Geography and International Development

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This new and innovative degree programme allows students to combine the study of Geography with International Development. The degree builds knowledge and practical skills that can be applied to global challenges such as poverty and inequality, climate change, conflict and migration, as well as topics such as media constructions of the South. Students study Human and Social Geography, and can also select from modules which relate to Environmental Geography and Development Geography. The degree offers practical skills training useful for future employment, on Project Design, Management and Financial Planning, and Geographical Information Systems. Students also have the opportunity to take a work placement in the UK or another country. Other study options include development economics, social anthropology and public policy. We aim to produce skilled graduates that are equipped to do well in range of employment settings or in further study.

Career Opportunities

Many opportunities now exist in the broad field of international development. Large numbers of governments and organisations are creating positions, budgets and policies designed to address many pressing issues (for example: effecting climate change policy; mitigating infectious diseases; delivering child education; building appropriate infrastructure; achieving sustainable agriculture and food security; managing conflict over resources). These require remarkable individuals with remarkable skills.

A graduate of International Development is a rare but valued individual due to the many skills acquired through the degree that enable students to analyse, understand and explain diverse points of view; appreciate the complex dimensions of development problems; respect differences of opinion; and apply logic and objectivity in different situations. Many of our graduates are working with large Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), including Oxfam, Action Aid, Save the Children Fund, World Wildlife Fund, Water Aid, Global Vision and Concern. Others decide to work for local or national government in the UK or overseas in a range of roles concerned with social and community care, economic development or urban regeneration, human rights and advocacy, environmental conservation, forestry and water resources. Our degrees can also be used as a qualification to enter journalism, management or teaching and a recent careers analysis of our International Development Undergraduates reflects this diversity, with alumni taking up a variety of posts. For example:

  • Desk officer for DFID in the UK or overseas
  • Adviser in a think tank in London on social and economic issues
  • Community support officer in Wales, Kyrgyzstan or Nepal
  • Progress to study for a PhD
  • Researcher for senior academic or politician
  • Lecturer or school teacher
  • Scientist for an NGO such as WWF
  • Policy team for Education in an NGO such as Oxfam
  • Internship or overseas opportunities with ODI
  • Administrative officer for a development consultancy company leading to work overseas and career progression

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee
  • EUR 10560 Year (EEA)
  • EUR 17480 Year (Non-EEA)
Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time Intensity Flexible

Course Content

In the first year we introduce and get you to critically engage with contemporary debates and issues in international development. You will examine changing approaches to the study of geography and key principles of geography as they apply to international development, for example colonialism and post colonialism. You will take the core modules: Introduction to Development Studies alongside Evidence in Development, and then Principles of Human Geography and Introduction to Natural Resources and Development. You will also have the opportunity to study two other subject areas, from: Social Anthropology or Economics.

In the second year you will select and continue with the Human and Social Geography subject area, studying the two modules Geographies of Development, and People and Place. You will get the opportunity to develop skills in research methods, either focusing on quantitative methods or qualitative and anthropological methods. You will choose a module that examines a geographical region and its development in depth, such as Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or Latin America. You can also continue with one of the other disciplinary subject areas if you wish (eg economics, natural resources or social anthropology) or can select from a choice of issue-related modules, for example Education and Development or Gender and Development. There is also an opportunity to study a module from a different School, for example a foreign language.

In the third and final year you will write a dissertation (research project) on a topic related to the geography of international development which is of personal interest, supervised by a member of staff who has expertise in the area of research. If you decide to take the Overseas Experience course option, you will take up a work placement overseas during the autumn semester, for example working on social development projects for community, public and non-governmental organisations, or on HIV in Uganda; or you could study at an overseas university, for example in South Africa. You can also opt to do a work placement in the UK.

If you decide to stay at the University, while doing your dissertation you will also be able to study a module such as Wars, Humanitarian Crises and Aid, Gender and Development, Education and Development, or a module in another School (for example a foreign language, or the Human Geography of Climate Change in the School of Environmental Sciences). In the spring semester you will choose options such as Development in Practice (to develop specialist practical and professional work skills), Contemporary Issues in Resource Development and Conservation, Public Policy and Welfare, Globalisation and Economic Development, or one of the regional modules.

Teaching, Assessment and Feedback

Our degree programmes maximise the range of modules available to students with flexibility being a key element of the modular undergraduate teaching structure. With the subject of International Development tending to be relatively new to the majority of our students, the first semester is designed to provide general background information through the module Introduction to Development Studies which follows historical and contemporary themes linked to global change: environmental, political, social and economic.

Designed to inspire as well as to educate, we aim to enhance and inform your interest in geography and development studies by providing skills, knowledge, understanding and practical experience. Teaching methods incorporate lectures, seminars, and e-learning sessions and student participation is actively encouraged through the use of discussion, debate, video, role-playing and problem-solving techniques. Assessment takes place throughout the period of study, with the majority of modules being assessed by a combination of course/project work, group assignments, seminar presentations and examination.

Your independent research skills will be developed throughout your degree, culminating in a final year project (Dissertation). All students are assigned an academic adviser to oversee their progress and to guide them through their wide range of module choices.

English Language Requirements

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  • A Level: ABB
  • International Baccalaureate: 32
  • Scottish Highers: AABBB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: ABB
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: AABBBB
  • Access Course: Pass with Distinction in 36 credits at level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at level 3
  • HND: Please contact for further information
  • European Baccalaureate: 75%

Candidates will be expected to have 3 A levels (see above for typical offer).
Candidates with equivalent qualifications to the A level requirement are encouraged to apply (eg International Baccalaureate; Access to Higher Education certificate). International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.
Students should also have 5 GCSEs grade C and above, including English and Mathematics.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • TOEFL: Internet-based score of 88 overall (minimum 18 in the Listening and Writing components; 19 in the Reading component; and 21 in the Speaking component)
  • PTE: 62 overall with minimum 55 in all components

If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.


The course begins in September each year.

GCSE Offer

Students should also have 5 GCSEs grade C and above, including English and Mathematics.


Key factors used to assess an application include:

  • Past and future achievement in examinations
  • Academic interest in the subject
  • Personal interests and extra-curricular activities
  • The reference

All applications are considered on their own individual merits.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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