Undergraduate study



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 L203 ABB 01 October 2018 22 June 2022
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time L202 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 course overview

Political change and political argument are at the centre of our rapidly changing world. Our politics degree focuses on the key issues and ideas which drive these often controversial developments.

The course equips you to think critically and analytically about contemporary political issues and institutions. It allows you to understand the mechanics of a variety of political institutions, as well as topical issues, ideas and controversies. It aims to both deepen your knowledge and understanding of politics and, in the process, to equip you to become sharper citizens to meet some of the major political challenges of the twenty-first century.

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, austerity, justice and British politics. 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.

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International semester or year abroad

Students are given the opportunity to begin new languages or continue your studies in languages including French, German, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

In the second semester of the second year, 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.

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.

The Politics 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, International Relations, Mandarin Chinese, Social Policy, Sociology, and Spanish.

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.


Year 1

You will be introduced to the foundations of the study of Politics, providing the framework necessary for appreciating the complexities of the political world. Our assumption is that students are not necessarily familiar with Politics at this stage. Modules cover different models of democratic governance, political ideologies, international politics, and current affairs.

Year 2

The second year introduces some specialisation, with module choices including: British politics, protest and resistance, European politics, history of political thought, and US politics.

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. Options include topics such as terrorism and political violence, contemporary political philosophy, gender and politics, Britain and the EU, nationalism, and politics and religion.

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

L203 Politics - BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS

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

L202 Politics - 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.

Graduate destinations

Our focus on academic rigour and transferable skills has made our graduates attractive to employers from a range of industries and professions, such as marketing, management, financial services, advertising, the armed forces, journalism, publishing and politics.

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.

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Department / School Key Information Sets

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

UCAS code: L203

BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: L202