Diplomacy and International Governance

Qualification(s) available: PhD

Entry requirements
3 years
6 years
Start date
January, April, July, October
UK fee
To be confirmed
International fee


Research is at the heart of the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance. If you are interested in addressing complex, international issues and developing your professional research skills, then pursuing a PhD in the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance could be for you.

Academics from the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance offer research expertise and experience in a wide range of subject areas. They are extremely well-networked with professionals outside of academia in their respective fields.

In some cases, the Institute can provide joint supervisory arrangements with colleagues from other Loughborough University London institutes and from research teams based at Loughborough University’s East Midlands campus, for example the School of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Our aim is to create a vibrant, enthusiastic and forward thinking community, where world-leading academics and talented students work closely together to research world-leading solutions to problems of diplomacy and international governance.

The Institute currently supervises PhDs in the fields of UK immigration policy and governance; public policy regarding radicalisation and extremism in the UK; the europeanisation of Northern Ireland and political identity in the time of Brexit; narratives and myths of contemporary Polish foreign policy; public and cultural diplomacy with regards to women as agents of change in Ukraine; and experimental governance in times of crisis (Brexit, Covid-19 and the climate).

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Why you should choose us

Where you'll study

Loughborough University London is an inspiring postgraduate campus located on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Established exclusively for postgraduate study and research, Loughborough University London combines influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators to deliver one of the best postgraduate experiences the UK has to offer.

The campus offers a range of versatile workspaces to cater for independent study, group activities and collaborative project work.

Doctoral researchers have a 24-hour access to a dedicated study space on campus, complete with hot desks, meeting rooms and a fully equipped kitchen and dining area.

Our research

The Institute currently welcomes applications in the following areas of research:

  • the European Union (including its institutions; member state domestic politics; EU-Russia relations; the EU as a foreign policy and diplomatic actor; the politics, diplomacy and governance of Brexit; the UK as a global actor post-Brexit; Brexit and its effect on the UK, the rest of the EU and Europe more broadly)
  • the UK and transatlantic relations, especially their security dimensions
  • London and other global cities
  • political representation and participation of minority and marginalised communities, particularly Roma across central and eastern Europe, but also LGBTIQ communities
  • minorities and international governance and diplomacy
  • visual culture and political voice
  • critical and normative approaches to diplomacy
  • international political communication and diplomatic discourse
  • Russia-West relations
  • contemporary political leadership
  • the politics of crisis
  • business diplomacy

These are not exclusive and we encourage potential candidates to contact the Institute before submitting an application.

Your development

Studying for a PhD is a significant but incredibly rewarding investment for your career and for your future.

By undertaking a PhD with the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance, you will have the opportunity to work with top researchers and industry leaders, and gain first-hand experience of real-life problem solving.

Your future career

As well as providing a route into academia, studying a PhD will give you the expertise and skills required to advance your career in a wide range of professions, vocations and businesses.

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. To learn the equivalent for your country, please choose it from the dropdown below.

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

A master’s qualification or equivalent in a relevant subject and a good honours degree in a relevant discipline (minimum 2:1).

In exceptional cases, substantial professional work experience/ qualifications may also be taken into consideration.

IELTS overall score of 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in each test.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Fees and funding

UK fee

Full-time degree per annum
To be confirmed

International fee

Full-time degree per annum

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.

Find out more about research degree funding

How to apply

All PhD applications must be made online.

We strongly recommend contacting your preferred research supervisor(s) in advance of submitting an application to discuss your ideas. To see a full list of academic staff within the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance, please visit the Institute's staff page.

Please use our online application portal to submit your research proposal, and clearly outline the question you intend to address. You should also include an overview of your subject area and proposed research methods.

When applying for a PhD within the Institute, please select Diplomacy and International Governance when asked for the programme name.

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