Richmond, The American International University in London

Political Science Richmond, The American International University in London Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Richmond, The American International University in London


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Richmond University is the only US & UK three year liberal arts degree in the world. Through this programme, students get all of the advantages of a liberal arts education in just three years. This ‘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 fulfil the same credit hours and overall requirements of a four-year undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree. This is 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.

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. 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 at Richmond: *

  • 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’

Career Paths
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), NGOs, charities, social enterprises, law, journalism, banking, research and policy think tanks, consultancies, humanitarian organisations and international organisations.

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A range of optional courses in national, regional and global studies, as well as in thematic areas of the discipline and where appropriate cognate fields, are offered, allowing specialisation within the Major according to student interest. If students desire, there are opportunities for a junior year semester abroad in one of our numerous partner institutions around the world, though this is not required for the degree. Senior year students achieving the required GPA are encouraged to participate in the university’s Internship Programme for the course.

Year 1 Core Modules: Foundation of Politics, The Global Cold War, Comparative Political Systems, Transitions II, Scientific Reasoning, Creative Expression, Introduction to IR, Major Political Thinkers, Intro to Macroeconomics, Research and Writing II, Evolution of International Systems, Rich World Poor World, Probability and Stats I.

Year 2 Core Modules: Research Methods and practices, British Politics, Political Economy, Global Development Politics.

Year 3 Core Modules: Senior Seminar I, Liberty, Justice, Equality, Policy Making in a Globalized World, Senior Seminar II.

Elective modules available all years except for Year 1.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Course code RU09
Institution code R20
Campus name Main Site
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level CCC

A Levels: CCC or international equivalent.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £14,500 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

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Richmond, The American International University in London
Queens Road
Richmond upon Thames
TW10 6JP

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