Taught course

Double MA in Politics and International Studies with Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

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

Combine a year of study in the heart of England and a year studying by the sea in Cataluña at two of Europe's leading politics departments through two exciting pathways offered jointly by Warwick and the Political and Social Sciences Department at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona.

Studying in two different countries is inherently beneficial: in addition to exploring your subject from two different starting points, you will develop your intercultural skills and experience and enhance your ability to adapt to new situations. Furthermore, you will be able to improve your prospects beyond the MA course as employers and reputable universities worldwide recognise the academic excellence of Warwick and UPF graduates.

Programme content

As a student on the Warwick-UPF Double Degree programme, you will have the unique opportunity to choose from 11 specialisations by following any of our single-year MA programmes (excluding Research in Politics and International Studies). During your year at UPF, you will follow the Masters of Research in Political Science. At both universities, you will have the opportunity to specialise further by choosing from a selection of optional modules in addition to your core requirements, culminating in a research dissertation on a topic of your choice.

You will be able to start your studies either at Warwick or at UPF. You will follow the taught component of your first year before moving on to your second year university; the summer in between is a great opportunity to take advantage of internship opportunities in the UK, Spain, or further afield. During the second year, you will follow a second round of taught modules before moving on to a joint 15,000 word dissertation, allowing you to combine the knowledge and insight gained from both institutions into one jointly-marked piece of academic research.

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