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


What will I learn?

This four-year degree gives you the opportunity to acquire language skills while receiving a thorough training in the study of Politics and International Studies (PAIS). You will critically engage with the political world from national and global perspectives, exploring the theoretical and empirical approaches to political ideas, whilst deepening your understanding of Italy’s language and culture and its relationship to Europe and the rest of the world.

You will be taught in two of the biggest and most successful departments of Politics and Italian Studies in the UK. The core study of Politics is combined with the theoretical, global and multidisciplinary perspective provided by International Studies modules and a focus on the study of Italian language, culture and society. You will gain highly sought-after skills in research and analysis as well as an advanced level of fluency in Italian written and oral communication.

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, to include B in Italian or another modern or classical language

    International Baccalaureate 36 points, to include 5 in Higher Level Italian or another 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.

    Essential Subjects

    A Level B or 5 in Higher Level Italian or another modern foreign 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?

Political theory, international relations and the study of the modern Italian language provide the core of the degree, which emphasises the integration of political theory and practice. Options can be taken from the full range of PAIS and Italian modules. These include: States and Markets, Representations of Modern Italy, and Europe – Politics and Ideas.

Your first year builds a strong foundation with introductory modules across both disciplines. The second or third year is spent studying or on work placement in Italy. In your final year, you can choose a 50-50 split between PAIS and Italian Studies, or take 75% of modules in one or other of the disciplines. You can choose the combination of essays and exams that will make up the assessment for your degree, including the possibility of a final-year dissertation.

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 could 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 B in Italian or another modern or classical language

IB: 36 points, including 5 in Higher Level Italian or another 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

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Student blogs

Shanita Jetha - Politics and International Studies

Simran Thakral - Politics and International Studies

Juliette Bone - French with Italian

Claudia Lussana - Hispanic Studies and Italian

Daniel Williams - Italian and French

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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.

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This information is applicable for 2018 entry.