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Politics, International Studies and French (BA)


Please note: We only have a limited number of places available for Overseas candidates.


Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36

Core training in Politics is combined with the global perspective provided by International Studies modules, and by a focus on the French language and Francophone society.

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This is a joint honours degree, split 50:50 between Politics and International Studies, and French until the final year when students can choose to retain the 50:50 balance or focus 75:25 toward either discipline.

Core training in Politics is combined with the global perspective provided by International Studies modules, and by a focus on the French language and Francophone society. Political theory, international relations and French language modules provide the core of the degree. Independent and collaborative study in these areas will develop your abilities in investigative and evaluative research, presentation and critical analysis, and build strong written and oral French communication skills. The degree features a compulsory year abroad either studying or working in a French speaking country. You can choose to be abroad in year 2 or 3.

Joint degree split 50-50 between PAIS and French in Years 1 and 2 or 3; Year 2 or 3 Abroad; Final year choice between 50-50, or 75-25 PAIS-French, or 75-25 French-PAIS.

1st Year 120 CATS core; 2nd Year or 3rd Year at Warwick 60 CATS core 60 CATS options; Final Year 60 CATS core 60 CATS options.

Most modules are taught by a combination of weekly lectures and seminars.

Contact hours

8-12 hours of classroom contact per week. Teaching follows a pattern of weekly lectures and seminars, supplemented by group work, one-to-one advice and feedback hours, and the use of web-based materials.

Class size

Lectures vary; Seminars in Year One - maximum 14 students; Seminars in later years - maximum 18 students.

Assessment depends on your choice between coursework and exams; also dependent on modules chosen. The final degree classification is determined by your second or third year (50%) and final year marks (50%).

The year abroad is spent studying and/or on work placement in a country where French is the native language. Possible exchange universities have included:

Institut d'études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po Paris)

Institut d'études politiques d'Aix-en-Provence (Sciences Po Aix)

Institut d'études politiques de Bordeaux (Sciences Po Bordeaux)

Institut d'études politiques de Lyon (Sciences Po Lyon)

Université de Caen Basse Normandie

Université de Bourgogne

Université Paris X Nanterre

Université Paris IV Sorbonne

Université Sendhal

Université des Antilles et de la Guyane (Martinique)

Institut Supérieur de Traducteurs et Interprètes (Bruxelles)

Université Bordeaux III

You can choose between study abroad or work placement for the compulsory year abroad.

 Student blogs

shanita"My favourite lecture was 'Researching Voting Behaviour' since it linked very well to the 2015 General Election, and was therefore very current to study. I also enjoyed the 'Ethical Problems in Political Research' lecture, where we looked at whether Facebook manipulating the news feed of its users is justified, or ethical."

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A level: AAB, including French

  • IB: 36, including 5 in Higher Level French

  • We only have a limited number of places available for Overseas candidates.

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

  • Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units.
  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
  • Introduction to Politics

  • World Politics

  • Modern French Language I

  • French Culture module

Year 2 or 3
  • Political Theory from Hobbes
  • Modern French Language II
Year 4
  • Issues in Political Theory
  • Modern French Language III
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

Europe: Politics and Ideas; Modern French Thinkers; French Cinema; Politics of the USA; The Right in France; International Security; African Politics in Comparative Politics; Vigilant State: The Politics of Intelligence; The Politics of Religion; Politics and Culture in the Middle East; East Asian Transformations

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: NHS Graduate Scheme, Save the Children Korea, Reuters, IPSOS-MORI, Labour Party.

Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Communications Officer, HR Management, Freelance Video Producer and Reporter, Parliamentary Researcher, Research Officer, Parliamentary Candidate.


"Studying alone won't prepare you for the world of work."

"The course open day was really good at Warwick and helped make my decision to study here. All the modules I studied were relevant and have stood me in good stead for the future. I studied democratisation in my second year just as the Arab Spring kicked off, and the politics of religion module in my final year was current and still is.

Learning about political theory concepts was abstract but really interesting to understand better. I secured a paid internship in my second and third summer which helped me realise my passion for working in policy. I now work as Environment Strategy Manager."

Jennifer Sibley - Environment Strategy Manager

Studied 'Politics' - Graduated 2012


"I can trace the management skills I have now back to my course."

"I chose Warwick because it was a university that provided the mix of courses I was looking for. It was very international, highly ranked and a campus university. I can trace the management skills I have now to the skills that I learnt through my course, and working with different people in ‘One World Week’.

During my second year, I had the opportunity to complement my Politics and International Studies degree with an international law class which I loved. I interned with a law firm in the US over summer in my second year which was great exposure. In my last year, I thrived doing the communications work I was exposed to as Coordinator of One World Week and decided to centre my career in that area. "

Ingrid Helsingen Warner - Managing Director, Leidar Norway

Studied 'Politics and International Studies' - Graduated 2006

Entry Requirements

A level AAB, including French

IB 36, including 5 in Higher Level French

We only have a limited number of places available for Overseas candidates.


Degree of Bachelor of Science (BA)

4 years full time

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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Additional costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.