Undergraduate Degree Courses

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The School of History, Politics and International Relations at Leicester is a thriving, dynamic, yet friendly, place. Politics has been taught at Leicester since the 1940s and we have always been at the cutting edge of British political science.

Our traditional and well-regarded single and joint honours programmes are now being supplemented with an innovative single honours degree programme in International Relations.


Our courses

If you would like to read more about our courses, please click on the links below.

“The teaching is of a really high standard at Leicester and it's really refreshing to get a wide range of different lecturers. Some have personal experiences and others have doctorates in their specific topics. All in all, it helps them to put their point of view across and allows for the students to understand more easily. The course has only got better with age!”


The School of History, Politics, and International Relations consists of highly qualified, committed and approachable people. We encourage students to focus their studies in the final year towards areas of specific interest to them, and as our lecturers have such diverse interests amongst themselves, this means that appropriate support and guidance for dissertations will be available for whichever area the student chooses.

We pride ourselves on combining intellectually demanding programmes with a friendly atmosphere where we strive to make all students feel welcome. Our teaching and pastoral care was rated excellent by a recent external review.

“I have found the Department of Politics and International Relations to be exceptionally welcoming.  You are never on your own. If you need support, and you have the ability to ask for help, you’ll get the help you need very quickly and without any hesitation.”

While our courses are intellectually stimulating and rewarding in their own right, we are aware of the expectation for a degree to enhance your career prospects. We have worked with the University of Leicester Career Development Service in designing an optional Politics In Action module in the second year which will be based on work experience in a relevant field, and our modules from the first year onwards will start you on the process of learning not only about the subject, but will provide you with many transferable skills. Whether you aim for a career in Civil Service, for an international organisation, journalism, or perhaps staying with the Department for further study in Political Research, it’s our aim to ensure you’re as well equipped as possible.

Professor George Lewis

Head of School

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Contact Details

School of Politics and International Relations

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

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2702
Email: HyPIR@le.ac.uk


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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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Undergraduate Contact Details

The Admissions Secretary
Department of Politics and International Relations
University of Leicester
University Road
Leicester LE1 7RH

Tel: 0116 252 2702
Email: poladmiss@le.ac.uk 


Dominic Politics

Teaching is of a really high standard at Leicester and it’s really refreshing to get a wide range of different lecturers.