Undergraduate study


Politics with History

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 L2VA ABB 01 October 2018 22 June 2022
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time L2V1 ABB 01 October 2018 16 June 2021


overall satisfaction in History

NSS 2016


of graduates in work or further study

DLHE 2015

Top 10

in the UK for overall student satisfaction for politics

Politics with History course overview

Politics and history are unique at Loughborough in that they are taught within the same department. Choosing to study Politics with History therefore allows you to draw on the entirety of the Department’s expertise and to construct a degree programme that suits your interests.
Politics with History 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, while developing a deep and rich grasp of major events that have shaped modern politics and society. 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, gender, 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, approximately two-thirds of which in Politics and one-third in History.

During this course assessment may include essays, exams, quizzes, video presentations, group work, policy briefs, textual commentaries, source analysis, research papers and oral presentations.

International semester or 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.


Year 1

Combine your study of politics with modules on key issues and major debates in modern history. The first year introduces you to the key concepts, ideas and institutions which dominate contemporary politics at a domestic and international level. It also introduces you to the fundamentals of historical analysis, and explores the many ways in which historical events can shape, and have shaped, contemporary social, political and cultural life.

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 others while also further developing your grasp of key debates in history, including Cold War Europe, slavery, and the histories of Britain, Russia, China and the USA.

Optional placement / study year

Professional placement and/or overseas study.

Final year

Specialise in the areas of politics and history that you enjoy the most. Choose from a list of optional courses offered by the Department of Politics, History and International Relations on topics such as nationalism, terrorism, political philosophy, civil rights, gender and many more. Also, write a dissertation on an aspect of politics or history 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.

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

L2VA Politics with History - BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS

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

L2V1 Politics with History - 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

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.

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.

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BA (Hons)

Year of Study


Department / School Key Information Sets

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

UCAS code: L2VA

BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: L2V1