International Development and Global Politics

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Why study International Development & Globabl Politics at UWTSD?

  • Critically examines a range of worldwide social, economic, political, health and environmental factors which are shaping the 21st Century.
  • Explores challenges posed by conflict and humanitarian emergency in the framework of international institutions.
  • A degree programme that draws together crucial subject areas to develop and expand your knowledge of global issues and how to solve them.
  • We take an immersive approach to learning offering a diverse range of teaching approaches, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshop sessions. 
  • You will attend small-group classes with a focus on discussion and learning activities to encourage the self-development and critical reflection accepted as key to the development of personal and professional capacities. 

Fancy studying another subject alongside international development and global politics? 

Interested in philosophy, history, anthropology, English literature, creative writing, ancient civilisations, the environment or classics?

This programme gives you the opportunity to diversify your studies by studying other areas alongside international development and global politics. For example, you could combine your course with any of the above subjects or with any of our other humanities subjects. 

For the full list of joint hounours courses click here.

Key Facts

UCAS Code (Foundation): IGF1
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years, full-time

Tuition Fees for 2018/19:
£9000 (Home/EU students)
£11000 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
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Linking with NGOs in international development and humanitarianism, the programme provides knowledge and skills relevant to challenges as diverse as poverty, Third World Debt, globalisation, conflict, natural disaster and political instability.

It considers how political action, both in the West and in the Third World, can support moves towards sustainable economic development across the world.

An opportunity for placements overseas, or with relevant development organisations at home, will enable students to see first-hand how development NGOs work. This invaluable experience allows students to deepen and apply their learning in the development sector and make many new contacts.

Students will learn and develop their skills and knowledge across the disciplines:

The International Development component tackles the overarching question: how has it come about that there are very rich and very poor nations, with massive inequalities in life chances for their citizens? And what can be done to remedy this? It also studies post-colonial societies and cultural psychology, as well as patterns, connections and inequalities in global health.

The Global Politics aspect of the degree programme complements and reinforces the practical work and the study of international development. There is a focus on International Political Economy, Human Rights and Ethics, with consideration of the challenges posed by environmental change, conflict and war, the role of information networks and organisations such as the United Nations. International migration, trafficking and terrorism are also considered.

  • Taking into account that student choices and requirements can differ radically, as well as ensuring a rounded knowledge of International Development and Global Politics generally, the scheme offers modules covering a wide range of topics and issues.

  • Some of the areas of study include, for example, human rights, sustainable development, justice and equality, preparation for working in development, approaches to power, humanitarian intervention, activism, environmental ethics, population issues, growth and development. Options to study abroad may also be available.

  • A range of modules in other disciplines is offered alongside your main subject modules. You could take modules in, for example, history, English, classics, philosophy, creative writing or any of our other humanities subjects, whichever humanities degree-programme you choose. You can view our full list of Humanities subjects here.
  • Small class sizes which are conducive to discussion with both staff and students alike.
  • Unique opportunity to work overseas or in the UK with charitable organisations. For example, students will have the opportunity to embark on a placement with a charity, Streets Ahead, that runs centres for street children in Rwanda. 
  • The degree's emphasis is on ensuring students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to start a career in the charity or NGO sector.
  • Expert lecturers who have ample experience working in the charity sector and law sector.

Assessments will vary from each module to ensure that a range of skills are utilised throughout your degree. Example assessments include essays, presentations, project proposals and reviews.

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.

To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

Increasingly organisations within the charitable and NGO sector are seeking employees who have a relevant degree in international development.

By combining International Development with Global Politics, students have a wider skill set and will be more appealing to employers. It alo offers students a wider choice of careers besides the charity and NGO sector, perhaps embarking on a career within the legal and law sector.

UK/EU Tuition Fees
Visit our UK/EU Tuition Fees section to find out more.

Overseas Tuition Fees
Visit our Overseas Fees section to find out more.

Bursaries and Scholarships

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Field trip:

Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and fieldtrip options available both locally and internationally. Thus students can opt to take either more expensive or less expensive placements. The Faculty subsidises these but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.

Fieldwork (depending on where student decides to do fieldwork): c. £500-£1,500

Individual trips: c. £5-£50

Other subjects you could study alongside international development and politics include but are not limited to history, English literature, classics, ancient civilisations, Chinese studies, ecology, economics, and anthropology.

For a list of joint courses, go to Joint Honours Courses

Visiting the University:

For any students considering studying BA International Development & Global Politics at UWTSD it is worthwhile attending a Visit Day or Open Day. You can take a tour of the Lampeter campus, meet some students, and question the lecturers to get a comprehensive understanding of the university and its teaching. To find out more about forthcoming dates visit the Open Day and Visit Day pages.