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University of Portsmouth

International Development

UCAS Code: L902

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


96-112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

96-112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 42 -48.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H4,H4-H3,H4,H4,H4,H4

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D-DD

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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96-112 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

96-112

96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subjects

Economics

Human geography

International studies

**Overview**
Ready to change the world? This BA (Hons) International Development degree course will arm you with the skills, knowledge and experience to make a difference to societies across the globe.

You’ll explore the role and purpose of international development, build your understanding of world affairs and have opportunities put your knowledge to work with not-for-profit organisations in developing countries.

This course is ideal for a career working with organisations at home or abroad in roles like fundraising, campaigning, community development and public affairs.

**What you'll experience**
On this International Development degree course, you’ll:
- Study multiple disciplines including economics, human geography, politics and international relations

- Examine major global challenges of our time including world poverty and hunger, environmental sustainability, universal education and health care, gender equality and women’s empowerment, democracy, human rights and conflict and security

- Be taught by staff who are currently doing research in the field, keeping you abreast of latest theories and knowledge

- Get experience with an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) during your studies or as part of an optional work placement year

- Learn from professionals working in the sector – recent events include a guest lecture from the Senior Strategic Advisor to Oxfam, a study day examining the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo and a visit from an NGO based in Peru

- Develop skills in analysis, criticism and argument, communication and problem-solving

- Have the chance to learn a new language

To make sure your training is of the highest professional standard, we've developed this course with the England Standards Board for Community Development.

**Optional pathways**
You can also study international development with international relations – leading to a BA (Hons) International Relations with International Development award at the end of the course – or our BA Hons International Development and Languages programme.

"For my placement year, I spent time in London at a digital crowdfunding charity, GlobalGiving, where I coordinated a volunteering programme. My role allowed me to implement knowledge gained from the course and gain skills including communications, project management and digital marketing. I was appointed to visit some of GlobalGiving's non-profit project partners in Uganda and further my understanding of programme implementation through local organisations. The placement year has not only provided me with invaluable skills and networks for my future career, but has aided me in my final year of studies." – Rebecca Rees, International Development student

**Careers and opportunities**
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the field.

What can you do with an International Development degree?
This course gives you the skills for careers in areas such as:

- fundraising and campaigning

- designing community development projects

- public affairs

- project management

- international agencies

What jobs can you do with an International Development degree?
Our graduates have gone on to roles such as:

- politician’s assistant

- project manager

- public affairs consultant

- social researcher

- information officer

- conference producer

- local government administrator

You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Modules

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) International Development degree

Modules

Year 1

Core modules currently include:

Global Development
International Development: Academic Enrichment Programme
Introduction To Development Studies: Policy & Practice
Key Themes In International Relations
Performing Like A Pro: Skills For Academic And Professional Success
The Making Of The Global South

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules currently include:

Economics And Politics Of Development
Global Environmental Issues And Concerns
International Development: Academic Enrichment Programme

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

Analysing Foreign and Security Policy
Democratisation in Latin America
Development Economics
East Asian States and Societies
Gender in the Developing World
Guns, Glory Hunters & Greed: French and British Colonisation in Africa
International Community Development
International Politics of the Middle East
Introduction to Teaching
Modern Foreign Language
Learning from Experience
Managing Across Cultures
People on the Move: Migration and Borders in Europe
Russian & Eurasian Politics
Study Abroad

Optional placement year

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules currently include:

Dissertation (International Development)
International Development: Academic Enrichment Programme (Aep L6)
Rethinking Aid And Development
The Anthropology Of Development

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

Africa Revisited: Nation Building and 'State Fragility' in Post-Colonial Africa
China & East Asian Economies
Ethnicity Class & Culture in the Developing World
Global Capitalism: Past, Present and Future
Learning From Experience
NGOs and Social Movements
Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
Transitional Justice & Human Rights

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

examinations
case studies
projects
presentations
book reviews
assignments

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
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Economics
83%
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Human geography
80%
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International studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Economics

Teaching and learning

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

91%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
78%
Male students
22%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

Human geography

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
93%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

97%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
94%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
54%
Male students
46%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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B
C

Politics

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
67%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

86%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
77%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
59%
Male students
41%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Economics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

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Average annual salary
96%
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Employed or in further education
96%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

39%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
13%
Business, research and administrative professionals
8%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is a degree in demand, as business increasingly needs workers who can examine and explain complex data. And yet the number of economics graduates fell by nearly 10% last year, which means demand is even greater. As so many economic grads go into banking and finance, it's not surprising that over half of all 2015's economics graduates who did go into work were working in London. And don't think it's just the finance industry that's interested in these graduates - there's a significant number who enter the IT industry to work with data as analysts and consultants. It's quite common for economics graduates to go into jobs such as accountancy and management consultancy which may require you to take more training and gain professional qualifications - so don’t assume you won’t have to take any more exams once you leave uni. And the incentive to take them, of course, is better pay, which will be on top of an already healthy average starting salary of over £30,000 for graduates working in the capital.

Human geography

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
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Average annual salary
98%
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Employed or in further education
96%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
17%
Business, research and administrative professionals
11%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Politics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
87%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
13%
Business, research and administrative professionals
10%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The numbers of people taking politics degrees fell sharply last year and we'll keep an eye on this one - it can't really be because of graduates getting poor outcomes as politics grads do about as well as graduates on average. Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Jobs in local and central government are also important. Other popular jobs include marketing and PR, youth and community work, finance roles, HR and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Because so many graduates get jobs in the civil service, a lot of graduates find themselves in London after graduating. Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in five politics graduates go on to take another course - usually a one-year Masters - after they finish their degrees.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Economics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£32k

£32k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Human geography

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£20k

£24k

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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