Department profile

Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance

Loughborough University London
2024/25 edition

About Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance

As old paradigms and models continue to expose their limitations, there has never been a greater need for a new understanding of how the international arena works.

Programmes within the Institute have been designed to expose students to the many different aspects of diplomacy and international governance. Experts from academia and industry will share their insights to guide and support student discoveries and learning. Students will work collaboratively with academic staff to enrich their studies and will support local organisations in search of subject expertise and advanced academic skills.

Brexit Diplomacy

Diplomacy is at the heart of many key issues facing the UK today, particularly the developments and repercussions of Britain’s exit from the EU. Professor Helen Drake, the Director of the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance, is leading a team of researchers to examine the politics, diplomacy and governance of Brexit. These findings are embedded into the teaching of our programmes, enabling you to discover the opportunities and challenges surrounding Brexit and their effect on the UK, and the rest of the world.

Master's Programmes


Active research underpins our ability to deliver an outstanding teaching experience at the forefront of our discipline. The Institute of Diplomacy and International Governance adopts an interdisciplinary approach to research.

The Institute currently leads research into the following areas. These are not exclusive and we encourage potential candidates to contact us for discussion before submitting an application:

  • The European Union (including its institutions; member state domestic politics; EU-Russia relations; the EU as a foreign policy actor; the politics, diplomacy and governance of Brexit; the UK as a global actor post-Brexit; Brexit and its effect on the UK, the rest of the EU and Europe more broadly)
  • The UK and transatlantic relations, especially their security dimensions
  • London and other global cities
  • Political representation and participation of minority and marginalised communities, particularly Roma across central and eastern Europe, but also LGBTIQ communities
  • Minorities and international governance and diplomacy; visual culture and political voice
  • Critical and normative approaches to diplomacy
  • International political communication and diplomatic discourse
  • Russia-West relations
  • Terrorism, extremism and radicalisation

The Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance is currently supervising PhD topics in the fields of EU public diplomacy, securitisation in authoritarian regimes, and UK immigration policy and governance.


Loughborough University London is located on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, within a new innovation quarter known as Here East.

Overlooking the Lee Navigation Canal in the north west of the Olympic Park and surrounded by unrivalled green space, Here East was developed from the former Press and Broadcast Centres hosting the world’s media during the London 2012 Games. Now the site is a hub for the UK’s thriving creative and digital industries.

Loughborough University London is ideally located, with easy and affordable transport connections to and from central London, the UK and various European destinations.

Fees and funding

Studying for a postgraduate programme at Loughborough University London is a significant but incredibly rewarding investment in your career and your future. Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services, and vary between courses. We have a range of scholarships and bursaries on offer; these are worth up to 100% towards fees!