Politics and International Studies

What can I do with a degree in…..
Politics and International Studies
The wide areas of employment which Politics and International Studies students go on to demonstrates that
the subject is a good choice regardless of whether you dream of being a senior civil servant or politician, or
merely studying a subject which interests you because you know it will give you access to a very wide range
of graduate-level careers.
Specifically, employers tell us that they like politics students because they:
 Have excellent research skills. They are familiar with finding relevant information and working out
how much they can work out from information which may be incomplete
 Can put together a coherent discussion. They are experienced at working out what can be inferred
from the information at their disposal, and defending their conclusions
 They can analyse the points of view of others and understand their strengths and weaknesses
 Have developed communication skills, presenting and defending their ideas in both verbal
discussion and writing
 Have intellectual autonomy, since much of their academic work takes place without supervision
Why Come to Warwick?
The Department of Politics at the University of Warwick is consistently in the top ten of all main
national league tables
The department offers degree programmes in Politics and Sociology, Politics, International Studies
and Quantitative Methods, and, for the first time this year, Politics, International Studies and
Modern Languages. These new courses will give students an edge for employment – for example
most research roles require competence with data and statistics, and an additional language eases
access to any role with an international dimension
What do Warwick Politics and International Studies graduates do?
Over 94% were in jobs or further study within 6 months of graduating.
Examples of job titles include:
Civil Service Fast Streamer, Consultant, English Language Teacher, Local Organiser (Political Party), Media
Production Assistant, Modern Foreign Languages Teacher (Teach First), Political Research Intern,
Publications Intern (Campaign Group), Research Analyst, Trainee Management Consultant, Trainee Prison
Manager, Trainee Solicitor.
Companies and organisations for which graduates are working include:
Acccenture, Bank of England, HMRC, Her Majesty’s Prison Service, Ministry of Defence, Teach First, UK
Parliament, University of Warwick, schools, charities, campaign group, political parties.
Titles of further study include:
Conflict Studies, Continental Philosophy, European Business, Gender Studies, Global Communication,
Globalisation and Development, Global Politics, Human Resource Management, International Peace and
Security, International Political Economy, International Relations, International Security, Management,
Newspaper journalism, Political and Legal Theory, Political Science, Politics and Communication, Public
Policy, Russian and East European Studies, US Foreign Policy…at leading universities in the UK, Europe and
throughout the world.
Graduate Recruiters tell us that what they want from applicants is:
A good degree from a good university
Work Experience
Involvement in extra-curricular activities
The ability to describe and articulate their unique achievements and skills
At Warwick you have the opportunity to access all of the above, and the Department of Student Careers and
Skills is here to help you achieve your goals.
Given that 92% of all Warwick Graduates end up in either employment or further study, and that 70% of
graduate recruiters do not require graduates to have a specific degree, perhaps the most important question
to ask is not “What degree will get me a good graduate job?” but “How can I make the most of my time at
Warwick so that I can get the job I want?
Find out about career paths and employment destinations of recent graduates from the University of
Warwick: go.warwick.ac.uk/whatdowarwickgradsdo