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Program overview
3 - 4 Years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
Fall 2020

Program description

BA Degree in International Relations

International Relations are never far from the news headlines as the world grows more interconnected through trade and migration, the internet and social media.

Blend the fields of politics, economics, history and law with our BA in International Relations as you explore our ever-changing political landscape.

With such a varied range of topics, it’s no wonder our graduates go on to such diverse and successful careers. This degree will prepare you for a career in international organisations, business, finance, government institutions, agencies, and the media.

It will provide you with specific knowledge in three core areas: International Relations theory and concepts, global institutions, and contemporary issues in international affairs.

You’ll be able to choose topics from a variety of electives including ‘International Human Rights’, ‘Conflict and Peace Studies’, ‘Foreign Policy Analysis’, ‘Diplomatic Studies’, ‘US Grand Strategy’, ‘Global Energy Politics’, and ‘Critical Globalization Studies’.

Our program is designed to offer you a specialisation as you progress with your degree, according to your main area of interest. You can also take courses which allow you to specialise in the International Relations of different regions, including the USA, Latin America, the EU, Asia, Russia, Africa and the Middle East.

We’ll introduce you to the main concepts and approaches to the study of international relations and encourage you to analyse, interpret and evaluate world political events and issues.

It’s a broad remit as you’ll investigate security, nationalism and warfare while also addressing politics within international law and institutions, the global economy, and issues related to development and developing states.

Admission requirements

3 Year Pathway

  • A Levels: CCC or equivalent

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

4 Year Pathway

  • A Levels: 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.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

3 Years Pathway (Core Modules & Electives)

Year 1

Fall Semester

  • Foundations of Politics
  • The Global Cold War
  • Comparative Political Systems
  • Research & Writing I
  • Creative Expression

Spring Semester

  • Rich World Poor World
  • Introduction to IR
  • Probability and Statistics I
  • Research & Writing II
  • Scientific Reasoning

Year 2

Fall Semester

  • Evolution of International Systems
  • Major Political Thinkers
  • Intro to Macroeconomics
  • Elective
  • Elective

Spring Semester

  • Global Governance
  • Global Dev Politics
  • Research Methods and Practices
  • Security Studies
  • Elective

Year 3

Fall Semester

  • Senior Seminar I
  • The Politics of International Law
  • IR Theory
  • Elective
  • Elective

Spring Semester

  • Senior Seminar II
  • International Political Economy
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

4 Years Pathway

Core Modules

Year 1

  • Foundations of Politics
  • Comparative Political Systems
  • The Global Cold War
  • Transitions I
  • Transitions II
  • Scientific Reasoning
  • Creative Expression
  • Research and Writing I
  • 2 QCF Level 3 Electives

Year 2

  • Rich World/Poor World
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Evolution of International Systems
  • Probability and Statistics I
  • Major Political Thinkers
  • Research and Writing II
  • Plus 3 FHEQ Level 4 Electives (can be Gen Ed Hum SS requirement)

Year 3

  • Global Development Politics
  • Global Governance
  • Security Studies
  • Research Methods and Practices – Social Sciences

Year 4

  • International Relations Theory
  • International Political Economy
  • The Politics of International Law
  • Senior Seminar in International Relations 1
  • Senior Seminar in International Relations 2


Year 3

Plus 2 of the following:

  • Power in the Americas
  • Political Communications
  • Rise Of The Right: History of Fascisms
  • Nationalism And Conflict
  • War of the Worlds? Empire and Civilization
  • Critical Globalization Studies
  • US Grand Strategy
  • Miracle To Meltdown: East & Southeast Asia
  • Game Theory and Decision Methods
  • Politics Of The Middle East
  • Political Economy: Capitalism and its Critics
  • British Politics
  • Politics in the USA
  • Politics goes to Hollywood
  • The European Union in the New International System
  • Islam and The West
  • Politics Of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Russian Politics and History
  • Modern China
  • Plus 4 FHEQ Level 5 Electives

Year 4

Plus 5 of the following OR Internship and 3 of the following

  • The American Presidency
  • Sustainable Development
  • Postcolonial Theory and Development
  • Culture, Power and Empire
  • Migrations and Diasporas
  • Country Risk Analysis
  • Conflict And Peace Studies
  • International Human Rights
  • Diplomatic Studies
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Global Energy Politics
  • World Internship International Relations
  • Internship In International Relations
  • Global News Analysis
  • Liberty, Justice, Equality: Contemporary Political Theory
  • Policy-Making in a Globalized World
  • Political Sociology: Power, State and Society
  • Citizenship: National and Global
  • Politics Of Environmentalism
  • Ethnicity and Identity
  • Gender, Politics and International Relations
  • Religion, Identity And Power
  • Democracy and Democratization

Tuition fees

  • £9,250 (UK/EU)
  • £14,750 (INT)
  • $38,000 (US)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Continuing studies

Further Education

INSEAD, King’s College London, University of Sydney, London School of Economics and Political Science, SOAS, University of London

Career opportunities

Where do Richmond's International Relations graduates go?

The Embassy of Dominican Republic, the European Commission, Moody’s Investors Service, KPMG, The ECB, the Federal Reserve Bank, Microsoft Corporation, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the US

Career paths for International Relations graduates

Our graduates go on to work in a range of fields including government (for instance, the Diplomatic Service and Ministry of Defence in the UK), charities, journalism, banking, research and policy think tanks, humanitarian organisations and international organisations.

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Richmond, The American International University in London

Richmond, The American International University in London

At Richmond, The American University in London we offer a Liberal Arts education renowned for its flexibility and broad-based curriculum. We have campuses in two of London’s premier area – Richmond and Kensington, where we also offer accommodation. Our liberal...

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Richmond, The American International University in London

Richmond Hill Campus
Queen’s Road
TW10 6JP London
United Kingdom

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