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International Development & Global Politics (BA)

This degree programme gives each student a comprehensive understanding, knowledge and, crucially, the skills, to face the major global challenges of the 21st century. 


UCAS Codes & Joint Honours Options

International Development & Global Politics (BA)
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International Development & Global Politics with Foundation Year (BA)
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Religion, Philosophy & Ethics (BA)
UCAS Code: D2N4
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Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course? 

  1. Critically examines a range of worldwide social, economic, political, health and environmental factors which are shaping the 21st Century.
  2. Explores challenges posed by conflict and humanitarian emergency in the framework of international institutions.
  3. A degree programme that draws together crucial subject areas to develop and expand your knowledge of global issues and how to solve them.
  4. We take an immersive approach to learning offering a diverse range of teaching approaches, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshop sessions. 
  5. 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.

What you will learn

Course Overview

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.

Module Topics

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, creative writing, philosophy, or any of our other humanities subjects, whichever humanities degree-programme you choose.


The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following type of assessment: essays of 1,000 to 4,000 words in length, document analysis, book/ journal reviews, short reports and reflective journals, time tests, seen and unseen exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wikis, commentaries and film evaluations.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

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.

Career Opportunities

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 also offers students a wider choice of careers besides the charity and NGO sector, perhaps embarking on a career within the legal and law sector.

Additional Costs

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 field trip 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

Related Courses

Anthropology (BA)
UCAS Code: L600

Bursary / Scholarship Information

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Further Information

Our students do not explore all forms of human social and cultural behaviour by simply sitting and listening to how other anthropologists understand the world, they experience what is to live like them themselves.

We focus particularly on applying and engaging with theory to address social issues. We recognise that practical, first-hand engagement with ‘other’ cultures is the best way to understand the anthropological endeavour. If you choose to study with us you will be given plenty of opportunity to be an anthropologist – by applying the knowledge you learn in the classroom in the ‘real’ world.

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