University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

International Development and Languages (Chinese, French, Spanish)

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Overview On this BA (Hons) International Development with Languages degree course, you’ll learn 1 or 2 languages and combine this with the skills, knowledge and experience to make a difference to societies across the globe. You can pick up a language from beginner's level (French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese) or post-A level (French, Spanish). You’ll explore the role and purpose of international development, build your understanding of world affairs, and work towards fluency in your chosen languages. You’ll also have opportunities put your knowledge to work with not-for-profit organisations in developing countries. This course is ideal for a career working in organisations around the globe in roles such as in government, teaching and working with non-government organisations (NGOs). What you'll experience On this International Development and Languages degree course, you’ll:

  • Study multiple disciplines including economics, human geography, politics and international relations
  • Choose a language from French, Spanish or Chinese (Mandarin) and study it to degree level
  • Have the chance to study a second language from Italian, German, Arabic, Japanese or British Sign Language
  • 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
To make sure your training is of the highest professional standard, we've developed this course with the England Standards Board for Community Development. "I have learnt about the impact a language can have in development and how important it is to be able to communicate locally, especially with community development projects." – Alexander Sykes, BA Hons 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 and Languages degree? This course gives you the skills for careers in areas such as:
  • local, national or international government
  • teaching, lecturing or research
  • voluntary organisations and NGOs
  • advertising, marketing and PR
  • media
  • banking and financial services
What jobs can you do with an International Development and Languages 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

Modules

Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • Either General Language 1 & 2 (Beginner) OR General Language 3 (Intermediate) + Language Project
  • International Development: Academic Enrichment Programme
  • Introduction To Development Studies: Policy & Practice
  • Performing Like A Pro: Skills For Academic And Professional Success
  • The Making Of The Global South
There are no optional modules on this year. Year 2 Core modules in this year currently include:
  • Either General Language 3 & 4 or General Language 4 & Language for Professional Communication
  • Economics and Politics of Development
  • Global Environmental Issues and Concerns
Optional modules in this year currently include:
  • International Development: Academic Enrichment Programme
  • Analysing Foreign and Security Policy
  • Democratisation in Latin America
  • Development Economics L5
  • 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
  • Learning From Experience
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • People on the Move: Migration and Borders in Europe
  • Russian & Eurasian Politics
Year abroad In your third year, you'll spend a year in a country where the main language you're studying is spoken. On your year abroad, you can study at a university or organise a work placement, depending on your chosen language. In some cases, you may be able to do a combination of study and work. We'll help you secure a study or work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You'll get mentoring and support throughout the year. Year 4 Core modules in this year currently include:
  • International Development: Academic Enrichment Programme
  • Dissertation / Project
  • General Language 6
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
  • Interpreting
  • Learning From Experience
  • NGOs and Social Movements
-Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
  • Rethinking Aid and Development
  • The Anthropology of Development
  • Transitional Justice & Human Rights
  • Translation Theory & Practice
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 module 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

Course code:
LR90
Institution code:
P80
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

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
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 and Languages (Chinese, French, Spanish) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS