Diplomacy and International Governance MPhil, PhD

Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance
Entry requirements:
2:1 +
3 years (PhD), 2 years (MPhil)
5 years (PhD), 3 years (MPhil)
Start date:
January, April, July, October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:


Research is at the heart of the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance. We are always keen to hear from students who want to develop their own research proposal so if you're interested in addressing complex issues involving modern diplomacy, international security, international business and trade, global communication and information management then pursuing a PhD in our Institute could be for you.

Active research underpins our ability to deliver an outstanding teaching experience at the forefront of our discipline. You will have the opportunity to work with leading researchers and practitioners of diplomacy and related disciplines in order to gain first-hand experience of real-life problem solving.

Our facilities

Loughborough University London benefits from excellent learning and teaching facilities. Our purpose-built lecture theatres and seminar rooms are fitted with the highest quality audio and visual equipment to ensure you can enjoy a truly immersive and stimulating learning experience.

The campus offers a range of versatile workspaces to cater for independent study, group activities and collaborative project work.

You will also benefit from 24/7 access to our campus Library, which has over 5000 print items and access to 1.2 million e-books, journals and research papers via the University's online resources. You will also be able to choose from over 602,000 print items to borrow from Loughborough's Pilkington Library, which can then be delivered to the London campus for free.

We also offer and Inter-Library Loan service, which is a fantastic service for our Research students because it provides access to electronic articles that are not available from Loughborough University Library. This will give you access to thousands of articles from other libraries around the UK and occasionally from overseas that you may need for research purposes. Sometimes these resources can be obtained as photocopies or PDFs which you can then keep.

If you want to discover more information about what we have to offer at Loughborough University London, you can book a guided campus tour here.

Who should apply?

The Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance adopts an interdisciplinary approach in its research areas. Those with a passion for research and wanting to deal with national and global issues and their relevance to diplomatic practice, international security, trade and finance and communication should think about applying.

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or its equivalent.

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.

Research areas

The Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance adopts an interdisciplinary approach in its research areas.

Our current research strengths include:


  • Contemporary France and European Studies
  • ‘Brexit’ diplomacy and governance
  • The UK’s global role
  • Negotiations and diplomacy
  • Regional and international organisations (especially the EU; the United Nations)
  • Terrorism, extremism, and radicalisation in the UK and internationally
  • Intelligence and diplomacy
  • Theories of international relations and diplomacy
  • Normative approaches to diplomacy
  • Critical approaches to diplomacy
  • UK and UK foreign and security policy
  • Russia-west relations
  • Intercultural dialogue

Your personal and professional development

The Institute is ideally located in the country’s capital and is in easy reach of all the principal diplomatic missions, government departments, media and financial centres and the headquarters of all major multinational organisations.

The Institute also maintains close partnerships and cultural exchange opportunities with a number of leading diplomatic academies and institutes. In turn, the programmes will enable students to develop a network of associates as well as build a unique, pertinent learning experience at Loughborough University London.

If you choose to undertake a research programme with us you'll have the opportunity to work with top researchers and industry leaders, and gain first-hand experience of industry centred problem solving.

Future career prospects

These programmes are a desirable progression route for those aspiring to work directly in the diplomatic sector or for those looking to gain a full understanding of the conduct of international relations within a commercial context. The Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance is ideal for individuals looking for rapid career progression into management and development positions in the global diplomatic, business and security communities.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Who you'll be working with

At Loughborough, our academics continually look for new ways of doing things and continue to build best practice. We attract outstanding academics from across the world who are specialists in their field, enthusiastic about their subjects, and are at the forefront of current research.

How to apply

All applications for research opportunities are made online here. We strongly recommend contacting the department in advance of submitting an application to discuss your ideas.

Applications for research should indicate the institute within which you would like to study and preferably the member(s) of staff whose research area is of most interest to you. If you’d like to make an application, we recommend contacting your preferred supervisor in advance to discuss your research proposal in more detail. Please use our online application portal to submit your research proposal, and clearly outline the question you intend to address. You should also include an overview of your subject area and proposed research methods.

Email Professor Helen Drake, Director of the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance or to apply direct.