BSc International Development and the Environment with Overseas Placement

Full Time
Degree of Bachelor of Science

UCAS Course Code
A-Level typical
ABB (2019/0 entry) See All Requirements
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“I knew I wanted to do a geography based subject, but I struggled to find one that catered to my mixed interests in society and the physical side; this course offered all that with the added bonus of being applied to development.”

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Joshua Hawkins, International Development Graduate


Find out more about natural resources and environmental issues in development, such as climate change, water security, coastal ecosystems and forest conservation, biological diversity and sustainability

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“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.” Nina Dahl, International Development Graduate

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

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Train to make a difference on a global scale with a degree in international development and the environment. You’ll explore environmental issues in development such as climate change, water security, reconciling development needs with forest conservation, valuing biological diversity and sustainable natural resource management. At the same time you’ll discover the links between the environment, questions of policy, people’s livelihoods and poverty reduction.

You’ll be on one of very few courses in the UK that integrates social and natural science, whilst taking a broad interdisciplinary approach to the study of development issues.

In your third year, you’ll spend three to four months gaining work experience abroad. For many students, this experience is the highlight of their time at university.

You’ll graduate well prepared to work in one of the many development fields linked to the environment, sustainable natural resource management and rural livelihood improvement.


On this course you’ll study the key themes in environmental and natural resource management. How do we understand and measure environmental change? What do we mean by good environmental governance? How can our understanding of these areas influence environment and development policy, human rights and other elements that collectively determine the well-being of individuals and communities?

Your studies will concentrate on natural resources and environmental issues in development, such as climate change, water security, coastal ecosystems and forest conservation, biological diversity and sustainability. You’ll explore links between the environment, questions of policy, and people’s livelihoods and poverty reduction. You’ll learn about the current distribution of access to resources, services, opportunities, human rights and other elements that determine the well-being of individuals and communities.

You’ll be taught by academic staff whose research is internationally renowned. We’re actively involved in research across the globe, working with many national and international development agencies.

Course Structure

Year 1

At the start of your degree you’ll be introduced to the contemporary debates and issues in international development. You’ll take modules such as ‘Introduction to Development Studies’ alongside ‘Evidence in Development’ and ‘Introduction to Natural Resources and Development’.

You’ll also choose two further modules covering topics such as economics for development, social anthropology and international development, the politics of development, human geography, and humanitarian communication.

Year 2

In your second year you’ll continue to study the environment and natural resources. At the same time you’ll develop the research methods and techniques used to analyse the environment and development.

You’ll also have the opportunity to engage with one of the other disciplinary subject areas if you wish, such as social anthropology. You may also choose from a range of issue-related or regional modules covering topics relating to international development. These modules cover subjects such as education, gender, or south Asian, Latin American or Sub-Saharan African development. There will also be an opportunity to study a module from a different School.

Year 3

Your final year begins with a field course to either Scotland or Ireland. You’ll study human-environment conflicts and conservation, using standard techniques as well as participatory or rapid rural assessments.

You’ll also complete a dissertation on a topic that interests you, supervised by an academic with expertise in the area of your research. Alongside this you’ll study modules covering topics such as human rights, gender, health population, or alternatively you may take a module from another School, for example a foreign language.

In the spring semester you will study the module ‘Contemporary Issues in Resource Development and Conservation’, alongside choosing modules from a diverse range provided by the School.

You will also spend three to four months overseas on the Development Work Experience module, working on a development project.

Teaching and Learning

You’ll learn through a combination of lectures and seminars. You’ll engage with a range of interactive tasks and activities. The use of technology is also widespread, for example through visual representation of empirical evidence in international development. There are online reading lists and materials.

Through seminar group work and presentations you’ll develop valuable transferable skills. These will include articulating an argument both orally and in writing, and presenting academic information in a lucid and coherent manner.

As the degree progresses there’s more emphasis on independent study to enable you to pursue areas of learning tailored specifically to your needs and interests. Your final year dissertation is an important piece of independent study that enables you to pursue a topic in depth and in an original way.


You’ll be assessed across a combination of coursework and unseen written exams. Your coursework will typically consist of two of the following:

  • An essay
  • A quantitative assignment
  • Practical or experimental assignments
  • A report

Your dissertation contributes a significant amount to your final grade. It’s an important opportunity for you to develop and demonstrate your skills in interdisciplinary analysis in a self-motivated study.

Optional Study abroad or Placement Year

You’ll have the chance to put what you’ve learned into practice and get hands-on professional experience through the Development Work Placement module. You’ll spend three to four months working abroad on a development project in your third year. Past students have worked with Inter Press Service in New York, Video Volunteers in Goa, British Red Cross in London, Otra Cosa in Peru, and WaterAid in Ethiopia.

During your placement you’ll gain valuable insights and practical experience in a different country and culture. You’ll also have the chance to develop personal skills that are welcomed by employers.

After the course

You’ll graduate with the specialist and practical skills you need for a successful career in the UK or overseas.

Many of our graduates work in development, including in roles in the United Nations World Food Programme, UK governments, foreign governments, non-government organisations, and charities such as Oxfam and British Red Cross.

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

Alternatively you could go on to further study with an MA or PHD.

Career destinations

Career destinations related to your degree include:

  • United Nations World Food Programme
  • International NGOs
  • Government (both UK and foreign)
  • British Red Cross
  • Oxfam

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of additional course-related costs.

Course Modules 2019/0


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. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Further Reading

  • Message from the Course Director

    Hello! As the Course Director of the BSc in Environment and Development I want to extend a very warm welcome to you. I am sure you will get so much out of your time here, and leave in a few years’ time somewhat older and wiser. We all do everything we can to try and ensure the course is as rich and stimulating as possible.

    Read it Message from the Course Director
  • Environmental Justice

    A group of International Development Researchers at UEA are working on global environmental justice, linking in with questions of biodiversity conservation, climate change, ecosystem management, forestry, disaster risks and water.

    Read it Environmental Justice
  • Annual Newsletter 2017-2018

    Students in the field, volunteers on the ground and keeping older people healthy. A year in Development.

    Read it Annual Newsletter 2017-2018
  • How DEV Students Are Making An Impact To The World

    Hear how two of our Alumni are building global careers and making a positive impact on people's lives.

    Read it How DEV Students Are Making An Impact To The World
  • Seed Is Big Business

    Our animated film aims to highlight the issues around seed supply and encourage debate as well as policy change.

    Read it Seed Is Big Business

Entry Requirements

  • A Level ABB or BBB with an A in the Extended Project
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points
  • Scottish Highers AAABB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BCC
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 3 subjects at H2 and 3 subjects at H3
  • Access Course Pass with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3
  • BTEC DDM. BTEC Public Services and Business Administration not accepted.
  • European Baccalaureate 75%

Entry Requirement

GCSE Requirements: GCSE English Language grade 4 and GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or GCSE English Language Grade C and GCSE Mathematics Grade C.

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Review our English Language Equivalences here.

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic and/or English language requirements for this course, our partner INTO UEA offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of an International Foundation programme. Depending on your interests and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

Any International Foundation course

INTO UEA also offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

Pre-sessional English at INTO UEA
English for University Study at INTO UEA


The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact directly to discuss this further.


The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

Overseas Students

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.

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

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.


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