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BA (Hons) Global Development
BA (Hons) Global Development

BA (Hons) Global Development

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • A levels, AAB

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma, 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit or higher

  • BTEC National Extended Diploma, DDD

  • Cambridge Pre-U, D3, D3, M2

  • European Baccalaureate, An overall average of 80%

  • International Baccalaureate, 35 points overall

  • International foundation programme, Foundation Certificate from our International Pathway College or an appropriate alternative.

English Requirements

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS (Academic and Indicator), 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency, 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component

  • Duolingo, 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component

  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language), Grade C

  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT, B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component

  • PTE Academic, 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component

  • TOEFL, 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component

  • Trinity ISE III, Merit in all components


Course Information

Explore theories and practices of sustainability and global justice with tools from across the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.

We are all responsible for the drive towards a fairer world. This course will equip you with the skills to become a leader of change. You'll further your understanding of global inequalities and develop an awareness of how various organisations interact with each other as they contribute to, and resolve, problems such as global exploitation, environmental degradation and injustice. 

Supported by the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre, you'll learn through a problem-based approach, applying your skills to tackle real-life issues from the very first day.

You’ll gain the leadership skills and creativity needed to succeed in a range of careers in the private and public sector, non-governmental organisations, advocacy organisations, the media, research and consultancy.

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Year 1

Your first year will introduce you to core methods and theories in Global Development, and allow you to pursue your individual interests with various option modules.

Core modules

You will take core modules which may include:

  • Foundational Issues in Global Development 

  • Research Methods in Global Development 

Option modules

You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:

  • Introduction to International Politics 

  • Introducing Social Policy 

  • Exploring Social Policy and Social Justice 

  • Environment, Development and Society 

  • Global Geographies 

  • Historical Perspectives on Economic Growth 

  • Political Communities in World History 

  • Societies and Economies in World History 

  • Knowledge and Beliefs in World History 

  • Ecological Principles for the Environment 

  • Concepts in Environmental Science 

  • Frontiers in Sustainability Research 

  • Frontiers in Environmental Research 

  • Language module for credit 

Year 2

In Year 2 you'll continue to develop your essential knowledge with core modules, while honing more specialised skills with a variety of option modules.

Core modules

You will take core modules which may include:

  • Issues and Skills in Global Development 

  • Politics of Development 

Option modules

You will take option modules which may include:

  • War and Peace

  • Empire War and Law

  • The Rising Powers

  • Critical Global Security Studies

  • Global Political Economy

  • The Politics of Gender

  • Megacities and Urbanisation

  • Environmental Policy: from Global to Local

  • Geographies of Development 

  • Economics of Sustainable Development

  • Histories and Contexts: Available to all Global Development students

  • Ending European Empires: Decolonization after 1945 in Comparative Perspective

  • Britain in the Long Twentieth Century

  • Explorations: Prerequisite - students must have an A-level in History  (or equivalent) OR have taken a Stage 1 History module.

  • From the Global Shadows: Africa and the World since the 1950's Knowledge and Empire, c.1760-1965

  • “The Color Line”: Race and Empire in British, French and North American Worlds, c.1860-1945

  • An Inconvenient Truth: Climate and Capitalism in the Modern World

  • Black Radicalism in the Americas

  • Britain and the World Since 1945

  • LFA modules (not including Latin)

Year 3

In your final year, you'll consolidate your learning through the production of a dissertation - an extended piece of writing based on your own research - as well as further core and option modules.

Core modules

You will take core modules which may include:

  • Advanced Issues and Skills in Global Development 

  • Global Development Dissertation 

The dissertation is a chance for you to study a topic of your choice in depth. With the support of a supervisor, you'll identify a question and conduct independent research to find an answer. You will have the opportunity to learn and use quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques which are essential for modern social science research.

Option modules

You will take a selection of option modules which may include:

  • Regionalism in World Politics 

  • Governing the Global Economy

  • Contemporary Politics of South Asia

  • Global Food 

  • Ethnicity and Conflict 

  • Poverty & Inequality 

  • Sustainable Development & Social Inclusion 

  • Gender, Environment, and Global Poverty 

  • From Colonial to Post-Colonial States? The Twentieth Century Caribbean 

  • Improvement, Modernization or Violence? 'Development' in Historical Perspective

  • Empires 

  • Neoliberalism & its Discontents: The World since 1968 

  • Education & International Development 

  • Education and Citizenship 

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • Policy Advisor

  • Advisor

  • Research Associate

  • Research Officer

  • Consultant

  • Journalist

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance - Single: 300 (£) per year

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