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From its beginnings, the University has sought to be excellent in both teaching and research. It has now secured its place as one of the UK's leading research universities, confirmed by the results of the government's Research Assessment Exercises of 1986, 1989, 1992, 1996 and 2001. In all of these, Warwick has been placed in the top half dozen or so of universities for the quality of its research. Most recently, in the results of the 2001 exercise announced in December 2001, Warwick was placed fifth with over 90% of its staff working in departments rated 5 or 5*, the top two grades.

Warwick has always taken the view that good research informs and strengthens the quality of education that it is able to offer its students. The original conception for the academic structure of the University was not to impose overall academic prescription but to make early appointments to the first professorships, selecting candidates with fresh and constructive ideas on how studies in their areas should be organised and developed. The planning of courses developed organically with a marked emphasis on inter-disciplinary cooperation. Business Studies and Engineering - both looking firmly towards the manufacturing heartlands of the West Midlands - were early developments. Warwick was a pioneer in seeking industrial-academic links, a key component of its strategy today just as it was in the original vision of the first Vice-Chancellor, Mr J B Butterworth (Lord Butterworth) and the Chairman of the Promotion Committee for the University, Lord Rootes. Since the early 1990s, when there has been external assessment of the quality of individual subjects in higher education in the UK, Warwick has done consistently well. The first subject was assessed in 1993 and the last, in the current round, in December 2001. The results show that the University has scored a rating of >21 points out of the maximum 24 (or the earlier equivalent of an "excellent" grade) on 22 occasions out of the 24 subjects assessed. These include 7 maximum scores of 24 and 5 "excellents".

  • 4 program(s)

    - Centre for Applied Linguistics

  • 4 program(s)

    - Centre for Cultural Policy Studies

  • 5 program(s)

    - Centre for Education Studies

  • 6 program(s)

    - Centre for Lifelong Learning

  • 4 program(s)

    - Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations

  • 2 program(s)

    - Centre for Scientific Computing

  • 1 program(s)

    - Centre for the Study of the Renaissance

    The Centre for the Study of the Renaissance is a large and broadly-based research community with a high international reputation. The Centre is one of few UK organisations to be a member of F.I.S.I.E.R. (the Fédération internationale des Sociétés et Instituts pour l’Etude de la Renaissance) and of the Consortium of Renaissance Centers associated with the Newberry Library’s Center for the Renaissance (Chicago). Other collaborations involve the universities of Ca’Foscari (Venice), Durham, East Anglia Ruskin, Paris-IV (Sorbonne), Sheffield, and The Warburg Institute London. The Centre has long been involved in the promotion of the Renaissance Society of America’s activities by encouraging its members to attend the RSA Annual Meetings. Since 2011 it has acquired the status of Associate Organization.

    The Centre aims to promote learning and research in the history and culture of the Renaissance. It offers a graduate programme, hosts visiting fellows and postdoctoral researchers, and generally provides opportunities to colleagues within the university and in partnership with academic institutions in Britain and abroad to mount research projects and organise seminars and conferences to advance and stimulate our understanding of the Renaissance’s cultural heritage.

    The Centre is also delighted to be able to offer a new Postgraduate Venice Programme, a unique initiative by a British University, giving our postgraduate students the opportunity to spend a full university term in Venice studying the city's art, history and culture together with History and Art History students. The Warwick programme is celebrating 40 years in Venice and the University's new base, the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, provides an excellent focus for our teaching and research activities in the city.

    The University of Warwick itself boasts an unusually high concentration of staff with research interests in the Renaissance period, many of whom are recognised international experts in their field. Their joint expertise offers unparalleled opportunities for interdisciplinary study. Staff who teach for the Centre are drawn from the departments of Classics, English, French, History, History of Art and Italian.

    Geographically, the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance has particular strengths in Renaissance and Early-Modern England and Britain, Italy, France, and central Europe (especially Germany and Switzerland). Particularly strong topics include:

    • History of the Book and Reading Practices
    • Religious Art, Polemics, Thought, and Literature
    • The Classical Tradition (including neo-Latin and vernacular cultures; Plato; Aristotle)
    • The History of Ideas (especially science and medicine, ethics and politics)
    • Theatre and Performance (especially in England)
    • Gender
    • Society and Power
    • Court and Civic Culture
    • Renaissance Learned Culture (including humanist circles, academies, universities)
    • Popular Culture
    • Visual Culture and Debates on the Arts
    • Venetian Economy, Art and Culture
    • Travel, Colonialism and the New World

    Warwick is well-placed to offer teaching and research programmes in Renaissance Studies, both because of its own staffing resources and library provisions (which offers excellent electronic resources such as ITER , BIHR, Early English Books Online and The Making of the Modern World), and because of its proximity to major research collections at Oxford, Birmingham, Stratford-upon-Avon and London. In addition, it has well-established links with other prestigious centres of Renaissance excellence, including the Warburg Institute in London and the Newberry Library in Chicago. The Centre also maintains ERASMUS student-exchange programmes with the University of Venice (Cà Foscari) and the Centre V.-L. Saulnier (Sorbonne, Paris).

    Warwick's Campus itself provides a pleasant environment both for studying and living, thanks to carefully landscaped grounds, on-campus facilities such as shops, banks and cafés, and an Arts Centre which offers a varied programme of concerts, opera and theatre performances, films, and exhibitions.
  • 3 program(s)

    - Department of Chemistry

    Life at Warwick University – A country wide poll recently voted Warwick Campus the best in the UK. It is lively and cosmopolitan supporting students and staff from over 120 different countries.
    It is very self-contained and includes shops, banks, post office, launderettes, hairdressers, travel agent, a Health Centre and numerous cafes, bars and restaurants.
    The University of Warwick has the largest arts centre on any campus outside of London, boasting two theatres, a concert hall, a cinema and an art gallery.
    The sporting life is great at Warwick whatever your preference. There are excellent facilities accompanied by the enthusiasm and encouragement from our dedicated sports staff.
    The Student’s Union provides great entertainment with bars, dance venues, food outlets, student representation at all levels, and societies and sports clubs that cater for every interest.
    Warwick University has a great location in the heart of England and is easy to reach from all parts of the UK and abroad by train, car or air. The bustling city of Coventry is about 15 minutes away, whilst there are several other good places within easy reach: Birmingham, UK’s second city and the historic towns of Kenilworth, Warwick, Stratford and Leamington Spa.
  • 2 program(s)

    - Department of Classics and Ancient History

  • 5 program(s)

    - Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies

    About the Department
    Ranked consistently in the top 5 English departments in British Universities (see University Guide 2012)
    An internationally diverse and vibrant cohort of expert staff
    Ranked third in The Guardian's teaching quality table in 2011
    A major base for research into comparative literary studies and offers distinctive and imaginative programmes of study at both undergraduate and postgraduate level
    Scored a 100% at 4* (highest possible) rating for the department's 'Environment and Esteem' in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise
    Established strengths in comparative European literatures, World Literature, medieval and early modern studies, eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth-century literature, Romanticism, literary and cultural theory, literature and religion
    More recent areas of focus include colonial and postcolonial studies, world literature, drama and performance, and contemporary writing
    Home to the Warwick Writing Programme, the largest and most comprehensive of its type in Europe
  • 2 program(s)

    - Department of French Studies

  • 2 program(s)

    - Department of German Studies

  • 9 program(s)

    - Department of History

  • 7 program(s)

    - Department of Politics and International Studies

    The Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) at the University of Warwick is home to 300 undergraduates, 140 taught postgraduates, 65 PhD students, and 40 full time academic staff, allowing it to bring together expertise in a range of subdisciplines in Political Science, including International Political Economy, International Relations, Security Studies, Development Studies and Comparative Politics. And the flexibility of our postgraduate degree programme structure means that you will be able to tailor your course to suit your interests.

    PAIS is proud to recruit students from all over the world. This year 54 different countries are represented in our postgraduate cohort. Each year, a significant proportion of our intake is made up of individuals returning to study after several years in the world of business or the public sector. Many such applicants are driven by the need to acquire a sound theoretical and methodological base to allow them to proceed to the next level in their chosen career path.

    Course structure

    All of PAIS’s postgraduate modules are taught in small seminar groups with a maximum size of fifteen, ensuring that you will benefit from personal interaction with the Department’s expert staff.

    PAIS runs seven different MA/Diploma programmes, each with its own core module. Students pick from a wide range of optional modules, with choices including ‘The Politics of Global Finance’, ‘New Security Challenges’, ‘East Asian Development Models’ and ‘Terrorism and Counterterrorism’. The core modules of other PAIS postgraduate programmes are available to all other students as optional modules. Students can also take selected modules from other departments, including Economics, Law, Sociology and Philosophy.

    You do not need to sit any examinations on the PAIS postgraduate degree programmes. Your core module is assessed by two short timed assignments (questions are collected on a Friday afternoon, and a short essay submitted the following Monday morning) and a longer research essay. All PAIS optional modules (including core modules taken as options) are assessed by research essays.

    As well as studying taught modules, MA students complete a 10,000 word dissertation, which is supervised by a member of PAIS’s academic staff during the summer term.

    Research environment

    PAIS is a major Political Science research centre. We have around 65 PhD students registered at any one time, and our MA Politics degree is an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-recognised research training programme.

    The Department is home to several research centres and projects. The Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR) focuses on International Political Economy. Centre Director Professor Leonard Seabrooke led the recent Warwick Commission on International Financial Reform, the findings of which have been widely disseminated. CSGR is also the administrative centre of the Building Global Democracy Programme. PAIS Professor Stuart Croft is the director of the £2.4m New Security Challenges programme. PAIS Professor Shirin Rai is director of the multi-site, Leverhulme Trust-funded Gendered Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament Programme. PAIS is also home to numerous other groups, including the Centre for Ethics, Law and Public Affairs, the Centre for Studies in Democratisation and the Warwick Global Development Society. Every week during term time, PAIS hosts its Seminar Series, a lecture slot where guest speakers present their research. All of these activities and events provide a vibrant research environment, from which our postgraduate students greatly benefit.

    Life at the university

    Warwick’s central campus can fulfil all of your studying, socialising, and recreational needs. Unlike some other universities, at Warwick you will never have to use a bus to travel between classes. Everything is within easy walking distance. As well as the central University library, the central campus is home to the Learning Grid, a facility that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day except Christmas Day!

    Many postgraduate students choose to live in one of the central campus’s halls of residence. When allocating accommodation, the University gives priority to overseas students who apply to the University before the end of July.

    After you graduate

    All of PAIS’s MA programmes will prepare you for doctoral research. Warwick is also a great place to forge a network of contacts that will help you fulfil your career ambitions after you graduate – or even before! Several of our students proceed to internships and employment immediately after handing in their dissertations! Alando Terrelonge, one of 2009’s MA International Relations students, is now an intern at FRIDE, a leading European think tank. Inga Werdes, an MA International Political Economy graduate from the same year, is a Parliamentary Advisor in the European Parliament. As well as opportunities such as these, our graduates have gone on to careers in civil service, NGOs, management, consultancy, public relations, and many other areas!
  • 3 program(s)

    - Department of Psychology

  • 5 program(s)

    - Department of Sociology

  • 1 program(s)

    - Department of Statistics

    The Department of Statistics is one of the largest and lively in the UK. The work of the department covers a wide range of topics in probability and statistics, including mathematical and theoretical aspects as well as applications to many different fields. The research expertise of the staff is reflected in the quality of postgraduate teaching and student supervision, as well as in the wide choice of topics on offer to students for their Master’s dissertation or research theses. In 2002 Research Assessment Exercise, a grade of 5* was awarded.
  • 2 program(s)

    - Mathematics Institute

  • 6 program(s)

    - School of Engineering

  • 5 program(s)

    - School of Law

    The Law School:
    Warwick Law School pioneered the study of law in its social, political and economic context. The School’s research follows many tracks, emphasising historical, international, comparative, theoretical and cross-cultural approaches. Its contextual approach encompasses criminal, commercial, corporate, environmental and human rights law. Interdisciplinary strengths include, law and development, law and gender and law and humanities. Our research underpins how we teach, leading to distinctive research-led modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Our graduates are sought after for their strengths in both legal doctrine and in thinking about law imaginatively and contextually. The desirability of these skills is reflected in our graduates’ high employment rates.

    Postgraduate Study:
    From the first intake of students at Warwick Law School in 1968, postgraduate legal education has played a central role in the school’s life. Our approach to legal education is contextual, critical and global. Our teaching, as well as providing students with a solid foundation in the technical aspects of the law, examines law and legal institutions within a wider context. It encourages students to consider the social, economic, political and philosophical dimensions of the law. This wider perspective enables students to develop a critical understanding of the role of law, thus providing them with the necessary tools to understand, promote and respond to legal change in the private and public sectors and in the global arena. Given prevailing global conditions, our contextual approach necessarily involves making students aware of developments beyond the narrow confines of individual nation states. The Warwick approach to legal education is internationally recognised as innovative and has achieved the highest ratings at the national level.

    Members of staff teaching on our programmes have vast experience in their respective fields and many are engaged in collaborative research with academic institutions worldwide, assisting governments, advising international organisations, and participating in the work of NGOs. These activities greatly contribute towards enhancing the learning environment of our postgraduate students.

    Student Population:
    Warwick’s total student population is 23,000, of whom around 10,000 are postgraduates aiming towards a Master’s degree or undertaking doctoral study. Warwick is proud of its reputation for being an international trail-blazer; our diverse international student community consists of international students from over 130 countries with many of our faculty also from overseas, attracted by the excellent research facilities as well as by the University’s reputation for excellence. At any one time, the Law School’s postgraduate community will consist of around 150 students from a wide variety of backgrounds, including practicing lawyers, government officials, judges, members of national and international NGOs, young academics and officials from international organisations.

    Facilities & Resources:
    Located in the heart of England, on the county borders of Warwickshire and the West Midlands, Warwick is conveniently situated between urban and rural communities and at the heart of a major road and rail network. The University’s 292 hectare beautifully landscaped campus is unique. Providing a vibrant and multicultural environment; it offers a good balance between studying and relaxing. Surrounded by lakes, woods and wildlife, Warwick’s campus is well-equipped, holding all the facilities you will need for modern living. Alongside an extensive library (with a dedicated law librarian), an award winning careers service, a state of the art learning grid and a postgraduate hub, you will also find shops, banks, a post office, a pharmacy, a hairdressers, an excellent Sports Centre and language centre, a buzzing Students’ Union, a selection of bars and cafes and the largest performing Arts Centre of its kind outside of London.

    Postgraduate legal scholarship at Warwick Law School is exciting, challenging and rewarding. Applying to join our vibrant and successful community is to become an integral part of Warwick Law School. Should you require any further information or would simply like to discuss your plans in more detail, please get in touch with us directly and we will be very happy to provide whatever assistance we can. You will find our website a helpful source of the most up-to-the-minute information about the postgraduate activities of the School.
  • 6 program(s)

    - School of Life Sciences

    At the forefront of interdisciplinary research and teaching in Life Sciences, the School is home to internationally recognised research scientists and high quality facilities.

    Research in the School of Life Sciences ranges from molecular through cellular to the organism level and spans bacteria, viruses, fungi, protists, animals and plants. It is supported by state-of-the-art computational and experimental technologies. Studying this diversity allows us to identify many common principles that operate across the breadth of living systems.

    Internationally recognised scientists undertake research in the following areas:

    Cell Biology
    Gene Expression
    Molecular Systems Biology
    Infectious Disease
    Developmental Biology
    Molecular Structure and Mechanism
    Environmental Microbiology
    Environmental Resource Management
    Plant Science

    Life Science research at Warwick is much broader than the School alone and our dynamic and highly motivated research groups work closely with Warwick Systems Biology, Warwick Medical School and the departments of Chemistry, Mathematics and Engineering (amongst others) to provide productive interdisciplinary collaborations and projects. Indeed, we have research projects and teaching links with every faculty in the University.

    The Warwick Crop Centre is an integral part of Life Sciences and delivers high quality research and training for land-based industries.

    Quality Teaching

    Warwick offers a range of popular undergraduate and postgraduate degrees reflecting our expertise across a diversity of Life Sciences disciplines. Modern teaching laboratories and good teaching and learning support provide our students with flexible and relevant programmes and the opportunity to study alongside world-class researchers and academics.

    In addition to taught and research degree courses, we offer a portfolio of professional development courses, including accredited modules for postgraduate awards and degrees.
  • 6 program(s)

    - School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies

  • 15 program(s)

    - Warwick Business School

    One of Europe's largest business schools and the largest department of the highly-rated University of Warwick, WBS is fully accredited. Our teaching is rated excellent and 75 percent of our research is rated at 3* and above, placing us 3rd in the UK. Our expertise in both research and teaching will provide you with the latest business thinking grounded in practical application.

    With around 180 members of academic staff, our size means that we can offer a full-line of programmes for all levels, from undergraduate courses through to a world-class PhD programme, whilst small class sizes mean you get the attention you require. Being a key department of the University of Warwick is an essential part of our culture, and allows you to benefit from excellent facilities and inter-disciplinary faculty.

    Masters Programme
    The courses on our Masters Programme represent a valuable investment for your future career. They cover both theoretical perspectives and practical applications and provide excellent career prospects and a solid basis for doctoral research.

    WBS offers twelve Masters degrees in the following areas:

    MSc Business Analytics & Consulting
    MSc Finance
    MSc Finance & Economics
    MSc Financial Mathematics
    MSc Finance & Behavioural Science
    MSc Information Systems Management & Innovation
    MSc Management
    MSc Public Leadership & Management
    MSc Management Science & Operational Research
    MSc Marketing & Strategy*
    MA International Employment Relations*
    MA Industrial Relations & Managing Human Resources*
    MA Management & Organizational Analysis*

    *There is likely to be ESRC funding available for these courses. These awards provide funding for a one year masters degree followed by three years of doctoral research. They are available to UK/EU students. If you are interested in ESRC funding you must apply by the course deadline, usually March, clearly stating that you wish to be considered for ESRC funding.
  • 14 program(s)

    - Warwick Medical School

  • 13 program(s)

    - WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group)

    WMG is an academic department of the University of Warwick, one of the UK's top ten universities and a member of the elite Russell Group organisation of universities signifying the very best in research, teaching and learning experience with unrivalled links with industries.

    As the largest manufacturing group in Europe and through global collaborations, WMG offers unrivalled postgraduate education to over 1500 students around the world each year. Our business and management focussed Masters courses are particularly well designed for those wishing to work in technology-led industries, giving you the advantage in the employment market whilst providing you with the skills and knowledge to work in a variety of sectors.

    Occupying an essential position between academia and industry, our teaching staff all have backgrounds in industry whilst our research projects are dedicated to finding solutions to real world problems enabling our students to benefit from first-hand understanding of the issues facing modern industry today.

    WMG MSc Courses
    Courses are endorsed by the Institute of Engineering and Technology and are designed to develop management and leadership skills within technology-led industries. Many courses also carry the opportunity for professional accreditation.

    Our portfolio of masters courses are suitable for students with a wide range of backgrounds and aspirations. Usually an honours degree in a business, engineering, or scientific discipline is required, however a number of our courses are also suitable for numerate graduates from other disciplines.

    • MSc Cyber Security and Management
    • MSc e-Business Management
    • MSc Engineering Business Management
    • MSc Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    • MSc International Technology Management
    • MSc International Trade, Strategy and Operations
    • MSc Management for Business Excellence
    • MSc Manufacturing Systems Engineering
    • MSc Process Industry Business Management
    • MSc Programme and Project Management
    • MSc Service Management and Design
    • MSc Supply Chain and Logistics Management

    For admission onto these programmes you should have obtained at least a second class British honours degree (or equivalent). Students from non-English speaking countries will also be required to provide an English language qualification. Minimum requirements are IELTS 6.5 or Pearson Test in English (Academic) 62. Other English language qualifications may be accepted. Please see our English requirements page for further details.

    WMG has extensive laboratory and workshop facilities including the world-class Engineering Hall and state-of-the-art International Digital Lab which houses some of the most advanced digital research and education programmes in the world. As a department, we are always progressing and improving. Our numerous collaborations with industry led us in September 2013 opening the International Institute for Product and Service Innovation and looking ahead, we will be opening the National Automotive Innovation Campus and the WMG Academy for Young Engineers.

    The University of Warwick library holds over a million printed titles and 16,000 electronic journals and offers excellent resources including study seating, silent reading rooms, group study rooms and PC clusters. In addition to this, the university's Learning Grid area provides students with a 24/7 relaxed learning environment for both individual and group study, with an impressive range of multimedia equipment and resources. The Learning Grid in Leamington Spa was opened in November 2013 for our students living off campus. Additional study facilities include the Learning Grid Rootes, the Postgraduate Hub, WMG's own IT suite and Wi-Fi hotspots in a range of communal areas around the university.

    Life at Warwick
    The University of Warwick, situated on an attractive self-contained 700 acre campus and is located right in the centre of England on the borders of the City of Coventry (15 minutes away) and the County of Warwickshire. With convenient road and transport links, the City of Birmingham (UK's 2nd City) is only 20 minutes away and the train takes you to London in just one hour.

    The lively, cosmopolitan campus (around a third of students come from outside the UK with over 145 nationalities being represented) has a range of excellent facilities. These include the largest Arts Centre outside London (incorporating a cinema, two theatres, conference facilities, an art gallery and a new 1,400 seat concert hall); impressive sporting facilities that are regularly used to host international sporting events, elite team training camps and professional coaching seminars; shops, banks and a mini supermarket; multi-faith University Chaplaincy and a newly developed students union with bars, dance floors and numerous food and drink outlets.

    Campus accommodation for post-graduate students consists of modern, comfortable rooms, mostly en-suite, and with high speed internet and network access. The residences are situated in pleasant, green surroundings and are close to all the facilities on campus.

    After your studies
    WMG has strong bonds with industry, which are used to draw real-world insights into the teaching and to create a dynamic learning culture. This leads to graduates being sought-after for their understanding and experience of the business world coupled with technological excellence. Several international companies visit WMG each year to recruit directly through our placements scheme - recent recruiters include BMW, Crane, TATA Technologies, Intel, Reckitt-Benckiser, JLR, Apple, IBM, Caterpillar to name but a few. The University of Warwick's career service is also highly proactive and offers great support to both current students and alumni.
  • 7 program(s)

    - WMG Professional and Executive Programmes

    WMG, an academic department of the University of Warwick, occupies a unique position between academia and industry.

    Our mission has always been to improve competitiveness of organisations through the application of value adding innovation, new technologies and skills deployment, bringing academic rigour to industrial practice.

    Our success is the result of cutting-edge research and knowledge transfer, working collaboratively with companies and other organisations internationally to produce innovative approaches to current and future challenges.

    Our expertise spans digital manufacturing, technologies and healthcare, materials and manufacturing, operations and business management, and service and marketing.

    We are a leading centre for world class management studies, providing high quality education with the latest relevant and innovative subjects to meet today’s business and industry needs.

    With an extensive pool of modules, flexible start dates and excellent networking opportunities, from the content to the delivery mode our Professional and Executive Programmes meet the demands of both employer and employee.


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