University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

International Development

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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
To make sure your training is of the highest professional standard, we've developed this course with the England Standards Board for Community Development. 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 BA Hons International Development with Sociology "For my placement year, I spent time in London at a digital crowdfunding charity, GlobalGiving, where I coordinated a volunteering programme. My role allowed me to implement knowledge gained from the course and gain skills including communications, project management and digital marketing. I was appointed to visit some of GlobalGiving's non-profit project partners in Uganda and further my understanding of programme implementation through local organisations. The placement year has not only provided me with invaluable skills and networks for my future career, but has aided me in my final year of studies." – Rebecca Rees, International Development student 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.

Course details

Subject options

This course offers the following subject options:

  • International Development with Sociology

Modules

Year 1 Core modules in this year 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 in this year include:
  • Economics And Politics Of Development
  • Global Environmental Issues And Concerns
  • International Development: Academic Enrichment Programme
Optional modules 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
Placement year (optional) 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 in this year include:
  • Dissertation (International Development)
  • International Development: Academic Enrichment Programme (Aep L6)
  • Rethinking Aid And Development
  • The Anthropology Of Development
Optional modules 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
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

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.


How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £15500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/Islands Year in placement/industry £925 Year abroad of a language course £925. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance EU **Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship** For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £1,700 Year abroad of a language course £1,700. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/international-students/funding **Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.**
International Development at University of Portsmouth - UCAS