Research course

Politics and International Studies

Loughborough University · Politics and International Studies

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent international qualification in a relevant discipline.

Applicants without a postgraduate qualification will be required to complete research training in tandem with their doctoral programme.

Months of entry

January, April, July, October

Course content

Politics and International Studies at Loughborough University is a world-leading centre for research and study into many areas of modern politics and history.

Politics and International Studies 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 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.

Our focus on research is reflected in the results of the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014), where Politics and International Studies was ranked in the UK top 10 for research intensity.

Politics and International Studies is a supportive environment for postgraduate study, and we foster strong research links between academics and students.

As a student in Politics and International Studies, you will participate in seminar planning and receive tailored advice on fellowships and publication.

Our graduates have secured prestigious positions in academic institutions, including the Wiesenthal Institute in Vienna, Exeter University, Queen’s University in Belfast and University College Dublin. Others have pursued careers in academic publishing, with international and UK-based campaign groups and civil society organisations.

Information for international students

Fees and funding

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)1509 222981