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Diplomacy and International Governance PhD

Diplomacy and International Governance PhD

Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Diplomatic Studies Government / Parliamentary Studies

Course type


Course Summary

As old paradigms and models continue to expose their limitations, there has never been a greater need for a new understanding of how the international arena works.

Our research programmes have been designed to expose you to many different aspects of diplomacy and international governance. Experts from academia and industry will share their insights to guide and support your own discoveries and learning. You will work collaboratively with academic staff and each other to enrich your studies and support local organisations in search of your subject expertise and advanced academic skills.

Brexit Diplomacy
Diplomacy is at the heart of many key issues facing the UK today, particularly the developments and repercussions of Britain's exit from the EU, which is often referred to in shorthand as Brexit. Over the coming years, you will have the opportunity to become experts in this critical topic, as it unfolds around you in London.

The Director of the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance, Professor Helen Drake is leading a team of researchers to examine the politics, diplomacy and governance of Brexit. These findings are embedded into the teaching of our programmes, enabling you to discover the opportunities and challenges surrounding Brexit and their effect on the UK, the rest of the EU and Europe more broadly.

The Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance currently leads research into the following areas. These research areas are not exclusive, and we encourage potential candidates to contact us for discussion before submitting an application:

The European Union (including its institutions; member state domestic politics; EU-Russia relations; the EU as a foreign policy actor; the politics, diplomacy and governance of Brexit; the UK as a global actor post-Brexit; Brexit and its effect on the UK, the rest of the EU and Europe more broadly)

• ‘Brexit’ diplomacy and governance
• Contemporary France and European Studies
• Negotiations and diplomacy
• Intelligence and diplomacy
• The UK and transatlantic relations, especially their security dimensions
• London and other global cities
• Political representation and participation of minority and marginalised communities, particularly Roma across central and eastern Europe, but also LGBTIQ communities
• Minorities and international governance and diplomacy; visual culture and political voice
• Critical and normative approaches to diplomacy
• International political communication and diplomatic discourse
• Russia-West relations
• Terrorism, extremism and radicalisation in the UK and internationally
• Intercultural dialogue
• Regional and international organisations (especially the EU and the United Nations)

Different course options

Full time | Loughborough University London | 3 years | OCT-19

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students must have a minimum of an upper class honours degree (2:1) or overseas equivalent in a related subject area.