Undergraduate study2017

Politics, History and International Relations

94% of our graduates in work or further study (DLHE 2013)

Why choose Politics, History and International Relations at Loughborough?

We offer ten exciting degree programmes which provide students with an up-to-the-minute grasp of emerging political developments on the world stage, confront some of the most fundamental political and historical questions which have shaped the modern world, and provide transferable skills that will help you secure a job after your degree.

Facilities

The Department’s teaching staff, offices, amenities and many of its teaching spaces are housed in one building.

Facilities include newly refurbished common rooms and study spaces, and a purpose-built Learning Resources Centre, which serves as a self-teaching laboratory for language students and provides open-access computers for everyone else.

Our greatest resources, however, are our staff and students.

Our academic staff are experts from a wide range of disciplines, whose teaching and research interests include domestic and international political systems and policy-making, political theory, foreign policy, the European Union to the history of Britain, Germany, Eastern Europe, India, China and beyond.

Professional placement year and study abroad

We encourage and support students who wish to undertake a year-long work placement during their degree. You have the opportunity to learn new languages or continue your studies in languages including French, German, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

You will benefit from the opportunity to spend the entire third year or a single semester of your degree abroad by securing paid work teaching English to school children or studying at a European University.

You can study abroad in a European language, but it is also possible to go to an English-speaking university either in Europe or elsewhere, for example in the US or Australia.

Research

PHIR has a very strong research record. Our research interests include international politics, the institutions and policies of the European Union, international relations and foreign policy, globalisation, anarchism, gender and security issues, and cultural, social and political history.

Our area specialisms range from Britain to Scandinavia, to south and east Asia, and from the EU to the US.

Career prospects

94% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating. Our graduates undertake a wide variety of careers in the private and public sectors, at home and abroad in marketing, management, financial services, advertising, the armed forces, journalism, publishing, teaching and politics.

Feedback shows that employers value the analytical and language skills of our graduates, and their detailed knowledge of the contemporary world.

Our students

Alexander D

“We are always encouraged by our lecturers to approach matters from a critical perspective. They inspire us to immerse ourselves within our subjects and seek alternate answers to what conventional wisdom would dictate.”

Bernice B

“The flexible nature of the course and being able to study other subject areas such as French and Sociology really appealed to me.”

Kailey H

“In my second year I went on a trip to Brussels with the department, visiting the European Parliament, the Commission and talking to some very influential people. It was a brilliant opportunity.”

Gifty O

“I did a placement year in finance. I gained a lot of invaluable experience and it was a fantastic opportunity that showed me how versatile my course is in the real world.”

Alexander D

“We are always encouraged by our lecturers to approach matters from a critical perspective. They inspire us to immerse ourselves within our subjects and seek alternate answers to what conventional wisdom would dictate.”

Bernice B

“The flexible nature of the course and being able to study other subject areas such as French and Sociology really appealed to me.”

Kailey H

“In my second year I went on a trip to Brussels with the department, visiting the European Parliament, the Commission and talking to some very influential people. It was a brilliant opportunity.”

Gifty O

“I did a placement year in finance. I gained a lot of invaluable experience and it was a fantastic opportunity that showed me how versatile my course is in the real world.”