Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

International Relations

Politics, History and International Relations

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date
BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS 4 years full-time sandwich L251 ABB 1 October 2018
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time L250 ABB 1 October 2018

97%

of graduates in work or further study

DLHE 2015

Top 10

in UK for overall student satisfaction for Politics

NSS 2016

International Relations course overview

This course allows you to understand how we have responded to international political, economic and social challenges since the Second World War.

Students of International Relations study politics in regional and global contexts, examine challenges to foreign policy decision making, and consider problems of security, international development and international politics of dynamic regions, including the ‘Global North’ and ‘South’.

Opt for this course and you will learn about the conflicts between states and their ability - or inability - to co-operate. If you are interested in going beyond the headlines on international affairs, this is the course for you.

The course blends concepts with case studies to equip you with specific methods of analysis in international relations, the kind of analytical skills that employers value.

The International Relations course offers you the opportunity to combine your studies with an elective from a range including: Business Studies, Communication and Media Studies, Economics, English, French, Geography, German, History, Politics, Mandarin Chinese, Social Policy, Sociology, and Spanish.

You will not be expected to have studied the minor subjects at school in most cases. The exceptions are English (A-Level grade B or above), Economics (GCSE Mathematics grade C or above) and taking two languages (A-Level in one of them).

International semester or 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.

Modules


Year 1

You will be introduced to the foundations of International Relations, providing the framework necessary for appreciating the complexities of international politics. Our assumption is that students are not necessarily familiar with International Relations at this stage. Areas studied include international relations, current international issues, the international system and recent European history.


Year 2

The second year introduces some specialisation, with areas covered including: foreign policy analysis, international organisations, 20th century American politics, protest and resistance, the European Union and security studies.


Optional placement / study year

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. Areas studied include terrorism and political violence, major current global challenges, Britain and the EU, gender, immigration, nationalism, politics and religion, and regional politics. 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.

Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.


Assessment

Modules are examined during and/or at the end of each semester, by written examinations and/or by coursework. We endeavour to provide prompt and constructive feedback through a variety of means: written comments, audio or video responses and one-on-one meetings.

First year marks are a measure of progress and are not carried forward. Overall marks obtained in the second and final years are combined in the proportion 40%:60% to produce an overall degree mark. The great majority of our students graduate with excellent or very good degrees.

If you spend the third year of your degree working or studying abroad, your degree award is worked out in the same proportion noted above, and you will additionally be eligible for a Diploma in International Studies.


The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year.

L251 International Relations - BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS

A-Level
ABB (General Studies accepted)
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL)
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM

L250 International Relations - BA (Hons)

A-Level
ABB (General Studies accepted)
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL)
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM

Selection

Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application, but in exceptional cases, an interview may be required. If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Course fees 2017/18

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £16,000

Placement year fees for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2017/18 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

Additional costs for course

There may be additional costs related to completion of your research project (dissertation). Depending on the topic you choose to research and the nature of the project there may be travel costs, field expenses and postage costs that you will need to meet. 

Graduate destinations

In an increasingly globalised world, our graduates find opportunities in finance (retail and investment banking), non-profit/non-governmental sectors, and commercial sectors; as well as in public services and teaching, where knowledge of international affairs is becoming ever more crucial. Students with experience of learning languages and having spent time studying abroad are particularly valued as knowledge workers equipped with ‘soft-skills’ of inter-cultural communication – an increasingly crucial skill-set in a rapidly globalising business environment.

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.

Our students

Alexander

Course

International Relations

Department

Politics, History and International Relations

Qualifications

BA (Hons)

Year of Study

Final

Bernice

Course

International Relations

Department

Politics, History and International Relations

Qualifications

BA (Hons)

Year of Study

Final

Department / School Key Information Sets

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

UCAS code: L251

BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: L250