BA in Political Science


Program Description

Political Science degree provides students with knowledge in three core areas of Political Science: political thought, political systems and public policy. Political Science is taught using a range of methods which reflect the international student body, whilst making the best use of emerging technologies.
The study of political ideologies, theories and ideas is balanced against the practical study of policy-making across a wide range of themes and issue-areas, and political processes in a wide range of states and regions. Students enjoy a broad study of political thinkers and theories, whilst directly engaging with a range of practical policy issues, in many different national and regional settings. The British Politics course, for example, is partially taught in the Houses of Parliament.
The degree also recognises the international dimension of political, economic and policy processes, and ensures students are familiar with the politics of the developing world. Students develop the methodological and technical skills of the social sciences, making the best use of new technologies and practices. The courses also ensure that students in other majors can gain a sufficient understanding of Political Science to help conceptualise the political dimensions of their chosen fields. The programme provides a background both for further postgraduate study and future careers, including work in government, international organisations, business, finance and the media. Students also take a range of optional courses in national, regional and globalisation studies, or addressing thematic areas of contemporary interest, allowing for specialisation within the degree according to student interest.

5 Reasons to Study Political Science

  • Access to the leading non-governmental, governmental and political Institutions.
  • A cross-disciplinary programme that combines areas of study from the Humanities.
  • Senior students have the opportunity to collaborate on research and co-write papers with professors which will be desirable to employers and to higher education institutions.
  • Participate in exciting educational trips to Turkey, historical institutions in London, and Europe.
  • Gain vital work experience that is desirable to employers, by partaking in an integrated international internship.

After you graduate

Career Paths
Credit Suisse, Greenpeace USA, Stonewall, The United Nations Children’s Fund, World Bank
Further Education
London School of Economics and Political Science, Imperial College, Johns Hopkins University, New York University, University of St Gallen
Career paths for Political Science graduates
Research, Teaching, Law, Consulting, Museums, Galleries, Media, Communications, Advertising, Public Relations, Graduate Study/Academia

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 Dec 2018

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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