University of East London

International Development (with Foundation Year) University of East London Degree level: Undergraduate


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This extended course is perfect if you want a degree in International Development but you don’t have the standard entry requirements. First we prepare you for your degree during the Foundation year, bringing you up to speed with academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject. Then you can go on to do the full undergraduate degree.

The majority of the world's people live in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. Are you interested in finding out how social development is affecting the people who live in the world's poorest countries? Do you want to learn about globalisation and consider its impact on the people of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Europe? Are you interested in the way NGOs work to address issues of poverty?

Our International Development programme is concerned with the study of their societies, and the relationship between them and the rest of the world. The area is interdisciplinary, drawing on the insights of economics, politics, sociology, cultural studies and history to understand the nature of what has been termed the Third World. The main themes are 'globalisation' and 'development'. What do these terms mean? Is globalisation 'good' or 'bad' for developing countries? What kind of globalisation would be better? Is development desirable?

This programme aims to develop you as an informed and critical development practitioner. We do this by providing you with: an exciting and rigorous academic programme; teaching that is informed by our research interests; opportunities to build your practical and employability skills, and overseas study and work placement options.

Course details


If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a bachelor’s degree, you can study this course as an ‘extended’ four-year programme. You’ll begin with a foundation year, which will prepare you for a successful transition to the degree course a year later.

By the end of the degree you’ll gain the same qualification as those obtaining direct entry to the course but you’ll take one year longer to complete your studies.

Foundation Year:
Key Themes and Debates in Social Sciences (core)
Academic Literacy and Research for Social Scientists (core)
Reading the World as a Social Scientist (core)
Globalisation and Social Movements (optional)
Who are you? Reading the body Psychosocially (optional)
Game Changers in Sociology (optional)
Crime, Surveillance and Society (optional)

Year 1:
Introduction to Development Studies (core), Introduction to the Political Economy of Development (core), International Studies (core), Introduction to Social Anthropology (core).

Year 2: Theories of Development and Globalisation (core), Inequalities, Social Development and Livelihoods (core), Planning and Fundraising in the Third Sector (optional), Human Mobility, Forced Migration and Social Change (optional), International Organisation and Global Governance (optional), Anthropological Theory (optional).

Year 3: Research Methods and Dissertation (core), Imperialism Now: Economy, State and War (optional), Global Crises (optional), Islam and Society (optional), Faith and Development (optional), Conflict, Intervention and Development (optional), Overseas Study Semester (optional), The Politics of Global Powers (optional),
Topics in Regional Ethnography (optional), Anthropology of Political Economy and Belief (optional)

Assessment method

Depending on which modules you take, your assessments will include coursework essays, collaborative and individual presentations, seen and unseen examinations, reports, portfolios, essay plans and creative work.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code L901
Institution code E28
Campus name Docklands Campus
Campus code A

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 64 points
A level CC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MPP
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MM

For detailed information on entry requirements for our courses, please see the individual course pages. We consider a range of UK and worldwide qualifications at the appropriate level and also take relevant work experience into account when considering an application. Many courses have a Foundation Year option for those students whose qualifications do not meet the BA or BSc entry requirements.

Applicants should have, or be working towards, grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent Level 2 qualification such as Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Mathematics or Key Skills Level 2 in Application of Number and Communication)

Entry requirements are intended only as a guide for applicants. They are not a guarantee of an offer, nor of the conditions that may apply. When making a decision on your academic suitability, we will make an assessment of you as an individual and will use information other than qualifications; which may include predicted grades, performance at Level 2, relevant work experience, previous study at degree level, personal statement, references and any portfolio, written test or interview, to make our decision.

If you have any questions, please contact a member of our Applicant Relations Team from Monday to Friday (9am–5pm) on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £12,100 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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University of East London
Docklands Campus
4-6 University Way
E16 2RD

Course contact details

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Applicant Relations Team

0208 223 3333