International Development and Languages BA (Hons)

Overview

On this BA (Hons) International Development and Languages degree course, you’ll learn 1 or 2 languages and combine this with the skills, knowledge and experience to make a difference to societies across the globe. You can pick up a language from beginner's level (French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese) or post-A level (French, Spanish).

You’ll explore the role and purpose of international development, build your understanding of world affairs, and work towards fluency in your chosen languages. You’ll also have opportunities to put your knowledge to work with not-for-profit organisations in developing countries.

This course is ideal for a career working in organisations around the globe in roles such as in government, teaching and working with non-government organisations (NGOs).

What you'll experience

On this International Development and Languages degree course, you’ll:

  • Study multiple disciplines including economics, human geography, politics and international relations
  • Choose a main language from French, Spanish or Chinese (Mandarin) and study it to degree level
  • Be able to explore a second language from those listed above or Arabic, Japanese, German and British Sign Language (BSL)
  • Be taught by staff who are currently doing research in the field, keeping you abreast of latest theories and knowledge
  • Get experience with an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) during your studies or as part of an optional work placement year
  • Learn from professionals working in the sector – recent events include a guest lecture from the Senior Strategic Advisor to Oxfam, a study day examining the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo and a visit from an NGO based in Peru
  • Develop skills in analysis, criticism and argument, communication and problem-solving

What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Either General Language 1 & 2 (Beginner) OR General Language 3 (Intermediate) + Language Project
  • International Development: Academic Enrichment Programme
  • Introduction To Development Studies: Policy & Practice
  • Performing Like A Pro: Skills For Academic And Professional Success
  • The Making Of The Global South

There are no optional modules on this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year currently include:

  • Either General Language 3 & 4 or General Language 4 & Language for Professional Communication
  • Economics and Politics of Development
  • Global Environmental Issues and Concerns

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • International Development: Academic Enrichment Programme
  • Analysing Foreign and Security Policy
  • Democratisation in Latin America
  • Development Economics L5
  • East Asian States and Societies
  • Gender in the Developing World
  • Guns, Glory Hunters & Greed: French and British Colonisation in Africa
  • International Community Development
  • International Politics of the Middle East
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Learning From Experience
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • People on the Move: Migration and Borders in Europe
  • Russian & Eurasian Politics

Year abroad

In your third year, you'll spend a year in a country where the main language you're studying is spoken.

On your year abroad, you can study at a university or organise a work placement, depending on your chosen language. In some cases, you may be able to do a combination of study and work.

We'll help you secure a study or work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You'll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 4

Core modules in this year currently include:

  • International Development: Academic Enrichment Programme
  • Dissertation / Project
  • General Language 6

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Africa Revisited: Nation Building and 'State Fragility' in Post-Colonial Africa
  • China & East Asian Economies
  • Ethnicity Class & Culture in the Developing World
  • Global Capitalism: Past, Present and Future
  • Interpreting
  • Learning From Experience
  • NGOs and Social Movements
  • Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
  • Rethinking Aid and Development
  • The Anthropology of Development
  • Transitional Justice & Human Rights
  • Translation Theory & Practice

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • one-on-one tutorials

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • examinations
  • case studies
  • projects
  • presentations
  • book reviews
  • assignments

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the field.

What can you do with an International Development and Languages degree?

This course gives you the skills for careers in areas such as:

  • local, national or international government
  • teaching, lecturing or research
  • voluntary organisations and NGOs
  • advertising, marketing and PR
  • media
  • banking and financial services

What jobs can you do with an International Development and Languages degree?

Our graduates have gone on to roles such as:

  • politician’s assistant
  • project manager
  • public affairs consultant
  • social researcher
  • information officer
  • conference producer
  • local government administrator

You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
4 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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