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Politics, History and International Relations, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #222 (QS) ,
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. The Politics, History and International Relations programme is offered by the Loughborough University.

About

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.

The Politics, History and International Relations programme is offered by the Loughborough University.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description
       Full-time  3 years (PhD), 2 years (MPhil)
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
    • Duration description
       Part-time  6 years (PhD), 4 years (MPhil)
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Our research groups
  • Anarchism
  • Critical Citizenship, Activism and Art
  • Ethics in Public Life Research Group
  • Loughborough University Nationalism Network
  • Media and Communication History
  • Sexual Politics Research Network

For more information please visit the programme website.

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

Our entry requirements are usually based on a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or the overseas equivalent) in a related subject area.

You should prepare a research proposal giving details of the research you wish to undertake. Although your proposal will be assessed by subject specialists, please bear in mind that non-specialists are also involved in the admissions process and that decisions about studentship awards are likely to be taken by academics from different disciplinary backgrounds.  You should ensure, therefore, that the aims, structure and outline content of the proposed research are comprehensible to a broad academic audience. 


Tuition Fee

  • International

    16900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16900 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Loughborough

  • 600 - 1000 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Funding

A number of scholarships and bursaries are available (dependent on eligibility):

  • Department-specific bursaries
  • Scholarships
  • Professional and Career Development Loans
  • External charities and trusts
  • Studentships
  • Research Council funding

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