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Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods (Full-Time, 2017 Entry)

Why study Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods at Warwick?

  • Warwick’s Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) is one of the largest and most highly regarded departments of its kind in the UK, with a global reputation for excellence. PAIS was ranked 3rd in the UK by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016, 5th in the The Guardian 2016 league table, 6th in The Complete University Guide 2016, and 46th globally by the QS World University Rankings 2015. We were rated 4th for ‘research intensity’ and ‘research power’ in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) and came 1st in the UK among politics departments for research environment. The department also received an overall student satisfaction rating of 92% in the NSS for 2015.
  • Our core modules provide you with a comprehensive disciplinary grounding, while the broad range of options allows you to tailor your programme, perhaps developing an area of specialism in political theory, international security, international political economy or comparative politics.
  • We attract some of the best students and academics from around 40 countries, providing PAIS with a unique mix of diversity, dynamism and valuable international expertise and experience. Our large undergraduate community provides scope for forming study groups and friendships across complementary disciplines including Sociology, Philosophy, Economics, History and Modern Languages.

Dr Trevor McCrisken

Politics and International Studies

Why study at Warwick?

A view from our academics


What will I learn?

This course enables you to critically engage with the political and international world, exploring theoretical and empirical approaches to political ideas and issues both nationally and globally. You will also gain an in-depth understanding of how numbers, metrics, statistics and quantitative analysis shape the world we live in.

This course is based in our Politics and International Studies (PAIS) Department, one of the UK’s biggest and most successful Politics departments for teaching and research. You will build a strong understanding of politics and international studies, while gaining advanced skills in quantitative methods. Your degree includes participation in a paid quantitative methods work placement and an annual Quantitative Methods Spring Camp, as well as offering the opportunity to study abroad.

You will emerge with the ability to utilise a range of advanced quantitative methodologies, alongside analytical and communicative research and presentation skills obtained through independent and collaborative study.

The study of political theory, international relations and quantitative methods provides the core of the programme, but you can choose from a variety of optional modules across all three years, many of which are interlinked. For example, issues of international relations discussed in the first year are also pursued in second-year modules, and may be taken further in specialised third-year modules.

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 12-15 hours of classroom contact per week. Teaching follows a pattern of weekly lectures and seminars, supplemented by group work 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 Hollywood blockbusters such as Argo and Zero Dark Thirty to independent foreign-language films such as The Lives of Others and La Haine. 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.

What opportunities are there for work placements and 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 the University of California, or in Canada at the Universities of Waterloo or Toronto.

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, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong that extend your degree by a year.

Entry Requirements

A level AAA

International Baccalaureate 38 points

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

No specific subject requirements, but applicants should be able to provide evidence of a genuine commitment to the discipline of Politics, with a particular emphasis on quantitative methodology.

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?

First year core modules may include Introduction to Politics; World Politics; Introduction to Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences; and Introduction to Qualitative Methods. This is alongside an option in either Digital Data - Data Collection, an option from PAIS or cognate department.

Second year core modules include Political Theory from Hobbes; Core Issues in Comparative Politics; Intermediate Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences; and Numbers in the Workplace- incorporating a 3-week summer placement project. This is alongside a choice of one optional module and Quantitative Methods Spring Camp [An unaccredited 2-day event run over the Y2 EASTER VACTION].

In your third year, your core modules may include Advanced Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences and a Quantitative Dissertation alongside a choice of optional modules.

Find out more on the PAIS website.

Recent graduate destinations include:

House of Commons, Parliamentary Researcher; NHS Graduate Scheme – HR Management; Save the Children Korea, Communications Officer; Reuters, Freelance Video Producer and Reporter; IPSOSMORI, Research Officer; Labour Party, UK Parliamentary Candidate.

Recent graduate destinations include:

House of Commons, Parliamentary Researcher; NHS Graduate Scheme – HR Management; Save the Children Korea, Communications Officer; Reuters, Freelance Video Producer and Reporter; IPSOSMORI, Research Officer; Labour Party, UK Parliamentary Candidate.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements
A level:
IB: 38 points


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website

Department of Politics and International

Student blogs

Shanita Jetha - Politics and International Studies

Simran Thakral - Politics and International Studies

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.

This information is applicable for 2017 entry.