BA International Development with a Year Abroad


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The BA (Hons) International Development degree is ideal for those primarily interested in the social, political, and economic dimensions of international development. It tackles diverse issues such as poverty, gender inequality, conflict and economic growth. It also gives you the option of taking natural resource modules that examine the sustainability and governance of issues such as soil, water, food production and fisheries.


The BA International Development degree programme focuses on the social, political, and economic dimensions of international development. The course tackles a diverse range of topics, covering issues such as poverty, gender inequality, conflict and economic growth. Alongside this you have the opportunity to study natural resource modules, examining the sustainability and governance of soil, water, food production, fisheries and more.

The programme enables you to develop a thorough understanding of contemporary issues in international development, and of academic disciplines relevant to the study of development (eg anthropology, politics, economics, geography). You will also have the chance to develop a range of skills valued by employers, including the ability to analyse data, prepare reports, give presentations, and work as part of a team. Our flexible approach to learning enables you to explore your interests and strengths, graduating with a world-class degree in international development.

Course Structure

The first year provides an introduction to key themes in international development and teaches you how evidence is used in development policy. The degree programme becomes more flexible in years two and three, allowing you to combine a variety of modules focusing on various topics, regions and themes.

Year 1

In your first year you will be introduced to contemporary debates and issues in international development. You will take two compulsory core modules – ‘Introduction to Development Studies’ and ‘Evidence in Development’. Alongside these modules, you will choose three optional modules from a diverse range provided by the School. These include ‘Introduction to Economics of Development’, ‘Introduction to Human Geography', and 'Social Anthropology and International Development 1'.

Year 2

In your second year you will start to tailor your learning and will select and continue with two main subject areas, chosen from anthropology, politics, economics, natural resources and geography. You will also be able to choose from a range of optional modules, including ‘Gender and Development’, ‘Communication for Development’ and ‘Latin American Development.’

You will also study research methods, and there is the opportunity to study a module from a different School, such as a foreign language.

Year 3

During your third year you will write a dissertation on a development topic of your own choice, supervised by an academic with expertise in your chosen area of research. In addition to this you will continue to define your own learning, selecting a number of optional modules from a diverse range that will include ‘Wars and Humanitarian Crises’, ‘Education and Development,’ or a module from another School.

In the spring semester you will have the opportunity to choose modules from an alternative range, including 'Globalisation and Economic Development', 'Urban Geographies', 'Resource Development and Conservation' and 'Engaging Anthropology in Development' amongst others. You can also opt to do a work placement in the UK, or take a vocational skills module, 'Development in Practice'.


A combination of coursework and unseen written examination is used to assess your progress. Coursework typically consists of two of the following: an essay, an exam or course test, a quantitative assignment, a practical assignment and an assessed presentation. The dissertation is highly weighted and is the most significant opportunity for you to develop and demonstrate your skills in interdisciplinary analysis in a self-motivated study.

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 World Food Programme
  • 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.
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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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