Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Politics with 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 L292 ABB 1 October 2018
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time L291 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

Politics with International Relations course overview

Our Politics and International Relations teams work closely together, combining expertise from the Department of Politics, History and International Relations and the School of Business and Economics to offer cutting-edge, exciting modules grounded in up-to-the minute research.

The degree in Politics with International Relations 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. 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.

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, 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.

Modules


Year 1

Combine your study of politics with a deeper focus on the global and international dimensions of power and policy. The first year introduces you to the key ideas, concepts and institutions which dominate domestic, international and global politics, the relations between nation states, and the obligations of states in a changing world.


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 from a range of modules in international relations including security studies, international organisations and foreign policy analysis.


Optional placement / study year

Professional placement and/or overseas study.


Final year

Specialise in the areas of politics and international relations that you enjoy the most. Choose from a list of optional modules on topics such as nationalism, terrorism, political philosophy, Britain and the EU, civil rights, gender, and development. Also, write a dissertation on an aspect of politics or international relations 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.


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.

L292 Politics with 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

L291 Politics with 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

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 and there is a dedicated Placements Officer to help students with this. Placements 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, our students have undertaken placements for the CBI in Brussels, IBM and Google.

Our students

Alexander

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Department

Politics, History and International Relations

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Bernice B

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Politics, History and International Relations

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Gifty

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Kailey

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Politics, History and International Relations

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Department / School Key Information Sets

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

UCAS code: L292

BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: L291