BA in International Relations


Program Description

The BA degree in International Relations prepares students for a career in international organisations, business, finance, government institutions, agencies, and the media. Cosmopolitan individuals with a strategic approach and strong awareness of contemporary political issues have the opportunity to expand their extensive skill set.

This degree provides specific knowledge on three core areas: International relations theory and concepts, global institutions, and contemporary issues in international affairs. Students can choose from a variety of electives that cover a range of subjects in a national, regional and global context. Our programme is designed to offer you a specialisation as you progress with your degree, according to your main area of interest.

International Relations at Richmond focuses on theoretical knowledge, encouraging students to assess and understand the main actors and institutions within international systems. In particular, students engage with questions of security, nationalism and warfare while also addressing politics within international law and institutions, the global economy, and issues related to the development and developing states.

Top 5 reasons to study this programme

  • Acquire an analytical grasp of contemporary social, political and economic issues as well as conflicts at international and regional level.
  • Understand who are the main actors and institutions in the international system and their impact on society.
  • Gain vital work experience in the marketplace with an international internship for a career within leading governmental institutions and non-governmental organisations.
  • Take part in field trips to the European Parliament, Council and Commission and NATO in Brussels and the International Court of Justice in the Hague.
  • Learn from faculty academics leading research in specialist areas from ‘US Grand Strategy’ to ‘International Human Rights’.

After you graduate

Career Paths
International Non-Governmental Organisations, Charities and Think-Tanks, International Organisations, Government Agencies, The Diplomatic Service, The International Business and Finance, Law

In the workplace
Embassy of Dominican Republic, European Commission, Moody’s Investors Service, PricewaterhouseCoopers, US Department of Homeland Security

Further Education
INSEAD, King’s College London, University of Sydney, London School of Economics and Political Science, SOAS, University of London

Career Support

We offer career support and advice through our Careers & Internships Office that will assist and guide you in your study choices to make sure you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Through internships, you will gain business acumen, beneficial work experiences and transferable skills which will give you a competitive advantage in a fast-paced working environment. Work while you study across 5 continents through our partners Connect123 and CRCC Asia with destinations in Spain, Argentina, South Africa, China, Japan, Vietnam and Australia.

Study Abroad

All students at Richmond University have the opportunity to study abroad. You can either study at one of our campuses for a semester to a year or study overseas at any of our partner locations across the world giving you a unique experience.

3 Year Pathway Entry Requirements

A Level: 3 C’s or equivalent*

*All other equivalent eligible transfer credits will be determined by Admissions.

4 Year Pathway Entry Requirements

A Level: 96 UCAS points

US High School Diploma (or equivalent): 2.5 GPA minimum (on 4.0 scale)

International Baccalaureate: 24 IB points (year 1) BTEC National Diploma: MMM.

Completion of Year 12-13 International equivalent secondary school qualification with a minimum grade average of grade C, including mathematics and English

English Language Requirements (Non-Native English Speakers)

  • IELTS 5.5 with 5.5 in each Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
  • TOEFL (IBT) 80+ overall with: Listening 17, Reading 18, Writing 17, Speaking 20
  • Pearsons Test of English (PTE) 51
  • Overall Cambridge English Scale score of no less than 168 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

How to apply

You apply directly using the Common Application ($50.00) or the Richmond One Line Application. In order to submit your application, you will need the following information:

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments.
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference.
  • A personal statement – this can either be emailed as a Word Document or PDF or completed online.
  • An electronic copy of your in process or completed high school (secondary school) transcript and graduation certificate.

Last updated Feb 2019

About the School

Richmond is an American International University, established in 1972 and based in West London with two campuses in Richmond Hill and close to Kensington High Street. Since 1981, the university has be ... Read More

Richmond is an American International University, established in 1972 and based in West London with two campuses in Richmond Hill and close to Kensington High Street. Since 1981, the university has been awarding US Degrees accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education. One of the latest achievement that Richmond is proud to announce, is being granted the power to award students with its own UK degrees starting from August 2018, as a consequence of having been recently granted Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) by the Privy Council. Read less
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