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Politics and International Development

We live in an increasingly globalised world. Where in the past issues were defined with reference to the state and the relations between states, increasingly issues like economic growth, sustainable livelihoods, inequality, environmental degradation and migration present themselves as global problems with only global solutions. Our courses study these and prepare you for a career in this area.

Why study Politics and International Development at UEL?

  • Top in Student Satisfaction - We are 1st in London for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide, 2018), demonstrating our courses are interesting, engaging and relevant, and that our academics perform to the highest standard and ensure you get the most out of your course
  • At the forefront of the world - Our courses are dynamic, relevant and up-to-date with what is happening right now in the world. We don't focus on what happened 5 years ago, we don't just use textbooks, we change day-by-day on the world's current affairs and encourage you to step out of the classroom and study what is in the news and what is really happening in other countries.
  • Internationally recognised - Our academic staff are working on important and innovative research. They are internationally recognised and up to date with the latest developments in their fields, ensuring that what they teach you is relevant and current.

  • Unique resources - We're home to the Refugee Council Archive – one of the largest collections of materials on refugees and forced migration. It’s a treasure trove of information on displacement, flight and exile and on refugee community life.
  • Worldwide placements - Our courses focus on practical experience and we’ll encourage you to establish links with NGOs to find placement opportunities, with excellent study abroad opportunities in Europe and further afield, with the possibility of attaining dual awards.
  • Skills ready for the real world - We will help you develop advanced critical and evaluative abilities, as well as research management skills. This will make you an informed and critical professional in international relations, development and forced migration studies, and will enable you to work for international organisations such as the EU, World Bank and OECD, or for non-NGOs or in your local government and community.


With a degree from Politics, International Development or NGO Management, we believe that you will have excellent opportunities to work in exciting and engaging organisations from around the world and in your local community.

We equip you with the necessary skills and qualities that are attractive to non-NGOs, the UK Government, local councils, charities, or government advisory companies, and many more. Furthermore, if you wish to sharpen your degree with a postgraduate degree from Global Studies, we have excellent options for you that help you refine and specialise your expertise. A dedicated career path after university and some steps upwards in the career ladder could lead to working at international organisations, such as the European Union, the OECD, the World Bank, the United Nations, and many more.

The great thing about our degrees is that they do not lead you down one narrow path, but rather open up incredible options for you to take advantage of. However, we do encourage you to make the most out of your time here, and do not simply expect that you will walk into a leading job at the EU. A successful career will also depend on your pro-activeness to take part in placements and internships, join clubs and societies, take part in class trips and make connections and networks, and most importantly - you must be passionate about what you do or want to do.

Our recent research and publications

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  • Technology, Society and Inequality
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  • Georg Lukacs: The Fundamental Dissonance of Existence: Aesthetics, Politics, Literature
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  • International Migration, Development and Human Wellbeing
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