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Politics and International Studies (Full-Time, 2018 Entry)


What will I learn?

This course combines the study of Politics with the global and multidisciplinary perspective of International Studies. It examines theoretical and empirical approaches to political ideas and issues, both nationally and globally.

The course is centred around the critical analysis of political ideas and global politics, with core modules focusing on political theory and international relations. You can also choose options from within the Department, allowing you to pursue specialised sub-fields, and study a language or choose an approved option each year in a related discipline. Optional PAIS modules include Critical Security Studies, States and Markets, United States Foreign Policy, and Politics of International Development. Exciting additional learning opportunities include our guest lecture series, the PAIS Film Club, and the chance to undertake an internship or to study abroad. You will gain a wide range of key skills, including investigative and evaluative research and presentation skills, in addition to more general transferable skills such as the ability to organise and meet deadlines, work under pressure, and work both independently and collaboratively.

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.

  • Entry Requirements

    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 No specific subject requirements, but applicants should be able to provide evidence of a genuine commitment to the discipline of Politics.

    Further Information

    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?

Optional PAIS modules include Critical Security Studies, States and Markets, United States Foreign Policy, and Politics of International Development. First-year foundation modules are built upon in your second and third years. For example, questions about the nature of international relations that you discuss in the World Politics module will be pursued in the second year International Security option and may be developed further in specialised third-year modules, such as Britain and the War on Terror. Opportunities to choose optional modules to match your academic interests increase as you progress through the course.

Find out more about modules and course structure on the PAIS website.

*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.











Essential information

Entry Requirements
A level:
IB: 38 points


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website
Department of Politics and International Studies

Student blogs

Shanita Jetha - Politics and International Studies

Simran Thakral - Politics and International Studies

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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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.

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This information is applicable for 2018 entry.