Taught course

Politics and International Studies: Big Data & Quantitative Methods

University of Warwick · Department of Politics and International Studies

Entry requirements

Upper-second class honours degree or equivalent. Your undergraduate degree should come from a recognised institution in a discipline related to Politics and International Studies. Applicants who fail to meet this standard may be offered Diploma entry if their application is strong enough in other aspects. You must also provide two strong references and a statement of purpose that includes your motivation behind applying for this degree, how your educational background has prepared you for rigorous postgraduate study in this area, how obtaining this degree fits into your future plans, and personal/work/voluntary experiences if they are related to the programme.

Months of entry

October, September

Course content

"Big data" and quantitative methods are transforming political processes and decisions in everyday life. Local, national and international administrations are making "open data" available to wide audiences; giant, world-level web organisations are putting more and more "services" in synergy (search, map, data storage, data treatment, trade, etc.); and some private companies or governments are developing strongly ideological projects in relation with big data, which may have major consequence on the means by which we are ruled.

Given that a noteworthy part of big data is actually social data, this MA programme seeks to attract students from a variety of social science-related disciplines, including politics, sociology, philosophy and economics; you do not need a background in statistics to be eligible for the course. Students are required to take two core modules (one in each academic term), and have a range of optional modules to choose from in PAIS or from other departments across Warwick including Law, Philosophy, Sociology and the CIM.

Information for international students

Minimum English language requirements: IELTS 7, TOEFL iBT 100. For further information, see the Warwick Admissions website.

Fees and funding

The Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) and the International Office have a number of awards for international students each year. Check the PAIS website for details. British Council (Chevening) government scholarships are accepted.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

PAIS Postgraduate
024 7652 3486