Politics and International Relations BA (Hons) degree

4 years full-time with placement year or 3 years full-time

Typical offer
ABB Entry requirements
Fees (per academic year)
UK: £9,250
International: £20,750
UCAS codes
4 years full-time with placement year: 7L27
3 years full-time: 1L27
Start date
3 October 2022
Institute code
L79

Overview

Our Politics and International Relations degree offers a fantastic opportunity to study domestic, international and global challenges faced by states and citizens in the 21st Century, and to contribute to debates about the theory and practice of politics in the contemporary era.

On our Politics and International Relations BA (Hons) course you will study the ideas that have shaped the development of domestic and international politics, the creation of states, and the systems by which we organise our political lives.

The Politics and International Relations degree will give the opportunity to study the relationships between states on the world stage, and debate key issues and events as they unfold. You will learn about political theory, institutions, and history, and you will be asked to question your own role in world politics, what is required of you as a citizen of a state (and of the world), the practical and theoretical difficulties faced by decision makers across the world, and how actually existing states have sought to resolve these difficulties.

Our Politics and International Relations degree therefore equips you with knowledge and understanding of political and international events, ideas, and institutions. In learning about these, you will also learn the skills of argument and analysis which are essential to your own intellectual development, but also for a wide range of careers.

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Why you should choose us

Why you should study this course

On our exciting course, you will experience a strong ethos of research and teaching excellence first-hand, being taught by award-winning academic and technical staff. Our teaching also offers a wide range of topics, delivery and assessment, giving our course the ability to be tailored to best fit your personal and academic development.

Students learn best when they are intellectually stimulated, excited about their studies, and when key academic issues are brought to life. Therefore, we have increased our contact hours, and embrace new and innovative teaching and assessment techniques, participative learning methods, and the latest e-learning tools. You will work closely with a diverse team of experts in order to increase your own knowledge and skills, drawing your own conclusions about domestic and global politics.

My Dissertation: By India Sanders

Politics and International Relations student India Sanders talks about her dissertation ‘US Government Mass Surveillance vs Edward Snowden; Whose Intentions Were More in the Public Interest?’.

What you'll study

Excited to learn more? For a taster of what you can expect to study on our Politics and International Relations BA (Hons) degree, take a sneak preview of some of the modules you may have the opportunity to study below.

The information below is intended as an example only, featuring module details for the current year of study. Modules are reviewed on an annual basis and may be subject to future changes – revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information.

Semester 1

Compulsory

Smart Scholarship

This module has two main aims:

  • introduces students to fundamental skills for successful study in Politics, International Relations, and/or History
  • allows students to develop, recognise and better articulate their skills, attributes and self-awareness.

The Contemporary World Arena (20 Credit)

The aims of the module are to explore various aspects of the contemporary world arena, and to consider the importance of different actors and issues; and to identify links between theory and practice in the world arena.

Power, Politics & Ideology in Modern Europe (20 credit)

This module provides an introduction to modern European history from c.1750 to the present and to the major ideological families that have defined, and continue to shape, European political, cultural, and intellectual life. It encourages students to evaluate the impact of the 'dual revolution' on the emergence of the key political ideologies - including liberalism, conservatism, Marxism, and feminism - and to assess the relevance of these ideologies to contemporary politics.

Optional

Economic and Political Geography (10 credits)

The aims of this module are to:

  • introduce students to debates in economic and political geography on globalisation by:
  • exploring political and economic processes that have culminated in contemporary global change;
  • examining case studies of economic and political change in the global North and global South;
  • familiarising students with writers and texts in these areas.

Identities and Inequalities

The aims of this module are for the student (a) to become familiar with the discipline of sociology through a study of sociological theories and concepts and their application, and (b) to develop a sociological way of thinking.

Introducing Criminology

This module introduces criminology through a range of issues, case study examples and topical debates. It introduces students to the key theoretical approaches within criminology that act as a framework for understanding areas such as victimisation, crime prevention, mental health, feminist criminology, prisons, policing, representations of crime in the media and hate crime through racism and homophobia.
Analyse critically a range of criminology and social issues and problems in contemporary Britain, and the arrangements that have been devised to meet them.

Semester 2

Compulsory

Conceptions of Democracy

The aim of this module is to introduce a variety of perspectives on democracy.

International Political Theory

This module aims to introduce students to a selection of theories, concepts and theorists of International Politics. Students will learn to critically evaluate the strengths, weaknesses and limits of each approach.

The Making and Unmaking of the World Order (20 credit)

This module introduces students to the main currents of world history and to the shifting structure of the international order in the modern period. It aims to cover both the mainstream narratives and those critical of Eurocentrism, thereby stimulating an appreciation in cultural diversity.

British Politics and Government

Using comparative politics as a basis, the aim of this module is to introduce students to various aspects of British politics and government on a domestic and international stage, and how these have been changed and evolved over time.

Optional

Social and Cultural Geography (10 credits)

The aim of this module is to introduce students to key concepts in social and cultural geography, particularly ideas about the importance of space in the construction of social and cultural identities.

Global, Social and Cultural Change

The aim of this module is to offer a sociological overview to contemporary social issues, from a macro perspective and with a particular focus on their global, social, and cultural dimensions. A running theme throughout the course is to make sense of power struggles, international exchanges and technological advancements that reshape the world, and how they have raised new challenges for social groups and individuals in the XXI century.

Understanding Social Policy

This module introduces students to the development of welfare state by examining topical debates and case study examples of social policy in practice. It introduces students to the chronological development of the welfare state that acts as a historical framework for understanding pertinent contemporary social issues.

Semesters 1 & 2

Optional

University-wide Language Programme

This is a 10 credit module from the University-wide language programme.

Semester 1

Compulsory

Theories and Methods in Political Research

The aims of this module are to introduce students to the dominant approaches and their research methods in politics.

Optional

The European Union (20 Credit)

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of key aspects the European Union, including: its historical evolution, its deepening process, its enlargement process, its institutions, its member states and its policy areas. Another goal is to introduce students to the theoretical and analytical perspectives to make sense of EU's integration process, policy mechanisms and policy areas.

Comparative European Politics (20 Credit)

The module offers a pan-European introduction to the continent's politics and compares the institutions of, the processes as well as the key actors within democracies across Europe. The module also focuses on the importance of the comparative method and the theoretically-informed empirical research in the field of political science.

History of Political Thought (20 Credit)

The aim of this module is to examine some of the main thinkers in the history of political thought.

 

Critical Security Studies

The aim of this module is to examine the concept of security through a range of conceptual and theoretical approaches, especially its 'critical' variants. This is done by examining critical frameworks of security and insecurity, at times contrasting with orthodox and mainstream notions.

Small Wars

The module examines the evolution and conduct of Small Wars throughout the Twentieth Century and up until the present and ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. It analyses why and how Great Powers have fought small wars and explores the motivations and resistance of insurgents. The module also examines different types of Counter-Insurgency operations as carried out by Liberal States.

Globalization: Citizenship & Development

This module aims to

  • develop your understanding of how political and development geographies are both shaping and impacted by globalization
  • provide you with the geographical tools necessary to interrogate critically contemporary and historical events as they relate to globalization.

Social Difference: Geographical Perspectives

This module aims to develop an understanding of changes in the nature of geographical research about social difference over time.

Slavery in Global History (20 credits)

This module will demonstrate the global context of slavery and explore its history from Ancient History to the present.

Women and Crime: Victims, Offenders and Survivors

The aims of this module are to examine the role of gender within victimisation, offending, and interactions with the criminal justice system. The module focuses on theory and literature that unpacks the potential differences (and similarities!) between the criminological experiences of men, women, and non-binary/trans people. Much of criminology assumes that the 'male' is the norm, so this module will provide an alternative lens for analysis.

Semester 2

Compulsory

Research Design

The aim of this module is to develop skills in research design, involving selecting of topic and viable research questions, appropriate research methodologies for the research questions selected, sourcing research data and learning how to complete a coherent research proposal.

Optional

Political Simulation

The aim of this module is to introduce students to "practical politics" through the use of role play exercises.

The Politics of Star Wars

The aim of this module is to introduce students to various aspects of politics and history as depicted within and emanating from the "Star Wars" films. Students will consider how these depictions can be used as a lens to understand key political concepts and their relationship to contemporary issues, topic and events.

Foreign Policy Analysis (20 Credit)

The overarching aim of this module is to provide an understanding of the frameworks of Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) and the formulation and implementation of foreign policy via case studies.

Politics of Developing Countries

This module aims to examine the problem of socio-economic inequality between the global North and global South and to analyse the relationship between global and local politics and socio-economic development.

The American Century: US Politics and Society in the 20th Century

The aims of this module are to:

  • Introduce students to the main institutions of the US government and how they function within the US political system
  • Examine the politics and foreign policy of the United States through an analysis of its 20th century history
  • Explore how US cultural, social and intellectual history influenced US politics in the 20th century.

Globalization: Economy & Innovation

This module aims to

  • develop your understanding of how economic and cultural geographies are both shaping and impacted by globalization
  • provide you with the geographical tools and theories necessary to interrogate critically contemporary and historical events as they relate to globalization.

From Rebellion to Partition: British India, 1857-1947

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the history of British India from mid-19th c. to the end of colonial period in 1947. The course begins with an introductory overview of colonial history through which to study the Indian sub-continent and goes on to examine major landmarks of this period. It looks at the colonial state's interactions with Indian polity, society and culture to show how imperial subjects came into being, before becoming independent citizens in 1947.

Social Difference: Post-Colonial and Post-Socialist Societies

This module aims to develop an awareness of how social differences interact in a range of ways across space, place and time. This will involve examining processes of social change in post-colonial and post-socialist societies.

Media, Culture and Crime

The aims of this module are to examine the relationship between media, culture and crime and to analyse media representations of crime and criminal behaviour as well as criminal justice agencies.

Semesters 1 & 2

Optional

University-wide Language Programme

One 10-credit module from a list supplied by the Language Centre, levels dependent on candidates’ previous qualifications. Languages offered are:  French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish.

Semester 1

Optional

Contemporary Political Philosophy

The aims of this module are to:

  • outline and discuss important themes in contemporary political philosophy by encouraging reflection on a number of common basic assumptions and intuitions about the nature of politics, the responsibilites of social and political institutions and the principles upon which ideas about politics are founded;
  • encourage you to tackle some of the most profound and enduring questions facing citizens and policy makers in liberal democratic states and to evaluate the various ways in which different philosophical traditions have approached these issues.

Remembering Postwar Britain

The aim of the module is to explore how, and in what ways, Postwar Britain changed from the period of 1945 to the present. Using nostalgia as a framework, the module explores various case studies to show the change and how it impacted on notions of Britishness.

International Politics of the Middle East

This module introduces students to key political issues in Middle East politics from a local, regional, and global perspective by employing relevant conceptual tools and empirically-informed analyses. It provides a historical overview of the main political developments of the region with the objective of exploring their role in shaping the contemporary Middle East.

Emerging Threats in the 21st Century

The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of new and emerging security threats in the 21st Century. It explores some of the different ways these threats are understood, how they are being responded to and their implications for the politics of security.

State, Violence and Terrorism

The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of terrorism and political violence by examining a variety of past and present case studies, and by exploring definitions of terrorism, causes of political violence, and the roles played by the state and the media in connection to it.

The Asia-Pacific in Global Politics

This module explores the various vectors of international politics in the Asia-Pacific; and locates this dynamic region within the larger framework of global politics. Students are expected to demonstrate an appreciation of the web of interactions in the Asia-Pacific at the end of the module. Topics include political geography, diplomatic relations, international political economy, and identity politics in East Asia.

Britain and the European Union

The aim of this module is to develop multiple and critical perspectives on the question of the UK's membership of the European Union. The module will introduce the complexity of the UK's relationship with the EU. It will apply and critically engage with competing conceptual frameworks of Britain's relationship with the EU. It will study key periods, issues and phenomena of the UK's relationship with the EU.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The aims of this module are to present a range of issues on managing entrepreneurship and innovation; to present a range of topics on small and medium-sized enterprises(SMEs), as these companies are an important channel for enacting entrepreneurship and the diffusion of innovation; and to develop relevant transferable skills.

Employment, Work and Life

Drawing on contemporary examples, the central aim of this module is for students to examine the strategies different social groups adopt in order to make a living in uncertain economic times.

Geographies of Home

The aim of this module is for the student to evaluate the multiple geographies of home.

Gender, Sex and Society

This module introduces students to main themes and perspectives within the sociology of gender, with an emphasis on contemporary analyses of feminism and how are lives are gendered within different social contexts. Students will engage with both theoretical perspectives and empirical analyses.

Semester 2

Optional

The Populist Challenge to Democracy

Populism is a phenomenon which has attracted substantial attention in recent years. This is not least related to the rise of radical right-wing parties in Western Europe during the past few decades. Whereas the term has been used extensively, the concept is also problematic, due to the fact that populism is often ill-defined, applied randomly and used in a pejorative manner.

This module is, first, aimed at clarifying the meaning of the term 'populism.' Second, it focuses on current manifestations of populism in Europe, Latin America and the United States. Third, it seeks to explain the alleged rise of populism. Finally, it focuses on the relationship between populism and (liberal) democracy. Should populism be seen as a threat to democratic institutions, or rather as a corrective that safeguards the quality of democracy?

Gender and Politics

The aim of this module is to explore how gender, understood in terms of both masculinity and femininity, relates to politics, both domestic and international. It explores some of the different ways that sex and gender have been theorized and how this impacts on understanding phenomena such as the state, power, equality, violence, war and security.

War in the 21st Century

The aim of this module is for students to explore and understand the impact of technological innovation in the business of war and conflict in the 21st Century. Students will interrogate the Western way of waging samall wars and the manner in which technological innovations such as drones (unarmed aerial machines) have permitted and encouraged war to be waged at 'a distance' from the battlefield.

Power, Politics and Participation in the Digital Age

The aims of this module are:

  • To introduce key concepts in new media and politics
  • To introduce the central debates around the relationship between power, politics, participation, and the internet
  • To provide relevant case studies through which to explore the main debates from a variety of perspectives, so students can develop critical thinking skills
  • To offer opportunities to develop skills in research, presentations, and essay writing.

The Politics of Militarism

The aim of this module is to examine the concept of militarism through a range of conceptual and theoretical approaches. This is achieved by exploring the place of the military in theories and practices of war and statecraft as well as looking at the more everyday aspects of militarism in culture and society.

After Empire: South Asia since 1945

This course examines the emergence, evolution and contemporary existence of South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal) since 1945. It explores the moments of incorporation, trajectories of development and marginal spaces, apart from the mainstream of South Asia today.

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Planning

The aims of this module are:

  • to build on and apply concepts presented in Semester One in the prerequisite module, through the creation of a business plan for a real or imaginary business;
  • to develop relevant transferable skills.

Leadership & Interpersonal Skills

The aim of this module is to examine the roles of leadership and interpersonal skills in achieving effective teamwork, motivation and successful organisational performance by organisations and individuals.

Financial Economics

The aims of this module are to:

  • introduce students to basic concepts in finance and to equip them for further study in more advanced topics and modules in finance;
  • explain the functions of capital markets in the economy, the ways in which economic activity is financed and implications for the flow of funds, and the role of the stock exchange in this process;
  • explain basic techniques of financial analysis, especially the valuation of simple securities, including shares, bonds and money market investments;
  • examine investment decision rules; discuss issues pertaining to risk and the opportunity cost of capital;
  • explain how corporations finance capital expenditure via equity or debt;
  • examine a number of additional issues such as agency problems, market efficiency, payout policy, risk management, financial planning, and mergers.

Poverty, Pay and Living Standards

This module offers an overview of possible ways to understand poverty, pay, and living standards as well as the conceptual and empirical associations between them.

This module aims to:

  • Introduce some of the main approaches to conceptualise and measure poverty and living standards;
  • Assess the relationship between income, salary, wages, and poverty;
  • Consider the role of social policy in addressing poverty and improving living standards.

Semesters 1 & 2

Compulsory

Dissertation

The aim of the module is to enable students to undertake an extensive piece of research on a topic of their choice in the field of their degree title, and to further develop their skills in research techniques and methods.

Optional

University-wide Language Programme

One 10-credit module from a list supplied by the Language Centre, levels dependent on candidates’ previous qualifications. Languages offered are:  French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish.

How you'll study

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Independent study
  • Group work
  • Supervision

How you'll be assessed

A variety of assessment methods are used on the Politics and International Relations degree course.

For the Politics aspect of the degree, you could be assessed in a variety of ways ranging from traditional essay questions, group presentations and case studies to political simulation, writing official reports and individual poster presentations. You will also complete a final-year dissertation on a topic of your own choice.

For the International Relations aspect of the degree, you can expect to undertake a range of assessment methods, from a journalistic piece or a book review, to an analysis of a film or a political simulation.

You will also complete a final-year dissertation on a topic of your own choice. If you spend the third year of your degree working or studying abroad, your degree award is worked out in the same proportion noted above, and you will additionally be eligible for a Diploma in International Studies.


Placement year

A professional placement allows you to test drive a career and stand out to employers. Placement options are wide and varied but would typically be a graduate level role with one of a broad range of companies or organisations based in the UK or overseas.

We have strong industry links which help our students secure year-long placements in the UK and internationally. These placements are an invaluable opportunity to enhance employability and apply skills and knowledge to a working environment. You are expected to secure your own placement, however, extensive support from the School Placement Officer and Careers Network team is always available. Transfer between the three and four year courses is normally possible.

Placement companies

Students from the School of Social Sciences and Humanities have a broad range of skills meaning that the placements they undertake are wide and varied.

In recent years our students have completed placements with BP, Volkswagen, Molson Coors, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Samsung Electronics, Bosch, Confederation of British Industry, PwC, National Grid, Renault, Department of Work and Pensions, Food Standards Agency, Bedfordshire Police, Instron and Sky.

Students have undertaken roles such as Logistics Manager, Marketing Intern, Management Consultant, Social Research Officer, Community Safety Hub Team Assistant, Corporate Finance Analyst, Sports Data Researcher, HR, PR & Social Media Intern and Corporate Affairs. Students also have the opportunity to develop their commercial and professional skills by undertaking a Year in Enterprise.

During their third year, selected students can pursue their own business idea, supported by a business mentor to develop their strategy, operations, risk analysis and finances.

Politics and International Studies Placement

Students share their Placement experiences.

Additional award

This course comes with the option to undertake a professional placement for a year, at the end of which you will gain a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS). This is an additional award to the final qualification you will receive once you have successfully completed this course.

Study abroad

If you are interested in travelling whilst you study, there are placement opportunities in other countries too, as well as options to spend from 3-12 months at an overseas university.

By choosing this course you’ll have the option to take advantage of this exciting opportunity, giving you the chance to not only experience new cultures and visit new and exciting destinations, but to expand your learning experience.

Studying abroad allows you to get ahead in the job market by gaining an international perspective and improving your ability to establish relations with people from different cultural backgrounds. Your time abroad will help you to establish an international network of friends and students return to Loughborough with a new and different study outlook, coloured by their experiences whilst away.

6+6

Should you wish to combine a work placement and study abroad, you may select the 6+6 option which allows you to spend half of your year doing each.

English Language Assistantship

If you are interested in teaching English abroad, you can apply for a British Council placement to work as a paid English language assistant in a school abroad during your third year.

Additional award

This course comes with the option to study abroad for a year, at the end of which you will gain a Diploma in International Studies (DIntS). This is an additional award to the final qualification you will receive once you have successfully completed this course.

Where you'll study

As a student on our Politics and International Relations BA (Hons) degree you will have access to a wide range of facilities across campus. Facilities include newly refurbished common rooms, study spaces and a purpose-built computer lab, which serves as a self-teaching laboratory for language students and provides open-access computers to all students.

Entry requirements

To learn more about the qualifications we typically accept, please select your country from the drop-down menu below.

General entry requirements

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entry requirements which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative UK and international qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

General entry requirements

Contextual admissions

The University’s admissions process uses contextual information to provide insights into the context in which your academic qualifications have been achieved. This may influence the typical offers listed below.

Contextual admissions

United Kingdom

Typical A-Level offer

ABB

Typical IB offer

34 (6,5,5 HL)

Typical BTEC offer

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM.

A Level Grades BB plus Distinction in BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate.

A Level Grade B plus Distinction Distinction in BTEC Level 3 National Diploma.

Reduced contextual offer

Meeting specific eligibility criteria guarantees that if you are made an offer, it will be reduced by up to two grades. Find out more about Access Loughborough Contextual Offers.

Preferred subjects

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma preferred subjects: Applied Science, Business, Health and Social Care, IT, Sport.
Other BTEC subjects may be considered when offered in combination with one A Level from the following list: Ancient History, Business Studies, Classical Civilisation, Economics, English Language/Literature, Geography, Government and Politics, History, Languages (non-native), Law, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies and Sociology.

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.

Many of our courses receive a large number of applications for each available place.  We cannot unfortunately always make offers to all applicants who are predicted to achieve/have achieved grades in line with our advertised typical offers.

Australia

Typical offers for students from Australia are based on the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). Typically, we would require a score between 85.00 and 94.00. For students from Queensland, requirements from the Overall Position (OP) would typically be between 8 and 4.

Further to the above, students would normally be required to pass one of the following qualifications:

  • ACT Year 12 Certificate
  • New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC)
  • Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE)
  • Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
  • South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
  • Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
  • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)

Where courses have specific subject requirements, these will be expected to be studied within one of the above qualifications. Grades of ‘B’ (ACT, NTCE, SACE, VCE, WACE), ‘4’ (HSC), ‘CA’ (TCE), ‘HA’ (QCE) or higher will normally be required.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Austria

For students taking the Austrian Reifeprüfung (Matura), we typically require an average score between 2.2 and 1.2 from 6 written or spoken exams. Where courses have specific subject requirements, a score of or 1 will normally be required in each.

English language studied within the above qualification is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Bahrain

Students who have studied the Tawjihiyah/Thanawiya amma (General Secondary Education Certificate) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements

Belgium

The Certificat d’Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS) and Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs (DSO) are both acceptable qualifications for direct entry into first year undergraduate courses. We typically require an overall score ranging from 75% to 85%. Where the 20 point marking scale is used, we would typically require marks between 15/20 and 17/20.

Specific subject marks may be required for some courses and where this is the case, this should be studied as a 4 hour subject. Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 50% or higher in Maths within the CESS or DSO.

Students currently studying the Abschlusszeugnis der Oberstufe des Sekundarunterrichts should contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further details.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Brazil

Students taking the Brazilian High School Certificate(Certificado de Ensino Médio and Exame Nacional do Ensino Médio – ENEM) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year. 

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements

Brunei

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Bulgaria

For students taking the Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie, we would typically ask for an overall score ranging from 5.3 6.0 overall with specific subject marks required for some courses.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 4.5 or higher in Maths within the Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Canada

Typical offers for students from Canada are based on having completed Grade 12. The information below outlines the requirements for different states:

Alberta, Northwest Territory, Nunavut

  • Typical offers are based on an average of best 5 grade 12 courses in the General High School Diploma and offers typically range from 80% - 93%.
  • Where courses require specific subjects, these should be taken as thirty-level courses. Where A Level Maths is a course requirement, both Mathematics 30-1 and Mathematics 30-2 should be completed.
  • Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 60% or higher in grade 10 Maths.

British Columbia, Yukon Territory

  • Typical offers range from ‘BBBBBB’ – ‘AAAAAA’ from best 6 grade 12 subjects in the Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma.
  • Where courses require specific subjects these would normally need to be achieved at ‘A’ or ‘B’.
  • Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of ‘C’ or higher in grade 10 Maths.

Manitoba

  • Typical offers are based on an average of best 5 subjects at 300 level in the High School Graduation Diploma and offers typically range from 80% - 93% with specific subject marks required for some courses.
  • Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 60% or higher in grade 10 Maths.

New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan

  • Typical offers are based on an average of best 5 grade 12 subjects in the High School Graduation Diploma and offers typically range from 80% - 93% with specific subject marks required for some courses. Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 60% or higher in grade 10 Maths.

Newfoundland & Labrador

  • Typical offers are based on an average of best 5 university preparatory level subjects in the High School Graduation Diploma and offers typically range from 80% - 93% with specific subject marks required for some courses.
  • Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 60% or higher in grade 10 Maths.

Nova Scotia

  • Typical offers are based on an average of best 5 subjects at level 4 or 5 in the High School Completion Certificate and offers typically range from 80% - 93% with specific subject marks required for some courses.
  • Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 60% or higher in grade 10 Maths.

Ontario

  • Typical offers are based on an average of best 6 grade 12 courses at ‘4U’, ‘4M’ or ‘DU’ in the Ontario Secondary School Diploma and offers typically range from 80% - 93% with specific subject marks required for some courses.
  • Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 60% or higher in grade 10 Maths.

Quebec

  • Typical offers range from 80% - 93% overall in the Diplome d'Etudes Collegiales with specific subject marks of 80% - 96% required for some courses.
  • Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 60% or higher in grade 11 Maths. 

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

China

Students taking the Senior Middle Examinations will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year. 

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Alternatively, we will accept a first year of study at a recognised university of appropriate standing within China as acceptable for entry to the first year of some of our degree courses. We would typically require an overall average ranging from 75% to 80% with specific subject marks required for some courses. Please contact the International Office who can advise on acceptability for entry to Loughborough courses.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Croatia

For students taking the Croatian Matura (Svjedodžba o Maturi), we typically require an average score between 4.0 and 5.0.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, a score of 4 or 5 will normally be required in each. For courses that require Maths as part of their A Level offer, this should be taken at extended level in the Matura.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Cyprus

The Apolytirion is not accepted for direct entry to the University when studied on its own. However, we are happy to consider students taking the Apolytirion alongside either 1 or 2 A Levels. For courses with typical offer requirements of ‘ABB’, we would typically require 19.5 in the Apolytirion alongside an ‘A’ at A Level or 18.0 in the Apolytirion alongside ‘AB’ at A Level. Where courses require specific subjects, these must be taken at A Level.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 17 or higher in Maths within the Apolytirion.

Students taking the Apolytirion without additional A Levels will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year. Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year, alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Czech Republic

For students taking the Czech Maturita (Vysvědčení o Maturitní Zkoušce), we typically require an average ranging from 2.00 to 1.00 from best 4 subjects with specific subject marks (either 1 or 2) required for some courses.

All applicants must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Denmark

For students taking the Bevis for Studentereksamen (STX), typical offers range from 8.0 to 10.5 in the weighted average mark from the STX. Some courses may require marks (either 10 or 12) in specific Level A subjects.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 7 or higher in Level C Maths with the STX.

Students who have taken the Studentereksamen under the old grading system would be considered on a case by case basis with an average between 9.0 and 11.0 normally required.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Egypt

Students who have studied the Thanaweya A’ama (Certificate of General Secondary Education) will need complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Estonia

For students taking the  Gümnaasiumi lõputunnistus with the Riigieksamitunnistus, we typically require a high average grade between 4.3 and 4.8 in the Gümnaasiumi lõputunnistus as well as an average percentage between 77% and 90% in the Riigieksamitunnistus.

Specific subject marks may be required for some courses. For Engineering and Science courses, we would expect students to have studied Lai Matemaatika.

Students with a score of 4.0 with 70% average from state exams would be considered on a case by case basis for the Loughborough University Foundation Year

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

European Baccalaureate

For students taking the European Baccalaureate, we typically require an overall average mark between 78% and 88% with specific subject marks (normally 8.0 or higher from a 4 or 5 period subject) required for some courses.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 6.5 or higher in Maths 3.

English language studied within the above qualification is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details. When applying, please state whether you are taking English as Language 1, 2, 3 or 4.

Faroe Islands

Students taking the Studentsprógv would normally be required to achieve a score between 8.0 and 10.5 with specific subject marks (either 10 or 12) required for some courses.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Finland

For students taking the Ylioppilastutkinto / Studentexamen, typical offer requirements would normally be based on achievement in best 4 subjects. Offers will typically be expressed as four letter grades ranging from MMMM (achieve Magna cum laude approbatur or higher in four subjects) to LEEE (achieve Eximia cum laude approbatur or higher in four subjects with at least one subject at Laudatur).

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 7 or higher in Maths within the Lukion Päästötodistus

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

France

For students taking the new French Baccalauréat Général (assessed from 2021 onwards), we typically require an overall result between 13.0 – 15.5 with results of 14-15 in two speciality subjects. Specific speciality subjects are required for some courses.

Students following the Option Internationale (OIB) will often receive a slightly lower offer.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 10 or higher in Mathematics taken in Year 12 as a Speciality Subject (Première) or a score of 11 or higher in Additional Maths taken as an Option in Year 13 (Terminale).

Students taking the Baccalauréat Technologique will be considered for first year entry on a case by case basis where subjects studied are relevant to the university course applied for.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Germany

Students taking the Abitur typically require an overall score ranging from 1.3 - 2.0 with specific subject marks required for some courses (normally between 12and 15).

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 7 or higher in Maths within the Abitur.

English language studied within the above qualification is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Ghana

Students taking the WASSCE will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Greece

Students taking the Greek Apolyterion are normally required to also take the Panhellenic Exams. Typical offers are based on the General Access Grade in the Panhellenics and range from 16.5 to 19.0 depending on the course applied for. Where courses have specific subject requirements, these should be taken as ‘Direction’ subjects within the Panhellenics. Students applying for Science or Engineering courses would generally be expected to have followed the Sciences direction. We will also normally ask for a mark between 17.0 and 19.0 in the Apolyterion certificate.

Students who have studied 1 or 2 A Levels alongside the Apolyterion (without taking the Panhellenic Exams) would normally be required to obtain high grades in their A Level  exams along with an average mark of between 17.0 and 19.0 in the Apolyterion. Where courses have specific subject requirements, these should be taken as A Levels.

Students taking a Foundation course alongside the Apolyterion will be considered on a case by case basis.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Hong Kong

Typical offers for students taking the HKDSE  vary by course and range from ‘5, 4, 4’ – ‘5*, 5, 5’ from best 3 subjects, of which 2 must be electives and excluding Liberal Studies and Chinese. Where courses require specific subjects, we would be looking for grades between ‘4’ and ‘5*’ in these subjects.

For courses that require Maths as part of their A Level offer, this should be taken at extended level in the HKDSE. Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of ‘3’ or higher in core Maths.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Hungary

For students taking the Hungarian Matura (Érettségi Bizonyítvány), we typically require an average ranging from 70% to 83% from best 5 subjects which must include at least 2 higher level exams.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, a score of between 70% and 90% would normally be required in a higher level exam.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Iceland

For students taking the Stúdentspróf, we typically require an overall grade between 8.0 and 9.3 with specific subject marks (between 8 and 10) required for some courses.

English language studied within the above qualification is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

India

Typical offers are based on the Standard XII school leaving qualifications. When awarded by CBSE, ISCE or West Bengal Exam Boards, we typically ask for results in the region of 78% - 88% average performance from best 4 subjects. For other state boards, we would be looking for achievement between 83% - 93% from best 4 subjects. Specific subject marks at Standard X or Standard XII may be required for some courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Indonesia

Students who have studied the Ijazah: Sekolah Menengah Atas/Madrasah Aliyah (SMA/MA) will need complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Ireland

Students who have taken the Leaving Certificate under the new grading system (post 2016) would normally be required to achieve 5 higher level passes with grades ranging from H2 H2 H3 H3 H3 to H1 H1 H2 H2 H2. Where courses have specific A Level subject requirements, these should be taken at higher level.

If you have taken the Leaving Certificate under the old grading system (pre 2016) our typical offers would be between B1 B1 B2 B2 B2 and A1 A1 A2 A2 A2.

English language studied within the above qualification is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Israel

For students taking the Bagrut, we would require students to have studied at least 21 study units. Typical offers will be based on average percentage from 3 best 5-unit level subjects with requirements ranging from 78% to 92% depending on the course. Please note that we do not use the Optimal Average and do not consider bonus points as part of our offers.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, we would expect these to be studied as a 5-unit subject and look for achievement between 80% and 95%.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Italy

For students taking the Diploma di Esamo di Stato, we typically require an overall score ranging from 85% - 98% overall. Where courses require specific subjects, we would be looking for marks between 8 and 10 in school assessment.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 6 or higher in school assessment for Maths.

Students taking the Diploma di Istituto Tecnico will be considered for first year entry on a case by case basis where subjects studied are relevant to the course for which they have applied.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Japan

Students taking the Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Alternatively, we will accept a first year of study at a recognised university of appropriate standing within Japan as acceptable for entry to the first year of some of our degree courses. We would typically require an overall average ranging from 75% to 80% with specific subject marks required for some courses. Please contact the International Office who can advise on acceptability for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Jordan

Students taking the Tawjihi (General Secondary Education Certificate) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

Students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Kazakhstan

Typical offers for students from Kazakhstan are based on the Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools (NIS) Grade 12 Certificate. Typically, we would require a score between AAA and BBB from Advanced level subjects.  Where courses  have specific subject requirements, these will be expected to be studied at Advanced level.

English language studied within the Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools (NIS) Grade 12 Certificate is not sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table for further details.

Kenya

Students taking the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

English language studied within the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Kuwait

Students who have studied the Tawjihiyah/Thanawiya amma (General Secondary Education Certificate) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Latvia

For students taking the Atestāts par Vispārējo Vidējo Izglītību, we typically require a high average grade between 9.2 and 10.0 as well as an average between 87% and 95% from best 4 state exams.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, a score between 87% and 95% will normally be requested in state exams in these subjects.

Students with a score of 8.0 with 80% average from best 4 state exams would be considered on a case by case basis for the Foundation Year.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Lebanon

Students taking the Baccalauréat Général will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

Students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Lithuania

For students taking the Brandos Atestatas, typical offers generally range from 9.0 – 10.0 overall. We would also typically ask for an average percentage from the best 3 state exams between 80% and 94%. Where courses require specific subjects, we would typically require these to be taken as state exams.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 7 or higher in school assessment for Maths.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Malaysia

For students taking either the Matrikulasi (Matriculation Certificate) or the Sigjil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysian (STPM), we would typically require grades ranging from AAA-BBB from best 3 (core) subjects excluding general studies.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a grade C or higher in SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) Maths.

For students taking the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) we would typically require from the best 7 subjects grades ranging 2xA1 5xA2 to 7xB3 in the UEC-SML. Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a grade B6 or higher in Maths.

  • Students taking the MARA Diploma will be considered for first year entry on a case by case basis.                                                                                                                             
  • Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Malta

For students taking the Advanced Matriculation Exam, typical offers would normally be based on achievement in 2 advanced level subjects (typically between BB and AA) and 3 intermediate level subjects excluding Systems of Knowledge (typically between BCC and AAA).

Where courses have specific subject requirements, a score of B or A will normally be required in an Advanced Level subject. Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we normally look for a score of 4 or higher in Maths within the Secondary Education Certificate (SEC).

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Netherlands

For students taking the Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)., typical offers range from 6.6 to 7.4 average from the VWO with specific subject marks (between and 9) required for some courses.

Students applying for Science or Engineering courses would generally be expected to have followed the Natuur en Techniek stream within the VWO and have taken the Maths D course.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 5 or higher in Maths within the VWO.

Students taking the Middelbaar Beroepsonderwijs (MBO Level 4) certificate will be considered for first year entry on a case by case basis where subjects studied are relevant to the university course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further details.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

New Zealand

For students taking the National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 typical offers will be based on overall achievement in the NCEA plus a required number of credits achieved at the next level up. For example, where A Level requirements are ABB, we would normally require a Merit overall with 20 Level 3 credits achieved at Excellence.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, these should be studied at Level 3 within the NCEA. Typically, an overall achievement of Merit or Excellence will be required in these subjects.

English language studied within the above qualification is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Nigeria

Students taking the WASSCE will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Norway

For students taking the Vitnemål for Videregående Opplæring, typical offers range from 4.00 to 5.25 average of all Final Assessment Grades.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, students will need to achieve a or higher in at least two 140-hour courses.

English language studied within the above qualification is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table on the English Language page for further details.

Oman

Students who have studied the Tawjihiyah/Thanawiya amma (General Secondary Education Certificate) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Pakistan

Students taking the Intermediate/Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Poland

For students taking the new Matura typical offers are based on average achievement from 3 extended level exams and offers normally range from 75% - 85%. Where courses require specific subjects, these should be taken as extended level exams and we would normally look for marks between 75% and 90%.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 68% or higher in the compulsory standard level Maths.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Portugal

Students taking the Diploma de Ensino Secundário would normally be required to achieve a score between 16 and 18 with specific subject marks (between 17 and 19) required for some courses.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we normally look for a score of 14 or higher in Maths within the Diploma de Ensino Secundário.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Qatar

Students taking the Shahadat Al-Thanawaya Al-Aama (Senior School Certificate) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Romania

For students taking the Diploma de Bacalaureat, typical offers range from 8.6 – 9.4 overall. Where courses require a specific subject, we would be looking for this to be studied as the optional subject within the Diploma de Bacalaureat with marks between 8.6 and 9.8.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 7 or higher in Grade 10 Maths from the ‘Foaie Matricola’ or 6.5 or higher in Maths from the Diploma de Bacalaureat.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Russia

Students taking the Certificate of Unified State Examination will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Saudi Arabia

Students who have studied the Tawjihiyah (General Secondary Education Certificate) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Singapore

For students with Singapore A Levels, typical offers normally range from BBC to AAA from three H2 Level subjects and offers are typically one grade lower than the typical A Level requirement as stated in the undergraduate prospectus due to the comparative difficulty.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, an ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade would normally be required in line with UK A Level requirements.

Students with a Diploma from one of Singapore’s five Polytechnics would be considered for first year entry with requirements ranging from 2.50 to 3.10. Second year entry may be considered in some cases. Please contact the International Office to check if this is applicable.

For IB requirements please see the undergraduate prospectus.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table for further details.

Slovakia

For students taking the Slovakian Matura (Vysvedčenie o maturitnej skúške), typical offers range from 2.00 to 1.00 average from best 4 subjects with specific subject marks (either 1 or 2) required for some courses.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Slovenia

For students taking the Maturitetno Spričevalo., we typically require an overall total score of between 22 and 30 out of 34.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, a score of or 5 will normally be required in each. Applicants for Science or Engineering courses would normally be required to take Maths at higher level and would be required to achieve a mark of between 6 and 8.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

South Africa

For students taking the National Senior Certificate (NSC), typical offers range from 6,6,6,6,6 to 7,7,7,7,7 from the best 5 subjects, excluding Life Orientation.
 
Where courses have specific subject requirements, a score of or would normally be required.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table for further details.

South Korea

Students taking the High School Diploma will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Spain

For students taking the Titulo de Bachillerato, we typically require an overall score of 7.50 – 9.50.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, a score of 8.00 or 9.00 will normally be required in each.  Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 5.50 – 6.50 within the Titulo de Bachillerato.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Sri Lanka

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

Sri Lankan A Levels are considered comparable to the typical A Level requirements. However, as an A* grade cannot be achieved in Sri Lankan A Levels, an A grade is acceptable to meet this requirement where applicable.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Sweden

For students tasking the Avgångsbetyg / Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola, typical offers are normally based on an average score from 2500 credits with an ‘A’ counting as 20 points, a ‘B’ counting as 17.5 points, a ‘C’ counting as 15 points etc. Typical offers range from 16.0 to 18.8 average from 2500 credits.

Where courses have specific subject requirements, an ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade would normally be required from 2 relevant subject modules within the Slutbetyg.

Students who took the Avgångsbetyg / Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola under the old grading system are considered on a case by case basis with most courses requiring a majority of ‘VG’ and ‘MVG’ grades.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table for further details.

Switzerland

Students taking the following qualifications would be considered for direct entry to undergraduate courses: Certificat de MaturitéMaturitätsausweisAttestato di Maturità. Typical offer requirements are based on average achievement from best 12 subjects and offers typically range from 4.8 – 5.5. Where courses require specific subjects, we would be looking for marks between 5.0 and 6.0 in school assessment.

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of 4.0 or higher in school assessment for Maths.

English language studied within one of the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table for further details.

Taiwan

Students taking the Senior High School Diploma will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Alternatively, Junior College Diploma holders may be considered on a case by case basis for entry to undergraduate courses.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Tanzania

The Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (ACSEE) is acceptable for entry into the first year of undergraduate courses. Typical offers are the same as for UK A Levels as stated in the Undergraduate Prospectus.

For courses which require achievement in GCSE Maths, we normally look for a score of C or higher in Maths in the Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE).

English language studied within the above qualification is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table for further details.

Thailand

Students taking the Certificate of Secondary Education/Maw 6 will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

The Caribbean

For students taking the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), we typically require a range from ‘2, 2, 2’ -  ‘1, 1, 1’ achieved from three 2-unit exams with specific subject marks of ‘1’ or ‘2’ required by some courses

Where courses require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of ‘3’ or higher in Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Maths.

Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

English language studied within the above qualification is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table for further details.

The Gulf

Students who have studied the Tawjihiyah/Thanawiya amma (General Secondary Education Certificate) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Turkey

For students taking the Anadolu Lisesi (Anatolian High School Diploma) or Fen Lisesi (Science High School Diploma), will typically require a pass mark of higher than 80%,

Students taking the Lise Bitirme Diplomasi, will be considered for first year entry on a case by case basis.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Uganda

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. The Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) is also acceptable with grades equivalent to the typical A Level offer requirements.

English language studied within the above qualifications is normally sufficient to meet the university’s minimum entry requirements. Please see the Approved Qualifications table for further details.

United Arab Emirates

Students who have studied the Tawjihiyah/Thanawiya amma (General Secondary Education Certificate) will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements. Requirements for American SATs and APs can be found under the country requirements for USA.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

United States of America

For students studying in the American education system, typical offers for entry onto undergraduate level courses are based on obtaining 3.2 in the High School Diploma along with achievement in Advanced Placement Exams or SAT II Subject Specific Tests. We would typically require between ‘4, 4, 4’ and ‘5, 5, 5’ in 3 AP exams  or between ‘650, 650, 650’ and ‘750, 700, 700’ in 3 SAT subject tests.

Where courses have an A Level maths requirement, it would be necessary for applicants to achieve a high mark in AP Calculus BC or SAT Math Level 2. For programmes that require achievement in GCSE Maths, we would normally look for a score of ‘570’ or higher in SAT I Math or ACT with a minimum score of 27 overall and 26 in each component.

To satisfy English language requirements, we normally ask for a score of ‘610’ in SAT I Evidence-Based Reading/Writing or ACT with a minimum score of 27 overall and 26 in each component. Some programmes have higher requirements.

Vietnam

Students who have studied the Bằng Tốt Nghiệp Phổ Thông Trung Học  will need to complete an appropriate Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry to Loughborough courses.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Zambia

Students who have studied the General Certificate of Education will need to complete a suitable Foundation Year.

Loughborough University has its own Foundation Year for high-calibre international students who have successfully completed 12 years of school education. Alternatively, please contact the International Office to check if the Foundation Programme that you are considering taking is acceptable for entry.

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses. Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements

Zimbabwe

Students with A Level or IB qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses.

Please see the undergraduate prospectus for specific course requirements.

Zimbabwe A Levels are considered comparable to the typical A Level requirements. However, as an A* grade cannot be achieved in Zimbabwe A Levels, an A grade is acceptable to meet this requirement where applicable.  Typical offers for students taking the Zimbabwe A levels exclude the General Paper.

All students must also achieve the University’s English language requirements.

Tuition fees for 2022 entry

UK fees

Full-time course per annum
£9,250
Placement year
Approx. 20% of the full-time fee

International fees

Full-time course per annum
£20,750
Placement year
Approx. 20% of the full-time fee

The UK fees stated above may be subject to change following government review. We will update this information as soon as it is available. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to take into account inflationary pressures.

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.

Additional costs

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.

Your future career

Average starting salary

£26,000

Graduate Outcomes 2018

This course will provide you with key skills sought after by employers worldwide, preparing you for a rewarding future in your desired field, whatever this may be.

Our students gain a multitude of transferable skills through studying Politics and International Relations, such as critical reasoning and analysis, the ability to plan and research work, lead and participate in discussion and debate, and work efficiently both independently and as part of a team.

Students who study Politics and International Relations with us continually prove successful in their career endeavours after graduating. 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, finance, politics, public relations, publishing, journalism, charity, and human resources.

Career Support Services

Your time at Loughborough University will form a launchpad from which you can build an exciting career. With so many opportunities available, you’ll never be short of ways to improve your employability.

Our award-winning Careers Network team is here to help and support you, offering everything from CV workshops, one-to-one advice sessions and mock interview practice sessions to high-profile employer events. We’ve got everything you need for a really successful future.

Companies students have worked for after graduating

Our graduates pursue careers in a wide range of areas.

Here are a selection of graduate roles they have recently secured:

  • Associate Analyst
  • Insurance Broker
  • Operations Manager
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Research Associate

Some of the employers our recent graduates are now working for include the BBC and Deutsche Bank.