Taught course

Double MA in Politics and International Studies with the University of Konstanz, Germany

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

Building on a strong history of Erasmus student exchange at the undergraduate level, the University of Warwick and University of Konstanz have created a Double Masters programme. This collaborative programme combines the theoretical-analytical approach characteristic of PAIS with the analytical-practical approach characteristic of the Politics and Public Administration (PolVer) department at Konstanz.

Programme content

The Double Degree is based on the 2-year MA in Politics and Public Administration programme at Konstanz and any of the 1-year MAs taught in PAIS (except Research in Politics and International Studies). The year spent in PAIS replaces one year of study at Konstanz, making the total normal length of this programme 24 months. All of the core and a wide range of optional courses at Konstanz will be taught in English, so while knowing German is desirable, it is not essential to undertaking this programme of study.

By taking this Double Degree, you will benefit from studying your subject from two different yet compatible perspectives in two of the top Political Science departments in Europe. Studying in two different countries is inherently beneficial in developing personal skills and experience as well, not to mention enhancing your adaptability to new situations. Furthermore, you will be able to apply these skills and your academic knowledge by taking advantage of the extensive internship network maintained by Konstanz, if you choose to.

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