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Politics, International Studies and Italian (BA) (Course full)


Please note: this course is full for 2019 entry.


Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36

This joint honours degree gives you the opportunity to acquire Italian language skills while receiving a thorough training in the study of Politics and International Studies.

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Your degree is split 50:50 between Politics and International Studies and Italian with the option of a 75:25 split in either discipline in the final year.

You will critically engage with the political world from national and global perspectives, exploring the theoretical and empirical approaches to political ideas. At the same time you’ll deepening your understanding of the Italian language and culture and its relationship to Europe and the rest of the world. The second or third year is spent studying or on a work placement in Italy. You can choose the combination of essays and exams that will make up the assessment for your degree, including the possibility of a final-year dissertation.

Joint degree split 50-50 between PAIS and Italian in Years 1 and 2 or 3; Year 2 or 3 Abroad; Final year choice between 50-50, or 75-25 PAIS-Italian, or 75-25 Italian-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 Spanish is the native language. Possible exchange universities have included:

Università di Firenze

Università di Siena (Arezzo & Siena)

Università di Bologna

Università di Pavia

Università di Pisa

Università di Roma La Sapienza

Università di Genoa

Università di Napoli L'Orientale

Università di Salerno

Università di Torino

Università di Urbino Carlo Bo

Università di Cagliari

Università di Verona

Università di Trieste

Università di Messina

Università di Catania (Catania & Ragusa)

Università di Brescia

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Università di Milano

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 a modern or classical language

  • IB: 36, including 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language

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 Italian Language I or Beginners Italian

  • Italian Culture module

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

Europe: Politics and Ideas; Modern Italian Culture in Dialogue with Europe; Italian Cinema: Envisioning the Future; Introducing Dante’s Hell; Medieval and Renaissance Short Fiction in Italy and England; Italian Women’s Writing: Voices of Protest; Transnational Stories in Italy; The Politics of Religion.

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

Environment Strategy Manager - 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

A level AAB, including a modern or classical language

IB 36, including 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

4 years full time

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry and a year abroad.

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

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.