BA International Development with Economics with a Year Abroad


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The BA (Hons) International Development with Economics degree examines international development whilst equipping you with the foundations of microeconomics and macroeconomics.

You will be able to understand: definitions of economic development and linkages with poverty issues; economic development and trade theories; poverty, exclusion and deprivation, and how to link these with economic and broader socio-political processes; and relationships between economy and the environment in different world regions.

The degree provides the ideal platform for those who wish to contribute effectively to development policy and practice, particularly where economics is the dominant specialty.


This degree programme allows you to combine the study of economics with different disciplinary pathways relating to international development. You will take modules that accentuate the interdisciplinary nature of the subject.

This course benefits from the School’s excellent teaching and research in the economics of development; working in areas relating to the study of globalisation; poverty analysis and reduction; inequality; micro-finance; and aid effectiveness. Through this course you will have the opportunity to explore a vast range of subjects, including:

  • the definitions of economic development and linkages with poverty issues
  • economic development and trade theories
  • poverty, exclusion and deprivation, and how to link these with economic and broader socio-political processes
  • the relationships between economy and the environment in different world regions.

By the time you graduate you will have developed a rounded understanding of development issues, enabling you to pursue a successful career in development. We aim to give you the relevant training to allow you to contribute effectively to development policy and practice, particularly in areas where economics is applied. You will also acquire a range of transferable specialist skills, providing you with the necessary expertise to secure a career in a wide range of employment sectors.

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 the first year you will be introduced to contemporary debates and issues in international development, taking the modules:

  • Introduction to Development Studies
  • Evidence in Development
  • Introduction to Economics of Development.

You will also select a number of optional modules from a diverse range offered by the School.

Year 2

You will continue to study economics in development in greater depth, exploring research methods and techniques used by different types of economists. You can also choose from a selection of issue-related or regional modules, covering subjects including gender, politics, social anthropology, and South Asian, Sub-Saharan Africa or Latin American development. There is also an opportunity to study a module from a different School, for example 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 the 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 include ‘Wars, Humanitarian Crises and Aid’, ‘Gender and Development’, ‘Education and Development,’ or a module from another School.

In the spring semester you will take the module ‘Globalisation and Economic Development’.  Alongside this you will select  options such as ‘Development in Practice’, designed to develop specialist practical skills, ‘Public Policy and Welfare’, or a regional module   relating to Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asian or Latin American development, amongst others. You can also opt to do a work placement in the UK.


A combination of coursework and unseen written examination is used to assess your progress. Coursework typically consist of two of the following: an essay, a quantitative assignment, practical or experimental assignments and reports or assessed. 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.

What 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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