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We are confident that your previous university experiences have helped you to build a solid foundation of subject knowledge. So now is the time to take this further, whether that is within your original discipline or through studying a related subject. With this in mind, our staff are committed to supporting you in taking this understanding to the next level. Study with us as a postgraduate and you’ll join a community where your perspectives, knowledge, values and aspirations are important to us, contributing to shaping our teaching and learning approach. This means that you’ll work alongside our academics as partners and co-creators of knowledge.

Innovative learning

We’re a university with a world-class reputation for bringing research into the classroom, so we attract professors who are at the forefront in their respective fields. Our staff aim to explore new and exciting ways to communicate their own research and understanding, introducing you to fresh insights and approaches to learning.

Our commitment to research-informed teaching and learning can be seen through our Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA) and our Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL). This means that you will have opportunities to work with academic staff to realise ambitious teaching ideas and push the boundaries. If you’re interested in contributing to university-wide approaches to teaching and learning, there are opportunities to become a Fellow of WIHEA. And if you have ideas for bringing learning to life outside of the traditional classroom space, IATL will help facilitate this.

Whether you’re a postgraduate researcher or undertaking a taught course, you can apply for one of IATL’s Student as Producer Awards. Both WIHEA and IATL provide financial support for you to contribute to teaching and learning policy at Warwick or pursue innovative teaching and learning projects arising from or outside of the curriculum.

Some of our undergraduate courses also include teaching by postgraduate research students, giving you the opportunity to pass on your own knowledge to others. The University’s annual Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence recognise both staff and postgraduate researchers who have made an exceptional impact on students’ learning experiences.

Our commitment to excellent teaching has been recognised outside the University too. Since 2006, the Higher Education Academy has awarded 11 prestigious National Teaching Fellowships to individuals at Warwick. The University of Warwick is also currently one of nine Athena SWAN Silver Award holders, recognising work undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research.

First-class facilities

For relaxed learning environments, our Learning Grids or the Biomed Grid provide spaces to engage in group work and access multimedia technology 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We’ve even created a Learning Grid off-campus in nearby Leamington Spa.

We appreciate how important it is to study, and be taught, in excellent facilities. We also recognise that no two people learn in exactly the same way. That’s why our study facilities provide adaptable learning environments that cater for all learning styles.

The PG Hub and Wolfson Research Exchange house study areas designed exclusively for postgraduates. Our University Library is an ideal base for any study, whether you prefer quiet individual study areas or spaces that encourage collaboration. You’ll have access to over one million printed works and tens of thousands of electronic books and journals. For in-depth research into social, political and economic history, use our Modern Records Centre, which holds an extensive range of nationally important primary sources.

We’re also investing £20 million in a new teaching and learning building , which will be completed in late 2016. Here you’ll have access to state-of-the-art facilities including premium lecture theatres, small-group teaching and seminar spaces, innovative social learning and network areas, and advanced technology.

Expand your mind, expand your horizons

As an institution, we never stand still. In 2015, WBS (Warwick Business School) opened its new base at The Shard in London. From here, WBS is offering part-time courses, including an Executive MBA. This means that you can benefit from Warwick’s teaching expertise without leaving London.

If you want to combine your study at Warwick with time overseas, we have long-standing study abroad opportunities with 50 universities across 20 countries. Interested in joining WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group)? Then imagine taking a module in a teaching centre in China, Cyprus, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Thailand or Turkey. Or perhaps you’re keen to undertake the Visual and Material Culture of Ancient Greece/Ancient Rome courses offered by our Department of Classics and Ancient History, which enable you to spend time at the British School of Athens or Rome. These are just a few examples of the many options open to you.

Warwick has a unique relationship with Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, acknowledged as one of the world’s top universities. This close partnership enables us to easily share ideas and information, and provides exciting exchange opportunities and co-teaching through our extended classroom initiatives.
We also offer collaborative Double Master’s programmes with institutions such as Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and the University of Konstanz in Germany.

If you see yourself taking on the world, we can equip you with the best language skills. Our Language Centre has plenty to offer, whether you’re looking for more formalised language tuition, online learning, or support to learn a language in your spare time. You’ll have access to the Centre’s electronic whiteboards, multi-media open-access suite with satellite TV, and computer-assisted learning.

Your opinions matter

If we’re going to keep pushing the boundaries of learning, we need your input. We want to hear what you think of our teaching, which is why our Student Staff Liaison Committees are so valuable. They provide an accessible arena for postgraduates, undergraduates and staff to discuss any concerns regarding teaching, learning and academic support. We listen to what you have to say in order to ensure you have the best possible learning experience.