Skip to main content

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



Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36

This course considers the approaches to national and global political issues and political theory alongside international relations, and Spanish language study.

Visit us at a UCAS Fair

Get a prospectus

Your degree will be split 50:50 between Politics and International Studies and Hispanic Studies with the choice of a 75:25 split in favour of either subject in the final year. You’ll emerge with strong written and oral Spanish communication skills, as well as sought-after investigative, evaluative and presentation skills, gained through independent and collaborative study.

During the course, you can also get involved with extracurricular activities linked to your studies, such as the PAIS Film Club and visiting speaker series. There is a compulsory year abroad in a Spanish speaking country in Year 2 or 3.

Joint degree split 50-50 between PAIS and Hispanic Studies in Years 1 and 2 or 3; Year 2 or 3 Abroad; Final year choice between 50-50, or 75-25 PAIS-Hispanic Studies, or 75-25 Hispanic Studies-PAIS.

1st Year 120 CATS core; 2nd Year or 3rd Year at Warwick 60 CATS core 60 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 year abroad is spent studying and/or on work placement in a country where Spanish is the native language. Possible exchange universities have included:

Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

Universidade de Vigo

Universidad de Zaragoza

Universidad de Puerto Rico

Universidad de Granada

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

You can choose between study abroad or work placement for the compulsory year abroad.

 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."

Check out Shanita's blog

A level: AAB, including Spanish or other Modern or Classical Language

  • 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

  • Modern Spanish Language I or Beginners Spanish

  • Hispanic Culture module

Year 2 or 3
  • Political Theory from Hobbes
  • Modern Spanish Language II
Year 4
  • Issues in Political Theory
  • Modern Spanish Language III
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

Europe: Politics and Ideas; Politics of the UK; Spain and the Philippines at Empire’s End; International Security; African Politics in Comparative Politics; The Politics of EU Policy Making; Britain and the War on Terror; Latin America: Democratization and Development Deviance; Criminality in Spanish Film; East Asian Transformations; US Foreign Policy.

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.

Entry Requirements

A level AAB, iincluding Spanish or other Modern or Classical Language

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.

  • Politics and Sociology
  • Politics
  • Politics and International Studies
  • Politics, International Studies and French
  • Politics, International Studies and German
  • Politics International Studies and Italian
  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)
  • History and Politics
  • Economics, Politics and International Studies
  • Liberal Arts
  • Philosophy, Politics and Law
  • Hispanic Studies
  • English and Hispanic Studies
  • Hispanic Studies and Economics
  • Hispanic Studies and French
  • Hispanic Studies and German
  • Hispanic Studies and History
  • Hispanic Studies and Italian
  • Hispanic Studies and Linguistics
  • Hispanic Studies and Theatre Studies
  • Hispanic Studies with Arabic
  • Hispanic Studies with Chinese
  • Hispanic Studies with Film Studies
  • Hispanic Studies with French
  • Hispanic Studies with German
  • Hispanic Studies with Italian
  • Hispanic Studies with Japanese
  • Hispanic Studies with Portuguese
  • Hispanic Studies with Russian
  • French Studies with Spanish
  • Italian with Spanish
  • German with Spanish