Undergraduate study2017

BA (Hons)

Politics with International Relations

Department of Politics, History and International Relations

Year of entry: 2017

Our Politics and International Relations teams work closely together, combining expertise from the Department of Politics, History and International Relations and the School of Business and Economics to offer cutting-edge, exciting modules grounded in up-to-the minute research.

  • Additional Award
  • Study Abroad
  • Placement Year

BA (Hons)

Politics with International Relations

Department of Politics, History and International Relations

Year of entry: 2017

Our Politics and International Relations teams work closely together, combining expertise from the Department of Politics, History and International Relations and the School of Business and Economics to offer cutting-edge, exciting modules grounded in up-to-the minute research.

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • 93%  of students satisfied overall for Politics and History (NSS 2015)
  • 94% of graduates in work or further study (2014 graduates)

The degree in Politics with International Relations is a fantastic opportunity to pursue your interest in domestic and international politics, and to tackle some of the biggest questions in contemporary political life. The course progresses from a foundation in the key concepts of political practice and theory to an in-depth understanding of more specialised subjects such as immigration, the EU, political violence, climate change, justice and British politics, while introducing you to the major debates and developments in the field of history.

The course is structured around a number of subject areas arranged into modules, each of which is worth a number of credits. It is intended by your final year that you will have successfully completed 360 credits to graduate.

During this course assessment may include essays, exams, quizzes, video presentations, group work, policy briefs, textual commentaries, source analysis, research papers and oral presentations. Example essay and exam questions include ‘Are individual rights a “modern” phenomenon?’ and ‘Do the states of Europe have an obligation to welcome refugees?’. 

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time L292
BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS 4 years full-time sandwich L291
The international semester and year abroad

There are all kinds of opportunities for you to learn a new language or improve on a language that you already have some knowledge of, if you choose to. Possible options include French, German, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

In the second semester of the second year, you also have the opportunity to apply to spend a semester abroad at a partner institution in the Czech Republic, Taiwan, Sweden, Finland, Denmark or the Netherlands. Teaching and assessment at these institutions are in English, and so you do not have to have signed up for a language to take part in this scheme.

Alternatively, if you have studied a foreign language to a sufficient level as part of your course, you can opt to take a four-year degree course and spend the whole of their third year abroad.

In addition, there are lots of opportunities for English native speakers who have received their education in the UK to apply for international work placements such as assistantships, and English teaching placements. 

Graduate destinations

As this is a new course we do not yet have employment statistics. However, our students graduating from our existing politics courses have developed careers in a large number of fields including marketing, finance, politics, public relations, the media, teaching and the police.

Course structure

Year 1

Combine your study of politics with a deeper focus on the global and international dimensions of power and policy. The first year introduces you to the key ideas, concepts and institutions which dominate domestic, international and global politics, the relations between nation states, and the obligations of states in a changing world.

Year 2

Take compulsory and optional modules in a range of topics in politics, from political thought and political protest, to European politics, British politics, and from the full range of courses on our international relations list. 

Optional placement / study year

Professional placement and/or overseas study.

Final year

Specialise in the areas of politics and international relations that you enjoy the most. Choose from a list of optional modules on topics such as nationalism, terrorism, political philosophy, civil rights, gender and development. Also, write a dissertation on an aspect of politics or international relations that you would like to explore in more detail.

Please be aware that we cannot guarantee that every module will be available in a particular year, as they are dependent on staff’s availability and research interests.

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: L292 BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
ABB (General Studies accepted)
SQA AH
AB (including a language if you wish to study two languages), plus Highers at majority A/B grades
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM profile
Additional

UCAS code: L291 BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
ABB (General Studies accepted)
SQA AH
AB (including a language if you wish to study two languages), plus Highers at majority A/B grades
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM profile
Additional

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2016-17

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,000
International Students (Band A course) £14,950

Course fees for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as they are available.

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

 

Loughborough University financial support 2016-17

Financial support for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available. The current support we offer is listed below to give an indication of what may be available. 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme* Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students. Up to £6,000 over three years See below for more information or visit our website
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years Website
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Website 
Email
01509 226108
 Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Website
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Website

* Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Placements

Work placements

We encourage and support students who wish to undertake a year-long work placement during their time at Loughborough and there is a dedicated Placements Officer to help students with this. Placements are usually taken after the second year.

If a placement is eligible for a Diploma in Professional Studies, the degree will be converted to a four year 'sandwich' programme. In previous years, our students have undertaken placements for the CBI in Brussels, IBM and Google.

Department / School Key Information Sets

BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: L292

BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: L291

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.”