Undergraduate study


Politics 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 7L27 ABB 01 October 2018 22 June 2022
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time 1L27 ABB 01 October 2018 16 June 2021


of graduates in work or further study

DLHE 2015

Top 10

in UK for overall student satisfaction for Politics

NSS 2016

Politics and International Relations course overview

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 domestic and international politics, the creation of states, and the systems by which we organise our political lives.

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.

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.

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

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.


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, political ideologies, 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 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, Asian politics, gender and politics, and Britain and the EU. 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.

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

7L27 Politics and International Relations - BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS

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

1L27 Politics 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 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.

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.

Kate: My Placement at Ofgem

Kate Thompson completed a 12-month internship with Ofgem, and was nominated for a Loughborough University award in recognition of her achievements.

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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