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International Development BA (Hons)

University of Portsmouth

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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

**Overview**On this BA (Hons) International Development degree course, you’ll tackle some of the major global challenges of our time. You’ll build your skills, knowledge and experience as you study key dimensions of global development.Your studies will cover areas such as poverty and hunger, climate change, health and education, democracy and human rights. You'll expand your understanding of the role and purpose of co-operation in international development, and use this to gain insights into strategies to improve people's lives on a global scale. Your learning won’t be limited to the classroom – you'll have opportunities to work with development organisations in the UK or overseas.This course is ideal for a career working for organisations across the UK and the world in roles such as community development, advocacy, policy development and public affairs.**What you'll experience**On this International Development degree course, you’ll:- Examine global challenges 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- Study multiple disciplines including economics, human geography, politics and international relations, and specialise in the fields that most interest you - Be taught by staff who are committed to their research in the field, keeping your studies up to date with the latest theories, knowledge and issues in international development- 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 languageTo 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. **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.This course gives you the skills for careers in areas such as:- - International community development- Civil Service- Fundraising, campaigning and advocacy- Policy development- Public affairs- Project management- Social enterprise- Corporate social responsibility- Programme management, support and evaluation for international agencies and non-governmental organisationsWhat jobs can you do with an International Development degree?Our graduates have gone on to roles such as:- Fundraising development coordinator- Human rights advocacy- Media and digital content lead- Social researcher- Community development practitioner- Sustainable sourcing specialist for multinational corporations- TeacherYou 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.

Application deadline

26 January

Tuition fees

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£ 16,200per year

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University information

University of Portsmouth

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  • Campus address

    University of Portsmouth, University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, Portsmouth, PO1 2UP, England

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