Undergraduate study2017

BA (Hons)

Politics and International Relations

Department of Politics, History and International Relations

Year of entry: 2017

This degree offers a fantastic opportunity to study the domestic, international, and global challenges facing states and citizens in the 21st Century, and to contribute to debates about the theory and practice of politics in the contemporary era. You will study the ideas that have shaped the development of international politics, the creation of states, and the systems by which we organise our political lives.

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BA (Hons)

Politics and International Relations

Department of Politics, History and International Relations

Year of entry: 2017

This degree offers a fantastic opportunity to study the domestic, international, and global challenges facing states and citizens in the 21st Century, and to contribute to debates about the theory and practice of politics in the contemporary era. You will study the ideas that have shaped the development of international politics, the creation of states, and the systems by which we organise our political lives.

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)

You will study the relationships between states on the world stage, and debate key issues and events as they unfold. You will learn about political theory, institutions, and history, and you will be asked to question your own role in world politics, what is required of you as a citizen of a state (and of the world), the practical and theoretical difficulties faced by decision makers across the world, and how actually existing states have sought to resolve these difficulties.

The course therefore equips you with knowledge and understanding of political and international events, ideas, and institutions. In learning about these, you will also learn the skills of argument and analysis which are essential to your own intellectual development, but also for a wide range of careers.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS 4 years full-time sandwich 7L27
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time 1L27
International semester and year abroad

If you study a foreign language as part of your degree, you may have the opportunity to spend a year in a French, German or Spanish speaking country and to have your degree accredited with a Diploma in International Studies.

Students who study a foreign language to a sufficient level as part of their course can opt to take a four-year degree course and spend the whole of their third year abroad.

Students whose native tongue is English and who have received their education in the UK can apply for assistantships, securing paid work teaching English to school children. Other students study at a European University.

Students who do not read a foreign language 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.

Learning and teaching

Loughborough is consistently rated among the best places in the UK to study, and in PHIR we are committed to providing a fun, challenging, and supportive learning environment for all our students. Students learn best when they are stimulated and excited, and when the issues are brought alive to them.

This is why we have increased our contact hours, and embrace new and innovative teaching techniques, participative learning methods, the latest e-learning tools, and innovative assessment techniques. You will work closely with a diverse team of experts in order to increase your own knowledge and skills, and draw your own conclusions about domestic and global politics.

The course is taught through a combination of lectures, interactive classes and guided study, in which we often use techniques such as lecture recordings, in-class participation using clickers and Twitter, and assessment through learning portfolios, policy briefs and problem-based learning activities to help you develop your ideas.

All course materials are designed to explore areas of Politics and International Relations in a way which is both intelligible and in line with cutting edge research. Each student is also allocated a personal tutor who can advise you or help you with any issues, and a student mentor to help you settle in your first few weeks of university life.

The Department is also home to a special student managed study space and a Learning Resource Centre, where you can find resources, support and space to study on your own or with friends. Specialist literature and electronic resources can also be found to support this course in the University Library.

Graduate destinations

The course will equip you with a number of transferable skills, such as the ability to plan and research work, lead and participate in discussion and debate, work as part of a team and individually, and develop critical reasoning and analysis skills. The skills you will gain through this course are those required by employers worldwide and will prepare you for a successful career in whatever you choose to do.

Students who study International Relations and Politics with us get good jobs. Our focus on academic rigor and transferable skills has made our graduates attractive to employers from a range of industries and professions, such as marketing, finance, politics, public relations, publishing, journalism, charity, and human resources. 

Course structure

Year 1

You will be introduced to the foundations of Politics and International Relations, providing the framework necessary for appreciating the complexities of domestic and international politics. Our assumption is that students are not necessarily familiar with Politics or International Relations at this stage. Modules cover change, conflict, and crisis in the world arena, global politics, democratic systems and modern European history.

Year 2

The second year introduces some specialisation, with module choices including: European government and politics, British politics, protest and resistance, security, Cold War Europe and third world politics.

Optional placement / study year

Optional salaried professional placement and/or overseas study.

Final year

This year provides you with the greatest flexibility by allowing you to choose a number of modules from a list of options. Options include topics such as immigration, political philosophy, art, nationalism, politics and religion, violence and terrorism, environmental politics, immigration, Asia-Pacific politics, national security. During this year you will also complete a dissertation in a specialised subject of your choice, under the close supervision of a member of the Department.

Entry requirements

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

UCAS code: 7L27 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 overall with 6 5 5 at HL
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM profile
Additional

UCAS code: 1L27 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 overall 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. Placements can be arranged with the help of the Careers and Employability Centre and 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, PHIR students have undertaken placements for the CBI in Brussels, IBM and Google.

Department / School Key Information Sets

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

UCAS code: 7L27

BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: 1L27

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.”