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International Relations (MSc)

Course Description

The programme draws on the Department’s expertise in the study of International Relations, International Security, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy and the European Union and its member states. It focuses on policy and institutional analysis, with contemporary and professional relevance.

The programme normally includes a short subsidised visit to the EU’s institutions in Brussels for all interested students and can be taken with language training.

Students study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. In addition, all MSc students undertake a 15,000 word dissertation on an approved subject related to the award for which they are registered.

Core study areas include international relations theory, research methods, research design, and international politics: issues and policies.

Optional study areas are drawn from a range of modules offered in the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences relevant to the study and understanding of world politics.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/phir/international-relations/

Programme modules

Compulsory Modules:
Semester 1
- International Relations Theory
- Research Methods

Semester 2
- Research Design
- International Politics: Issues and Policies

Optional Modules (choose two):
- Institutions and Policy Making in the European Union
- Modern languages – eg. French, German, Spanish
- Comparative Foreign Policy: Issues and Cases
- Independent Study
- Jean Monnet Module (Europe)

Not all options appear each year and depend on staff availability.


Modules are assessed by a combination of essays, group exercises, presentations and time-constrained assignments.

Careers and further study

Graduates have gone into a wide variety of careers: public and international organisations in the UK and EU; business, teaching, the voluntary sector and further academic research.

Scholarships and sponsorships

International scholarships and bursaries available. See the department’s website for more information.

Why choose politics, history and international relations at Loughborough?

The Department provides a convivial environment for postgraduate study with excellent facilities and supervision. Standards of teaching on postgraduate programmes have been ranked very highly and are delivered by subject area specialists.

Our staff includes experts internationally renowned in their field, and the Department has many associates and friends in organisations in Europe and beyond. The Department is also a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, in recognition of our track record in teaching and research into European integration.

- Research
The Department has a vibrant and friendly research environment, with over 15 research students, fully supported by expert staff in a wide number of subject areas. Our research spans four broad areas; European Union and the surrounding area, Modern History, International Relations and Political Theory.

- Career Prospects
100% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating. Graduate destinations include Citizen’s Advice, International Medical Corps UK, Lakehead Social Planning Council, Ministry of Defence and RWS Translation.

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/phir/international-relations/

Visit the International Relations (MSc) page on the Loughborough University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Amy Whitehead

I really love the feel of the campus, it’s like a community. I would definitely recommend it. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here I think the quality of the teaching is of a very high standard.


Entry Requirements

A minimum of a good second class (2:1) honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant social sciences or humanities discipline.

Course Fees

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