Richmond University is the only University to award a U.S. and U.K. three year liberal arts degree, based on the U.S. model, in the world. Through these programmes, students get all of the advantages of a liberal arts education in just three years. The ‘Degree in Three’ will provide a comprehensive collection of courses that will provide students with a cross-disciplinary education. Students will have five classes each semester with one extra elective course in either their second or third year. Students will also still be able to undertake an internship or participate in a study abroad programme as part of this programme. All degrees programmes fulfill the same credit hours and overall requirements of a four-year undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree.
Students will have high contact hours with academics and complete their liberal arts degree in only three years. These advantages combined with generous scholarships are a fantastic return on investment for those who strive to assemble a broad foundation of knowledge in multiple disciplines that can be used in a wide spectrum of careers.
Students pursuing the specialisation in Marketing Communications and Public Relations within the BA degree in Communications will learn how to engage audiences across different channels, media and explore the relationship between marketing communications and public relations within the business and media industries. The aim of this programme is to prepare students to work within the technologically driven and consumer focused businesses around the world.
This degree provides an interdisciplinary, multimedia approach to the study of communications through the study of theory and subsequent practice. During the first two years of the Communications degree students take the same core courses across the three available disciplines. During the third and fourth year students then specialise in Marketing Communications & Public Relations, whilst also having the opportunity to pursue an internship with leading global companies and institutions.
Top 5 reasons to study this programme:
Explore the worlds of PR, advertising and communications in London, the hub of the global marketing communications industry
Learn from experienced academics and guest lecturers, organise and lead events, and become a student member of the Public Relations Consultants Association – Europe’s largest PR body
Gain vital work experience through an internship in a wide range of leading international organisations in London, the USA and China
Develop strong communication skills in small classes within an International environment, alongside fellow students from all over the world
Take advantage of a leading alumni community in the UK and the USA
After you graduate
BBC, Bloomberg L.P, EMI Music, 19 Entertainment, Omnicom, MediaCom, Viacom, Disney Television International
CASS Business School, London School of Economics and Political Science, SOAS, University of London, University of Cambridge, University of Sydney
Career paths for Communication graduates
Media, Marketing, Advertising, Corporate Communications, Music industry, Events Management
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.
*All other equivalent eligible transfer credits will be determined by Admissions.
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
☐ Petersons 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
When to apply
We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you are completing your undergraduate programme of study. In this case you will be offered a place that is conditional on successfully completing a specified qualification and English language qualification if applicable. If you would like your application to be considered for a Richmond bursary, an early application is strongly recommended
Admission is by interview unless you live outside the UK when we may interview you via Skype or by telephone. We may also determine your suitability on the basis of their application and qualifications alone. Find out more about applying.
UCAS Course Code
Full Time 3 Years
Including one year at QCF Level 3
(subject to credit transfer)
I graduated from Richmond in 2009 with a BA in Communications. I went on to further study at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies where I graduated with an MA in Japanese Cinema Studies. After graduation, I took a position that I was over qualified for because I knew the organisation I was working for would help me develop a better professional network in the long run.
I chose to study at Richmond because of the opportunity for an International experience while obtaining an American Degree. During my time at Richmond, Prof. Alex Seago became one of my favourite lecturers. I enjoyed his ability to explain anything about the world in a fifty minute lecture.
Richmond prepared me for my career path because it helped me see things from the bigger picture. Living and studying abroad is a must-have experience because it provides the opportunity to see beyond the perspective of your home country. Richmond is a perfect place to do so because it surrounds you with like-minded individuals from around the globe.
I would like to advise current students to seize all opportunities available to you even if they aren’t in your immediate career goals. You may never know when you will get a second chance.
Robert BuscherBA Degree in Communications (4 year programme)
If you’re looking for an opportunity to study in a culturally diverse atmosphere, where you will get an amazing and rich educational experience, then Richmond is the place for you.
I graduated from Richmond in 2003 with a BA in Communications. While studying for my degree, Richmond also offered an internship program in which I was able to participate in. This internship helped pave the way for me to start interviewing with a portfolio for my first job right out of University.
My time at Richmond allowed me to become more confident as a student. Likewise, my teachers in my communications classes were so knowledgeable that I actually looked forward to job hunting without any anxiety. Dr. Will Brooker was one of my professors who made learning infectious.
Reflecting on my experience at Richmond, I would advise students to take time to intern and intern for a while. Really find your groove and try out what you think you want to do. Aim to have a portfolio together before you graduate and be confident in the work that you put into it. It’s the easiest way to land a job right after graduation and shows employers that you are serious about your craft and working for them.
Richmond is a wonderful experience!
Alexandra PatersonBA Degree in Communications (4 year programme)
Where to find us
Richmond Hill Campus
Queen’s Road Richmond-upon-Thames TW10 6JP England