA is Warwick's answer to the growing power of big data and quantitative methods influence over political processes and decisions in everyday life. On this course you'll gain an understanding of the implications and issues of these themes.
Big data and quantitative methods are transforming political processes and decisions in everyday life. Local, national and international administrations are making ‘open data’ available to wide audiences; giant, world-level web organisations are putting more and more services in synergy; and some private companies or governments are developing strongly ideological projects in relation with big data. Therefore, there is a need for trained specialists who will have the capacity to compete and/or collaborate with strictly business or technique-oriented actors on the basis of sound knowledge from political and international studies. Our programme provides you with an understanding of the implications of different approaches to issues concerning big data and public policy.
- Fundamentals in Quantitative Research Methods (20 CATS)
- Big Data Research: Hype or Revolution? (20 CATS)
- Advanced Quantitative Research (20 CATS)
You'll have the freedom to select 2-3 modules that appeal to you from our extensive range of optional modules, up to a total of 120 CATS of taught modules.
Previously, options have included:
- Theories and Issues in International Development
- Normative Analysis
- Qualitative Methods
The optional module lists are updated regularly.
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.
Normally a maximum of 18 per seminar group in PAIS delivered modules.
Research essays and other written assignments throughout the year, culminating in a 10,000 word dissertation at the end.
Minimum requirements 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject
English language requirements 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.
Department specific advice on applying to ensure your application has the best chance for success.
Fees and Funding
For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home, EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.
For up-to-date information for department fees and funding opportunities please visit the Department Fees and Funding webpage.
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.
Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including: Deloitte; Japan Ministry of Defense; Nationwide Building Society; The Cabinet Office; University of Kent; Transport for London and West Midlands Police. They have pursued roles such as: business and financial project management professionals; economists; finance officers; management consultants; business analysts and public services associate professionals.
Our Department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:
- Your future awaits - the many things you can do after your degree in the PAIS Department
- Careers in Government and Politics
- Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
- After your PAIS Master’s – What Next?
- Assessment Centres and Interviews: an overview of what to expect for PAIS students
There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.
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.