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Communications - Media Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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The aim of the Communications - Media Studies programme offered by the Richmond, the American International University in London is to prepare students to work within the technologically driven, global, communication revolution of the 21st Century. The degree provides an interdisciplinary, multimedia approach to the study of communications through the study of the relationship between communications theory and its practice.

Programme Overview

During the first two years of the Communications degree students take the same core courses. During the third and fourth year students then specialise into one of three areas:

  • Marketing Communications & Public Relations,
  • Media Production
  • Media Studies

Why Study Communications - Media Studies

  • Study media and communications in a thoroughly international context.
  • Explore the role of mass communication in society.
  • Develop strong communication skills from writing to presentations.
  • A track record of alumni entering into leading graduate schools in the UK and the USA.
  • Gain vital work experience through an internship in a wide range of leading international organisations in London, the USA and China.

Career paths for Communication graduates

  • Media
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Corporate Communications
  • Music industry
  • Events Management

Where do Richmond’s Communications graduates go?

This is a recent programme and the first cohort has not yet completed, but graduates from the previous BA Communications programme have progressed to:

In the workplace

  • BBC
  • Bloomberg L.P.
  • EMI Music
  • 19 Entertainment
  • Walt Disney Television International
Graduate School
  • CASS Business School
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • SOAS, University of London
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Sydney


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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      This degree is offered as both a 3 year and 4 year programme

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Foundations of Mass Media and Communications
  • Foundations of Sociology
  • Foundations of Photography
  • Research & Writing
  • Creative Expression
  • Intercultural Communications
  • Intro to Visual Culture
  • Scientific Reasoning
  • Mass Communications and Society
  • Cultural Theory
  • Political Communication

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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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  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 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).

General Requirements

3 Year Pathway Entry Requirements:

  • A Level: 3 C’s or equivalent
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 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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  • US : $38,000 per year

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.


  • UK/EU – £3,085 p.a.
  • US – up to $23,000 p.a.
  • International – up to £4,500 p.a.

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