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Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods (BA) (Course full)


Please note: this course is full for 2019 entry.


Full-time 2019 entry, AAA, IB 38

Critically engage with the political and international world and also gain an in-depth understanding of how numbers, metrics, statistics and quantitative analysis shape the world we live in and help us understand politics from the local to the global.

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Your degree includes participation in a quantitative methods work placement and an annual Quantitative Methods Spring Camp, as well as offering the opportunity to study abroad. You will emerge with the ability to utilise advanced quantitative methodologies, alongside analytical and communicative research and presentation skills obtained through independent and collaborative study.

The course is structured around the core modules of a Politics and International Studies degree with a special emphasis on Quantitative Methods. The degree enables you to: embed quantitative methods in live global issues; engage with new and emerging data sources with a strong international orientation; benefit from our dynamic pedagogic approach; be trained to become outstanding researchers and meet the needs of employers in a competitive global market.

This degree is designed to take advantage of Warwick’s existing strengths in quantitative methods in science, computing, and medicine, and links to industry to develop teaching and research at the forefront of both disciplinary and interdisciplinary quantitative methods. The pedagogic approach is one which is driven by problem-based learning and will give you confidence in your ability in quantitative methods. There is also a built-in intensive methods camp and a three week paid work placement.

1st Year - 90 CATS core + 30 CATS option; 2nd Year - 90 CATS core + 30 CATS options; Final Year - 75 CATS core + 45 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 (40%) and final year marks (60%).

We offer extensive study abroad opportunities on an intercalated year in France, Germany, Spain, Austria, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong that extend your degree by a year.

You can apply for an intercalated year of Study Abroad or Work Placement which extends the degree to four years. There is also a Quantitative Methods Summer Camp in Easter of Year 2 and a three-week paid work placement at the end of Year 2.

 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: AAA

  • IB: 38

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

  • Introduction to Qualitative Methods

  • Introduction to Social Analytics 1 and 2

Year 2
  • Political Theory from Hobbes
  • Core Issues in Comparative Politics
  • Intermediate Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences 1 and 2
Year 3
  • Quantitative Methods Dissertation
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

Justice, Democracy & Citizenship; Foundations of Political Economy; Politics of the USA

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 AAA

IB 38


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

3 years full time

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

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.