Learn how the past has shaped the present with this exciting programme which explores international history from ancient to contemporary times. Based in the historic and vibrant city of London, you’ll have access to some of the world’s top museums and collections.
We offer an exceptionally wide range of international history courses covering different regions, such as modern China, the Caribbean, Russia, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and the Americas, locating them within themes of global significance and complementing our International Relations, Politics, Film and American Studies degree programmes which you can combine with your History major.
During the first year our students take World Cultural History, and later Myths and Monsters, to give them a strong grounding in traditional historical themes and concepts. As students progress onto the second year we ensure they can take modules of interest to them. We specialise in thematic social and cultural history courses, such as LGBT, propaganda, fashion, film, migration, black London, race and empire and witchcraft, rather than just traditional chronological and periodic history courses. We also focus on political power dynamics with courses such as “Comparative Monarchies: Games of Thrones”, “The Rise of the Right: a History of Fascism”, the Vikings, Race and Empire, “Islam and the West” and US Presidents.
At Richmond we encourage debate and discussion of past events and historical controversies, getting students to consider themes such as bias and to question the ‘grand narrative’ that so often ‘belongs to the victor’. Students not only ‘read’ history but they also get to apply what they have learned in a practical sense by conducting their own historical research projects, analysing primary sources, archival data and material objects, and collaborating with our external partners in museums, embassies, and the media in an array of exciting credited internship opportunities. By taking this holistic approach students develop a range of skills that are readily transferable to an array of postgraduate disciplines as well as to many occupations and careers.
Our internationally renowned professors are enthusiastic, approachable and use a variety of innovative teaching styles and materials, ranging from grime videos and historic walks to an analysis of the Cold War through James Bond films. There are also many opportunities to share your love of history with fellow students in our HIRPES (History, International Relations, Politics Education Society) history group. Possible planned visits for next year include trips to a nuclear air raid shelter, a gay-walking tour of Soho, or an immersive Viking experience in York. Whatever your interests are, we are sure you will feel enthused and engaged by studying history with us at Richmond.
Additionally you can take a semester or a year to study abroad to study history at one of our international partnership universities all over the world or at one of our own Italian campuses in either Rome or Florence. You will not pay more in terms of tuition and you don’t need to add extra time to your degree.
Top 5 Reasons to Study International History
- London provides the perfect backdrop to study International History – with world-leading museums and collections on the doorstep
- Interdisciplinary programme combining areas of study from the Humanities and other fields ensures breadth of approach with lots of study abroad opportunities all over the world
- Opportunity to learn from enthusiastic professors who are passionate about teaching their subject, active in research, and available to meet students for one-to-one tutoring
- A practical application of the subject through historical research projects and work experience in credited internship schemes with high profile external partners
- Participate in exciting educational trips both in London, around the UK, and internationally
Whitgrift School, University of Virginia, Greenpeace USA, WorldStrides- Capstones Programs,The United Nations Children’s Fund, BBC, Bloomberg L.P, NBC News, Al Jazeera
London School of Economics and Political Science, SOAS, University of London, University of Cambridge, Frostberg State University, Antony’s College, Oxford University
Career paths for International History graduates
Research, Teaching, Museums, Galleries, Media, Communications, Advertising, Public Relations, Graduate Study/Academia
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.
3 Years pathway
4 Years pathway
A Level: 3 C’s or equivalent*
*All other equivalent eligible transfer credits will be determined by Admissions.
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 of C including mathematics and English
5.5 with 5.5 in Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing
72 with 17 Listening, 18 in Reading, 17 Writing, 20 Speaking
Pearson Test of English
51 with 51 in each component
First, Advanced, Proficiency – taken after January 2015
162 overall (no less than 162 in each component)
Cambridge First: Advantage, Proficiency – taken before January 2015
Cambridge First: Grade B overall (No less than B in any component)
Cambridge Advanced: Grade C (no less than C in any component) less than C in any component)
Cambridge Proficiency: Level C1 certificate
You apply directly using the Common Application ($50.00) or the Richmond online 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.