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"Richmond prepared me for my career path through broadening my worldview which has been essential to my professional and personal development."
Noah Levenson - Alumni BA International Relations

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BA Degree in International Relations

Programme Overview
The BA degree in International Relations (IR) prepares the student for work in international organisations, business, finance, the media and government agencies, which require articulate, clear thinking individuals with a grasp of contemporary political issues, succinct writing styles, and the ability to present complex arguments.

The degree is built on three core areas of IR: theory and concepts in IR; actors and institutions on the global stage, and contemporary issues and problems in international affairs. 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 major according to student interest.

IR at Richmond is a broad programme, which engages with question of security, conflict, nationalism and warfare, but also goes beyond this to address the politics of international law and institutions, the global economy, and issues pertaining to development and developing states.

The key difference between International Relations and Political Science is that IR focuses on ensuring students engage with key issues and problems in IR, understand the main actors and institutions in the international system, and have a strong grasp of IR Theory. This reflects the unique mission of the IR degree. To achieve this mission, the IR degree has different core courses to those offered in Political Science.

Aleksandra Kordecka

I graduated from this programme:

I joined Richmond in 2000 and graduated with a BA (Hons) International Relations in 2002. I  later obtained an MSc European Politics and Governance from the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2004. Currently, I work at the European Commission, Directorate General Maritime Affairs and Fisheries as an International Relations Officer.

“When I signed up for Richmond little did I realize what an exceptional experience this would be; a multi-cultural bubble with fantastic faculty and inspiring students, all in the heart of London. The three years I spent at Richmond were not only invaluable but laid a strong foundation for both my personal development and professional career.

From an academic standpoint, the quality of teaching and range of courses on offer as well as the diverse inputs from its international students, all contribute to making Richmond superior to many of the top European universities.

My own experience of Richmond was enriched with the discovery of many cultures and people from backgrounds so different from my own, as well as helping me to develop a confidence in expressing my own opinions.

Life will never be the same after Richmond – and one can only be glad that it won’t!”

Aleksandra KordeckaBA Degree in International Relations
Noah Levenson

I graduated from this programme:

I chose to study at Richmond because I wanted in-depth exposure to the international community. Meeting new peoples, embracing new cultures, and learning about various parts of the world is truly the spice of life. Richmond prepared me for my career path through broadening my worldview which has been essential to my professional and personal development. I was offered a unique foundation from which to analyse opportunities on a global scale. I was not being restricted to a small picture view of the world.

Having graduated in May 2014, I immediately went to work in Silicon Valley, as an advisor to a UK tech start-up company. During this period of time, I was offered a job at one of Rocket Internet’s companies, a true dream come true.

My experience has taught me that everyone faces rejection and hardship. However, the true success stories stem from the people who face these challenges and keep on going, headstrong into the wind. My advice is that in startup / technology, the key is truly experience. Ideas are cheap and everyone has them. You need to demonstrate and prove that value and a strong work ethic is the ability to get things done.

Noah LevensonBA Degree in International Relations

Faculty who teach on this programme:

You could study this programme as a minor instead, alongside a different major:

Entry Requirements

Applicants typically must meet at least one of the following academic achievements for successful admission into the University:

  • A Level*: BBC
  • US High School Diploma (or equivalent): 2.5 GPA minimum (on 4.0 scale)
  • International Baccalaureate*: 28
  • BTEC National Diploma*: DMM
  • ABMA Diplomas and Certificates*
  • SAT: 1700
  • ACT composite: 24
  • French Baccalaureate*: 12 Assez bien
  • Abitur (Germany)*: 2.5 – 2.7
  • Esame di Stato (Italy)*: Overall average of 70 or above

University English Language Proficiency Requirements

  • English is the language of instruction at Richmond.
  • To meet the entrance requirements for university study, applicants must achieve a designated level of English language proficiency. All students (with the exception of students whose first language is English) must submit either IELTS or Pearson Academic Test of English results when applying for admission. Results must be current within two years at the time of application. Submission of SAT/ACT scores is optional. The University no longer accepts TOEFL.
  • UK Border Agency Language Requirements
  • Non-EU/UK citizens should review the Home Office English language exam requirements and submit the appropriate exam results to us as soon as possible.
  • The UKBA has clear guidelines and requirements. All applicants must achieve the minimum requirements in all 4 components (listening, reading, speaking and writing). The minimum entry requirement for a degree level course is a Common European Framework grade of B2. IELTS and Pearson equivalents are shown below.
  • IELTS – a score of at least 5.5 in each element
    Pearson Academic Test of English – a score of at least 51 in each element
  • For further information, contact the Office of Admissions.
  • Home Office links:
    Home Office – English Language
    Home Office – Approved tests and required results for Level B2

How to Apply

How do I Apply?

If you want to apply to other UK Universities at the same time

The Common Application
If you want to apply to other US (and some UK) Universities at the same time

Direct Application
If you just want to apply to Richmond


Find out more about Undergraduate Scholarships

Duration: FT– 4 years (including one year at QCF Level 3)

UCAS Course Code: L240

  • The programme is recognised in the US via our MSCHE accreditation.
  • The programme is validated in the UK by The Open University.
  • Major
  • Minor
  • US Federal Aid is available
  • Student Finance England (SFE) loans are available

Tuition Fees: 2015/16 entry per annum, students from:





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