Taught course

Research in Politics and International Studies

University of Warwick · Department of Politics and International Studies

Entry requirements

2:i degree (or equivalent) in politics and international studies or a closely related subject (however, all serious applications from other disciplines will be considered); a strong personal statement

Months of entry

October, September

Course content

This programme is an excellent entry point into further academic research or applied careers in policy and politics.

Its four core compulsory modules will help you to develop key research skills. The Quantitative Skills module provides analytical and interpretative training in an area that the ESRC recently identified as a priority area often omitted from more traditional Master’s. Further modules (Qualitative Methods; Explanation in Social Science; and Comparative Politics) will equip you with a comprehensive toolkit to use in your optional module studies.

You will develop key skills including: the ability to interrogate large data sets using SPSS for Windows; semi-structured political interviewing; quantitative methods for comparative politics; and an understanding of the association between functional (social science) and evolutionary (biological) explanations. As an RPAIS alumnus/alumna, you’ll be positioned especially well for careers in professional research, consultation and academia.

Information for international students

For guidance on English language requirements, please visit this page: www2.warwick.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/language

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

There are several funding opportunities available for students applying for this course. These include external awards, wider University awards and departmental scholarships. Details can be found here:


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)24 7652 4585