• Tuition Fee

    £9,250.00 (UK/EU)

    £14,500.00 (INT)

    $38,000.00 (US)

  • Duration

    3 Years (Full-time

  • Accreditation

    Richmond University QAA

    Middle States Commission of Higher Education (US)

  • Location

    Richmond Hill Campus

Programme Overview

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.

The Value
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.

Political Science degree provides students with knowledge in three core areas of Political Science: political thought, political systems and public policy. Political Science is taught using a range of methods which reflect the international student body, whilst making the best use of emerging technologies.

The study of political ideologies, theories and ideas is balanced against the practical study of policy-making across a wide range of themes and issue-areas, and political processes in a wide range of states and regions. Students enjoy a broad study of political thinkers and theories, whilst directly engaging with a range of practical policy issues, in many different national and regional settings. The British Politics course, for example, is partially taught in the Houses of Parliament.

The degree also recognises the international dimension of political, economic and policy processes, and ensures students are familiar with the politics of the developing world. Students develop the methodological and technical skills of the social sciences, making the best use of new technologies and practices. The courses also ensure that students in other majors can gain a sufficient understanding of Political Science to help conceptualise the political dimensions of their chosen fields. The programme provides a background both for further postgraduate study and future careers, including work in government, international organisations, business, finance and the media. 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 degree according to student interest.

5 Reasons to Study Political Science

  • Access to the leading non-governmental, governmental and political Institutions
  • A cross-disciplinary programme that combines areas of study from the Humanities
  • Senior students have the opportunity to collaborate on research and co-write papers with professors which will be desirable to employers and to higher education institutions
  • Participate in exciting educational trips to Turkey, historical institutions in London, and Europe
  • Gain vital work experience that is desirable to employers, by partaking in an integrated international internship
  • After you graduate

    Career Paths
    Credit Suisse, Greenpeace USA, Stonewall,The United Nations Children’s Fund, World Bank

    Further Education
    London School of Economics and Political Science, Imperial College, Johns Hopkins University, New York University, University of St Gallen

    Career paths for Political Science graduates
    Research, Teaching, Law, Consulting, Museums, Galleries, Media, Communications, Advertising, Public Relations, Graduate Study/Academia

  • Career Support

    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.

Modules breakdown




Fall Semester

Fall Semester

Fall Semester

Foundations of Politics

Evolution of International Systems

Senior Seminar I

The Global Cold War

Major Political Thinkers

Policy Making Globalized World

Comparative Political Systems

Intro to Macroeconomics


Research & Writing I



Creative Expression



Spring Semester

Spring Semester

Spring Semester

Rich World Poor World

British Politics

Senior Seminar II

Introduction to IR

Global Dev Politics

Liberty, Justice, Equality

Probability and Statistics I

Research Methods and Practices


Research & Writing II

Political Economy


Scientific Reasoning



Entry Requirements

A Level: 3 C’s or equivalent*

*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

Application process

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.

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Graduates from this programme are eligible to receive a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Award in Strategic Management & Leadership

UCAS Course Code

  • The programme is recognised in the US via our MSCHE accreditation.
  • The programme is currently validated in the UK by The Open University.
  • Major
  • US Federal Aid is available
  • SFE loans currently awaiting designation.

Full Time 3 Years

Including one year at QCF Level 3
(subject to credit transfer)

Contact our admissions team for more details:

Please note: Non US students are eligible

Useful Links

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What our students say

Christian Abueg

When I first stepped on to the Richmond Campus, I felt a sense of completeness. At once, the campus was large enough for all the incredible things I was going to learn and overall incredibly intimate, the sense of community is really pronounced. As a Political Science major, I have seen this institution look so clearly and with an unflinching eye on the issues that our world faces today. A huge part of my major is colouring outside the lines, there is creativity in everything that is done whether it be introducing new ideas to solve the crises of capitalism or a policy brief on child hunger in Southeast Asia, creativity is everywhere. Richmond University is a beautiful, bucolic learning experience.

Christian AbuegBA Political Science (4 year programme)

Where to find us

Richmond Hill Campus

Queen’s Road
TW10 6JP

+44 (0) 208 332 8200 (Main Switchboard)