BA International Development and Global Politics

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The BA International Development and Global Politics critically examines a wide range of worldwide social, economic, political, global health, ideological and environmental factors  which are shaping the 21st century and relates these to the challenges posed by conflict and humanitarian emergency, in the framework of international law.

Environmental change and natural disaster, religious and political tensions, conflict and war are major challenges facing the 21st century. Poverty, political instability and mass migration combined with ecological, food and water crises in the natural world. 

Many forms of expertise are needed to meet these challenges and new fields of employment are emerging in politics, the media, innovation, sustainability, international development, law and a range of NGOs including the humanitarian and the development advocacy sectors. 

Drawing upon knowledge, experience and skills from field operations in the sector this programme will equip those looking to work in NGO, diplomatic, governmental, multimedia climates as well as the wider international development sector.  Student employability and skills will be enhanced by the opportunity for work experience ‘in the field’ with relevant agencies.

Key Facts

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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Learning and collaborating with experts on international development, humanitarianism and global politics, the programme sets out to provide comprehensive knowledge and skills relevant to challenges as diverse as poverty, Third World Debt, globalisation, conflict, natural disaster and political instability.  

It will consider how political action, both in the West and in the Third World, and political structures, can support moves towards sustainable economic development across the world. It will also consider the management of natural resources, environmental protection and sustainability in policy, ethics and law.

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 issues in international, post-colonial culture and social 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, providing a foundation for understanding the key issues. There is a specific focus on International and Human Rights Law and Ethics, with consideration of the challenges posed by environmental change, poverty, natural disaster as well as conflict and war; the role of information networks and organisations such as the United Nations; and the management of refugees, migrants, trafficking and terrorism are also considered.

  • An Introduction to Human Rights
  • Sustainable Development in an era of Globalisation
  • Freedom, Equality & Justice
  • Humanitarian Intervention
  • Working in Development: Practical Preparation
  • Political Anthropology: Approaches to Power
  • Post-Colonial States and Civil Society
  • Political Economy of Natural Resources
  • World Politics
  • Activism, Protest and Campaigning for Global Justice
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Culture & Psychology
  • International Political Economy
  • Material worlds: approaches to economic relations 
  • Contemporary Issues in Comparative Politics
  • Anthropological Perspectives on Power and Politics
  • Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy
  • Health & Development
  • Population Growth, Urbanisation and Sustainability 
  • International Placement 
  • 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.
  • A degree programme that draws together three crucial subject areas to develop and expand students' knowledge of global issues and how to solve them.

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.

If you have further questions about the degree programme and would like to know more, we suggest that you come along to an Open Day. At an Open Day, you can meet the staff and find out more about the degree. Besides this, you can see the beautiful campus grounds and the facilities, meet current students, and speak to our Student Services team. To book, visit our Open Day page.

This degree programme is now open to recruitment for the academic year 2017-18, subject to validation. As students submit their applications for their course so they will be contacted by our admissions team and invited to a student experience weekend or sent any additional information as requested.

Applicants will also be contacted by the Programme Director ( with updates of any new books and articles of interest, relevant news from across the world, updates on staff activities and research, new appointments, useful web and social media sites and any other developments relating to the programme. 

If there are any changes to the form or style of the programme, as a result perhaps of validation, applicants will be informed as quickly as possible. Similarly should a particular programme not recruit to number, applicants will be contacted in a timely fashion (the end of January) to ensure they can apply for a similar course within the set UCAS timeframe.