BA Geography and International Development with a Placement Year


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On this course you'll study specialised human and social geography modules such as Geographies of Development, People and Place and Urban Geographies. You can select modules dedicated to the development of regions of the world such as Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America. You also have the opportunity to choose from a range of related disciplines including anthropology, politics, economics, environmental studies and media.
Fieldwork and field courses are a vital part of the degree. Along with field-work elements in several of the taught modules, you'll benefit from a weekend residential trip in the first year. In the second year you will take a compulsory field trip module, either in the UK or overseas.
In your third year, you’ll have the opportunity to gain hands on experience through your dissertation research and/or Development Work Placement module.

Overview

Course Structure

Year 1

In your core modules, you’ll examine the key principles of human geography and their application to current issues within international development. You’ll select the remaining modules to reflect your own interests. Currently our optional modules cover topics such as natural resources, social anthropology, politics, the environment, media and economics. You can also participate in a weekend residential trip.  

Year 2

As you develop practical field and research skills you’ll continue advancing your knowledge of human geography and international development. This will include your use of GIS. You'll participate in a residential field course, either in the UK or overseas. A broad selection of option modules are available.  These include geography modules, topics across different fields of international development, and the opportunity to study a foreign language. You choose modules which reflect your developing interests or career aspirations. 

Year 3

IIn your third year, you’ll have the chance to put what you’ve learned into practice and get hands-on professional experience through a 9-12 month work placement in a development organization, before returning to UEA for your final year. This placement will allow you to gain invaluable working experience and employability skills in a relevant area of your choice. You are expected to source your placement yourself, but support is available from the School staff and the Careers Service.    

Year 4

In your final year there’s a greater emphasis on independent study and employability. There are no core modules other than the dissertation, giving you the flexibility to tailor your studies to your interests. You choose your final-year dissertation topic. You can also complete a work placement at one of our many partner institutions and organisations within the UK. 

Teaching and Learning

You’ll join a friendly, thriving learning environment where you can share your passion for making a difference with students from around the world.  Approximately half of our students gain experience working or studying abroad as part of their degree. This provides invaluable academic, practical, and personal experience for all those who take advantage of it.  You’ll engage with information technologies, simulation exercises and a range of innovative and often student-led practices. Our varied programme includes lectures, group work, projects, fieldwork and guest speakers.  As the degree progresses you’ll pursue areas of learning tailored specifically to your needs and interests. The final year dissertation is an important independent study that enables you to pursue a topic in an original way. 

Assessment

You’ll be assessed through essays, course tests or exams, field project reports and presentations, as well as quantitative-analytical reports and policy briefs.  Throughout your degree you’ll get valuable feedback on your work from staff and fellow students. This helps you identify areas for improvement, ensuring you get the most from your work.   

Study abroad or Placement Year

In your third year, you will spend 9-12 months in a full-time development placement, before returning to your studies in the final year. This placement will allow you to gain invaluable working experience and employability skills in a relevant area of your choice.   You are expected to source your placement yourself, but support is available from the School staff and the Careers Service. Please note we cannot guarantee any student a work placement as this decision rests with potential employers. If you have not successfully secured a work placement by the end of your second year you will be transferred onto one of the three-year programmes. 

After the course

You will graduate with the 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 transfer the skills gained for careers in business, the voluntary and public sector, community development, environment, and media.

Career destinations

Career destinations related to your degree include:

  • Government/planning
  • Business
  • Charitabke Sector
  • Environmental management
  • Teaching
  • Postgraduate studies

Course related costs

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

Course Modules 2021/2

Year 1U

Core Modules ( 20 credits)

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
DEV-4007B INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY WW 20 SEM2

Compulsory Modules ( 60 credits)

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
DEV-4001A INTRODUCTION TO DEVELOPMENT STUDIES CW 40 SEM1
DEV-4002A EVIDENCE IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND GEOGRAPHY CW 20 SEM1

Options Range A

Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
DEV-4003B INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS OF DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
DEV-4004B INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT: PRINCIPLES AND CONCEPTS WW 20 SEM2
DEV-4005B INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY WW 20 SEM2
DEV-4008B HUMANITARIAN COMMUNICATION CW 20 SEM2
DEV-4009B INTRODUCTION TO THE POLITICS OF DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2

Year 2U

Compulsory Modules ( 60 credits)

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
DEV-5014A METHODS IN HUMAN GEOGRAPHY CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5010B GEOGRAPHIES OF DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5016B GEOGRAPHY FIELD COURSE PR 20 SEM2

Options Range A

Students will select 40-60 credits from the following modules:

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
DEV-5001A GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5002A QUANTITATIVE EVIDENCE IN DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5003A EDUCATION AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5004A SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5005B LATIN AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5006B SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5007B SOUTH ASIAN DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5009B RESEARCH METHODS FOR SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY CW 20 SEM2
DEV-5011A PEOPLE AND PLACE CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5013B NATURAL RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT 3 WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5015A COMMUNICATION FOR DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5016A ECONOMICS FOR DEVELOPMENT 2: Microeconomics CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5017B ECONOMICS FOR DEVELOPMENT 3: Macroeconomics WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5019B POLITICS, DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIETY WW 20 SEM2

Options Range B
Students must not take more than 20 credits of Level 4 modules in their 2nd year.
Students will select 0-20 credits from the following modules:

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
ENV-5002B ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY MAKING CW 20 SEM2
ENV-5003A CLIMATE CHANGE: SCIENCE AND POLICY CW 20 SEM1
ENV-5038A CONSTRUCTING HUMAN GEOGRAPHIES CW 20 SEM1
PPLB4* Any module beginning PPLB4
PPLB5* Any module beginning PPLB5
PPLI5161B POWER, WEALTH AND NATIONS: GLOBAL POLITICAL ECONOMY CW 20 SEM2

Year YU

Compulsory Modules (120 credits)

 
Module Description Assessment Credits Period
DEV-5021Y INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLACEMENT YEAR CW 120

YEAR

Year 3U

Compulsory Modules ( 40 credits)

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
DEV-6007Y DISSERTATION PR 40 YEAR
DEV-6017A DISSERTATION (WINTER SUBMISSION) PR 40 SEM1

Options Range A

Students will select 60-80 credits from the following modules:

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
DEV-5001A GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5003A EDUCATION AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5005B LATIN AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5006B SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5007B SOUTH ASIAN DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5015A COMMUNICATION FOR DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-6003A WARS AND HUMANITARIAN CRISES CW 20 SEM1
DEV-6005B CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT & CONSERVATION CW 20 SEM2
DEV-6006B GLOBALISATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
DEV-6009B DEVELOPMENT IN PRACTICE CW 20 SEM2
DEV-6010B URBAN GEOGRAPHIES CW 20 SEM2
DEV-6011B POLITICS, POLICY AND PRACTICE CW 20 SEM2
DEV-6013A MEDIA PRODUCTION FOR DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-6014A MIGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1

Options Range B
Students must not take more than 20 credits of Level 5 modules in their 3rd year.
Students will select 0-20 credits from the following modules:

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
ENV-5002B ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY MAKING CW 20 SEM2
ENV-5003A CLIMATE CHANGE: SCIENCE AND POLICY CW 20 SEM1
ENV-5038A CONSTRUCTING HUMAN GEOGRAPHIES CW 20 SEM1
ENV-6012B NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS CW 20 SEM2
ENV-6026B ENERGY AND PEOPLE CW 20 SEM2
ENV-6032A HUMAN GEOGRAPHY IN THE ANTHROPOCENE CW 20 SEM1
LAW-6014A INTERNATIONAL AND EU ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CW 20 SEM1
PPLB5* Any module beginning PPLB5
PPLI5161B POWER, WEALTH AND NATIONS: GLOBAL POLITICAL ECONOMY CW 20 SEM2

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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 including Mathematics and Physics.
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3
  • BTEC Excludes BTEC Public Services, BTEC Uniformed Services and BTEC Business Administration.
  • European Baccalaureate 75%

Entry Requirement

If you do not meet the academic requirements for direct entry, you may be interested in one of our Foundation Year programmes:

BA Geography and International Development with a Foundation Year

BA International Development with a Foundation Year

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

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 Business, Economics, Society and Culture (for Year 1 entry to UEA)

International Foundation in Humanities and Law (for Year 1 entry to UEA)

International Foundation in Mathematics and Actuarial Sciences (for Year 1 entry to UEA)

International Foundation in Pharmacy, Health and Life Sciences (for Year 1 entry to UEA)

International Foundation in Physical Sciences and Engineering (for Year 1 entry to UEA)

International Year One in International Development with Media (for Year 2 entry to UEA)

Interviews

Most applicants will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some applicants an interview will be requested. Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a 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 on your UCAS application.

Intakes

The annual intake is in September each year.

Alternative Qualifications

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.

GCSE Offer

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

Course Open To

UK and overseas applicants.

Fees and Funding

Information on tuition fees can be found here: 

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 application 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 is sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges. 

 

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14. 

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