What will I learn?
Our Politics degree will enable you to engage critically with the political world, and to explore theoretical and empirical approaches to political ideas and issues. You will learn to understand political systems and confront the politics of our everyday lives through core teaching and via exciting additional learning opportunities, such as our guest lecture series and the PAIS Film Club.
Areas of study include political theory, comparative politics and political systems, as well as international relations, international security, international political economy, and international development. Political theory and comparative politics provide the core course content, but you can choose options across the full range of Politics and International Studies modules, such as the Politics of Contemporary China or Power and Resistance in World Politics. You could also study a language as part of your degree, take advantage of our many internship opportunities, or study abroad in Europe, North America, Asia or Australia. You will gain key skills in a wide range of investigative, analytical and communicative research as well as presentation skills acquired through independent and collaborative study.
How will I learn?
The Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) has more than 50 academic staff, almost all of whom teach at undergraduate level or supervise final-year dissertations. You normally take four modules in each year and have 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.
In preparation for seminars, you are expected to read widely from recommended texts and conduct extensive independent research. You usually have the opportunity to deliver at least one seminar presentation per module. You can also attend the Departmental research seminar series that features guest speakers from other universities as well as from our own faculty, independent researchers, and politics practitioners presenting their own research or speaking on relevant topics.
We also have a Departmental film club, which regularly screens documentaries and films with political themes tied to our degree pathways. Films range from box office hits such as Eye In The Sky and Snowden to independent foreign-language films such as The Baader Meinhof Complex and The Lives of Others. Screenings are open to all PAIS students and staff. Each one is introduced by a member of academic staff and is followed by an informal discussion, enabling you to share your opinions.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is via a combination of essays and examinations at the end of each year. You will be given extensive feedback on formative essays, assessed essays and examinations. Most modules enable you to choose between examinations or assessed essays.
Can I study abroad?
The Department offers a wide range of opportunities to study abroad. You can apply to spend the second year of your degree on one of our competitive North America exchange placements in the United States at institutions such as the University of California, or in Canada at the University of Waterloo.
These integrated study abroad programmes enable you to still complete your Warwick degree in three years. If you would rather study abroad for only part of your second year, you can apply for our half-year exchange programme with City University, Hong Kong. We also offer extensive study abroad opportunities in France, Germany, Spain, Austria, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong that extend your degree by a year.
A level AAA
International Baccalaureate 38 points
Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units.
Warwick International Foundation Programme 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 page.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Essential Subjects There are no specific subject requirements, but applicants should be able to provide evidence of a genuine commitment to the discipline of Politics.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants.Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.
Departmental Open Days The Department offers three Departmental Open Days during spring term for applicants who have received an offer. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules could I study?
Political theory and comparative politics provide the core course content, but you can choose options across the full range of Politics and International Studies modules, such as the Politics of Contemporary China or Power and Resistance in World Politics.
The emphasis on the integration of theory and practice is reflected in first year foundation modules and in core and optional modules taken in subsequent years. For example, questions about the nature of democracy discussed in the Introduction to Politics first-year module will then be pursued in second-year modules on the politics of particular countries (e.g. Britain or the US). These may be taken further in more specialised third-year modules such as Vigilant State: The Politics of Intelligence. Opportunities to choose optional modules to match your academic interests increase as you progress through the course.
*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
Where can my degree take me?
Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: NHS (Graduate Scheme), Reuters, IPSOSMORI, Department of Education, Reuters.
Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Parliamentary Researcher, Communications Officer, Conference Producer, Intelligence Analyst, Journalist.
POLITICS AND SOCIOLOGY BA/PolSoc
POLITICS WITH INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND FRENCH
POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND GERMAN
POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND HISPANIC STUDIES
POLITICS INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND ITALIAN
PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS AND ECONOMICS (PPE)
HISTORY AND POLITICS BA/HiPol
ECONOMICS, POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES BA/BScEPIS
- PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS AND LAW
A level: AAA
IB: 38 points
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
Department of Politics and International Studies
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.
For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.
This information is applicable for 2018 entry.