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Politics and International Studies, Ph.D.

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  • 36 months
    Duration
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Overview

Politics and International Studies at Loughborough University 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.

Careers

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Trinity College Dublin, Research Assistant
  • National Citizens Advice, Policy Researcher
  • Nottingham Trent University, Lecturer
  • IB School Teacher, Costeas Geitonas IB World School, Greece.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research areas

  • Anarchism Research Group (ARG)
  • Ethics in Public Life Group
  • Center for Security Studies (CSS)
  • Media, Memory and History
  • Radical Politics and Populism

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17200 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Loughborough

  • 600 - 1000 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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