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


What will I learn?

This degree enables you to explore approaches to political ideas and critically engage with political issues both nationally and globally. It will also develop an in-depth understanding of the German language, and of society and culture in Germany and Austria and their relationship to Europe and the rest of the world.

Core course content focuses on political theory, international relations, and the study of modern German language. You can also choose from a variety of options from within PAIS and German, which include Themes in European Integration, Culture and Politics in the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich, and Politics of International Development. In addition, you can get involved with extracurricular activity linked to your studies, such as the PAIS Film Club. The course is good preparation for a career in politics, although it develops transferable skills in investigative and evaluative research, presentation and critical analysis that can be applied in many careers. Our graduates also emerge with strong written and oral German communication skills.

How will I learn?

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 including a modern or classical foreign language.

    International Baccalaureate 36 points including 5 in a Higher Level modern or classical language.

    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.

    Further information

    This course offers two streams in German: Advanced (for applicants with German to A Level or IB Higher level, or equivalent) and Beginner (for applicants with no prior German qualifications or to a maximum of GCSE Level). Applicants with AS level or IB Standard Level German should contact before applying.

    Essential Subjects

    A Level B or 5 in Higher Level German or another modern or classical language. Applicants should also 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?

Core course content focuses on political theory, international relations, and the study of modern German language. You can also choose from a variety of options from within PAIS and German, which include Themes in European Integration, Culture and Politics in the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich, and Politics of International Development.

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. The third year is spent abroad (currently in Germany or Austria) studying or on work placement. In your final year, you can choose a 50–50 split between PAIS and German, or take 75% of modules in one or other of the disciplines.

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.











Essential information

Entry Requirements
A level:
AAB including a modern or classical language

IB: 36 points including 5 in a Higher Level modern or classical language


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year), including a year abroad

Department website

Department of Politics and International Studies

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Student blogs

Shanita Jetha - Politics and International Studies

Simran Thakral - Politics and International Studies

Alex Humfryes - German and Business 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.