Politics and International Relations BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS degree BA (Hons) degree

4 years full-time with placement year

Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
7L27
Institute code
L79
Start date
28 September 2020
UK / EU fee
£9,250
International fee
£18,650
Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
1L27
Institute code
L79
Start date
28 September 2020
UK / EU fee
£9,250
International fee
£18,650

Overview

Our BA Politics and International Relations degree offers a fantastic opportunity to study domestic, international and global challenges that states and citizens face 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 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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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.

You will be introduced to the foundations of Politics and International Relations, providing the framework necessary for appreciating the complexities of domestic and international politics. Our assumption is that students are not necessarily familiar with Politics or International Relations at this stage. Modules cover change, conflict, and crisis in the world arena, global politics, political ideologies, democratic systems and modern European history.

In the first year, students will also choose (a) module(s) from a range of subjects including Economics, English, Languages, Geography, History, Business and Social Sciences.

Semester 1

Core Modules

Smart Scholarship

Smart Scholarship

The Making and Unmaking of the World Order

The Making and Unmaking of the World Order

The Contemporary World Arena

The Contemporary World Arena

Semester 2

Core Modules

Power, Politics and Ideology in Modern Europe

Power, Politics and Ideology in Modern Europe

Understanding Democratic Institutions

Understanding Democratic Institutions

Conceptions of Democracy

Conceptions of Democracy

International Political Theory

International Political Theory

Optional Modules

Economics

Economics

English

English

Languages (French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese)

Languages (French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese)

Geography

Geography

History

History

Business

Business

Social Sciences

Social Sciences

The second year introduces some specialisation, with module choices including: European government and politics, British politics, protest and resistance, security, Cold War Europe and third world politics.

In this year, you will have the opportunity to study modules from a range of subjects including Business, Economics, English, Languages, History, Geography and Social Sciences.

There will also be an alternative option to study abroad for the second semester - if you choose this route (instead of the standard route) you will undertake assessed work and complete a Distance Learning Research Design module, plus select from a range of optional modules.

Semester 1

Core Modules

Theories and Methods in Political Research

Theories and Methods in Political Research

Optional Modules

The European Union

The European Union

History of Political Thought

History of Political Thought

British Politics

British Politics

Enterprise, Employability and Personal Development

Enterprise, Employability and Personal Development

Political Communication

Political Communication

Semester 2

Core Modules

Research Design

Research Design

Optional Modules

Comparative European Politics

Comparative European Politics

Politics of Developing Countries

Politics of Developing Countries

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

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

International Semester

International Semester

Elective

Including: Economics; English; Languages (French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese); Geography; History; Business; Social Sciences

This year provides you with the greatest flexibility by allowing you to choose a number of modules from a list of options. Options include topics such as populism, political philosophy, nationalism, politics and religion, violence and terrorism, Asian politics, gender and politics, and Britain and the EU. During this year you will also complete a dissertation in a specialised subject of your choice, under the close supervision of a member of the Department.

In the final year, you will also have the opportunity to study modules from a range of subjects including Business, Economics, English, Languages, History, Geography and Social Sciences.

Semester 1

Core Modules

Dissertation in Politics and International Relations (Semester 1&2)

To enable students to undertake a piece of research on a topic of their choice in the field of Politics and International Relations, and to further develop their skills in research techniques and methods.

Optional Modules

1968: World Revolution?

This module introduces students to the events of 1968 around the world and will examine the claim that they represented a 'world revolution' in that movements of rebellion in all the major centres were united by three things: rejection of the USSR, rejection of the USA and rejection of the 'Old Left'.

Contemporary Political Philosophy

The key aim of this module is 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 responsibilities of social and political institutions and the principles upon which ideas about politics are founded.

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.

Populist Challenge to Western Democracies

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.

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. 

Semester 2

Optional Modules

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.

Britain and the EU

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.

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.

Post-War Britain: The Start of the Decline

The aim of this module is for students to become familiar with key events in British Post-War political history, the key factors in shaping the events and their relevance for understanding contemporary Britain.

Power, Politics and Participation in the Digital Age

The key aims of the module are to introduce key concepts in new media and politics and to introduce the central debates around the relationship between power, politics, participation, and the internet.

War in the 21st Century

To explore and understand the impact of technological innovation in the business of war and conflict in the 21st Century.

Elective

Including: Economics; English; Languages (French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese); Geography; History; Business; Social Sciences

How you'll study

Loughborough is consistently rated among the best places in the UK to study, and the Department is committed to providing a fun, challenging, and supportive learning environment for all our students. Students learn best when they are stimulated and excited, and when the issues are brought alive to them.

This is why we have increased our contact hours, and embrace new and innovative teaching techniques, participative learning methods, the latest e-learning tools, and innovative assessment techniques. You will work closely with a diverse team of experts in order to increase your own knowledge and skills, and draw your own conclusions about domestic and global politics.

The course is taught through a combination of lectures, interactive classes and guided study, in which we often use techniques such as lecture recordings, in-class participation using clickers and Twitter, and assessment through learning portfolios, policy briefs and problem-based learning activities to help you develop your ideas.

All course materials are designed to explore areas of Politics and International Relations in a way which is both intelligible and in line with cutting edge research. Each student is also allocated a personal tutor who can advise you or help you with any issues, and a student mentor to help you settle in your first few weeks of university life.

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

Placement year options

Politics and International Relations BA (Hons) offers you the opportunity to study abroad for a year or to undertake a placement year.

Additional award

By undertaking a year in placement or a year abroad, you will gain an additional award alongside your final qualification. If you complete an industrial placement year you will gain a Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS). If you undertake a professional placement year you will gain a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) or if you study abroad for a year you will gain a Diploma in International Studies (DIntS).

International semester and study abroad

If you study a foreign language as part of your degree, you may have the opportunity to spend a year in a French, German or Spanish speaking country and to have your degree accredited with a Diploma in International Studies.

Students who study a foreign language to a sufficient level as part of their course can opt to take a four-year degree course and spend the whole of their third year abroad.

Students whose native tongue is English and who have received their education in the UK can apply for assistantships, securing paid work teaching English to school children. Other students study at a European University.

The Politics and International Relations course offers you the opportunity to combine your studies with one elective (20 credits out of 120 per year) from a range including Business Studies, Communication and Media Studies, Economics, French, Geography, German, History, Mandarin Chinese, Social Policy, Sociology, and Spanish.

Students who do not read a foreign language have the opportunity to apply to spend a semester abroad at a partner institution in Canada, the Czech Republic, Taiwan, Sweden, Finland or the Netherlands. Teaching and assessment at these institutions are in English.

Professional placement year

One of the many benefits of this course is that students have the opportunity to take a one-year professional placement between their second and third year of studies.

A professional placement helps you 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 which can be 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.

Students work towards an additional qualification whilst on placement – the Diploma in Professional Studies, which, on successful completion, is awarded at graduation.

Students are expected to secure their own placement; however, extensive support from the School Placement Officer and Careers Network team is always available.

In previous years students have undertaken placements for the CBI in Brussels, IBM and Google.

Student placements – a unique opportunity

More than 1,400 Loughborough University students complete a 12-month placement each year. They join a range of organisations and deliver tangible benefits to their hosts as well as honing a range of workplace skills.

Where you'll study

As a student on our Politics and International Relations 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 labortaory for language students and provides open-access computers to all students.

Typical offers

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

Typical offers for United Kingdom

A-Level

ABB (General Studies accepted)

IB

34 (6,5,5 HL)

BTEC

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM

The typical offers and subject 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.

Preferred subjects

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas preferred subjects: Art and Design, Business, Media, Health and Social Care

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.

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

Tuition fees for 2019 entry

UK / EU fees

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

International fees

Full-time course per annum
£18,650
Placement year
Approx. 20% of the full-time fee

Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase 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 installment.

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

Graduates in work or further study

96%

DLHE 2017 (Politics / International Relations graduates)

Average starting salary

£24,859

The course will equip you with a number of transferable skills, such as the ability to plan and research work, lead and participate in discussion and debate, work as part of a team and individually, and develop critical reasoning and analysis skills.

The skills you will gain through this course are those required by employers worldwide and will prepare you for a successful career in whatever you choose to do.

Students who study International Relations and Politics with us get good jobs. 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.

Recent graduate destinations of students from the department include: Accenture; Childreach International; Jaguar Landrover; Informa; The CBI; The European Commission; Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme.

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.

I was always able to reach for new opportunities at Loughborough and this has taught me to become a person who sees the potential in every situation, seeking out opportunities in the workplace where I can make a difference.

Heidi Prager Politics with International Relations BA (Hons)

Companies students have worked for after graduating

Recent graduate destinations of students from the department include: Accenture; Childreach International; Jaguar Landrover; Informa; The CBI; The European Commission; Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme.

Our students