International Relations, Politics and History

International Relations, Politics and History is a multi-disciplinary community in which you will be challenged to review and question not just your knowledge, but how you acquire knowledge.

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International Relations, Politics and History at Loughborough

Our Politics and International Relations programmes help you to interpret the past, understand the present and determine your own future. We offer a selection of exciting degree courses which provide students with an up-to-the-minute grasp of emerging political developments on the world stage, confront some of the most fundamental political and historical questions which have shaped the modern world, and provide transferable skills that will help you secure a job after your degree.

Our History programmes explore the motivations of people in the past, and the causes and legacies of key events. They allow you to understand why political, economic, social and cultural change happens and illuminate the ways that historians disagree over these trends.

Academics in this division play an active role in helping shape the academic and practical world with their research and expertise. This includes engagement in policy on militarisation, immigration, populism to work with the Department for Education and the Institute for Education.

In addition to the more traditional forms of assessment, our students can expect to be set a wide variety of assessment types that could include designing and delivering a poster presentation, the use of film, writing a political blog or speech to role play simulation exercises.

Links with industry

We encourage and support students who wish to undertake a year-long work placement during their degree. In recent years students in the School 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.

You will also have an opportunity to spend your third year (or a single semester of your degree) abroad by securing paid work teaching English to school children or studying at a university. You can study abroad in a European language, but it is also possible to go to an English-speaking university either in Europe or elsewhere, for example in the USA or Australia.

International Relations, Politics and History students share their placement experiences

Career opportunities

Our graduates undertake a wide variety of careers in the private and public sectors, at home and abroad, in marketing, management, financial services, advertising, the armed forces, journalism, publishing, teaching and politics.


We provide a range of language modules in French, German or Spanish and Mandarin Chinese from complete beginners level upwards.

Through your language modules you will practise a range of transferable skills that will help you in your own field: face-to-face communication, formal and informal presentations, negotiating, convincing and mediating, producing multi-media materials, summarising and conveying information in writing. You will develop skills in your chosen language in small, interactive classes, and will gain greater cultural competence as you move up the levels.