Taught course

Double MA in Journalism, Politics and International Studies with Monash University, Australia

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

See the entry requirements page for further details.

Months of entry


Course content

Are you a student of politics eager to enter the world of journalism? Do you have a journalism background but want to add powerful critical analysis to your reports on international affairs? Are you interested in entering the complex crossroads of politics, international studies, and the media? If so, the Double Master in Journalism, Politics & International Studies is the degree programme for you.

Born from the Alliance between the University of Warwick and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, this unique double degree offers advanced multidisciplinary training in the fields of Politics and International Studies and Journalism in two world-leading departments in these fields.

Programme content

Unlike the other Double Degrees on offer, this programme partners Politics and International Studies not with another politics department, but with the School of Media, Film and Journalism (MFJ) at Monash in order to bridge the disciplinary difference between both subject areas. On this programme, you will follow the taught portion of a single MA in PAIS, the taught portion of the Master of Journalsim in MFJ, and combine your cross-disciplinary training in a final joint dissertation project of 15,000-18,000 words.

By following one of the MA programmes in PAIS, you will gain a solid critical foundation in politics and international studies, developing your analytical framework for studying international political phenomena. By following the Master of Journalism in MFJ, you will receive advanced training in the theory and practice of modern international journalism.

This dual foundation is more than the sum of its parts, however. In addition to synthesising what you learn in each discipline, you will have valuable international experience and increase your ability to adapt to new cultures and systems by studying both in the UK and Australia. You will also collaborate directly with your counterparts at both institutions through combined virtual workshops and conferences. Additionally, you will not be restricted to a traditional dissertation format: you will have the opportunity to create a piece of journalism in combination with a shorter 'written up' research section if you choose.

This blend of international, cross-disciplinary, theoretical, and practical training will prepare you well for a career in political or international journalism or further research in this fertile area where politics and the media meet.

Please note the following specific information pertains to the Warwick element of this degree programme. For further detail about the Monash 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 see the funding page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

PAIS Postgraduate Office
024 761 51779