International Development with Overseas Experience

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 10.6 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 14.4 k / Year(s)  
200 place StudyQA ranking:1056 Duration:36 months

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The BA International Development with Overseas Experience degree is for students primarily interested in the social, political, and economic dimensions of international development. The degree tackles diverse topics such as social anthropology, human rights, and economic theory but also gives students the option of taking natural resource modules that examine the sustainability and governance of issues such as soils, water, food production and fisheries.

The programme will appeal to those who wish to develop a comprehensive understanding of contemporary issues in international development with a social science perspective. You will also acquire a large number of skills that are invaluable in today's labour market, including the ability to analyse data, prepare reports, make presentations, and work as part of a team. Flexibility within the degree will enable you to explore your interests and strengths while graduating with a world-class degree in development.

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

Tuition fee
  • EUR 10550 Year (EEA)
  • EUR 14400 Year (Non-EEA)

UK/EU Students: £9,000. International Students: £12,300

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

The School of International Development at the University of East Anglia is a globally renowned department for teaching, research and consultancy in the area of international development. Committed to making a difference through our teaching and research, we also advise on policy concerning major global challenges such as poverty reduction and environmental sustainability.

We are a friendly, thriving and cosmopolitan department. Many of our students are from the UK, with others from over 40 countries.

So why choose to study at the School of International Development at UEA?

  • Excellent Student Satisfaction: in the 2012 National Student Survey we scored 95% for our undergraduate teaching, student learning and personal development. The School of International Development is consistently ranked very highly in the National Student Survey in the subject category of Human and Social Geography. In 2012 the School was ranked 6th in the country.
  • High quality research and impact: The School’s research was rated as ‘internationally excellent’ by the government in the last national research assessment exercise (RAE 2008). The School was placed in the top three departments in the country for research on international development.
  • Excellent staff-student ratios: We have around 400 students in the School, 220 of which are undergraduates. With 40 members of staff, this makes our overall staff-student ratio 1:10, with one member of academic staff per six undergraduate students.
  • What our students say: See some of our students’ own feedback about their experience of study with The School of International Development.

How do we provide such a good student experience?

  • A dedicated and distinctive teaching culture: Our excellent staff-student ratios and teaching methods mean we offer small class sizes and a close-knit, friendly and personal learning environment. Staff can dedicate time to individual students. We come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds so we design and offer coherent courses and teaching across several academic disciplines without having to rely on other departments. All our staff teach, whether they are professors or junior lecturers.
  • Work Experience Placements: For the past 10 years all our undergraduate degrees have offered an incredible opportunity; a work placement in the UK or overseas as an integral part of the three year degree through the Development Work Experience module. Through established links with organisations and a database of quality-assured projects the opportunities and support we provide to you are second to none. Recent examples of placements include:
    • working for the UN in Cambodia on a poverty reduction programme
    • working in South Africa on a rural development project with communities and schools
    • working for Great Yarmouth Borough Council on a climate change adaptation project.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test : 88

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

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Candidates will be expected to have 3 A levels (see below 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.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Access Bursary

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

  • Alumni Bursary

    Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of East Anglia.


The University of East Anglia will be charging International students £11,700 for all full-time School of International Development undergraduate programmes which start in 2012.
The University offers around £1 million of Scholarships each year to support International students in their studies. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study.

International Development Undergraduate Scholarships:

All International undergraduate students who have applied to the School of International Development and have accepted their place by 31st May 2012 will be eligible to be considered for an International Development Scholarship on the basis of academic excellence. The awards which are available to those beginning the course in September 2012 will be:

  • One Scholarship - £4,000 fees award per year for the duration of the course
  • Two Scholarships - £3,000 fees award per year for the duration of the course
  • Two Scholarships - £2,000 fees award per year for the duration of the course

Candidates do not need to complete a separate application form.

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