MA in International Relations


Central London Location


Small Class Sizes

Richmond The American University in London

Optional International Internships

Flexible Curriculum at Richmond University

Internationally Recognised Teaching

MA in International Relations

Programme Overview

The aim of the Master of Arts degree in International Relations at Richmond University is to equip students with in-depth knowledge of the discipline of international relations, key analytical and research skills, together with an opportunity to gain practical experience through an optional internship.

We offer a rigorous curriculum encompassing theoretical and practical developments in the dynamic field of global politics, set in the vibrant context of cosmopolitan London, in an international classroom, which gives graduates distinct advantages in developing vital inter-personal and intercultural communication skills. The programme examines a range of theories and approaches to international relations, questions of international political economy, and offers courses on international diplomatic practice, international law and institutions, studies of specific regions, international migration, media, and many others. The core courses on this programme aim to deconstruct conventional views of post-Cold War and post-9/11 international politics by advancing an interdisciplinary understanding of global politics and employing critical narratives and tools across the sub-disciplines of IR, geared towards innovative interpretations of central questions in the discipline – such as conflict, security, development, agents, structures, power and influence. The MA in International Relations prepares students for further graduate study in the discipline or for careers in the fascinating world of local, national, regional, and international politics, in governmental and non-governmental organisations. Students can choose electives from a variety of courses that are shared with the two other Master’s programmes – the MA in International Conflict and Security and the MA in International Development. This approach best reflects the interdisciplinary nature of international relations and provides students with an opportunity to explore a field of interest in greater depth.

Programme Goals

The degree can lead to eventual careers in roles that require articulate, clear thinking individuals with a grasp of contemporary events, including government, international organisations, business, finance and the media. The background of the MA faculty will enable students to develop an appreciation of the nuance in international relations, which, combined with the internship, will help prepare students for further graduate study or careers in related fields.

Faculty who teach on this programme:

Entry Requirements

What are the entry requirements?

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, or UK first degree with minimum second class honours, or an overseas equivalent as determined by the University. For Masters programmes in the School of Communications, Arts and Social Sciences, a first degree in an appropriate discipline is normally required. Relevant work experience is welcomed and may on occasion be accepted in lieu of a first degree, but is not required.

The language of instruction at Richmond is English, and non-native English speakers are asked to provide IELTS, or Pearson Academic Test of English language examination results as proof of their fluency in written and spoken English. We look for an IELTS of 6.5 overall with no element below 6.0 or Pearson Academic Test of English with 61 overall and 56 in each element.

How to Apply

How do I Apply?

For Masters programmes you may choose one of two application routes:

The Direct Application Form to make a single application to Richmond

UKPASS if you wish to apply to other UK Universities who are part of the UKPASS scheme as well


Find out more about Postgraduate Scholarships

Duration: FT (one year), PT (two years)

  • The programme is recognised in the US via our MSCHE accreditation.

Tuition Fees: 2016/17 entry per annum, students from:


£7,000 FT

£3,500 PT

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Research-led teaching from the Centre for the Study of the State Power and Globalisation

Research Cluster for the Study of the State, Power and Globalisation (SPG)

All MA International Relations and MA International Development are entitled membership of the Research Centre and are invited to attend events and contribute to Centre research.

Richmond University Postgraduate Prospectus