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  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    What will I experience?

    On this course you can:

    • Engage with and evaluate current critical debates
    • Study across several disciplines, including economics, human geography, politics and international relations
    • Undertake work or research placements, volunteer roles and internships alongside your study

    What opportunities might it lead to?

    You can expect to pursue careers in:

    • local, national or international government
    • teaching, lecturing or research
    • voluntary organisations and NGOs
    • advertising, marketing and PR
    • media
    • banking and financial services

    Detailed Course Facts

    Tuition fee Not specified Start date September 2015 Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    Year one

    In your first year, you will take introductory units to the disciplines that you will cover on the course.

    • Introduction to Development Studies: Policy & Practice
    • Introduction to the Developing World
    • Intro to International Relations: States Conflict & Cooperation
    • Introduction to Political Economy
    • Studying at University
    • Developing Research Skills

    Year two

    As this course progresses, you will take core units that provide a coherent understanding of key issues in international development. Additionally, there is a range of options that will allow you to pursue your own particular interests.

    • Key Issues in Development
    • Global Environmental Issues and Concerns

    Options including:

    • Democratisation in Latin America
    • Development Economics
    • US Foreign Policy: Ideals and Self Interest
    • International Politics of the Middle East
    • Conflict & Disaster
    • Managing Across Cultures
    • Languages
    • Gender in the Developing World
    • Colonialism & the End of Empire: France & West Africa
    • Colonialism & the End of Empire: France & Algeria
    • Russian & Eurasian Politics
    • 20th & 21st Century Chinese History, Politics & Society
    • International Community Development

    Year three*

    A large part of your final year is given over to specialist study, including the preparation of a dissertation.

    • Dissertation
    • Development & Foreign Aid
    • The Anthropology of Development

    Options including:

    • Gender in the Developing World
    • Colonialism & the End of Empire: France & West Africa
    • Global Political Economy
    • City & Nation: The Latin American Urban Experience
    • Protecting the Environment in Europe
    • China & East Asian Economies
    • Language Education & Development
    • Transitional Justice & Human Rights
    • Colonialism & the End of Empire: France & Algeria
    • Contemporary Issues & Controversies In Latin America

    *This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement)

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 75(Grade B)

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    200-280 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

    English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

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