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
- Big Data Research: Hype or Revolution?
- Advanced Quantitative Research
You’ll have the freedom to select 2-3 modules that appeal to you from our extensive range of optional modules. Previously options have included:
- US Security Policy
- Normative Analysis
- Justice and Equality
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-M9Q1 (P-M9Q1P 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.