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Politics and International Development

Where you join the debate

  • unique opportunities

    UEL is the only university that offers an undergraduate course in International Development with NGO Management. It’s been running for ten years and the wealth of experience and contacts we've built up is unique.

  • our students are happy

    We have been rated by our students with over 90% overall satisfaction for the Politics courses which ranks us at the 4th place in London (National Student Survey 2018).

  • great career move

    Our students have secured jobs at sector-leading organisations such as Medecins Sans Frontieres, The British Red Cross, The Refugee Council and the World Health Organisation after graduating.

About us

We are 1st in London for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide, 2018), demonstrating that our courses are fascinating, engaging and relevant.

Our courses are dynamic, relevant and up-to-date - our teaching changes as the world does, and we encourage you to step out of the classroom and study what's really happening in countries around the globe.

Our academic staff are working on important and innovative research - their work is internationally recognised and in keeping with the latest developments in their fields, so that what they teach you is relevant and contemporary.

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.

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.

We will help you develop advanced critical skills, as well as research management techniques. You will become an informed and critical professional in international relations, development and forced migration studies, enabling 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.

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Firoz Patel, a former London Underground train driver who graduated in International Development with NGO Management, came up with the idea for the charity Childreach International while studying at UEL as a mature student. The charity helped over 700,000 children worldwide.
Firoz Patel , BA (Hons) International Development with NGO Management
Firoz Patel

Our facilities

Our libraries and learning services are at the very heart of the University. We have a superb range of resources and facilities to help you with your studies and we’re committed to offering you a first-class student experience. Our Stratford library, opened at a cost of £14 million, is a state-of-the-art building which provides an inspirational environment for study and research. Overlooking the Royal Docks, our modern Docklands library is another fantastic space for learning, offering a wide range of resources as well as group and silent study facilities. It’s also home to the UEL Skillzone, where you can get extra help with your academic writing.

Both our libraries are open 24/7 during term time, giving you maximum flexibility about when you choose to study. As well as visiting our libraries in person, you can also take advantage of our growing collection of electronic resources, including e-books, e-journals and databases.

To ensure our students get the best possible support, we’ve opened brand-new Student Support hubs at our Docklands and Stratford campuses - at a cost of £3.1 million. These contain centralised helpdesks as well as comfortable areas to relax and socialise. The helpdesks provide a ‘one-stop shop’ for every possible need, from course-related enquiries to personal issues such as health and money matters. They’re designed to be your first port of call if you have an enquiry or problem. 

To find out more and experience our facilities first-hand, visit us at an Open Day.

Our staff

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What we're researching

The research being carried out by our team is truly global in its geographical reach and impact. It's brought to life in the classroom by the people who have operated in the field – another way in which our politics and international development courses at UEL are so unique. Our academic team are actively researching the key issues of today’s globalised world, such as fair trade and wellbeing, justice and natural resource extraction, comparative perspectives of urban deprivation and gender and development. 

We are engaged in cutting-edge research in the area of post-human approaches to international relations, ‘the post-human way of war’, gender power systems of conflict and violence, psychosocial aspects of forced displacement, digital diasporas, social capital and integration. 

Dr Meera Tiwari and Susannah Pickering-Saqqa have jointly produced a comparative study of overcoming urban deprivation in Mumbai and London. Dr Rob Ahearne specialises in Tanzania. He’s recently published work on the political economy of Tanzania and its natural resources.

The research interests of Dr Katie Wright are centred on Latin America and its people. Her latest work is concentrated on the intergenerational transmission of wellbeing among Latin American migrants in London.

Dr Kati Kraft is currently researching new evaluation methods of NGOs, working on the effects of conflict on children in Syria, Lebanon and Palestine.

We have a number of research centres and groups in the area of global studies and run many research seminars and events. All of our postgraduate students are welcome to become part of our vibrant research community.


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

We equip you with the skills and qualities that are attractive to NGOs, government bodies, local councils, charities, and government advisory companies, as well as many more employers. If you wish to build on your existing education with a postgraduate degree, we have excellent course options that help you refine and specialise your expertise. A dedicated career path after university could lead to working at international organisations such as the European Union, the OECD, the World Bank, the United Nations, and many more.

At UEL, you’ll also have access to: 

  • Employability skills training such as interview techniques and CV writing.
  • Gradscore, a groundbreaking electronic tool that allows you to complete a mock application and find out if you’d be shortlisted for interview. It has been created exclusively for UEL with help from leading employers and employability experts.
  • UEL Skills Academy, where external professionals deliver sessions on the competencies most prized by graduate employers.
  • Internships, placements and volunteering opportunities from our work placements team.
  • Professional mentoring scheme, matching students with staff from major companies.
  • Networking opportunities and annual careers fair.
  • Support with setting up your own business.

Our location in one of Europe’s largest regeneration areas and our extensive links to local employers will also give you access to fantastic internships and placements. From heavy industry to high-tech, health and social care to the arts, there are so many opportunities right on our doorstep.

Our online Career Coach shows you the different career paths that your chosen subject area can lead you to. It gives you information on specific careers, job roles, potential wages and available jobs in the sector. You can also take a quick quiz to find a career to match your personality type!

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