Taught course

Double MA in Politics and International Service at American University, Washington, DC

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 Masters in Politics & International Service at Warwick and American University offers you the unique opportunity to study in two of the world's best politics departments on both sides of the Atlantic.

With world-leading experts on a wide variety of politics-related topics and students from over 40 countries, the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) at Warwick consistently ranks at the top of the UK's league tables in politics. It prides itself on delivering excellent teaching that engages with contemporary issues, reflects the latest developments in theory and practice, and challenges you to think critically. The School of International Service (SIS) at American University likewise ranks among the top ten schools of international relations globally. More than 3,000 students representing 150 countries are taught by over 100 full-time faculty, and the School offers you over fifty concentrations in areas including Global Environmental Policy, International Economics and Social Enterprise.

Programme content

During year one in PAIS, you will follow any of our 11 core MA programmes, specialising in the area of your choice and customising your degree through selecting the modules you find most interesting. During year two in SIS, you will follow the Master of International Service. Your Double Degree will culminate in a capstone project where you will synthesise the knowledge and methodologies learned from both universities into one piece of unique research.

Specific benefits of doing a double degree include:

  • Dual perspective from different but complementary approaches to the study of politics
  • Huge range of topics to choose from
  • Strengthened academic versatility
  • Extensive practical experiences during and after your degree
  • Enhancing your outlook and adaptability as a global citizen

Please note the following specific information pertains to the Warwick element of this degree programme. For further detail about the American 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