BSc International Development and the Environment with a Year Abroad

“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

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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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The BSc (Hons) International Development and the Environment is deal for those who wise to study a degree which concentrates on natural resources and environmental issues in development, such as climate change, water security, coastal ecosystems and forest conservation, biological diversity and sustainability. Links are made between the environment, questions of policy, and people’s livelihoods and poverty reduction.

The degree aims to equip graduates to enter employment and work effectively in development, particularly in the area of natural resource management and environment sustainability where ‘people’ are recognised to be the core determining factor in how resources are utilised.


The School of International Development is one of the world’s leading institutions for research and teaching on the interface between the environment and poverty reduction. This degree programme concentrates on natural resources and environmental issues in development, such as climate change, water security, coastal ecosystems and forest conservation, biological diversity and sustainability. Links are made between the environment, questions of policy, and people’s livelihoods and poverty reduction.

You will learn about the current distribution of access to resources, services, opportunities, human rights and other elements that collectively determine the well-being of individuals and communities.

Uniquely in the UK, this course integrates social and natural science in a broad interdisciplinary approach to studying development issues. At the core of this degree programme is an exploration of the key themes in environmental and natural resource management, and how they inform our understanding of change and how it might be sustained.

The course aims to enable you to enter employment and work effectively in international development, particularly in the area of natural resource management and environmental sustainability. The degree also provides you with a strong portfolio of transferable key skills, to increase your employability in a variety of sectors.

Course Structure

The first year provides an introduction to key themes in international development and teaches you how evidence is used in informing 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

You will be introduced to the contemporary debates and issues in international development, taking modules such as ‘Introduction to Development Studies’ alongside ‘Evidence in Development’ and ‘Introduction to Natural Resources and Development’. You will also choose two further modules from a list which includes:

  • Introduction to Economics for Development
  • Social Anthropology and International Development
  • Evolution, Behaviour and Ecology
  • Biodiversity in a Changing World
  • Sustainability and Society
  • Atmosphere and Oceans

Year 2

In your second year you will continue to study the environment and natural resources, alongside developing the research methods and techniques used to analyse the environment and development.

There is also 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, where you will study human-environment conflicts and conservation, using standard techniques as well as participatory or rapid rural assessments.

You will complete a dissertation on a topic that interests you, supervised by an academic with expertise in the area of your research. Alongside this you will 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.


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.

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.
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

  • A Level ABB
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points including HL 5 in a Science subject
  • Scottish Advanced Highers ABB
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AABBBB
  • Access Course Access an ARTS/Humanities/Social Science pathway preferred. Pass with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 including modules in Science and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3
  • European Baccalaureate 75% including 70% in one Science subject

Entry Requirement

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.

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 writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in all components)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

International Foundation in General Science


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: 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.

    Next Steps

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