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Course summary

Warwick's MA in US Foreign Policy focuses on both the domestic and global contexts of national security as well as wider significance of US foreign policy for international affairs, including diplomacy, counterterrorism, conflict management and climate policy. Course overview The significance of United States foreign policy has grown in the two decades since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the subsequent 'war on terror' in ways that have been reflected in the development of the academic literature and in the increased level of interest in the subject area. Recent events such as the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Russian invasion of Ukraine have raised significant questions about US power and its role globally. The climate change crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic have also stimulated debates about the extent to which transnational threats should become more central priorities in US foreign policy. This programme focuses on US foreign policy in the context of national security as well as wider aspects of the country’s foreign policy and its impact on international relations, the global economy and particularly security. Emphasis is given to critical debates over whether US power is declining and how well equipped the US is to deal effectively with the challenges of contemporary international affairs.


Core modules

  • United States Foreign Policy and National Security
Optional modules Optional modules can vary from year to year. Example optional modules may include:
  • The CIA and Covert Action
  • The Global Politics of Nuclear Weapons
The optional module lists are updated regularly. You will have the freedom to select 2-4 modules from our extensive range of optional modules, up to a total of 120 CATS of taught modules.

Assessment method

Assessment methods include research essays and other (written) assignments throughout the year, culminating in a 10,000 word dissertation at the end.

Entry requirements

**Minimum requirements** 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject. Visit our PAIS web pages for department-specific advice on applying to ensure your application has the best chance for success. Postgraduate FAQs (PAIS specific) Postgraduate FAQs (General) **English language requirements** You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following: - Band B - IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above. **International qualifications** We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page. **Additional requirements** There are no additional entry requirements for this course.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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United States Foreign Policy at University of Warwick - UCAS