Taught course

Double MA in Global Governance with the University of Waterloo, Canada

University of Warwick · Department of Politics and International Studies

Entry requirements

  • Upper-second class honours degree (2.1) or equivalent. Your undergraduate degree should be in Politics and International Studies or a closely related subject; however, all serious applicants from other disciplines will be considered.

  • One academic reference. If you graduated more than two years ago, you may supply a professional referee instead if you are no longer in touch with your undergraduate tutors. Although we normally require only one strong reference, you are encouraged to supply details for two referees to ensure we receive a strong reference in good time.
  • A strong statement of purpose. This should be 1-2 pages long and include:
    • Your motivation behind applying for this specific degree
    • How your educational background has prepared you for rigorous postgraduate study in this subject area; this is particularly important if your first degree is not directly related to Politics.
    • How obtaining this degree will fit into your future plans
    • You may also wish to include details about your personal/work/voluntary experiences if they are related to the degree programme; this is particularly important if your first degree is not in Politics or a closely related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

The Double MA in Global Governance in PAIS at Warwick and the Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo offers you an opportunity to study in one of the UK's best politics departments in combination with Canada's leading school of international affairs.

As a hub of international excellence in teaching and research, PAIS is positioned to deliver the kind of teaching and supervision that will stretch your understanding while also supporting you along the way. Meanwhile, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada’s technology hub, is a leading comprehensive university with 35,100 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Consistently ranked Canada’s most innovative university, Waterloo is home to advanced research and teaching in range of subjects. The Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) is an equal collaboration among the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the University of Waterloo (UW), and Wilfrid Laurier University (Laurier). The unique integration of the collaborating institutions’ approaches and cultures gives BSIA an unmatched ability to promote vigorous engagement across boundaries of discipline and practice, to connect today’s experts with tomorrow’s leaders in critical debate and analysis, and to achieve—in all its work—the highest standards of excellence.

Students who participate in the double degree program get the best that both programs have to offer and receive degrees from prestigious and internationally recognized institutions. Students choose between two routes, either carrying out the first year of their studies at the University of Warwick before proceeding to Waterloo in their second year to complete their degree, or beginning with the first year at Waterloo and then completing the second year at Warwick. Students who begin in Waterloo receive credit with Warwick and complete a two-year degree program at Warwick in only one year.
For specific questions about the MAGG program, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Programme content

The Double MA in Global Governance allows you to start the programme either at Warwick or at Waterloo. During your year at Warwick, you can follow any of our single MA programmes, taking modules in the areas that matter to you. During your time at Waterloo, you will follow the MA in Global Governance, which also offers great flexibility in module choices. All students are required to spend the equivalent of one academic term as an intern working on global governance issues in the public or private sector, at a research institute, or for a non-governmental organization. The work-term will normally take place in the third or fourth term of the program. Students receiving the CIGI Graduate Fellowship have the option of counting their internship work at CIGI over the year (which amounts to approximately 10 hours/week over three terms) as meeting the internship requirement for the program, allowing them to finish the program in three terms rather than the typical four.

Benefits of doing a double degree:

  • Dual perspective from different but complementary approaches to the study of politics
  • Huge range of topics to choose from
  • Extensive practical experiences during and after your degree
  • An interdisciplinary approach to the study of the most pressing political and international issues of our time
  • Dynamic international opportunities

Please note the following specific information pertains to the Warwick element of this degree programme. For further detail about the Waterloo element, please see here.

Information for international students

Non-native speakers of English must have an IELTS score of 7.0, with a maximum of 6.0 or 6.5 in up to two categories, or equivalent score on another acceptable test (see the English language page for more information).

Fees and funding

UK students
Warwick year, UK/EU fees for 2018/19: £8,580
International students
Warwick year, fees for 2018/19: £19,300

There are many funding opportunities for postgraduate students at the University of Warwick. For more information, please visit the funding page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

PAIS Postgraduate Office
024 761 51779