Career Opportunities

Further Study

You are encouraged to consider further research after you graduate. The School of History, Politics and International Relations offers supervision for the research degrees of MPhil and PhD. There is a healthy community of doctoral research students studying a wide variety of topics. Doctoral work often leads to employment in research-related areas and to University lecturing.

For information on the research interests of our staff please see our staff pages.


A postgraduate course in politics and/or international relations provides a foundation for a wide range of career options. You may seek to use your knowledge to work in government service, international organisations or areas of political research and journalism. Or you may opt to look for employment in an unrelated field such as banking, business or teaching where your MA/MSc will be respected as a postgraduate qualification.

Past Students

Students who have followed the MA in Diplomatic Studies are now working in the foreign services of Estonia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, the Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Uganda, in government departments in Australia, Bulgaria and the United States, UN headquarters in New York, and as First Secretary of the Senegalese Permanent Mission in Geneva.

Students following other Postgraduate degrees offered by the Department have gone into careers in the Civil Service, business, the law, the police, banking, journalism, management consultancy, librarianship, and teaching. Others have gone on to doctoral research.

Political Research graduates specialising in politics research find that the research skills the degree fosters are invaluable. They now occupy posts as lecturers, as research associates and as research assistants.

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School of Politics and International Relations

University of Leicester
University Road
Leicester, LE1 7RH
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2702


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College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Masters Excellence Scholarships

The Masters Excellence Studentships are available to new UK/EU applicants registering for a full- or part-time, campus-based Masters degree in our College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities starting in the 2017-18 academic year. Four nine-month Masters Excellence studentships are available, each providing a full fee waiver. The deadline for applications is 9 June 2017.

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Postgraduate Contact Details

Postgraduate Office
School of History, Politics and International Relations
University of Leicester
University Road
Leicester LE1 7RH, UK

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2714