International Development BA (Hons)

Overview

Ready to change the world? This BA (Hons) International Development degree course will arm you with the skills, knowledge and experience to make a difference to societies across the globe.

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

This course is ideal for a career working with organisations at home or abroad in roles like fundraising, campaigning, community development and public affairs.

What you'll experience

On this International Development degree course, you’ll:

  • Study multiple disciplines including economics, human geography, politics and international relations
  • Examine major global challenges of our time including world poverty and hunger, environmental sustainability, universal education and health care, gender equality and women’s empowerment, democracy, human rights and conflict and security
  • 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
  • Have the chance to learn a new language

Optional pathways

You can also study international development with international relations – leading to a BA (Hons) International Relations with International Development award at the end of the course – or our BA Hons International Development and Languages programme.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies and match your ambitions.

This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.

What you'll study

Year 1

Core modules currently include:

  • Global Development
  • International Development: Academic Enrichment Programme
  • Introduction To Development Studies: Policy & Practice
  • Key Themes In International Relations
  • Performing Like A Pro: Skills For Academic And Professional Success
  • The Making Of The Global South

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules currently include:

  • Economics And Politics Of Development
  • Global Environmental Issues And Concerns
  • International Development: Academic Enrichment Programme

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Analysing Foreign and Security Policy
  • Democratisation in Latin America
  • Development Economics
  • 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
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • Learning from Experience
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • People on the Move: Migration and Borders in Europe
  • Russian & Eurasian Politics
  • Study Abroad

Optional placement year

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

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

Year 3

Core modules currently include:

  • Dissertation (International Development)
  • International Development: Academic Enrichment Programme (Aep L6)
  • Rethinking Aid And Development
  • The Anthropology Of Development

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
  • Learning From Experience
  • NGOs and Social Movements
  • Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
  • Transitional Justice & Human Rights

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

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

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

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 degree?

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

  • fundraising and campaigning
  • designing community development projects
  • public affairs
  • project management
  • international agencies

What jobs can you do with an International Development 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), BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 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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