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Politics and International Studies with Chinese (BA) (Full-Time, 2021 Entry)

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Bachelor of Arts (BA)

4 years full-time

Start Date
27 September 2021

Department of Study
Department of Politics and International Studies

Location of Study
University of Warwick

Critically examine political issues through a culturally-sensitive lens. Develop and deepen language skills. Understand cultures and societies where different languages are spoken.

Course overview

This degree covers a range of specialisms, including the politics of East Asia.

This degree is split 75:25 between Politics & International Studies and Chinese. It is four years and includes a year of study or work placement abroad in the third year.

It combines the study of theory and practice in a broad range of subjects:

  • Political theory
  • International security
  • International relations
  • International development
  • Comparative politics
  • International political economy
  • Political systems

Develop an ability to understand complex theoretical positions. Learn how to apply them to political problems and issues from a local and global level.

Learn from world-class researchers and develop independent research skills. Gain the confidence to debate with colleagues and give individual and group presentations.

Lectures and Seminars

Most modules are taught using a combination of weekly lectures and seminars. Lectures give an introduction to a topic to help prepare you for discussions in seminars. In seminars, you can engage in debates and share your views.

Learning support

You will have a personal tutor who you can speak to about any questions you may have. There are also regular feedback sessions and opportunities to speak to module directors and seminar tutors.

Contact hours

There are 8-12 hours of classroom contact available per week. This is also supplemented with group work, one-to-one advice, feedback sessions, and the use of web-based materials.

Class size

  • Year 1 seminars: 14 students max
  • Year 2 and 3 seminars: 18 students max
  • Lecture sizes vary

Modules are usually assessed through a mixture of exams and essays.

  • Summative assessments include exams and coursework that go towards your final grade.

  • Formative assessments do not contribute marks to your final grade. However, they help you understand key learning points and assessment styles.

The third year is spent studying at a partner institution in China.

Possible exchange partners include:

  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Tsinghua University

Our culture

Join an innovative, creative and passionate department with a lively and interactive culture. Stretch and challenge yourself with the support of friendly staff and your peers.

Our rankings

  • 1st in the UK in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • Ranked 5th by the Guardian University Guide 2020
  • 91% overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2019
  • 42nd in the world according to The QS World University

Our people

The department has 60 members of staff, making it one of the largest politics departments in the UK. Students and staff represent over 40 countries, providing a diverse and cosmopolitan atmosphere.

World-leading academics

Staff are part of national and international research centres, advocacy groups and think tanks. Some are also holders of consultancy roles with national governments and international organisations.

General entry requirements

A level:

  • AAB, to include a GCSE level or above in a foreign language


  • 36


  • Will be considered as long as essential entry requirements are met

Additional requirements:

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

International Students

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

Find out more about international entry requirements.

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).

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).

Find out more about standard offers and conditions for the IFP.

Taking a gap year

Applications for deferred entry welcomed.


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.

Our modules

Core modules provide a detailed understanding and strong foundation in politics. While optional modules allow you to design your degree to specialise in a chosen area.

Core modules

  • Introduction to Politics
  • World Politics
  • Chinese Language

Find out more about Politics modules

Find out more about Chinese language modules

Core modules

  • Political Theory from Hobbes
  • Chinese Language

Optional core modules

  • Politics of International Development
  • Theories of International Relations
  • States and Markets: An Introduction to International Political Economy
  • International Security

Optional modules

  • Introduction to Qualitative Methods
  • Introduction to Social Analytics I
  • Introduction to Social Analytics II
  • Understanding Social Inequalities
  • Politics in the UK
  • Politics of the USA
  • Politics of Contemporary China
  • Core Issues in Comparative Politics
  • Themes in European Integration
  • Capitalism and its Alternatives
  • Political Economy and the LiberalDemocratic State
  • Public Policy for 21st Century Challenges
  • Intermediate Social Analytics: Survey Design and Data Collection
  • Intermediate Social Analytics: Survey Analysis and Reporting

Find out more about Politics modules

Find out more about Chinese language modules

You will spend this year studying in China.

Core modules

  • Issues in Political Theory
  • Chinese Language

Optional modules

  • Introduction to Qualitative Methods
  • Introduction to Social Analytics I
  • Introduction to Social Analytics II
  • Understanding Social Inequalities
  • Gender and Development
  • Governing Britain Since 1918
  • European Union Policy-Making
  • Politics of Globalisation
  • United States Foreign Policy
  • Britain and the War on Terror
  • Critical Security Studies
  • Vigilant State: The Politics of Intelligence
  • East Asian Transformations: A Political Economy Perspective
  • State, Power, Freedom: European Political Theory
  • The Political Economy of Money
  • International Relations of the Americas
  • Latin America: Democratisation and Development
  • War in the 21st Century
  • Quantitative Dissertation

Find out more about Politics modules

Find out more about Chinese language modules

Tuition fees

Find out more about fees and funding.

Additional course costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement or study abroad will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.

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Your career

We have a dedicated careers consultant who can support you with your career choices. We offer one-to-one appointments and workshops to help you find a career path, internship or work placement.

Where a Politics degree can take you:

  • Charity and campaigning
  • Government and politics (national and regional)
  • Public affairs
  • Education
  • Banking and finance
  • Media
  • Public relations
  • IT
  • Journalism
  • Recruitment
  • Hospitality
  • Advertising

Our graduates have gone on to work for employers such as:

  • Houses of Parliament
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Her Majesty’s Civil Service
  • United Nations
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Citizens Advice

"The modules I studied stood me in good stead for the future."

"All the modules I studied were relevant and have stood me in good stead for the future. I secured a paid internship in my second and third summer which helped me realise my passion for working in policy. I now work as an Environment Strategy Manager."

Jennifer Sibley

Environment Strategy Manager

"I can trace the management skills I have now back to my course."

"During my second year, I did a summer intern with a law firm in the US which was great exposure. In my last year, I thrived doing the communications work I was exposed to as Coordinator of One World Week and decided to centre my career in that area. I can trace the management skills I have now to the skills that I learnt through my course."

Ingrid Helsingen Warner

Managing Director, Leidar Norway

Q&A with Sophie

Watch Sophie answer questions about what it's like studying Politics at Warwick.

  • What is the teaching like?
  • Which modules did you enjoy the most?
  • What extra-curricular opportunities are there?
  • What career path are you following?
  • What advice would you give prospective students?

Pawel, Warwick student

"The main reason why I chose Warwick was that it offered a perfect symbiosis of academic challenge, with lectures delivered by some of the leading academics, and innovative ways of learning secured by the freedom to choose from a wide suite of optional modules to cater for a myriad of interests."

"My favourite part about the course was that I was able to develop and mature my opinions by backing them up with philosophical arguments, as well as gaining a detailed insight into another culture by spending a year in France. The versatility of my degree, and very employable skills which it fostered allowed for me to apply for a wide range of jobs in leading professions like law, banking and teaching."


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This information is applicable for 2021 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.