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.

The programme examines a range of theories and approaches to international relations, including global political economy, diplomatic practice, the role of the global media, and conflict and post-conflict situations and many others.

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.

Exciting Career Prospects

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. Recent alumni have found employment in government institutions (including the US Senate and the French Ministry of International Affairs), in international charities and aid organisations, as well as across the private sector. The MA equips students with the skills and profile to succeed in an increasingly global world.

    Global Research, Networking & Internship Opportunities

    Students are invited to participate in visits to key international institutions including the International Criminal Court in the Hague, the EU headquarters in Brussels and an important Peace Studies institute in Norway.

    Students are also offered an opportunity to pursue a research-linked internship, either in the UK or globally, over the Summer semester. The university supports students in securing an internship and throughout the period of their occupation.

    Under the auspices of Richmond’s Centre for the Study of the State, Power & Globalisation students actively in the research of the faculty and experts in the field from around the UK and the world. The university also supports Professors Without Borders and students have often worked closely with this exciting initiative.

    Modules Breakdown

    Fall Semester

    Research Methodology

    International Relations Theory and Concepts

    International Organisation

    Spring Semester

    Global Poverty and Security Challenges

    Plus one of the following:

    Migration, Labour and Development

    Origins and Development of International Relations

    Conflict and Post-Conflict Studies

    Middle East and International Politics

    US Foreign Policy

    African Development Politics

    Gender and Development

    International Relations and the Media

    Global Environmental Politics


    International Politics of East Asia

    Summer Semester (12 credits)

    Internship with dissertation


    Extended Thesis Research

    * subject to availability

    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. You will need to obtain a score of at least 6.5 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in each element for postgraduate study 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: 2017/18 & 2018/19 entry per annum, students from:


    £7,000 FT

    £3,500 PT

    Rest of the World


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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.

    Postgraduate Prospectus