Politics and International Relations at Leicester

Career opportunities

Further study

We encourage you to consider further research through an MPhil or PhD after you graduate. 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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