2:1 (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in Politics and International Studies or a closely related subject; however, all serious applicants from other disciplines will be considered; a strong personal statement
Months of entry
Why do bad ideas become policy and good ideas languish for years? Does democracy get in the way of policy, or is the policy profession itself anti-democratic? Can citizens even have much influence on policy in a globalising, networked world? Governments are facing more, and more complex, demands every day. Their ability to deliver on those demands is increasingly circumscribed.
If we want to make a difference in the world, we need to understand the limits and possibilities of policy making in modern democracies.Programme content
This programme combines an understanding of descriptive and normative theory with the practice of policy analysis and PAIS’s world-leading work on transnational policy-making. You will identify and analyse the main traditions of policy studies, the core concepts of policy analysis, and theories of policy change. By combining the core module with other topical modules in PAIS, you will be able to specialise your policy analysis expertise through the lens of a particular region, development, political economy, security, gender, democratisation, etc. It is thus ideal for students wanting to pursue advanced conceptual studies in Politics but who want to give those studies an applied focus.
The core module, Theories and Traditions in Public Policy, identifies and analyses the main traditions of policy studies, the core concepts of policy analysis, and theories of policy change.
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
There are many funding opportunities for postgraduate students at the University of Warwick. For more information, please visit: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/study/studymasters/funding/
Qualification and course duration
Further details of qualification
In the first 2 terms students take taught modules: one core module, Theories and Traditions in Public Policy (40 credits), and a choice of optional modules in PAIS or selected departments (80 credits). In the summer term students who have met the required standard proceed to the dissertation (60 credits).
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Office
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