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


What will I learn?

This four-year degree gives you the opportunity to acquire Chinese language skills while receiving a thorough training in the study of Politics and International Studies. You will critically engage with the political world from national and global perspectives, exploring the theoretical and empirical approaches to political ideas, and have the opportunity to study in China for a year.

The Department of Politics and International Studies has a vibrant environment of international faculty and students. We have a wide range of specialisms including expertise in the politics of East Asia. As well as modules led by faculty who are innovative teachers and world class researchers, you will have opportunities to take part in the PAIS Film Club, to attend research seminars featuring visiting speakers, and take part in social events with students from all over the world. One quarter of your degree will focus on developing your Chinese language skills, including a year spent studying at a Chinese university.

Your language study can be combined with optional modules in PAIS such as the Politics of Contemporary China and East Asian Transformations. The course combines the study of theory and practice in a broad range of subjects within the discipline from political theory, to international security, to comparative politics, to international political economy, to political systems. You will develop an ability to understand complex theoretical positions and apply them to political problems and issues from the local to the global level. The confidence to debate with colleagues, to research independently, and to make individual and group presentations.

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: AAB

    IB: 36 points

    Some evidence of language learning ability e.g. GSCE or above is preferable

    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?

    Political theory and international theory will provide the core of your studies in year one with progressively more option choices throughout the years of the degree. Introductory ideas studied in year one World Politics can be built upon in more specialised modules in year two such as International Security and the final year US Foreign Policy.

    Across the first two years, you will take core modules in Chinese Language at a level appropriate to your existing knowledge, before studying at a partner university in China during your third year. This will be an invaluable opportunity to learn about Chinese culture, politics and society and to deepen your language skills. There will be a further Chinese Language module in your fourth year.

    *The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information. 

    What careers can a Warwick degree in Politics and International Studies with Chinese lead

    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: 36 points

    Some evidence of language learning ability e.g. GSCE or above is preferable

    UCAS code: M168

    Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

    4 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.