Undergraduate study


Politics, History and International Relations

Politics, History and International Relations

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS 4 years full-time sandwich LV22 ABB 01 October 2018 22 June 2022
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time LV21 ABB 01 October 2018 16 June 2021


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Top 10

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Politics, History and International Relations course overview

This multidisciplinary degree course allows you to gain a first-class exposure to three subjects and to acquire a broader range of skills than a normal single-honours degree, whilst at the same time enjoying the benefits of specialisation.

The course covers the three traditional strengths of the department by intertwining the study of domestic political debates, modern history and international affairs. It explores the motivations of people in the past, the causes and legacy of key historical events, and it analyses key actors, flows, and events in today’s global arena. It blends reflection on the past with critical analysis of the present.

The Politics element of the course focuses on the topics of democracy and government, and gradually allows you to narrow your focus on contemporary challenges ranging from political protest to terrorism. The History element begins with broad survey courses, leading on to introductions to the history of individual countries or world regions and finally offering specialist case studies. The International Relations element focuses on inter-state relations and international organisations, analysing the main actors of the global arena, and gradually focusing on more specific themes including the European Union and international conflict.

During this course assessment may include; essays, exams, quizzes, video presentations, seminar diaries, online source annotation, source analysis, research papers, oral presentations and group work.

International semester or year abroad

In the second semester of the second year, students 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.

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.

Placement year

You can choose to extend your degree by taking a year-long professional placement between the second and final year of your degree course. 

A professional placement helps you test drive a career and stand out to employers. Placement options are wide and varied but would typically be a graduate level role with one of a broad range of companies or organisations which can be based in the UK or overseas.

Students work towards an additional qualification whilst on placement – the Diploma in Professional Studies, which, on successful completion, is awarded at graduation.


Year 1

Our assumption is that students are not necessarily familiar with Politics, History or International Relations at this stage. In this foundational year you will learn about and discuss democratic government, political ideologies, modern European and world history, current affairs and international politics.

Year 2

The second year introduces some module choice concentrating on political thought, European government and politics, British politics, protest and resistance and the modern history of two countries, regions or themes. You will also begin preparing for your final year dissertation.

Optional placement / study year

Professional placement 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. These typically include topics such as power, revolutions, terrorism and political violence, major current international challenges, the United States 1890-1930, the rise of the Nazis, the Beatles and the 1960s, and Soviet visual culture. During this year you will also complete a dissertation in either politics, history or international relations, or a combination of those.

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


For indicative information on modular weight, content and assessment type please see module specifications.


For an indicative overview of the aims, learning outcomes and structure of this course please see the programme specification.

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. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

LV22 Politics, History and International Relations - BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS

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

LV21 Politics, History and International Relations - BA (Hons)

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


Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application.  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 2018/19

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £16,400

You should plan for inflationary increases to fees in future years of study.

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

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 History, 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.

Professional placements

One of the many benefits of undergraduate study in the Department of Politics, History and International Relations is that students have the opportunity to take a one-year professional placement between their second and third year of studies.

We have strong industry links which help our students secure year-long placements in the UK and internationally. These placements are an invaluable opportunity to enhance employability and apply skills and knowledge to a working environment.

Students are expected to secure their own placement, however, extensive support from the School Placement Officer and Careers Network team is always available.

Placement destinations differ slightly according to the subject studied, in previous years students have gone on placement to Ofgem, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), IBM, GlaxoSmithKline and Goldman Sachs.

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Department / School Key Information Sets

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

UCAS code: LV22

BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: LV21