Politics and International Studies

Undergraduate study


Politics at Loughborough

  • Ranked 5th in the UK for Teaching in Politics (NSS 2017)
  • Politics rated 3rd in the UK for student experience (Times University Guide 2018)
  • 97% of our 2017 graduates employed or in further study*
  • Placement opportunities to enhance key employability skills
  • Exciting, flexible degrees that provide lots of contact time with academic staff

What gives some people, or some institutions, the authority to force us to do things that we would not choose to do, and to punish us if we don’t obey? Who has the power to incentivise us to do things that we might not like or enjoy (like school or work)? How do these institutions work? How do they structure our interactions with peoples and institutions in Britain and around the world? How should we understand the basic concepts that we appeal to in our political conversations – freedom, equality, justice, rights, power – and apply them in a world that’s always confronting new and global challenges?

The Politics team at Loughborough is a vibrant community of scholars, educators, researchers, and students dedicated to tackling questions like these. We develop modules which help students learn about the ways our political institutions work and grapple with deeper theoretical questions about how we structure our political lives, what societies and states should look like, and how different political actors should respond to threats like climate change and political violence. We shine a light on the decisions made by individuals, states, and non-state organisations. We consider how they affect the lives of millions of people around the world. And we have a wide and diverse range of expertise in contemporary political theory, democratic theory, the history of political thought, anarchism, terrorism, gender, European politics, and the politics of Africa, Britain, the USA, France, and Germany.

At Loughborough you’ll have considerable scope to shape your degree to suit your own interests. Take a single honours programme and, if you like, mix it with a ‘Minor’ subject like History, Geography, Criminology, or Sociology. Or take a joint honours programme with either International Relations or History, or even take our new three-way degree and study all-three! Build in a period of working or studying abroad, or take a work placement in the UK. Learn a language, or brush up on one that you already have some background in. The choice is yours.

Have a look at our award-winning programmes below. If you have any further enquiries, feel free to contact either our Undergraduate Admissions Tutor, or the Programme Director for Politics and International Relations.


*Within 6 months of graduation. DLHE, 2017 graduates - full-time UK first-degree students available for work or study.