International Non-Governmental Organisations - MA

This is an American degree (see the 'structure' tab for more information).

This programme prepares you to engage in world affairs and issues, working with and through INGOs.

It integrates information and theory from international relations and political-economic disciplines with skills-based education in management, business, human resources and marketing.

You will learn to analyse challenges holistically, communicate across different fields of expertise and cultures, and foster operational capabilities under resource and organisational constraints.

Why should I choose this programme?

The non-governmental sector has been growing exponentially across the world, generating over £38 billion a year in the UK alone.

NGOs operate to improve lives by coordinating civil action on a wide range of issues, encompassing education and human rights, sustainability, economic development and peace-building.

They offer immense professional opportunities for motivated individuals looking to marry their personal values, passions and career paths. 

Key skills, aims and objectives

  • Identify the theories, history, and major actors that govern the modern operations of INGOs
  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to critically analyse and evaluate the roles and activities of INGOs in international affairs
  • Managerial and operational skills relevant to the activities of INGOs
  • Ability to evaluate the consequences of the political and moral choices of INGOs

Future opportunities

You will develop as a broadly educated INGO specialist who will have the appropriate skills for working in international governmental and non-governmental organisations.

There are wide-ranging career opportunities in the non-governmental and social entrepreneurship sector, in the UK and internationally.

Previous graduates have founded their own NGOs while others have been recruited by top international organisations.

The unique depth of knowledge and practical skills acquired throughout this programme will provide you with a robust tool-box for entering the workplace, whether focusing your efforts on development projects, community empowerment, sustainable environments or human rights.


Most students complete their degree in six terms over 14 months. Academically strong and dedicated students may complete the degree in five terms over 12 months.

Additional information

This is an American degree. It is made up of units known as credit hours. Each class that you undertake will allow you to accumulate credit hours. Most classes (modules) carry three credit hours. You must successfully complete at least 36 credit hours (12 modules) to complete the programme.

The main parts of your degree are the core modules. You will follow 8-10 core modules, depending on your chosen degree. These must be complemented with a selection of elective modules to make up the required total of 12 modules. For some programmes, elective modules can be chosen from the full selection of MA, MS and MBA classes.

Professional skills development
In addition you will be expected to spend time in scholarship and research activities each term. All students undertake a mandatory, no-credit module in their first term (LIBR 5010 Professional Studies) which strengthens their academic skills in preparation for postgraduate study.

Sequential degrees
RUL also offers you the opportunity to undertake a sequential degree – a second MA, MS or MBA degree following your first postgraduate degree.

If you have earned an MA, MS or an MBA from Webster University, or Master’s or Doctorate from another regionally accredited college or university, or an international equivalent, you may apply for a sequential Master’s degree by completing the core modules (minimum 21 credit hours) in your chosen degree.

Please note: the sequential Master’s degrees in International Relations and Finance require completion of 27 hours of coursework.


Core courses
INGO 5000 International Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) (3 hours)
INGO 5200 Research Methods and Approaches to International Non-governmental Organisations (3 hours) 
INTL 5540 International Organisations (3 hours)
INGO 5600 Principles of Negotiation (3 hours)
INGO 5700 Grant Writing, Fundraising and Development for International non-governmental Organisations (3 hours)
INGO 5900 Project Management for International non-governmental Organisations (3 hours)
INGO 6000 International Non-governmental Organisations in Theory and Practice (3 hours) or INGO 6250 Thesis (6 hours)

In addition:

  • Two courses from the Issues Cluster (6 hours)
  • Two courses from the Skills Cluster (6 hours)
  • One additional course from either the Issues or the Skills Cluster (3 hours)

Issues Cluster
INTL 5700 Humanitarian Issues in International Politics (3 hours)
INTL 5530 International Law (3 hours)
INTL 5400 International Political Economy (3 hours)
INTL 5580 Politics of Development (3 hours)
INTL 5050 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 hours)
INTL 5600 Area Studies (maximum of one course or 3 credit hours) (3 hours)

Skills Cluster
MRKT 5000 Marketing or NPLR 5020 Essentials of Marketing Resource Development in Nonprofits (3 hours)
MNGT 5590 Organisational Behavior or HRDV 5630 Organisational Development and Change (3 hours)
NPLR 5210 Social Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship (3 hours)
INGO 5100 Finance Budgeting and Accounting for International non-governmental Organisations(3 hours)
INTB 5710 Cross Cultural Management (3 hours)
PBRL 5453 Communication Strategies for Nonprofit Organisations (3 hours)
INGO 5300 Human Resources and Staffing for International non-governmental Organisations (3 hours)

See module descriptions

Future start dates

March 2015

Future start dates to be announced shortly. If you are interested in starting this programme after March 2015 please register your interest here

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Fees 2014/15
Full course fee (12 courses): £15,600
Registration fee: £420 (refundable)
Non-EU Advance deposit: £730 (refundable)
Alumni fee of £360

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We require successful completion of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.5 (out of 4.0) cumulative grade point average or its equivalent (e.g. 2:2 degree).

Students are also required to complete INTL 5000 prior to admission to the INGO programme. This requirement can be waived if the student has completed undergraduate coursework in international relations.

English requirements

PLEASE NOTE: Latest update regarding ETS & TOEFL testing – The Home Office has suspended all ETS tests, including TOEFL exams, as evidence of English language ability from new visa applicants.

Please see the Home Office website for further information:

Therefore, if you are relying on an ETS / TOEFL certificate for Visa purposes please be aware that you will now need to take an alternative English proficiency test.

We will continue to accept the following English language proficiency tests:

  • PTE Academic
  • Cambridge Advanced
  • Regent’s University London on campus diagnostic test

If you have taken and submitted the TOEFL test as part of your admissions application, or have any questions in relation to the above, please do not hesitate to make contact with our Admissions team to seek further advice and support.

– 18/07/2014


For those applicants whose mother tongue is not English, we require a recent pass in any of the following qualifications:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, grade C
  • GCSE/IGCSE English, grade C (for non-EU IGCSE students, please provide along with the IGCSE certificate, the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)
  • IB Diploma English A grade 4 or above HL or SL.  English B grade 5 at HL
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 6.5 (for non-EU students: a minimum score of 5.5 in each component)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of  90 (internet-based test) (TOEFL results not accepted post 17 April 2014 for non EU/UK students)
  • Pearson Test (PTE Academic) score of 61 (for non-EU Students: a minimum score of 51 in each component)

Please note that the above list is not exhaustive; for more information about other accepted English language qualifications, please contact us.

Please also note that you may be exempt from taking an English language test if the last three years of your full-time education have been taught completely in English.

Students who require an international student visa to study in the UK and whose native language is not English, are also be required to meet specific grade requirements and conditions of study as stipulated by the UK Border Agency (UKBA). Please check their website for current information:

On-campus diagnostic test

If you live in London, or are able to visit us, we can offer you a free English diagnostic test. 

This test is offered through Regent's Institute of Languages & Culture and should be arranged in advance. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only. For more information, or to arrange a test, please contact us:

How to apply

Applying to study at RUL is a quick and easy process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1 Apply

Please complete an application form. You can apply in the following ways:

Once you have completed the application form, you should send us the following supporting documents; these can be sent to us via email/post/fax: 

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from the accredited university that awarded your Bachelor’s degree
  • Two letters of reference, one of which must be academic. The second can be academic, professional or personal (although it cannot be from a family member or a peer)
  • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen course and how you feel you will benefit from the course of study
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • One recent passport-sized, colour photograph, jpeg format (this must be emailed to us at
  • A CV outlining your professional experience
  • If not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Step 2 Making an offer

We will assess whether you meet our minimum entry requirements and will make you an offer by both email and post, or notify you that you have been unsuccessful.

If you have completed your education and have met all the entry requirements, you will be sent an unconditional offer. If you still have to finish your exams, or have yet to submit supporting documentation, you will be issued a conditional offer.

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

Step 3 Accepting the offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must:

  • Confirm your acceptance via email/post/telephone/in person
  • Pay the refundable registration fee
  • Pay the refundable non-EU advance tuition fee deposit (if applicable)

Please note, while there is no formal deadline to pay your registration fee or non-EU advance deposit, if you need to apply for an international student visa to study in the UK, then we recommend that you pay these as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4 Full acceptance and visa

On receipt of your acceptance we will issue the final set of documentation and, where needed, the relevant visa support documentation. To find out if you need a student visa please consult the section titled ‘Studying in the United Kingdom’ on the UK Border Agency website: (please note it is your own responsibility to arrange the appropriate visa). 

Transfer of credits

Transfer applicants must complete their applications by submitting all of the supporting documentation listed above. If you wish to have transfer credit assessed, you should provide us with official university transcripts before your proposed start date.

Once we have received your complete application, and if you have been accepted for admission, we will advise you on the number of credits you will be able to transfer towards your degree.

Scholarships available

US Financial Aid

Direct subsidised and unsubsidised loans for US citizens, as well as Direct PLUS loans for eligible US citizens and Green card holders administered by the US Department of Education (USED) for all eligible degree programmes offered at Regent’s University London.

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Fulbright Commission All-Disciplines (Open) Postgraduate Award

Awards to US citizens for the first year of Master's or PhD study in any subject, or to conduct a period of independent research, covers the first year's tuition and a living stipend.

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Regent's Progress Fund for Alumni

We are delighted when our Alumni decide to return to study on a postgraduate programme. To demonstrate our support for you as a progressing student and acknowledge your academic achievements to date, we are pleased to offer progression scholarships from September 2014 onwards.

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Study methods

You will be taught by a group of internationally diverse academics and practitioners with vast experience in academia and outside it.

Much attention is put on helping you to acquire and develop analytical skills, the ability to research independently and work in groups.

Students with disabilities

Some of our courses encourage trips outside of the campus. If you have a condition that affects your mobility you are advised to contact the Disability Officer.

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Last updated: 27 January 2015


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Key information

International Non-Governmental Organisations
Regent's American College London
Full time
12 - 14 months
£15,600 *
Next start date
March 2015 *
Study abroad
This degree is awarded by Webster University, St. Louis, USA

* See the admissions tab for further details on fees, scholarships and future start dates



This degree is recognised by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Students on this programme are provided with access to CMI resources during their studies, and can apply for membership to the CMI on degree completion.

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