In the context of a highly unequal global economy, this programme is designed to introduce you to the main issues surrounding International Development. It will also ensure you gain enjoyable and challenging training in Human Geography, focusing upon core skills and concepts.
Joint Honours programmes are flexible and ideal for those who want to study diverse subject areas and you can tailor modules around your interests. This programme takes an interdisciplinary approach to investigating current development problems and the strategies used to tackle them. You will gain an understanding of the basic concepts, skills and methods of Geographical enquiry and the application of these to themes, issues and debates in the social, cultural, political, economic and natural environments. The programme also explores economic growth, trade, aid, modernisation and urbanisation.
You will also have the opportunity to attend an optional field trip. This is currently to South West USA (Las Vegas, Arizona, Utah), where you will explore issues related to tourism and resource management.
Alumnus James Moorhouse shares his story:
James, is now enjoying life as a language teaching assistant at a school in Guangdong Province. He managed to land the position, which is funded by a British Council scholarship, because he had spent time researching for his dissertation overseas at the University’s partner institution in Nepal, the Naaya Aayam Multi-Disciplinary Institute (NAMI).
“The experience in Nepal impacted me greatly. To a large extent it altered the course of my life. My trip to Nepal was the key factor in helping me gain the position, and so for that I thank the University.”
Looking back on his time at Northampton, James is full of praise for the lecturers on his course.
“They were great at providing support and offered advice for our future career plans. They also taught the lessons with great enthusiasm and made them interesting with plenty of group discussions.
The lecturers seemed genuine in wanting to hear our opinions on subject matters which further helped to make the course more involving.”
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
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Combining Human Geography and International Development will provide you with a relevant, progressive and academically challenging educational experience. Our aim is to ensure you gain an understanding of the basic concepts, skills and methods of geographical enquiry, whilst gaining an insight into the ways in which the individual disciplines of geography, sociology, politics and economics approach the study of developing countries.
From a Geographical perspective, you will engage in contemporary debates concerning the content of Human Geography, and will explore these debates through ‘field’ experience. Alongside this you will study International Development themes such as economic growth, trade, aid, modernisation and urbanisation, together with detailed development case studies drawn from specific countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
At Stage One you will be introduced to many concepts in the field of Development, together with empirical examples. You will gain a solid understanding of economics, geography and sociology/politics and will also have the opportunity to examine a wide range of issues and debates within Human Geography. There is also a focus on sustainable development and on research methods.
Stage Two modules build upon the issues explored at Stage One. You are able to specialise in particular topics of your choosing. Topics include research methods, development geographies of Africa, Native Americans, Asian business, transport geography, and urban geographies.
There is an optional placement year on this programme, if you choose to do this placement year you will gain valuable industry experience in the area of your choosing. The programme at Stage Three will enable you to focus your studies on your own particular areas of interest. You will be encouraged to combine and compare different types of analysis to provide a broad-based understanding of the debates. You will conduct a dissertation on your chosen subject area, enabling you to focus your research interests.
Three years full time or flexible part time. Students can complete a placement in the third year, taking the course up to four years.
A range of assessment types are in use. These include exams and a variety of types of coursework.
Facilities and Special Features
- this course provides a multidisciplinary approach to your studies
- you will be well prepared for careers in international charitable organisations or multinational companies in developing countries
- the curriculum is informed by the tutors’ research interests and expertise
- students may continue with equal emphasis on two subjects as a joint degree in years two and three, or switch to a major/minor split
- an optional overseas field course to the USA, where students explore issues related to tourism and resource management
- emphasis on links between geography and the ‘world of work’ in both theory and practice
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
A typical offer is BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. Standard entry requirements apply. Applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or career qualifications are also welcome.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 16/17 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,280 per 20 credit module|
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.