Research course

Politics, History and International Relations

Loughborough University · Department of Politics, History and International Relations

Entry requirements

Start Dates: 1st October, 1st January, 1st April, 1st July

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

One of the first and highest-rated departments of European Studies in the UK. Total of 16 full-time staff. There are a variety of methods of support for research students. Facilities for research training/language training. Research training takes up 60% of the first year.

The Department of Politics, History and International Relations (PHIR) is a vibrant and convivial centre for advanced research. Our aim is to stimulate innovative research that has the potential to transform academic and public debates.

We currently have 15 postgraduates working closely with 21 specialist supervisors, and conduct research in: contemporary politics and political theory, early modern and modern history, international organisation, and critical security studies. Most of our research falls between the humanities and the political and social sciences, but we also produce a substantial body of interdisciplinary work, notably in the history of ideas, radical movements and activism, in gender politics, international history, and international politics, government and governance, art and politics, religion and politics, media studies and history and digital humanities.

Research centres

The Centres based in the School and the Department are a focus for research and collaboration across the School and internationally.

  • Centre for the study of International Governance
  • Centre for Research in Communication and Culture

Research Groups

Groups reflect the clustering of research activity amongst academic staff and research students. As an interdisciplinary department, colleagues participate in variety of cross-School and cross-campus groups, as well in the activities of groups based in the Department.

  • Anarchism Research Group
  • Critical Citizenship, Activism and Art
  • Ethics in Public Life Research Group
  • Loughborough University Nationalism Network
  • Media and Communication History group
  • Sexual Politics Research Network

Department specialisms

European Union; International Relations and Foreign Policy Analysis; External Relations of the EU; EU and Member States

Information for international students

Facilities for English language support and for submission of theses in French/German/Spanish

Fees and funding

Studentships(part or full)and limited bursaries.

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
36 months


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Office
+44 (0) 1509 228 292