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.
The BA degree in International Relations prepares students for a career in international organisations, business, finance, government institutions, agencies, and the media. Cosmopolitan individuals with a strategic approach and strong awareness of contemporary political issues have the opportunity to expand their extensive skill set.
This degree provides specific knowledge on three core areas: International relations theory and concepts, global institutions, and contemporary issues in international affairs. Students can choose from a variety of electives that cover a range of subjects in a national, regional and global context. Our programme is designed to offer you a specialisation as you progress with your degree, according to your main area of interest.
International Relations at Richmond focuses on theoretical knowledge, encouraging students to assess and understand the main actors and institutions within international systems. In particular, students engage with questions of security, nationalism and warfare while also addressing politics within international law and institutions, the global economy, and issues related to development and developing states.
Top 5 reasons to study this programme:
Acquire an analytical grasp of contemporary social, political and economic issues as well as conflicts at international and regional level
Understand who are the main actors and institutions in the international system and their impact on society
Gain vital work experience in the marketplace with an international internship for a career within leading governmental institutions and non-governmental organisations
Take part in field trips to the European Parliament, Council and Commission and NATO in Brussels and the International Court of Justice in the Hague
Learn from faculty academics leading research in specialist areas from ‘US Grand Strategy’ to ‘International Human Rights’
After you graduate
International Non-Governmental Organisations, Charities and Think-Tanks, International Organisations, Government Agencies, The Diplomatic Service, The International Business and Finance, Law
In the workplace
Embassy of Dominican Republic, European Commission, Moody’s Investors Service, PricewaterhouseCoopers, US Department of Homeland Security
INSEAD, King’s College London, University of Sydney, London School of Economics and Political Science, SOAS, University of London
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
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 chose to study at Richmond because I wanted in-depth exposure to the international community. Meeting new people, embracing new cultures and learning about various parts of the world is truly the spice of life. Richmond prepared me for my career path by 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.
After graduating in May 2014, I immediately went to work in Silicon Valley as an advisor to a UK tech start-up. During this time, I was offered a job at one of Rocket Internet’s companies, a dream that came true. My experience has taught me that everyone faces rejection and hardship. However, the true success stories stem from people who face these challenges and keep on going, headstrong into the wind. My advice is that in start-ups and tech, the experience is the key. Ideas are cheap and everyone has one. You need to demonstrate and prove its value and have a strong work ethic.
Noah LevensonBA Degree in International Relations (4 year programme)
“After I graduated from Richmond with a BA (Hons) International Relations in 2002, I completed a MSc in European Politics and Governance from the London School of Economics (LSE). 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 invaluable and laid a strong foundation for both my personal development and professional career. From an academic standpoint, the quality of teaching and range of courses as well as the diverse inputs from its international students, all contribute to making Richmond superior to many of the top European universities.”
Aleksandra KordeckaBA Degree in International Relations (4 year programme)
Where to find us
Richmond Hill Campus
Queen’s Road Richmond-upon-Thames TW10 6JP England