International Development BA (Hons)

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Duration
Location
Start Date
Duration
3 Years
Location
Waterside
Start Date
September

Overview Updated 05/12/2018

This course will give you an insight into the ways in which the individual disciplines of Geography, Sociology and Economics approach the study of developing countries. Our International Development BA Hons will demonstrate how different disciplinary approaches can deepen your knowledge of current development problems and the strategies to tackle them.

To find out more about what you can expect from studying International Development with us, please visit our news pages.

We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies* and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

Course

Highlights

  • Optional work placement year.
  • International study trips available.
  • Flexible part time option available.
  • Guaranteed paid internship.*

HP Laptop and software included with this course.

Additional

Information

Optional Placement Year

You are encouraged to undertake a year-long placement in between Stages Two and Three of study. If you meet the entry criteria, and choose to take up a placement year you will find it an invaluable experience that helps you to apply your learning in your final year and prepares you for your career. Whilst on your Optional Work Placement Year you will study a 40 credit module ‘The Placement Year Experience – Organisations in Context’. We offer a lot of support in helping you to find a placement, which can be in the UK or overseas.

Course Details

The course considers a plethora of development themes such as economic growth, poverty, aid, health, industrialisation, inequality, migration and gender. You will look at detailed case studies drawn from specific countries in Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, China and East Asia.

Students who do not complete the Honours Degree will be eligible for an Ordinary Degree in the named subject upon successful completion of a minimum of 60 Level 6 credits. These can be from any Level 6 modules, whether identified as compulsory or designated.

Read more

The Northampton Employment Promise.

*We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards, as well as committing to your studies you’ll be in a competitive position when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

Open Days

Discover your Course

Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

Student Story

James Moorhouse

James, an International Development with Human Geography Joint Honours graduate, is now enjoying life as a language teaching assistant at a school in Guangdong Province.

“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. My lecturers 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.”

 

Careers

Career Opportunities

Upon graduation, you will be well prepared for careers in international charitable organisations, national government organisations or in multinational companies in developing countries.

Furthermore, the academic disciplines which underpin this course (Economics, Politics, Sociology and Geography) all help you to develop analytical and critical thinking skills that are valued by many employers.

Contacts

Course enquiries
study@northampton.ac.uk

Application status enquiries
admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Enquire online
Online enquiry form

Applying for 2019
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

Home / EU: 0300 303 2772

International: +44 (0)1604 894503

English Language Requirements

All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

  • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent)
    for study at undergraduate level.

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

Entry Requirements

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 more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

Foundation Study Framework Entry Requirements

Admission to this foundation course is normally DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course you wish to study.

Course Content

Stage one introduces you to the fundamental ideas, concepts and actors in the field of International Development, including defining what development actually is and the many ways that it can be understood. These are complemented with a range of case studies to bring these ideas to life.

  • The Developing World (20 Credits)
    Module code: DEV1002
    Core Module Y
  • Geography and Development 1 (20 Credits)
    Module code: GEO1010
    Core Module Y
  • International Development: Social and Cultural Issues and Debates (20 Credits)
    Module code: DEV1001
    Core Module Y
  • Ideas and Actors in International Development (20 Credits)
    Module code: DEV1003
    Core Module Y
  • Introducing Social Enterprise (20 Credits)
    Module code: MKT1019
    Core Module Y
  • Tourism Impacts (20 Credits)
    Module code: LEI1003
    Core Module N
  • Business Environment (20 Credits)
    Module code: BUS1001
    Core Module N
  • Volunteering (20 Credits)
    Module code: SWK1003
    Core Module N
  • English for Business Studies (20 Credits)
    Module code: LEI1007
    Core Module N
  • Reflections of Work (20 Credits)
    Module code: HRM1017
    Core Module N
  • Spanish Language 1 (20 Credits)
    Module code: SPA1001
    Core Module N
  • Contemporary Chinese Studies (20 Credits)
    Module code: CHN1001
    Core Module N

Module information is quoted for 18/19 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.



Course Stats

Facilities &

Special Features

  • two field trips financed by the University*
  • modules that seek to enhance your employability skills and address practical issues of project management in a development context
  • small class sizes taught by a passionate team of lecturers
  • multi-disciplinary approach to study
  • upon graduation, you will be well prepared for careers in international charitable organisations, national government organisations or in multinational companies in developing countries

*Please note that the field trips are only financed for students on the BA Hons International Development single honours pathway. Joint Honours students are welcome to attend the trips but will need to fund the trip themselves.

Reading List
  • Ha-Joon Chang, Kicking Away the Ladder
  • Banerjee and Duflo, Poor Economics
  • Joseph Stiglitz, Globalisation and its Discontent
  • Jeffrey Sachs, The End of Poverty

Postgraduate Opportunities

Further your Study

Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

International Tourism Development MA

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Research

We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

Business and Enterprise

We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

Fees & Funding

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
Optional Work Placement Year: £950
Foundation Study Framework: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate

2018/19 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module
Optional Work Placement Year: £900
Foundation Study Framework: £6,500 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate

Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

Many placements (both for the placement year and shorter placements during the summer) with International Development organisations need to be funded by you (your flight will be the most expensive element of this).

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £12,500
Optional Work Placement Year: £900
International Foundation Study Framework: £9,800

2018/19 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £12,000
Optional Work Placement Year: £950
International Foundation Study Framework: £9,400

For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

Scholarships

EU and International Scholarships

Sir Thomas White Scholarship

The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

The Chancellor's Fund

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

Wilson Endowment Scholarship

The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

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Foundation Study Framework

Our Foundation Study Framework offers an exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the entry requirements for this course, we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year course which includes our Foundation Study Framework.

The Foundation Study Framework will help you to develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you will need in order to successfully progress to the full award.  The Foundation Study Framework provides you with a practical and group-based approach to learning that supports your development and your transition to Higher Education, whilst also studying a number of specialist modules.

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Updated 05/12/2018

  • This course will give you an insight into the ways in which the individual disciplines of Geography, Sociology and Economics approach the study of developing countries. Our International Development BA Hons will demonstrate how different disciplinary approaches can deepen your knowledge of current development problems and the strategies to tackle them.

    To find out more about what you can expect from studying International Development with us, please visit our news pages.

    We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies* and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

    *with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

    Course

    Highlights

    • Optional work placement year.
    • International study trips available.
    • Flexible part time option available.
    • Guaranteed paid internship.*

    HP Laptop and software included with this course.

  • The course considers a plethora of development themes such as economic growth, poverty, aid, health, industrialisation, inequality, migration and gender. You will look at detailed case studies drawn from specific countries in Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, China and East Asia.

    Students who do not complete the Honours Degree will be eligible for an Ordinary Degree in the named subject upon successful completion of a minimum of 60 Level 6 credits. These can be from any Level 6 modules, whether identified as compulsory or designated.

    Read more

    Additional

    Information

    Optional Placement Year

    You are encouraged to undertake a year-long placement in between Stages Two and Three of study. If you meet the entry criteria, and choose to take up a placement year you will find it an invaluable experience that helps you to apply your learning in your final year and prepares you for your career. Whilst on your Optional Work Placement Year you will study a 40 credit module ‘The Placement Year Experience – Organisations in Context’. We offer a lot of support in helping you to find a placement, which can be in the UK or overseas.

    • *We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

      We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards, as well as committing to your studies you’ll be in a competitive position when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

      We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

    • Discover your Course

      Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

      Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

      To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

    • James Moorhouse

      James, an International Development with Human Geography Joint Honours graduate, is now enjoying life as a language teaching assistant at a school in Guangdong Province.

      “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. My lecturers 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.”

       

    • Career Opportunities

      Upon graduation, you will be well prepared for careers in international charitable organisations, national government organisations or in multinational companies in developing countries.

      Furthermore, the academic disciplines which underpin this course (Economics, Politics, Sociology and Geography) all help you to develop analytical and critical thinking skills that are valued by many employers.

  • 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 more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    Foundation Study Framework Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation course is normally DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course you wish to study.

    Contacts

    Course enquiries
    study@northampton.ac.uk

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Enquire online
    Online enquiry form

    Applying for 2019
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

  • Stage one introduces you to the fundamental ideas, concepts and actors in the field of International Development, including defining what development actually is and the many ways that it can be understood. These are complemented with a range of case studies to bring these ideas to life.

    • The Developing World (20 Credits)
      Module code: DEV1002
      Core Module Y
    • Geography and Development 1 (20 Credits)
      Module code: GEO1010
      Core Module Y
    • International Development: Social and Cultural Issues and Debates (20 Credits)
      Module code: DEV1001
      Core Module Y
    • Ideas and Actors in International Development (20 Credits)
      Module code: DEV1003
      Core Module Y
    • Introducing Social Enterprise (20 Credits)
      Module code: MKT1019
      Core Module Y
    • Tourism Impacts (20 Credits)
      Module code: LEI1003
      Core Module N
    • Business Environment (20 Credits)
      Module code: BUS1001
      Core Module N
    • Volunteering (20 Credits)
      Module code: SWK1003
      Core Module N
    • English for Business Studies (20 Credits)
      Module code: LEI1007
      Core Module N
    • Reflections of Work (20 Credits)
      Module code: HRM1017
      Core Module N
    • Spanish Language 1 (20 Credits)
      Module code: SPA1001
      Core Module N
    • Contemporary Chinese Studies (20 Credits)
      Module code: CHN1001
      Core Module N
      • Ha-Joon Chang, Kicking Away the Ladder
      • Banerjee and Duflo, Poor Economics
      • Joseph Stiglitz, Globalisation and its Discontent
      • Jeffrey Sachs, The End of Poverty

    Module information is quoted for 18/19 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

    • Further your Study

      Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

      International Tourism Development MA

      Master of Business Administration (MBA)

    • We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

      Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

    • We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

      Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

  • 2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
    Optional Work Placement Year: £950
    Foundation Study Framework: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate

    2018/19 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module
    Optional Work Placement Year: £900
    Foundation Study Framework: £6,500 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate

    Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

    Many placements (both for the placement year and shorter placements during the summer) with International Development organisations need to be funded by you (your flight will be the most expensive element of this).

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500
    Optional Work Placement Year: £900
    International Foundation Study Framework: £9,800

    2018/19 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,000
    Optional Work Placement Year: £950
    International Foundation Study Framework: £9,400

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

    Scholarships

    EU and International Scholarships

    Sir Thomas White Scholarship

    The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

    The Chancellor's Fund

    The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

    Wilson Endowment Scholarship

    The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

  • Our Foundation Study Framework offers an exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the entry requirements for this course, we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year course which includes our Foundation Study Framework.

    The Foundation Study Framework will help you to develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you will need in order to successfully progress to the full award.  The Foundation Study Framework provides you with a practical and group-based approach to learning that supports your development and your transition to Higher Education, whilst also studying a number of specialist modules.

    Read more

*Course data provided by Unistats

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Waterside

Our brand new £330 million campus.

Now Open

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