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The majority of our masters degrees are one-year (full-time) and two year (part-time) programmes designed to prepare candidates for careers in their desired field of study.  Some of our programmes differ in length, please see the relevant website page for details.

Across all postgraduate degrees, innovative courses on contemporary issues are taught, opportunity for practical application is fostered, and seminars are conducted by leading guest speakers. These complementing and supporting elements combine to create a learning opportunity that is profoundly challenging and awakening.

Whilst most of our courses do not set an exact deadline for applications, you are advised to apply early to secure your place and organise any sponsorship or funding.

You can apply for postgraduate study using our online application form.

Entry requirements

The University accepts a wide range of international postgraduate degree award qualifications. Occasionally the University may invite candidates to attend an interview.

We understand that not every student is in the same situation, if you have any questions about your qualifications, please get in touch with us

MA/MBA Programmes

The entry requirements for the MA and MBA levels of our postgraduate programmes are:

  • UK first degree with minimum second class honours (2.2)
  • US degree with a minimum CGPA of between 2.5 and 3.0
  • or international equivalent

MSc Programmes

The entry requirements for the MSc level of our postgraduate programmes are:

  • UK first degree minimum third class honours (3rd)
  • or international equivalent

Supporting documents

Please submit the following items to be considered for one of our Postgraduate Programmes:

  • A completed postgraduate application for admissions form.
  • A personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae/resume
  • Official/certified transcripts of all undergraduate work:
    • Please submit certified copies of all grades (including courses taken), diplomas, certificates of programme completion, and any end-of-program or end-of-year examination results.
    • If the transcripts are not in English, official translation will be required.
  • English language test results

English language requirements

The University is committed to support candidates to further develop their English language skills to succeed in our academic programmes.

Applicants who are not native speakers of English are required to demonstrate the required level their English Language proficiency indicated below. There are a number of ways this can be achieved.

  • A valid (in date) recognised English language test required of those who require a tier 4 student visa (programmes longer than 6 months in duration) to study in the UK
  • Nationals from a majority English speaking country* as defined by the UKVI, are not required to provide proof English as foreign language proficiency
  • Completion of an undergraduate programme in the UK

*Majority English-speaking countries are defined as follows: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom and USA.

Validity Period
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 in each of the four components 2 Years
(We do not accept Home Edition)
Listening 21, Reading 22, Writing 21, Speaking 23 2 Years
ELLT Oxford International B2+ / 6 in each of the four components 18 Months
Pearson Test of English 60 in each of the four components 2 Years
Cambridge First/Advanced/Proficiency 169 in each of the four components No Expiry

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Need help meeting requirements?

Richmond is now delighted to be able to offer our prospective students opportunities to meet our English language requirements in a number of ways.

You can book an online English Language Level Test (ELLT) or apply and take part in the preparation course.

If you don’t meet our standard English requirements we now offer Online Pre-Sessional Course (OPSE) in collaboration with Oxford International.

English Language Level Test (ELLT) & Preparation Course

In association with Oxford International Education Group

Online Pre-Sessional Course (OPSE)

Pre Sessional English courses are offered over 6, 12 or 16-weeks

Visa & Immigration

In order to study in the UK, you’ll need to meet the various visa and immigration conditions outlined by the Home Office. Our team of specialist and experienced student advisers can help you with guidance on all of these matters.

Visit our Visa & Immigration webpage for more details on both the Student Route and Standard Visitor visa options.


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Additional Information

  • Any professional experience and other evidence of commitment to the subject area are considered in order to provide a broader picture of an applicant’s suitability to the programme.
  • It is also encouraged to submit a Sample of Academic Writing (must be academically cited; 8-20 pages and/or 2,000-5,000 typed words), though please note this is not required.

Postgraduate students at Richmond will study for either an MBA or a Master of Arts degree. Richmond is Accredited in the US by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Richmond is also registered in the US as a not-for-profit corporation.

The admissions process is a multi-step team approach. Typically, applications are reviewed by the Postgraduate Applications Review Committee which consists of the Programme Director and the Head of Admissions. These parties will be responsible for deciding upon all matters pertaining to this area. Read our Admissions Policy.

Applications are reviewed holistically. Applications are not eliminated for admission based on test scores, nationality, gender, ethnicity or other factors. Each criterion is considered to provide a holistic picture of an applicant’s qualifications. This process allows the committee to select those candidates most likely to be successful in our Programmes.

Richmond takes the privacy and security of our prospective students seriously and therefore we would prefer to discuss details of your application and enrolment with you directly rather than with parents, relatives or friends. In exceptional circumstances we may talk to a third party about your application but we will need your permission before we do this so that we are compliant with UK and US Data Protection Laws.

If you need us to talk to a nominated third party on your behalf then please complete and return this form. Permission to discuss Application with Third Party

Please feel free to contact your Office of Admissions (as outlined opposite) if you have any questions about the status of your application.