The University of Warwick, Department of Politics and International Studies PAIS

Introduction

We hope you decide to join us at Warwick to study in one of the most successful departments offering degrees in politics and international studies in the UK. We pride ourselves on delivering excellent teaching that engages with contemporary issues, reflects the latest developments in theory and practice, and challenges you to think critically.

You’ll be joining a community of students from across the globe in a diverse, cosmopolitan department. You will have opportunities to test your ideas, experience work placements and internships, and interact on a daily basis with scholars renowned in their field for their innovative ideas and policy-relevant research.

Whether you’re interested in how political theory can help us understand global inequality, what drives political decisions, what politics can do to tackle threats such as global warming, or how to convert your knowledge into action, you’ll find what you’re looking for on one of the degree programmes on offer in Politics and International Studies. We look forward to reading your application and welcoming you to the department.

~Prof Chris Hughes, Head of Department

Academic excellence


PAIS attracts the highest quality students from over 50 countries worldwide onto 3 core and several joint Undergraduate programmes, 10 Masters programmes, and a wide range of PhD topics. PAIS students graduate with very good career prospects in a variety of fields including government, law, business, international organisations, and the media.



Excellence in research


PAIS boasts over 40 academic staff, all of whom are research-active and represent a broad spectrum of specialisms within Politics and International Studies. We also have a growing community of postdoctoral research fellows at the cutting edge of research, and PAIS is the home of several major research projects and centres including CSGR and the European Commission-funded GR:EEN Project.

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MA in International Development

Campus Full time October 2017 United Kingdom Coventry

Students taking the MA in International Development (formerly Globalisation and Development) will explore and assess the ways that globalisation has fundamentally altered the context of, and [+]

MA in International Development Students taking the MA in International Development (formerly Globalisation and Development) will explore and assess the ways that globalisation has fundamentally altered the context of, and poses new challenges for, Development. The ID programme will tackle questions such as: - In what way do processes of globalisation transform, undermine or reinforce existing patterns of inequality and injustice? - Is the traditional organisation of political life and the work of key development agencies still relevant in a context of globalisation? - What new configurations of power have emerged in a globalised society at the micro, meso and macro levels of governance? Are countries of the South able to respond and take advantage of these new configurations? Prof. Shirin M. Rai is the Director of the MA in International Development. Dr Iain Pirie is the module director for the core course. Course Structure - In the first 2 terms students take taught modules (120 CATS total). - The core module, 'Theories and Issues in International Development' (40 CATS), is assessed by one timed essay, one policy paper and one research essay. - You then have a free choice of optional PAIS modules, assessed by research essays (including the core modules of other PAIS MA programmes), and can take selected modules from other departments. - In the summer term students who have met the required standard proceed to the dissertation (60 CATS). Entry requirements - British 2.1 degree (or International equivalent) in Political Science or a closely related subject - Non-native English speakers should have an IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent - A strong statement of purpose - Two strong academic references - Please note that Diploma entry is available for ID [-]

MA in International Political Economy

Campus Full time October 2017 United Kingdom Coventry

The taught Masters in International Political Economy at the University of Warwick is one of the foremost postgraduate programmes in Britain and Europe for the study of International [+]

MA in International Political Economy We live in a globalising world economy and urgently need to understand it. The taught Masters in International Political Economy at the University of Warwick is one of the foremost postgraduate programmes in Britain and Europe for the study of International Political Economy (IPE). - How will global capitalism, and the nexus of regulatory institutions within which it is embedded, transform social, political and economic relations in the 21st Century? - How can we meet the challenges of global trade and finance, transnational corporations, regionalisation, global governance, and the global environment? - What is the relationship between politics and economics within the global political economy, and how, in this light, should we understand the relationship between states and markets? - What is the future of the state, the market and civil society in this changing world? The postgraduate degree programme in International Political Economy at Warwick offers you interdisciplinary opportunities to address these key issues in-depth. Our MA and Diploma in IPE are leading degrees in this field, and our staff are at the cutting edge of international political economy research. The Department of Politics and International Studies at Warwick hosts Britain's leading IPE research centre, the Economic and Social Research Council’s Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation. The Director of the Programme is Dr. Ben Clift. Course Structure - In the first 2 terms students take taught modules (120 CATS total). - The core module, 'Theories and Issues in International Political Economy' (40 CATS), is assessed by one timed essay, one short research essay, and one long research essay. - You then have a free choice of optional PAIS modules, assessed by research essays (including the core modules of other PAIS MA programmes), and can take selected modules from other departments. - In the summer term students who have met the required standard proceed to the dissertation (60 CATS). Entry requirements - British 2.1 degree (or International equivalent) in Political Science or a closely related subject - Non-native English speakers should have an IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent - A strong statement of purpose - Two strong academic references - Please note that Diploma entry is available for IPE [-]

MA in International Politics and East Asia

Campus Full time October 2017 United Kingdom Coventry

The taught MA in IPEA at the University of Warwick is one of the leading postgraduate programmes of its kind. PAIS has probably the greatest concentration of disciplinary based East Asia experts in the [+]

MA in International Politics and East Asia The taught MA in IPEA at the University of Warwick is one of the leading postgraduate programmes of its kind. PAIS has probably the greatest concentration of disciplinary based East Asia experts in the UK and Europe, and is home to the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, researching issues of Asia-Pacific and East Asia regionalism. East Asia’s emergence as the most dynamic region in the global political economy continues despite a series of crises since the early 1990s. If anything, the crises reinvigorated the study of the international relations and political economy of East Asia. Instead of just focusing on business and economics, the crises highlighted the politics of international economic relations, the social, political, and security consequences of economic crises, the impact of globalisation on the region and existing development paradigms, and the need for greater regional cooperation to cope with future economic shocks. At the same time, the region has been faced with a series of major crises and challenges in the political and security dimensions, which are demanding of greater study by students of international relations. - How will the region accommodate the rise of a more economically and militarily assertive China? - Is the US declining as a superpower in the region, or will it reassert its hegemony post-9/11 and against China? - Does Japan still have designs upon regional economic leadership, and will it come to play a bigger military role in the region? - Are North and South Korea on a collision course over the nuclear issue or on the road to peaceful reunification? - How does a “non-state” like Taiwan conduct international relations? - Will territorial disputes in the South China Sea and between Japan and China disputes lead to military conflict? - Is APEC now effectively dead, to be replaced instead by an all-East Asian ASEAN 3 or East Asian Community regional integration project? The MA in International Politics and East Asia at Warwick gives students the opportunity to approach and answer these questions from a disciplinary basis. This is not a traditional area studies course on East Asia, but rather a disciplinary degree that focuses on the region for its case studies. The degree thus offers unique advantages over other degrees and traditional area studies: strong disciplinary expertise combined with genuine regional expertise. Course Structure - In the first 2 terms students take taught modules (120 CATS total). - The core module, 'International Relations of the Asia-Pacific ' (40 CATS), is assessed by two short essays, and one long research essay. - You then have a free choice of optional PAIS modules, assessed by research essays (including the core modules of other PAIS MA programmes), and can take selected modules from other departments. - East Asian Development Models is a recommended option for IPEA students. - In the summer term students who have met the required standard proceed to the dissertation (60 CATS). [-]

MA in International Politics and Europe

Campus Full time October 2017 United Kingdom Coventry

The taught Masters in International Politics and Europe at the University of Warwick is distinct from many other European Studies programmes [+]

MA in International Politics and EuropeThe taught Masters in International Politics and Europe at the University of Warwick is distinct from many other European Studies programmes. Our IPEU programme analyses European politics explicitly in the context of International Relations and International Political Economy. Our MA and Diploma in IPEU are leading postgraduate programmes exploring European politics in the context of the disciplines of international political economy and international relations. Our staff are at the cutting edge of research in these areas. The MA in International Politics and Europe examines the European Union, its significance for the world system and the various ways in which it engages with the global political economy. Students are given a disciplinary grounding in either International Relations or International Political Economy and are required through the core module 'Europe and the World' to contemplate questions such as: - How does the EU organise itself as an actor in the world system? - To what extent does it by-pass the foreign policy and external relations interests of its component member states? - Does the EU represent a novel and distinctive presence on the international scene, particularly in comparison with the US? - Can the EU contribute to a more open, democratic and human rights-based global polity? - Is the EU merely an organisation prop of neoliberal globalisation? Course Structure     - In the first 2 terms students take taught modules (120 CATS total). - The core module, 'Europe and the World' (40 CATS), is assessed by one timed essay, one short research essay, and one long research essay. - You then have a free choice of optional PAIS modules, assessed by research essays (including the core modules of other PAIS MA programmes), and can take selected modules from other departments. - In the summer term students who have met the required standard proceed to the dissertation (60 CATS). Entry requirements - British 2.1 degree (or International equivalent) in Political Science or a closely related subject - Non-native English speakers should have an IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent - A strong statement of purpose - Two strong academic references - Please note that Diploma entry is available for IPEU [-]

MA in International Security

Campus Full time October 2017 United Kingdom Coventry

The MA in International Security is one of the most comprehensive international security graduate programmes in the country. It is taught by a range of staff who are at the cutting edge of [+]

MA in International Security The MA in International Security is one of the most comprehensive international security graduate programmes in the country. It is taught by a range of staff who are at the cutting edge of international security research and reflects this core area of research strength within the department. International security concerns have been particularly prominent in international politics and in the media in the last few years. This prominence is related to the dramatic events of September 11, 2001, the apparently ‘new’ threat of global terrorism, the spectre of nuclear proliferation, the contestation over military intervention in Iraq and the increasingly common suggestion that issues such as climate change- with the capacity to undermine the sustainability of life on the planet- should be viewed and approached as ‘security’ issues. And while often less prominent in the media, forgotten conflicts throughout the world (for example in Sudan) continue to take the lives of thousands of people every year, while a range of pressing issues, such as disease and immigration, have also been linked to contemporary debates about security. The MA in International Security programme provides an examination of some of these issues, but more importantly seeks to encourage students to ask more fundamental questions about international security: - What does security mean? - Whose security are we talking about? - Which issues should be considered security issues? - What role does security play in contemporary political life? - Can security be achieved, and how, in both practical and philosophical terms? The postgraduate degree programme in International Security at Warwick provides you with the tools for examining these questions in the context of specific and pressing global challenges and dynamics. Course Structure - In the first 2 terms students take taught modules (120 CATS total). - The core module, 'Concepts and Theories of International Security' (40 CATS), is assessed by one timed essay, one short research essay, and one long research essay. - You then have a free choice of optional PAIS modules, assessed by research essays (including the core modules of other PAIS MA programmes), and can take selected modules from other departments. - New Security Challenges, European Security, Insurgency & Counterinsurgency and Terrorism & Counterterrorism are recommended options for IS students. - In the summer term students who have met the required standard proceed to the dissertation (60 CATS). Entry requirements - British 2.1 degree (or International equivalent) in Political Science or a closely related subject - Non-native English speakers should have an IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent - A strong statement of purpose - Two strong academic references - Please note that Diploma entry is available for IS [-]

MA in Political & Legal Theory

Campus Full time October 2017 United Kingdom Coventry

The MA in Political and Legal Theory is designed for students wanting to study political, legal and moral philosophy to an advanced level and to consider how normative analysis might be [+]

MA in Political & Legal Theory The MA in Political and Legal Theory is designed for students wanting to study political, legal and moral philosophy to an advanced level and to consider how normative analysis might be applied to address matters of public concern. It enables students to acquire knowledge and understanding of the central normative conceptions, the debates they have generated, and their implications of different approaches for public policy, institutional design and the law. These issues engage with several sub-disciplines such as political theory, jurisprudence, theories of different kinds of law, moral philosophy and ethics. Unlike other programmes of this kind that offer a range of modules taught within various contributing departments, the core module for Political and Legal Theory will be taught in PAIS in collaboration with the Law School and the Department of Philosophy. This interdisciplinary approach is supported by the close cooperation fostered by the Centre for Ethics, Law and Public Affairs, which is situated in PAIS and includes members from Law, Philosophy and Sociology: Kimberley Brownlee, Matthew Clayton, Andrew Mason, Bill O'Brian, Ed Page, Fabienne Peter, Andrew Reeve, Massimo Renzo, Adam Swift, and Victor Tadros. The MA in Political and Legal Theory provides an advanced education in normative issues that will prepare students for doctoral study that includes normative inquiry and give them a wide range of experience that will be attractive to employers. Course Structure In the first 2 terms students take taught modules (120 CATS total). The core module, 'Normative Analysis' (40 CATS), is assessed by two short research essays and one long research essay. You then have a free choice of optional PAIS modules, assessed by research essays (including the core modules of other PAIS MA programmes), modules offered by the School of Law and the Department of Philosophy, and selected modules from other departments. Optional modules include (* indicates subject to approval): - Frontiers of Citizenship - Justice and Equality - The Political Theory of Welfare - Topics in Moral and Political Philosophy - Citizenship, Cultural Diversity and the Muli-Faith Society - The Ethics of Harm* - Law and Economics - Theories of Gender Justice - Approaches to Global Justice - Theories and Histories of Human Rights - The Problems of Modernity In the summer term students who have met the required standard proceed to the dissertation (60 CATS). Entry requirements - British 2.1 degree (or International equivalent) in Political Science or a closely related subject - Non-native English speakers should have an IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent - A strong statement of purpose - Two strong academic references Please note that Diploma entry is available for PLT [-]

MA in Public Policy

Campus Full time October 2017 United Kingdom Coventry

Governments are facing more, and more complex, demands every day. Their ability to deliver on those demands is increasingly circumscribed.

If we want to make a difference in the world, we [+]

MA in Public Policy Governments are facing more, and more complex, demands every day. Their ability to deliver on those demands is increasingly circumscribed.

If we want to make a difference in the world, we need to understand the limits and possibilities of policy making in modern democracies. Why do bad ideas become policy and good ideas languish for years? Does democracy get in the way of policy, or is the policy profession itself anti-democratic? Can citizens even have much influence on policy in a globalising, networked world? These and other questions are the focus of PAIS’s new MA in Public Policy. While it has an applied focus, the course is unique in that it combines an understanding of descriptive and normative theory with the practice of policy analysis and PAIS’s world-leading work on transnational policy-making. It is thus ideal for students wanting to pursue advanced conceptual studies in Politics but who want to give those studies an applied focus. The core module, Theories and Traditions in Public Policy, identifies and analyses the main traditions of policy studies, the core concepts of policy analysis, and theories of policy change. In addition to the core module, students take any other modules totalling 80 CATS from a large range options. There are more than 25 to choose from in PAIS alone, or students can take approved modules from other Warwick departments. By selecting from this wide range of modules, each student can focus their Public Policy MA on a particular branch of policy studies, including European policy, global policy, policy and security, policy and development, general public policy, and more. The director of the course is Dr John Parkinson. Course Structure - In the first 2 terms students take taught modules (120 CATS total). - The core module, 'Theories and Traditions in Public Policy' (40 CATS), is assessed by one timed essay, one short research essay, and one long research essay. - You then have a free choice of optional PAIS modules, assessed by research essays (including the core modules of other PAIS MA programmes), and can take selected modules from other departments. - In the summer term students who have met the required standard proceed to the dissertation (60 CATS). Entry requirements - British 2.1 degree (or International equivalent) in Political Science or a closely related subject - Non-native English speakers should have an IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent - A strong statement of purpose - Two strong academic references - Please note that Diploma entry is available for Public Policy [-]

MA in Research in Politics & International Studies

Campus Full time October 2017 United Kingdom Coventry

The taught MA in Research in Politics & International Studies (formerly Politics) offers an excellent programme for students who are interested in doing research, not only in policy and politics, but [+]

MA in Research in Politics & International Studies The taught MA in Research in Politics & International Studies (formerly Politics) offers an excellent programme for students who are interested in doing research, not only in policy and politics, but also in the academic world. This MA is an ESRC recognised research training programme and is prestigious and of high quality. Although some students do take the MA for its own sake, most of the students on the programme will continue on to research for a PhD either at Warwick or elsewhere. Through its four core compulsory modules the degree provides training in key research skills. Quantitative skills were identified as a key deficiency in British political science by the ESRC benchmarking study, and the quantitative module gives students an ability to analyse and interpret quantitative evidence. Qualitative methods remain important, however, and the module on those methods looks at the underlying theory, the techniques themselves and the ethical issues they pose. Explanation in social science considers the key challenges that are encountered in attempts to explain and takes an interdisciplinary perspective. All study of politics eventually involves comparison, but this involves a series of methodological challenges, and the comparative politics module equips students to tackle them. Students can then take optional modules from a broad menu of choices. Key skills provided in the core modules include: - Interrogating large data sets using SPSS/Win - Semi-structured interviewing of political elites - Quantitative methods in comparative politics - The link between functional explanations in social science and evolutionary ones in biology The MA in RPAIS will offer you outstanding research training, especially if you consider writing a PhD dissertation. There are many opportunities to do PhD research at Warwick University, so if you are interested in this career path, please visit the PhD pages for more information. Course Structure - In the first 2 terms students take taught modules (120 CATS total). - The core modules, 'Quantitative Data Analysis and Interpretation', 'Comparative Politics', 'Qualitative Methods, Data Collection and Analysis' and 'Explanation in Social Science', each worth 20 CATS, are assessed by research essays. - You then have a free choice of optional PAIS modules, assessed by research essays (including the core modules of other PAIS MA programmes), and can take selected modules from other departments. - In the summer term students who have met the required standard proceed to the dissertation (60 CATS). Entry requirements - British 2.1 degree (or International equivalent) in Political Science or a closely related subject - Non-native English speakers should have an IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent - A strong statement of purpose - Two strong academic references - Please note that Diploma entry is available for RPAIS [-]

MA International Relations

Campus Full time October 2017 United Kingdom Coventry

The taught Masters (MA) in International Relations at the University of Warwick is one of the foremost programmes in Britain and Europe for the study of International Relations (IR). It will enable [+]

MA International Relations The taught Masters (MA) in International Relations at the University of Warwick is one of the foremost programmes in Britain and Europe for the study of International Relations (IR). It will enable you to tackle the big issues facing global decision-makers: from war to poverty; from security to the complexities of environmental degradation; from inequality to the study of global elites. In this MA programme you will investigate major questions of contemporary international relations: -  After the Cold War, after bipolarity, with the United Nations in its sixth decade, where is the world to look for order? - Is there any prospect of justice in relations between states? - Do states remain the dominant actors in the international system with its current profusion of transnational corporations, international organisations, and regional blocs? - How will democratisation, economic liberalism, resurgent nationalisms and religious revivals affect world order? - And, most importantly, how should we think about these questions? - What are the alternative perspectives to your own? Those who work at the highest levels in business, government, or the voluntary sector, increasingly need to tackle these issues, and the Masters in International Relations programme offers you the opportunity to do so. Course Structure  - In the first 2 terms students take taught modules (120 CATS total). - The core module, 'Theories and Issues in International Relations' (40 CATS), is assessed by one timed essay, one short research essay, and one long research essay. - You then have a free choice of optional PAIS modules, assessed by research essays (including the core modules of other PAIS MA programmes), and can take selected modules from other departments. - In the summer term students who have met the required standard proceed to the dissertation (60 CATS). Entry requirements - British 2.1 degree (or International equivalent) in Political Science or a closely related subject - Non-native English speakers should have an IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent - A strong statement of purpose - Two strong academic references - Please note that Diploma entry is available for IR [-]

MA in US Foreign Policy

Campus Full time October 2017 United Kingdom Coventry

As a leading global power, the United States and its foreign affairs have a significant impact upon international relations, both in terms of policy and academic scholarship. 

This significance has [+]

MA in US Foreign Policy As a leading global power, the United States and its foreign affairs have a significant impact upon international relations, both in terms of policy and academic scholarship. 

This significance has grown in the 10 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the subsequent “war on terror” in ways that have been reflected in the development of the academic literature and in the increased level of interest in the subject area. With a high concentration of US Foreign Policy experts among PAIS academics, the department is in a unique position to bring cutting-edge, in-depth knowledge and discussion to postgraduate study in this field. New for 2012, this MA programme examines the current theories and debates within US foreign policy. Students will analyse the role of the US as a global power and its impact in the areas of policy, the economy, international relations, and particularly security: - What are the main sources of US foreign policy making? - What is the balance between power and principle in US foreign policy? - How important is domestic politics in the making of US foreign policy? - What are the main threats to US national security and how are they confronted? - Why is the US fighting a "war on terror" and can it ever be won? - To what degree do economic imperatives drive US foreign policy? - What is the utility of US military force after Iraq and Afghanistan? - To what extent should US security policy address issues such as poverty and environmental change? - Is the US in relative decline as a world power?The director of the course is Dr Trevor McCrisken. Course Structure - In the first 2 terms students take taught modules (120 CATS total). - The core module, 'United States Foreign Policy and National Security' (40 CATS), is assessed by two short research essays and one long research essay. - You then have a free choice of optional PAIS modules, assessed by research essays (including the core modules of other PAIS MA programmes), and can take selected modules from other departments. USFP students are particularly encouraged to consider modules such as "The CIA and Covert Action", "Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism", and "Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency", "Political Economy of US Security". - In the summer term students who have met the required standard proceed to the dissertation (60 CATS). Entry requirements - British 2.1 degree (or International equivalent) in Political Science or a closely related subject - Non-native English speakers should have an IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent - A strong statement of purpose - Two strong academic references - Please note that Diploma entry is available for USFP [-]