With only 3 days until the UCAS submission deadline, many of our prospective studies are soon to be expecting offers from the University of Warwick, specifically those from our Politics and International Studies department. In light of this, I have decided to draft this blog as an introduction to the department itself whilst also underlining the benefits of studying this degree. Regardless of the never-ending lectures we have received from our teachers and advisors to place less focus and emphasis on rankings and external views of universities, it is only natural and expected that we commit the occasional search and comparing of rankings. With this in mind, I would like to first highlight that our PAIS department has been consistently named as one of the UK’s ‘Big Five’ politics departments by the Political Studies Association; in recent rankings, we have also been placed higher than the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford which is inevitably a great testament to the teaching and care crafted in our politics department.
But, rankings aside – what exactly is PAIS at Warwick? While studying PAIS at Warwick, students will work under and alongside experts on a large range of topics and disciplines under the umbrella of politics. Whilst studying under the home branch of politics, students are awarded the freedom to cross ‘traditional’ subject lines to explore issues that matter to you; allowing you to either remain within one of our four research clusters or go for a cross-cluster approach. Having studied this course for a term now, I can confidently say that the best part about PAIS at Warwick is how international our classes are; we have students from over 40 countries and this stimulates an international atmosphere of diverse opinions and beliefs when addressing political debates in the 21st century. When discussing the political sphere orbiting Iran and the US, it is very interesting and thought provoking to hear the opinions of colleges from those countries themselves and the same applies to China, Hong Kong, and Russia.
Additionally, opportunities are also endless under the politics department; from part-time job opportunities to career workshops and fairs, it is impossible to attend every single event hosted by our department as there is just far too many! These opportunities help ignite our intellectual freedom while also reassuring us that there are many places for us to work after our degree. Engaging with experts from different career paths will also help you gain a better understanding of what is best suited for your future self.
I hope that this blog has helped increase your understanding of what it is like under the PAIS department here at Warwick. Please make sure to check out the Social Sciences website and specifically the Politics and International Studies column for any questions and feel free to drop me a message anytime or comment on this blog for further queries. Thank you and have a lovely week!