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This MA allows you to explore important and big questions about international development. Read more
This MA allows you to explore important and big questions about international development: What is the relationship between inequality, political instability and economic development? Why does poverty persist in a world of plenty? What new configurations of power have emerged in a globalised society? Are all people in the countries of the global South able to respond and take advantage of these new configurations?

Theoretical work and empirical work are not separate exercises. Practical problems stimulate theory construction, and theories inform the ways that we handle substantive issues. Theory that lacks bearing on practice is irrelevant. Action that lacks theoretical clarity and coherence is confused and ineffective. So, during the course you will write policy papers, organise and participate in a student-led conference and lead seminars as part of your assessment.

You will learn through guided research and direct input from leading development researchers and practitioners. You will have the opportunity to complete an internship with a development INGO. Our alumni consistently secure graduate- and professional-level jobs soon after graduation in a variety of sectors. International Development alumni destinations include the UN Relief and Works Agency, Barclays, and local government.

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Are you interested in studying political, legal and moral philosophy to an advanced level? This MA encourages you to consider how normative analysis can be addressed to matters of public concern. Read more
Are you interested in studying political, legal and moral philosophy to an advanced level? This MA encourages you to consider how normative analysis can be addressed to matters of public concern.

The programme brings together expertise from Law and Philosophy into a core module on Political and Legal Theory.

This distinctive, interdisciplinary approach is supported through further close co-operation with the Centre for Ethics, Law and Public Affairs, which is based in our Department. The course provides an advanced introduction to the central normative conceptions and the debates they have generated, which you can explore in more detail through a wide range of optional modules.

With a real-world focus, the course trains you to assess implications of different approaches for public policy, institutional design and the law. Our alumni consistently secure graduate- and professional-level jobs soon after graduation in a range of sectors, including politics and policymaking, NGOs, journalism, business and finance, law and academia.

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Do you want to develop your knowledge about society and politics, as well as honing the sharp analytical skills required by modern organisations? Our new MA draws on our considerable expertise in quantitative methods. Read more
Do you want to develop your knowledge about society and politics, as well as honing the sharp analytical skills required by modern organisations? Our new MA draws on our considerable expertise in quantitative methods.

It will develop your understanding of the innovative quantitative approaches in political science concerning data in unprecedented scales in text, image, numeric and video formats, and their impact on public policy. You’ll sharpen your communication and collaboration skills through a mixture of small group seminars, lectures and workshops, which may include mini-lectures followed by discussion, Q&A sessions, organised debates, peer presentations, policy briefs, and group work.

Our core modules will give you the key critical and technical skills to deal with (big) data. You’ll also select optional modules which may be chosen from other departments in areas including digital studies, methods, gender, media, health, governance, or human rights. You will become highly employable in areas requiring strategic decision-making or analysis, whether in academic or non-academic research, international organisations, NGOs or private companies.

More generally, you will be able to contribute to any activity involving statistics and data management, including strategic analyses and planning, auditing, marketing, research, international development and diplomacy.

Programme Content

In contrast to degrees such as Data Science or Data Analytics where the focus ends up being almost exclusively on data practices and computational tools, the MA in Big Data provides students with a knowledge and understanding of the central and innovative quantitative approaches in political science, the debates they have generated, and the implications of different approaches to issues concerning big data and public policy. The MA also draws on the considerable expertise which Warwick now has in quantitative methods located in PAIS, Sociology, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM) and the Q-Step Centre.

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), Quantitative Data Analysis and Interpretation and Big Data Research: Hype or Revolution?, 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. Graduates of this degree will be able both to engage technically with data released at a new scale and to keep a critical expertise on their relevance and quality, skills which are increasingly required in the competitive global job market.

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What drives US foreign policy? What is its impact on the wider world? This programme allows you to advance your learning on US foreign policy based on Warwick’s concentration of academic expertise in this area. Read more
What drives US foreign policy? What is its impact on the wider world? This programme allows you to advance your learning on US foreign policy based on Warwick’s concentration of academic expertise in this area.

The course attracts applications from a range of disciplines (e.g. history, sociology, media studies and area studies) and the majority of our MA students will have studied at least one module on the USA in their first degree. You will explore a variety of topics in the core module, including: values and ideas; the dominance of presidential policy-making; the threat and use of US military force; the impact of US foreign economic policy; the significance of US ‘soft-power’; and the effectiveness of US counter-terrorism.

The transferable skills you acquire will equip you for careers in policy analysis, journalism, political advising, law, business or the media. Should you choose to progress to PhD research in this area, you will join a growing community of scholars from Warwick dedicated to the study of the USA and its role in the world.

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Governments are facing more demands of greater complexity every day. Meanwhile, their ability to deliver on those demands is increasingly circumscribed. Read more
Governments are facing more demands of greater complexity every day. Meanwhile, their ability to deliver on those demands is increasingly circumscribed. This course is ideal if you want to pursue advanced conceptual studies in politics, which nevertheless include an applied focus.

It considers the impediments and opportunities in contemporary policy-making. As a result, you will emerge better able to assess how governments can overcome inertia and select the best policies for today’s world. Our core module on Theories and Traditions in Public Policy identifies and analyses the history of policy studies, the core concepts of policy analysis, and theories of policy change.

You can choose from a large range of additional option choices (25+) within PAIS, with further approved modules available from other Warwick departments. This allows you to take the course in your own direction and to explore areas such as European policy, global policy, policy and security, public policy, policy and development.

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With a year spent at one international institution, these double Masters programmes offer you the opportunity to experience two diverse cultural and academic worlds. Read more
With a year spent at one international institution, these double Masters programmes offer you the opportunity to experience two diverse cultural and academic worlds.

If you select this two-year programme, you will study for one year at Warwick — following one of our 11 single-year programmes — and one year at a partner university, culminating in a joint dissertation. Each of our partners offers something unique to complement your Warwick degree

Journalism, Politics and International Studies: University of Monash, Melbourne, Australia

Uniquely among the double degrees, on this programme you will follow the Journalism course at Monash, allowing you to blend journalistic training with politics and international studies. Depending on which perspective you favour, you will be able to write a traditional dissertation or submit a journalistic project at the end of your degree.

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With a year spent at one of three international institutions, these double Master’s programmes offer you the opportunity to experience two diverse cultural and academic worlds. Read more
With a year spent at one of three international institutions, these double Master’s programmes offer you the opportunity to experience two diverse cultural and academic worlds.

If you select this two-year programme, you will study for one year at Warwick — following one of our 11 single-year programmes — and one year at a partner university, culminating in a joint dissertation. Each of our partners offers something unique to complement your Warwick degree.

International Service: American University (AU), Washington, DC

At AU, you will have access to a wide range of experts and professionals across the policy and governance sector — and beyond. You will also have various internship opportunities either as part of your degree or after you graduate.

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With a year spent at one of three international institutions, these double Master’s programmes offer you the opportunity to experience two diverse cultural and academic worlds. Read more
With a year spent at one of three international institutions, these double Master’s programmes offer you the opportunity to experience two diverse cultural and academic worlds.

If you select this two-year programme, you will study for one year at Warwick — following one of our 11 single-year programmes — and one year at a partner university, culminating in a joint dissertation. Each of our partners offers something unique to complement your Warwick degree.

Global Governance: University of Waterloo, Canada

The Balsillie School of International Affairs at Waterloo is Canada’s leading school of international affairs. As a student there, you’ll have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience at CIGI, a policy think tank situated next door to the school.

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With a year spent at one of three international institutions, these double Master’s programmes offer you the opportunity to experience two diverse cultural and academic worlds. Read more
With a year spent at one of three international institutions, these double Master’s programmes offer you the opportunity to experience two diverse cultural and academic worlds. If you select this two-year programme, you will study for one year at Warwick — following one of our 11 single-year programmes — and one year at a partner university, culminating in a joint dissertation. Each of our partners offers something unique to complement your Warwick degree.

Politics and Public Administration: Universität Konstanz, Germany

As one of Germany’s leading ‘young’ universities, Konstanz will offer you both critical theory and practical administrative and quantitative training. You will also have access to a huge international network of internship and placement opportunities.

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With a year spent at one of three international institutions, these double Master’s programmes offer you the opportunity to experience two diverse cultural and academic worlds. Read more
With a year spent at one of three international institutions, these double Master’s programmes offer you the opportunity to experience two diverse cultural and academic worlds.

If you select this two-year programme, you will study for one year at Warwick — following one of our 11 single-year programmes — and one year at a partner university, culminating in a joint dissertation. Each of our partners offers something unique to complement your Warwick degree.

Politics and International Studies: Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

At the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies at NTU, you will be able to see politics and international studies from Southeast Asia and benefit from guest lectures by policy practitioners from around the world.

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With a year spent at one of three international institutions, these double Master’s programmes offer you the opportunity to experience two diverse cultural and academic worlds. Read more
With a year spent at one of three international institutions, these double Master’s programmes offer you the opportunity to experience two diverse cultural and academic worlds.

If you select this two-year programme, you will study for one year at Warwick — following one of our 11 single-year programmes — and one year at a partner university, culminating in a joint dissertation. Each of our partners offers something unique to complement your Warwick degree.

There are two courses available with the UPF option:
-Politics and International Studies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Barcelona, Spain.
-Political and Legal Theory, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Barcelona, Spain.

If you take any of the 11 PAIS specialisations, you can go to UPF to follow their Research in Political Science degree, customising your UPF year along a variety of pathways. Alternatively, if you take the MA Political and Legal Theory at Warwick, you have the option to study the Political Philosophy programme during your UPF year, combining studies at two of Europe’s best departments for political theory.

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Providing a thorough grounding in the classical traditions of social and political theory, this MA addresses key concepts and ideas that are central to the analysis of contemporary society, politics and culture. Read more
Providing a thorough grounding in the classical traditions of social and political theory, this MA addresses key concepts and ideas that are central to the analysis of contemporary society, politics and culture. These include debates over the basis of contemporary capitalism, neoliberalism and biopolitics, and the fundamental socio-biological question of what it means to be ‘human’.

The programme anchors many of these debates and concerns within the history of social and political thought. You’ll study two core modules. The first — State, Capitalism and Market — reflects analytically and critically on capitalism and its recurrent crises, particularly the recent financial crisis. The second core module — Politics and Social Theory — focuses on the concept of ideology as a defining feature of politics, and especially the role that both religion and science have played in constituting modern political ideologies.

We also encourage you to pursue your own substantive interests by choosing from a wide range of optional modules. Questions can be explored through personal research in your final dissertation project. Following the course, you’ll be well-placed to move into a wide range of careers including teaching, media, accountancy, public and charitable sectors.

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This course encourages you to question the concept of development, particularly western understandings of it, and gives priority to issues and debates identified within specific countries under study rather than relying on predominantly western literature. Read more
This course encourages you to question the concept of development, particularly western understandings of it, and gives priority to issues and debates identified within specific countries under study rather than relying on predominantly western literature. Located at the intersection of interdisciplinary gender studies and international feminist theory, it argues that gender relations are central to processes of international development and that gender is cross-cut by other significant differences.

You’ll study core modules that address theoretical perspectives on gender and development, and their relationship to paradigms in development thought, as well as policymaking and implementation in gender and development. You’ll also receive training in social sciences research through a core module shared across all of our MA programmes. You can then apply these skills as you undertake independent research under supervision in order to complete your dissertation.

Our optional modules enable you to explore gender and development in relation to issues such as global capitalism and the labour process, human rights, and postcolonial theory. Our students have gone on to work in contexts including development agencies in their own or other countries, national or local government work, charities, private and public sector management and administration, and academic research.

Programme details

Our programme will give you a thorough understanding of the centrality of gender relations in development and how gender is cross-cut by other significant differences, such as sexuality, ‘race’/ethnicity, (dis)ability and social class. Through our two core modules you will achieve a rigorous theoretical and conceptual foundation linked to a strong practical focus on issues and policies of gender and development. A third optional core module will give you a detailed understanding of methodological debates in social research, and you'll also take at least one more gender/development module.

You will then select from a wide range of exciting and cutting-edge specialist modules, including an optional module in law and development. Optional modules provide opportunities to explore substantive issues that excite you, such as human rights, global capitalism, feminist jurisprudence, the labour process, feminist theory and epistemology, and postcolonial theory. With personal supervision from one of our leading scholars, you will then progress to research and write your own 15,000 word dissertation.

Our programme takes place in the unique academic context of both a Women and Gender Studies Research Centre, with an exciting programme of research seminars and events, and a thriving Sociology department, with a strong international research and teaching profile. You may be a development professional looking to progress your career, a student moving on to graduate study with an interest in development or a researcher seeking a relevant MA as preparation for a research degree; all have prospered on this course and all are welcome!

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This course encourages you to reframe and critically assess key theories and core issues in international relations. It gives you a gateway into PhD research and careers in policy, the civil service and the international NGO sector. Read more
This course encourages you to reframe and critically assess key theories and core issues in international relations. It gives you a gateway into PhD research and careers in policy, the civil service and the international NGO sector.

A core module on Theories and Issues in International Relations equips you with the skills to frame contemporary issues in international politics through multiple lenses of understanding. Focused on pivotal texts in the discipline, it introduces you to the big issues facing global decision-makers: from war and poverty to the complexities of environmental degradation; and from security and the study of global elites to issues of inequality. You will have multiple opportunities for academic collaboration through group presentations. You can also choose a number of optional modules from within the Department.

These issues are fundamentally important to businesses, governments and voluntary organisations across the world. The course enables you to develop your own insights and critical skills, so that you can effectively contribute towards solutions to these complex challenges when you graduate.

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This MA builds on our long-established history in IPE, which continues today with the UK-leading, Department-hosted Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation. Read more
This MA builds on our long-established history in IPE, which continues today with the UK-leading, Department-hosted Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation.

By addressing both mainstream and critical approaches, you will be encouraged to think in a reflective and challenging way about issues such as the global financial crisis, gender politics and the environment. A core module, Theories and Issues in International Political Economy, gives you a comprehensive introduction to the main theoretical approaches and most pressing political issues in the discipline. You can also choose from a selection of cutting-edge options in trade, finance, development and global governance.

Our graduate destinations include the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, JP Morgan and HM Treasury.

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