BA Geography and International Development with a Year Abroad


Second year field options include visits to India to study rural-urban interactions, to Chile to study globalisation and uneven development, and to Sheffield to study urban regeneration and migration. In the third year, students can opt for a work placement, with a huge range of potential destinations.


Nina Dahl, International Development Graduate

“I discovered the International Development course by chance whilst travelling in Asia. Inspired by the rapid development but saddened by the inequalities it seemed to exacerbate, this course offered an opportunity to better understand the changes taking place.”

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"The degree offered both practical and theoretical experience. Through the Development Work Experience module I gained a valuable insight into the UK local government. The Field Course provided the opportunity to experiment with a variety of research techniques before starting my dissertation."

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Our Development Work Experience module is a distinctive feature of our programme.

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The BA (Hons) Geography and International Development degree allows you to specialise in human geography and to apply this to the study of major issues in international development, including poverty and inequality, food security, environmental degradation, globalisation, migration and global government.

The course emphasises academic rigour and technical skills whilst also ensuring strong employability, through practical skills training, field experience, IT skills including geographical information systems (GIS), and excellent work placement opportunities.


his innovative degree allows you to combine the study of geography with international development to tackle the biggest challenges facing the modern world – poverty and inequality, food security, climate change, conflict, global governance, sustainability and migration. You will study entire modules dedicated to the development of regions of the world such as South Africa, South Asia, Latin America and will have the option to focus on development economics, social anthropology and politics, alongside honing your practical field skills.

The geography aspect of the degree will specialise in human and social geography to compliment your study of international development, though you may also choose optional modules in environmental geography. 

Employability is integrated into your learning – alongside your academic study, you will develop practical skills training, field experience, IT skills including GIS (Geographic Information System), and benefit from optional work placement opportunities across the globe.

Fieldwork and field courses are a vital part of the degree. In addition to field-work elements in a number of the taught modules we have a weekend residential trip in the first year. We also offer a choice of UK and international geography field courses in the second year and the opportunity for more international experience through the overseas work placement and/or dissertation research.

Recent placements include:

  • Working for the UN in Cambodia on a poverty reduction programme
  • Working in South Africa on a rural development project with communities and schools
  • Working for Great Yarmouth Borough Council on a climate change adaptation project
  • Working in Tanzania on accountability in the government
  • Working in Uganda in the Education sector to develop playgrounds for schools

A full list of recent placements can be found here.

Course Structure

Year 1

In your core modules, you will examine the key principles of human geography and their application to current issues within international development. You will select the remaining modules to reflect your own interests, choosing from topics such as natural resources, social anthropology, politics, the environment, media and economics. You will have the opportunity to participate in a weekend residential trip in the first year.

Year 2

You will continue to advance your knowledge of human geography and international development alongside practical field and research skills, including your use of GIS. The choice of optional modules is broad, meaning you can select modules which best reflect your developing interests or career aspirations. These include geography modules, topics across different fields of international development, and the opportunity to study a foreign language. 

Year 3

In Year 3 there is a greater emphasis on independent study and employability. In addition to core modules and a residential field course, you will undertake a final-year dissertation on a topic of your choice. You are also offered the chance to complete a work placement at one of our many partner institutions and organisations both within the UK and abroad.  

A full list of current modules we offer can be found here

We Make a Difference

The School of International Development is internationally renowned for teaching, research and consultancy, combining expertise in geography, social anthropology, economics, politics, environmental science and media to tackle current issues. We regularly advise on policy concerning major global challenges such as environmental sustainability and conflict. It is this first-hand experience which directs our teaching, placing you on the cutting edge of current thought.

UEA graduate Jonathan Mitchell is just one example of our students and alumni making a positive impact in the world. His retail platform, Brothers We Stand, is a movement against the unethical fashion practices which have left entire communities without clean water. Read more about ‘Fashion Victims’.

Student Experience

We are very proud of our excellent reputation for student experience; UEA has been consistently ranked highly in the National Student Survey placing joint third for overall satisfaction out of all English mainstream universities in 2016.

You will become part of a friendly and thriving learning environment, studying alongside students from over 50 countries and sharing their passion for making a difference. Approximately half of our students choose to spend some time abroad as part of their degree. This provides invaluable academic, practical, and personal experience for all who choose to take advantage of it.

Alongside your course are a variety of student opportunities – there are over 200 clubs and societies to choose from, including Water Aid, Red Cross, Refuge, Oxfam, Healthy Planet and Amnesty International. 

Where next?

You will graduate with specialist and practical skills needed for a successful career in the UK or overseas. Many of our graduates work in development, including roles in:

  • United Nations 
  • British Red Cross
  • Government (both UK and foreign)

Others use the academic and transferable skills gained for careers in business, the voluntary and public sector, community development, environment, and media. 

Study Abroad

For Home/EU students opting for a Year Abroad the tuition fee is currently £1,350. The Year Abroad tuition fee will be subject to an annual increase. International Students are required to pay 25% of their annual tuition fee to UEA during their Year Abroad and this will be calculated based on the current tuition fee for that year.
Visit our Study Abroad website

Course Modules


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit the website.

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.


We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.


How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Office (Development)
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

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