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BA (Hons) International Development

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Course overview

Start date

September 2019

Subject area

Politics and International Development

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

Are you interested in finding out how social development is affecting the people who live in the world's poorest countries? Do you want to learn about globalisation and consider its impact on the people of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Europe? Are you interested in the way NGOs work to address issues of poverty?

There has never been a more pressing time to study International Development, as globalisation continues to impact some of the world's poorest countries, or the global South, and the reaction to globalisation continues to manifest itself in first world countries in Europe and North America, such as Brexit and the election of the protectionist US President, exacerbated by major humanitarian issues such as the refugee crisis.

By drawing on economics, politics, cultural studies, and history, we attempt to address questions of poverty, inequalities (based on gender, ethnicity and power), conflict, migration and globalisation. We focus on the interconnections between the global South and North in responding to these challenges, especially the alleviation of poverty and response to natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies.

Our course gives you the skills and knowledge to pursue careers that give you ultimate job-satisfaction - working for positive change in the world - such as working behind the scenes of humanitarian aid, undertaking policy work for foreign affairs offices, or working for major international charities.

UCAS points

112

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

L920

UCAS points

Less points?

Course options

Degree + Foundation year

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Global study

Learn with students from all over the world through our vibrant and international community at UEL, as well as excellent study abroad opportunities in Brazil, USA, Australia, Sweden and Norway. 

Innovative pathways that let you chose your career

We have recently redeveloped our programme to align the course with employment opportunities in the current market, and allow you to specialise in an area of International Development that you want to work in - this significantly aids your employability

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Megan Morris

International Development, BA (Hons)

I had the opportunity to be involved in internships, to travel for my dissertation as well as spend a term overseas. The theory was brought to life by enthusiastic lecturers and lively debates with fellow students, some of who had lived through the situations we were studying.  UEL was my first and only choice to study International Development.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£9,250
You don't need to pay this up front
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£9,250
You don't need to pay this upfront
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£12,100
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

112

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
We would normally expect you to have Grade 4 / C in GCSE English and Maths.

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

If you don’t quite meet the academic requirements for this course, you can apply with an additional foundation year. Read more about the International Foundation Programme.

SEE YOUR COUNTRY

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.
Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

What you'll learn

While studying International Development you will ask questions such as: What is poverty? What is the connection between a country’s economy and the wellbeing of its people? How do issues such as inequality, conflict and faith relate to development? What is globalisation and how does it impact on all of our lives?

Our course gives special emphasis to the lived experience of people in the developing world. In doing so, it challenges the assumption that development is a purely economic phenomenon.

In addition to studying theory, you’ll learn about real-world issues in modules such as Human Mobility, Forced Migration and Social Change as well as The Politics of Global Powers and Imperialism Now: Economy, State and War.

In addition, you’ll learn a range of transferable skills that will equip you for future jobs and study in international development, whether in the private, governmental or non-governmental sector.

Many of our students go on to postgraduate study, either at UEL or other world-class institutions. We prepare you for this by introducing you to both qualitative and quantitative research methods while preparing for your final-year dissertation. This is your chance to specialise in an area of real and future interest to you.

What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a bachelor’s degree, you can study this course as an ‘extended’ four-year programme. You’ll begin with a foundation year, which will prepare you for a successful transition to the degree course a year later.

By the end of the degree you’ll gain the same qualification as those obtaining direct entry to the course but you’ll take one year longer to complete your studies. 

  • Key Themes and Debates in Social Sciences (core)
  • Academic Literacy and Research for Social Scientists (core)
  • Reading the World as a Social Scientist (core)
  • Globalisation and Social Movements (optional)
  • Who are you? Reading the body Psychosocially (optional)
  • Game Changers in Sociology (optional)
  • Crime, Surveillance and Society (optional)

Introduction to Development Studies (core)
Keystone: Making a Social Scientist (core)
International Studies (core)
Global Political Economy (core)

Theories of Development and Globalisation (core)
Inequalities, Social Development and Livelihoods (core)
Planning and Fundraising in the Third Sector (optional)
Human Mobility, Forced Migration and Social Change (optional)
Global Governance (optional)
International Relations Theory (optional)
Postcolonial Politics (optional)

Research Methods and Dissertation (core)
Global Crises (optional)
Conflict, Intervention and Development (optional)
Overseas Study Semester (optional)
The Politics of Global Powers (optional)
Topics in Regional Ethnography (optional)
Constructions of Race in Culture and Politics (optional)
African Politics and Society (optional)
Living with HIV: Experiences, Representations and Making Change (optional)
Culture, Media and Politics: Understanding the Meaning of Social Life (optional)
Gender, Power and International Relations (optional)

How you'll be assessed

Depending on which modules you take, your assessments will include coursework essays, collaborative and individual presentations, seen and unseen examinations, reports, portfolios, essay plans and creative work.

Foundation Year Specification Course specification

How you'll learn

From lectures and small group seminars at the University of East London's Docklands campus to studying overseas, the range of opportunities to learn on this course could not be more varied.

You’ll have the chance to learn outside the classroom by getting involved in the work of organisations such as British Overseas NGO for Development (BOND). Four of our students recently attended their annual conference as volunteers and social media coordinators.

We’ll provide you with plenty of opportunities to learn beyond the classroom, including guest lectures, networking events, conferences and workshops.

You’ll be taught by renowned experts in their field such as Dr Rob Ahearne, Senior Lecturer in International Development, who has recently published work on the political economy of natural resources in Tanzania.

He’s currently investigating migration across the Tanzania-Mozambique border and how this might be affected by future oil discoveries in the region.

“Courses such as International Development give our students an informed understanding of the way the world is changing,” says Professor Allaine Cerwonka, Dean of the School of Social Sciences. “They have the chance to be part of the debate about that and to gain experience in an area they’re really interested in."

We offer the course on a full-time basis over three years or over four years part-time. What marks it out as different is the ongoing connection between our alumni and our current students. The University has an active International Student Development Society.

Your future career

The range of careers taken up by our recent graduates – from moving into communications roles within the not-for-profit sector to becoming campaign managers in fundraising agencies – is testament to the variety of the modules we offer as well as to the quality of the teaching you’ll enjoy. 

Among our recent alumni, one University of East London graduate is now the charity coordinator for a large restaurant chain. Another is working for the World Health Organisation investigating the impact of the Ebola crisis on reproductive health. 

Our course has made a global impact in terms of the number of graduates who have gained the knowledge, confidence and inspiration to set up their own organisations and make a real difference in developing countries. 

The opportunity to take an optional placement will allow you to build up a network of contacts within a sector. This will be an invaluable source of introductions when it comes to finding a job. 

We also organise events each year to introduce you to development specialists and practitioners, including some of our own alumni. This includes a series of international development guest lectures and an annual global studies student conference.

With our worldwide network of knowledge and support to draw upon, you may wish to use your degree as a springboard for postgraduate study at UEL and take advantage of the many research opportunities we offer.

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Meet us in your country

Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London. 

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