Politics and International Studies

Politics and International Studies is a lively and supportive community in which you will be challenged to review and question not just your knowledge, but how you acquire knowledge.

Why choose Politics and International Studies at Loughborough?

We are 5th in the UK for Politics (Guardian University Guide 2019) and offer a selection 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.

We have a great mix of politics courses and international relation courses

You'll have the opportunity to go on a professional placement or study abroad for a year

We encourage and support students who wish to undertake a year-long work placement during their degree. 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 European 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.

You will have the opportunity to learn a new language

There are lots of optional modules, which allows you to tailor the course to suit your interests. There's also the option to learn a new language, which include French, German, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, to suit all levels of ability.

I love how adaptable my course is, so I’m not strictly limited to options in politics and international relations – I took a French module last year and am taking a social sciences module this year.

Florence BA Politics and International Relations

You will become more employable

We are ranked 1st for Positive Destinations in Politics (DLHE, 2017). 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.

Feedback shows that employers value the analytical and language skills of our graduates, and their detailed knowledge of the contemporary world.

You will have access to 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 for everyone.

You will experience a wide variety of teaching and assessment styles

Given the practical nature of our disciplines, one of the strengths of doing your degree in this study area is our shift away from traditional forms of assessment. Our students can expect to be set a wide variety of assessment types that could include designing a museum piece, writing a political blog or speech to role play simulation exercises. There is also a strong emphasis on student-led seminars that allow students to develop their organisational and presentation skills.

You will be taught by experts

During the course of your studies, you will be taught by experts in their fields. Academics in this study area 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, the British Library and the Institute for Education.