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Admissions Requirements

Entry requirements | Supporting documents | How to apply

Please carefully read the information below about entry requirements and supporting documentation before you apply to ensure your application has the best chance for success.

Entry requirements

  • Upper-second class honours degree (2.1) or equivalent. Your undergraduate degree should be in Politics and International Studies or a closely related subject; however, all serious applicants from other disciplines will be considered. Warwick's International Office provides guidelines for how overseas qualifications equate to British ones; this guidance is for information only and all applications and transcripts are considered on a case-by-case basis. However, this page will give you an idea of where your degree falls on the British scale. If you are unsure whether you meet the entry criteria or have questions about your eligibility, please contact the PPS Admissions Officer in the first instance.

  • One academic reference. It is in your best interests to select a referee who know you and your study habits quite well, and it is strongly recommended that you discuss your study plans with them before submitting your application so that they can comment on your academic ability and goals accurately. When you apply, you will be able to supply your referee’s contact details, and we will request a reference from them directly. If you graduated more than two years ago, you may supply a professional referee instead if you are no longer in touch with your undergraduate tutors. Although we normally require only one strong reference, you are encouraged to supply details for two referees to ensure we receive a strong reference in good time.
  • A strong statement of purpose. This should be 1-2 pages long and include:
    • Your motivation behind applying for this specific degree--why this MA, and why Warwick?
    • How your educational background has prepared you for rigorous postgraduate study in this subject area; this is particularly important if your first degree is not directly related to Politics.
    • How obtaining this degree will fit into your future plans--what do you hope to get from studying on this course, and what are your expectations?
    • You may also wish to include details about your personal/work/voluntary experiences if they are related to the degree programme; this is particularly important if your first degree is not in Politics or a closely related subject.
  • English language fluency. 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). If your previous education was undertaken in the UK or another English speaking country, you may be exempt from this requirement. Please note that the pre-sessional English course at Warwick or anywhere else is not sufficient to replace an IELTS of 7.0.

Supporting Documents

In order to fulfil the above requirements, you must supply the following documents with your application:

  • Transcripts of your academic achievement. You can upload electronic versions of your transcript. If you are made an offer you must also forward original or certified copies of your transcripts (official documents setting out details of subjects studied and grades obtained) to Postgraduate Admissions. If your official transcript is not in English, then an official certified translation should also be provided.
  • References. If you apply online and provide e-mail addresses for your referees, they will receive a link to an online form that allows them to submit a reference electronically. Referees can send references directly to the Admissions Team, but hard copy references must be on the headed paper of their institution and bear the referee's original signature.
  • Statement of purpose. Your statement can be typed directly onto the application form or attached as a separate document.
  • Certificates of English language qualifications. Non-native speakers should forward original or certified copies of English language certificates to Postgraduate Admissions. Please note that the certificates must be dated within two years of your start date. If you have not yet taken your IELTS, it is possible to submit the rest of your application materials first and list the date on which your English test is scheduled, with a view to submitting your language certificate later.

Please note that scanned copies of documents will help us to review your application; however, if you receive an offer, in order to clear the conditions related to your offer you are also required to send versions of the same documents whose authenticity can be verified. The conditions relating to any offer you may be made will be itemised in an offer letter sent by the Admissions Office.

How to apply

Applications for MA programmes should be made directly to the University. Ideally you should aim to submit your application by April to ensure you receive your application results with enough time to organise the logistical aspects of your studies before the start of term. The application deadline for Overseas students is 31 July. While there is no deadline for Home/EU students, we strongly recommend that you also submit your application by 31 July as well.

All applications should be sent to the University's Postgraduate Admissions Office, and not directly to PAIS, using the online application form. If you have any queries about the application process, please contact:

Postgraduate Admissions
Student Admissions Office
University House
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 8UW
United Kingdom
      Telephone: 44(0)24 7652 4585
Fax: 44(0)24 7652 4586
E-Mail: pgadmissions@warwick.ac.uk