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Politics and International Studies with Chinese (BA) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36

With a year spent in China, you will engage critically with the political world, from national and global perspectives, exploring the theoretical and empirical approaches to political ideas.

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With a 75:25 split between Politics and International Studies and Chinese, this degree gives you the opportunity to acquire Chinese language skills while gaining a strong understanding of Politics and International Studies.

You’ll be able to draw on our specialist expertise in the politics of East Asia and will become part of a vibrant community of international staff and students. Our graduates leave with the ability to understand complex theoretical positions and apply them to political problems and issues from the local to the global level. You’ll also become confident in debating with others, researching individually and completing presentations.

The course focuses 75% on the study of Politics and International Studies with 25% of the degree spent studying Chinese language, plus a year of study abroad in China.

In PAIS, our research falls into four clusters that represent major sub-disciplines within the study of Politics and International Studies. These research clusters are reflected in the four pathways within our undergraduate degrees: Political Theory & Public Policy; International Relations & Security; Comparative Politics & Democratisation; and International Political Economy.

Each of these subject pathways has a number of optional modules in each year of study so that you can tailor your degree to the particular sub-discipline that you nd the most interesting. You can alternatively mix and match across the pathways. Subjects currently offered include: African Politics; Chinese Politics; US Foreign Policy; the Political Economy of Money; Critical Security Studies; the Politics of Religion; and Justice, Democracy and Citizenship.

Whether you focus on a single area or take a cross-cluster approach, you will have a high degree of intellectual freedom to cross ‘traditional’ topic lines and explore issues that matter to you.

1st Year: 90 CATS core + 30 CATS options; Year 2 90 CATS core + 30 CATS options; Final Year 60 CATS core + 60 CATS options.

Most modules are taught by a combination of weekly lectures and seminars.

Contact hours

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.

Class size

Lectures vary; Seminars in Year One - maximum 14 students; Seminars in later years - maximum 18 students.

Assesment depends on your choice between coursework and exams; also dependent on modules chosen. The final degree classification is determined by your second or third year (50%) and final year marks (50%).

The third year is spent studying at a partner institution in China. Possible exchange partners include Tsinghua University and Xiamen University.

Work placements are not available on this degree. The third year is spent studying at a partner institution in China.

 Student blogs

shanita"My favourite lecture was 'Researching Voting Behaviour' since it linked very well to the 2015 General Election, and was therefore very current to study. I also enjoyed the 'Ethical Problems in Political Research' lecture, where we looked at whether Facebook manipulating the news feed of its users is justified, or ethical."

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A level: AAB

  • IB: 36

  • Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units, and grade A in A level Mathematics or equivalent.
  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) 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 website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference. We are considering innovative ways to broaden how we assess candidates, so you are advised to check our website prior to applying in case we have introduced any changes.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
  • Introduction to Politics

  • World Politics

  • Chinese Language Beginners

Year 2
  • Political Theory from Hobbes
  • Theories of International Relations
  • Chinese Language Intermediate
Year 3
  • Study abroad
Year 4
  • Issues in Political Theory
  • Chinese Language Advanced
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

Justice, Democracy & Citizenship; Foundations of Political Economy; Nine Ideas in International Security; Chinese Politics; International Security; Europe: Politics and Ideas; African Politics in Comparative Politics; East Asian Transformations; Britain and the War on Terror; Critical Security Studies; Governing Britain; Vigilant State: The Politics of Intelligence; The Politics of Religion.

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: NHS Graduate Scheme, Save the Children Korea, Reuters, IPSOS-MORI, Labour Party.

Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Communications Officer, HR Management, Freelance Video Producer and Reporter, Parliamentary Researcher, Research Officer, Parliamentary Candidate.

A level AAB

IB 36


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

4 years full time

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry and a year abroad.

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Additional costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.

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