Postgraduate study

Politics, History and International Relations

Our aim is to stimulate innovative research that has the potential to transform academic and public debates.

  • ESRC research grants totalling £0.5 million
  • 8th in the UK for research intensity (REF 2014)

We conduct research in: contemporary politics and political theory, early modern and modern history, international organisation, and critical security studies. Most of our research falls between the humanities and the political and social sciences, but we also produce a substantial body of interdisciplinary work, notably in the history of ideas, radical movements and activism, in gender politics, international history, and international politics, government and governance, art and politics, religion and politics, media studies and history, and digital humanities.

Graduate destinations have included Citizen’s Advice, International Medical Corps UK, Lakehead Social Planning Council, Ministry of Defence and RWS Translation.

Our research

We currently have 15 postgraduates working closely with 21 specialist supervisors, and conducting research in: contemporary politics and political theory, early modern and modern history, international organisation, and critical security studies.

Inspiring graduates

We offer a supportive environment for postgraduate study and foster strong research links between academics and students. Students participate in seminar planning and receive tailored advice on fellowships and publication.

Graduates from the Department have secured prestigious positions in academic institutions, including the Wiesenthal Institute in Vienna, Exeter University, Queen’s University in Belfast and University College Dublin. Others have pursued careers in academic publishing, with international and UK-based campaign groups and civil society organisations.

Extracurricular opportunities

We have a variety of clubs and societies for you to get involved with outside of your studies. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people who share similar interests to you! If you enjoy engaging in stimulating conversation about topical and social issues that affect students and young people then our Think Tank Society could be for you. Our TEDx Society is also popular if you are interested in a platform for discussing powerful debates that provide diverse food for thought.

Master's degrees we offer

    Research degrees we offer

    Our facilities

    As a student in the Department of Politics, History and International Relations, you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and support throughout your research degree.

    From first-class resources to additional training and one to one support, we will provide you with the guidance and tools you need to achieve great things.

    Located in the centre of the UK, our superb 440 acre, single-site campus offers great facilities for every aspect of student life. With stunning gardens and open spaces, alongside a rich variety of shops and leisure facilities, it is easy to see why Loughborough is consistently ranked as a top university for student experience.

    PhD students in the department will also have your own workspace (in a shared research student office) and access to the library and IT services. Also available on campus is a bank, a Medical Centre and physiotherapist, grocery stores, a cycle shop, a parcel service, a pharmacy and an opticians. The local bus service links the University with the town centre and railway station, and students can ride for free across campus.

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    Mikhail Bakunin at the margins of Slavoj Žižek


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