BA Degree in Political Science – Richmond University
  • Tuition Fee

    £9,250.00 (UK/EU)
    £14,500.00 (INT)
    $38,000.00 (US)

  • Duration

    3 Years (Full-time)

    4 Years (Full-time)

  • Accreditation

    Richmond University QAA
    Middle States Commission of Higher Education (US)

  • Location

    Richmond Hill Campus

Programme Overview

Constant political change and upheaval dominate our lives today. Go behind the headlines to discover the structures and ideas that shape global politics, and open up a wide range of exciting career possibilities with this BA.

Whether it’s doing postgraduate study or working in government, international organisations, NGOs, business, social enterprises, finance, law, or the media, the choice will be yours.

You’ll focus on three core areas of Political Science: political thought, political systems and public policy, going from the theory of each to real world political situations.

Like our other programmes, our BA in Political Science is based on the American liberal arts tradition, which offers a multi-disciplinary approach, combining areas of study from the Humanities. That’s why your first year will include Scientific Reasoning and Creative Expression, as well as The Global Cold War and Comparative Political Systems.

You’ll enjoy a broad study of political thinkers and theories, going beyond the classroom to experience practical policy issues. Discover British politics in the setting of the Houses of Parliament.

From Global Development Politics to Policy Making in a Globalised World, our students gain a truly international understanding of politics and its processes.

Research plays an important role, so that you’ll acquire important skills using the latest technology which will be invaluable for any career. Some of our senior students have the opportunity to collaborate with academic staff on research.

A number of fascinating electives are on offer, giving you the chance to specialise in topics which appeal to you, such as ‘Gender, Politics and IR’, ‘Democracy and Democratization’, ‘Politics of Environmentalism’, and ‘Religion, Identity and Power’.

You can also take courses which allow you to specialise in the politics of different regions, including the USA, Latin America, the EU, Asia, Russia, Africa and the Middle East.

Many of our students also gain international political experience through an accredited internship, which helps shape their education and career choice.

Top 5 Reasons to Study Political Science

  • Acquire an analytical grasp of contemporary social, political and economic issues of concern to policy makers, business, the media and civil society
  • Access to leading non-governmental, governmental and political institutions will bring your studies alive
  • Gain vital work experience with an international internship, enhancing your career opportunities, while building experience with writing in a range of professional formats from project evaluations, policy briefs and policy-maker profiles to NGO campaign analyses and project grant applications.
  • 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 ‘Politics in the USA’ to ‘Religion, Identity and Power’
  • 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

3 Years pathway

Core Modules & Electives

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

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

Elective

Research & Writing I

Elective

Elective

Creative Expression

Elective

Elective

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

Elective

Research & Writing II

Political Economy

Elective

Scientific Reasoning

Elective

Elective

4 Years pathway

Core Modules

CORE SUBJECTS

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

YEAR 4

The Global Cold War

Rich World/Poor World

Global Development Politics

Liberty, Justice, Equality: Contemporary Political Theory

Foundations of Politics

Introduction to Macroeconomics

Political Economy: Capitalism and its Critics

Policy-Making in a Globalized World

Comparative Political Systems

Introduction to International Relations

British Politics

Senior Seminar in Political Science 1

Transitions I

Evolution of International Systems

Research Methods and Practices: Social Sciences

Senior Seminar in Political Science 2

Transitions II

Probability and Statistics I

Scientific Reasoning

Major Political Thinkers

Creative Expression

4 FHEQ Level 4 Electives

Research and Writing I

2 QCF Level 3 Electives

Electives

ELECTIVE MODULES

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

YEAR 4

  

Plus 2 of the following:

Plus 6 of the following OR Internship and 4 of the following:

  

Power in the Americas

The American Presidency

  

Political Communications

Sustainable Development

  

Rise Of The Right: History of Fascisms

Postcolonial Theory and Development

  

Nationalism And Conflict

Culture, Power and Empire

  

Critical Globalization Studies

Migration and Diasporas

  

Global Governance

Country Risk Analysis

  

Security Studies

International Relations Theory

  

US Grand Strategy

International Political Economy

  

Miracle To Meltdown: East & Southeast Asia

Conflict And Peace Studies

  

Game Theory and Decision Methods

International Human Rights

  

Politics Of The Middle East

Diplomatic Studies

  

Politics in the USA

Foreign Policy Analysis

  

Politics goes to Hollywood

Global Energy Politics

  

The European Union in New International System

Global News Analysis

  

Islam and The West

Political Sociology: Power, State and Society

  

Politics Of Sub-Saharan Africa

Citizenship: National and Global

  

Russian Politics and History

Politics Of Environmentalism

  

Modern China

Ethnicity and Identity

  

Plus 4 FHEQ Level 5 Electives

Gender, Politics and International Relations

   

Religion, Identity And Power

   

Democracy and Democratization

3 Year Pathway Entry Requirements

A Level: 3 C’s or equivalent*

*All other equivalent eligible transfer credits will be determined by Admissions.

4 Year Pathway Entry Requirements

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

English Language Requirements (Non Native English Speakers)

Qualification

Undergraduate

Validity Period

IELTS (Academic)

5.5 with 5.5 in Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing

2 Years

TOEFL IBT

72 with 17 Listening, 18 in Reading, 17 Writing, 20 Speaking

2 Years

Pearson Test of English

51 with 51 in each component

2 Years

First, Advanced, Proficiency – taken after January 2015

162 overall (no less than 162 in each component)

No Expiry

Cambridge First: Advantage, Proficiency – taken before January 2015

Cambridge First: Grade B overall (No less than B in any component)

No Expiry

 

Cambridge Advanced: Grade C (no less than C in any component) less than C in any component)

No Expiry

 

Cambridge Proficiency: Level C1 certificate

No Expiry

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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UCAS Course Code

3 year pathway

RU09

4 year pathway

L210
  • 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 3-4 Years

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

Contact our admissions team for more details:
admissions@richmond.ac.uk

Please note: Non US students are eligible

Useful Links

Undergraduate Prospectus

What our students say

My experience of studying Political Science at Richmond has been wonderful. Politics can at times be a sensitive and complex subject. Having such a diverse, unique student body, and professors receptive of that, has been the best part. By studying here, I feel confident that I can use what I have learned to foster the future I want to see.

Teyah PayneBA Political Science student, 2018
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

Where to find us

Richmond Hill Campus

Queen’s Road
Richmond-upon-Thames
TW10 6JP
England
+44 (0) 208 332 8200 (Main Switchboard)