Undergraduate study


Politics, History and International Relations study area

Politics, History and International Relations

94% of our graduates in work or further study (DLHE 2013)

Why choose Politics, History and International Relations at Loughborough?

We offer ten exciting degree programmes which provide students with an up-to-the-minute grasp of emerging political developments on the world stage, confront some of the most fundamental political and historical questions which have shaped the modern world, and provide transferable skills that will help you secure a job after your degree.


PHIR has a very strong research record. Our research interests include international politics, the institutions and policies of the European Union, international relations and foreign policy, globalisation, anarchism, gender and security issues, and cultural, social and political history.

Our area specialisms range from Britain to Scandinavia, to south and east Asia, and from the EU to the US.

Career prospects

94% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating. Our graduates undertake a wide variety of careers in the private and public sectors, at home and abroad in marketing, management, financial services, advertising, the armed forces, journalism, publishing, teaching and politics.

Feedback shows that employers value the analytical and language skills of our graduates, and their detailed knowledge of the contemporary world.

Professional placement year and study abroad

We encourage and support students who wish to undertake a year-long work placement during their degree. You have the opportunity to learn new languages or continue your studies in languages including French, German, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

You will benefit from the opportunity to spend the entire third year or a single semester of your degree abroad by securing paid work teaching English to school children or studying at a European University.

You can study abroad in a European language, but it is also possible to go to an English-speaking university either in Europe or elsewhere, for example in the US or Australia.


The Department’s teaching staff, offices, amenities and many of its teaching spaces are housed in one building.

Facilities include newly refurbished common rooms and study spaces, and a purpose-built Learning Resources Centre, which serves as a self-teaching laboratory for language students and provides open-access computers for everyone else.

Our greatest resources, however, are our staff and students.

Our academic staff are experts from a wide range of disciplines, whose teaching and research interests include domestic and international political systems and policy-making, political theory, foreign policy, the European Union to the history of Britain, Germany, Eastern Europe, India, China and beyond.