Research course

Politics, History and International Relations

Institution
Loughborough University · Department of Politics, History and International Relations
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Candidates require a 2:1 or above degree in a relevant area.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

The Department is home to two research centres: the Centre for the Study of International Governance, and the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture. Our research is organised into six research clusters.

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.

Our aim is to stimulate innovative research that has the potential to transform academic and public debates. As a small multidisciplinary department, most of our research falls between the humanities and the political and social sciences, but we also produce a substantial body of interdisciplinary work, particularly in the history of ideas, radical movements and activism, in gender politics, international history, international politics, government and governance, and politics, art and politics, religion and politics, media studies and history, digital humanities, etc. All department staff are research-active. This is reflected in the REF 2014 results, where the department finished 8th for research intensity in the Unit of Assessment D27 ‘Area Studies’.

We currently have 15 postgraduates working closely with 21 specialist supervisors, and conducting research in: contemporary politics and political theory, early modern and modern history, international organisation, and critical security studies.

Our research groups

We 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.

Department specialisms

Anarchism; Critical Citizenship, Activism and art; Ethics in Public Life Research Group; Loughborough University Nationalism Network, Media and Communication History; Sexual Politics Research Network.

Information for international students

Please see the English language requirements.

Fees and funding

Please see the funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
60 months
full time
36 months

MPhil

full time
24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Research Office
Email
phir@lboro.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1509 222983