• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

About

The International Relations programme from Richmond, the American International University will enable you to tackle the big issues facing global decision-makers, from war to poverty, from security to the diplomatic practice, looking at the role of the global media in all of these topics.

It will help you prepare for further graduate study or for a career in the fascinating world of government, public administration, humanitarian aid work, diplomacy or policy formation. The emphasis on the importance of research is invaluable for any future career, developing analytical skills and independence of thought.

Students may be invited to participate in visits to key international institutions including the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the EU headquarters in Brussels and an important Peace Studies institute in Norway.

From Machiavelli to Morgenthau, you will have the chance to explore how classical and contemporary scholars have helped define International Relations theories and concepts.

An innovative international research hub, Richmond’s Centre for the Study of the State, Power & Globalisation offers students the chance to conduct research alongside both the faculty and international experts. The University also supports a social enterprise which specialises in university education, Professors Without Borders, and students have often worked closely with this exciting initiative.

Optional Accredited Internship

Students are also offered an opportunity to pursue a research-linked internship, either in the UK or globally, for a minimum of five weeks over the summer semester.

Some of our recent graduates have done an internship with MPs in the House of Commons, in US Congress and with a range of international diplomatic missions near our Kensington campus.

We support students in securing an accredited internship and throughout its duration. It’s a great opportunity for students to put the knowledge and skills learned on the programme into practice. Students are assessed through a combination of regular updates, oral presentation and critical reflective writing on their experiences.

In an increasingly competitive graduate careers market, internships can provide the edge for students in securing their dream career.

Career Support

The university offer career support and advice through the 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.

Accreditation

Accredited by Middle States Commission of Higher Education (US).

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Research Methodology
  • International Relations Theory and Concepts
  • Global Poverty and Security Challenges
  • African Development Politics
  • Gender and Development
  • Migration, Labour and Development
  • Imperialism and Post-Colonial Theory
  • Political Economy of Development in Latin America
  • NGO Project Management
  • Origins and Development of International Relations
  • International Relations and the Media
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Conflict and Post-Conflict Studies
  • Diplomacy
  • International Politics of East Asia
  • The Middle East and International Politics
  • US Foreign Policy
  • World Energy: Politics and Markets
  • Human Rights and Global Politics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    87

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

A first degree in any discipline with a minimum classification of 2.2 (Lower Second Class Honours) or its international equivalent

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6996 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7000 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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