What will I learn?
This multidisciplinary degree enables you to engage with political theory and international relations issues while studying the French language in depth. Core training in Politics is combined with the global perspective provided by International Studies modules and a focus on French and Francophone society.
Political theory, international relations, and French language modules provide the core of the degree. Independent and collaborative study in these areas will develop your abilities in investigative and evaluative research, presentation and critical analysis, and build strong written and oral French communication skills. You can explore sub-fields within each discipline, including political systems, comparative politics, international political economy, French literature, French cinema and international development. You can choose options from a variety of modules within PAIS and the Department of French, including Justice, Democracy and Citizenship, and Government and the Shaping of Culture in Contemporary France. The Departments are also a hive of extracurricular activity, such as international film screenings and regular visits from guest speakers.
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 AAB, to include B in French.
International Baccalaureate 36 points, to include 5 in Higher Level French.
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.
A Level B or 5 in Higher Level French. Applicants should also 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, international relations, and French language modules provide the core of the degree. You can choose options from a variety of modules within PAIS and the Department of French, including Justice, Democracy and Citizenship, and Government and the Shaping of Culture in Contemporary France.
Your first year builds a strong foundation in both disciplines, focusing on core modules. In your second year, there is more flexibility to choose optional modules to match your interests. Your third year is spent studying or on work placement in a French-speaking country. In your final year, you can choose a 50-50 split between PAIS and French, or take 75% of modules in one of the two disciplines. Third-year module options include a dissertation, which allows you to explore further an area of particular interest.
More information about modules and course structure can be found 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.
POLITICS AND SOCIOLOGY LL23 BA/PolSoc
POLITICS WITH INTERNATIONAL STUDIES L260
POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND GERMAN M164
POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND HISPANIC STUDIES M166
POLITICS INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND ITALIAN M165
PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS AND ECONOMICS (PPE) LV00
HISTORY AND POLITICS VL12 BA/HiPol
ECONOMICS, POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES LLD2 BA/BScEPIS
- PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS AND LAW
A level: AAB, including B in French
IB: 36 points, including 5 in Higher Level French
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year), including a year abroad
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.