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

Why study Politics, International Studies and Italian 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.
  • You will also study with the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, which was ranked ninth by the Guardian University Guide 2016.
  • You will have access to outstanding facilities, including:
    – the University Language Centre, where there are opportunities to take extra language courses in addition to your main course of study (additional fees apply);
    – the Transnational Resources Centre (TRC), giving you exclusive access to over 3,000 DVDs in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese plus multimedia facilities, satellite television with integrated off-air recording facilities, video-editing software (with technical support), and DVD projection equipment.

Dr Trevor McCrisken

Politics and International Studies

Why study at Warwick?

A view from our academics

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

Can I study abroad?

You will spend your second or third year studying and/or on a work placement in Italy.

Entry Requirements

A level AAB, to include B in Italian or in 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?

First year core modules may include Introduction to Politics; World Politics; either Italian for Beginners or Modern Italian Language I (Intermediate) or Modern Italian Language I (Advanced) and either Representations of Modern Italy or Forms and Fashions in Italian Intellectual Culture.

The second year is spent studying and/or on work placement in a country where Italian is the native language. Possible exchange universities include: Università di Firenze, Università di Siena (Arezzo & Siena), Università di Bologna, Università di Pavia, Università di Pisa, Università di Roma La Sapienza, Università di Genoa Università di Napoli L'Orientale, Università di Salerno, Università di Torino, Università di Urbino Carlo Bo, Università di Cagliari, Università di Verona, Università di Trieste, Università di Messina, Università di Catania (Catania & Ragusa), Università di Brescia, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Università di Milano.

Third year core modules may include Political Theory from Hobbes and Modern Italian Language II. You may also take optional modules from PAIS and the Italian Department. Fourth year core modules include Issues in Political Theory and Modern Italian Language III and optional modules from PAIS and the Italian Department may also be taken.

Find out more about the degree structure and module information.

This is not an exhaustive list and the modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please visit the department website for more detailed information.

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
: 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

Daniel Williams - Italian and French

Juliette Bone - French with Italian

Claudia Lussana - Hispanic Studies and Italian

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.