BA International Development with Economics with a Placement Year


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On this course you’ll examine international development while establishing strong foundations in micro and macro economics.

You’ll acquire the ability to think like an economist about important world issues, using data and becoming familiar with models of how the world works.

You’ll study microeconomics and macroeconomics. You’ll also explore definitions of economic development, and investigate the relationship between poverty, economic development and trade theories, exclusion and deprivation.

You’ll address economic and broader socio-political processes. You'll explore the relationship between economy and the environment in different world regions, examining globalisation and its effects.

Overview

Course Structure

Year 1

You’ll discover the key topics in international development from a range of perspectives. This overview will provide a taste of different disciplines, allowing you to make an informed choice about where you want to specialise during your degree and career. 

You’ll also learn basic data analysis skills, and discover how to think systematically about important macroeconomics and microeconomics questions. In addition, you’ll be able to choose optional modules to tailor the course to your own interests. 

Year 2

In your second year, you’ll go into much more depth, with specific modules dedicated to microeconomics, macroeconomics and statistics. You’ll study these topics in the context of development, with examples, trends and evidence taken from around the world.

You’ll also have flexibility to deepen your understanding of one or two other disciplines through your optional modules. You can choose from specialist modules as well as ‘area modules’ where you will consider contemporary issues within specific regions of the world. These will allow you to discover connections between different disciplinary approaches.  

Year 3

In 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

The final year is a time to explore intellectually an area of you own choosing in the dissertation module. You’ll receive help, supervision and guidance from one of our academics as you apply your skills to a question that interests you. 

Your economic skills will be further enhanced in the module Globalisation and Economic Development module. Other optional modules will expand your understanding of topics such as civil war and public policy. 

Teaching and Learning

You’ll learn from leading development economists, with firsthand experience of a variety of developing countries. Throughout your time at UEA you’ll benefit from their range of experience, gained from years of research, consultancy, and policy advice. 

You’ll learn through a combination of lectures and seminars, where you’ll critically engage with the ideas discussed. 

In Quantitative Methods for Development you’ll explore the use of specialist statistical software through a series of computer workshops. You’ll then produce your own original data analysis research.  You’ll spend time reading academic papers that influence policy and academic debates. This will help you understand the different viewpoints on issues and the strength of relevant evidence. Much of this study is informed by questions, which you’ll answer in seminars discussions, in your own essays, and through doing your own research. Through this process, and the feedback you’ll receive, you’ll develop your critical skills, including the ability to construct convincing arguments and weigh evidence. 

Assessment

Your progress will be assessed across a combination of coursework and exams. Coursework gives you the ability to explore ideas that interest you and demonstrate a depth of understanding of an issue. Exams allow you to show how much you understand of a broader subject area.

Your dissertation has twice the weight of a standard module. This element of the course allows you to develop and demonstrate your skills in interdisciplinary analysis in an extended study on a topic of your choice. 

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

In the United Kingdom, you could use your degree to work as a civil servant, in the NGO sector or in less-development focused economics jobs.  In other countries, you could find work with multilateral organisations, NGOs or in the private sector.

Alternatively you could continue your studies to masters or doctoral level, in economics, impact evaluation, or international development. 

Career destinations

Career destinations related to your degree include: 

  • Multilateral organisations 
  • British Government, including in the Department for International Development, the Department for Health and the Department for Communities 
  • Local Government
  • NGOs
  • Universities
  • Consultancy Firms

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-4003B INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS OF DEVELOPMENT 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-4004B INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT: PRINCIPLES AND CONCEPTS WW 20 SEM2
DEV-4005B INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY WW 20 SEM2
DEV-4007B INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY 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-5002A QUANTITATIVE EVIDENCE IN DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5016A ECONOMICS FOR DEVELOPMENT 2: Microeconomics CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5017B ECONOMICS FOR DEVELOPMENT 3: Macroeconomics WW 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-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-5010B GEOGRAPHIES OF DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5011A PEOPLE AND PLACE CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5013B NATURAL RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT 3 WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5014A METHODS IN HUMAN GEOGRAPHY CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5015A COMMUNICATION FOR DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5016B GEOGRAPHY FIELD COURSE PR 20 SEM2
DEV-5018A POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT 2: RESEARCH METHODS AND TOOLS CW 20 SEM1
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 2rd year.
Students will select 0-20 credits from the following modules:

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
ECO-4002A THE ECONOMICS OF SOCIETY CW 20 SEM1
ECO-5006B THE EUROPEAN ECONOMY WW 20 SEM2
ECO-5009B HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT CW 20 SEM2
ENV-5003A CLIMATE CHANGE: SCIENCE AND POLICY CW 20 SEM1
PPLB4* Any module beginning PPLB4
PPLB5* Any module beginning PPLB5
PPLI5044A INTRODUCTION TO THE EUROPEAN UNION CW 20 SEM1
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 ( 60 credits)

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
DEV-6006B GLOBALISATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
DEV-6007Y DISSERTATION PR 40 YEAR
DEV-6017A DISSERTATION (WINTER SUBMISSION) PR 40 SEM1

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-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-5019B POLITICS, DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIETY WW 20 SEM2
DEV-6001A NATURAL RESOURCES AND SUSTAINABILITY FIELD COURSE CW 20 SEM1
DEV-6003A WARS AND HUMANITARIAN CRISES CW 20 SEM1
DEV-6005B CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT & CONSERVATION CW 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
ECO-5006B THE EUROPEAN ECONOMY WW 20 SEM2
ECO-5009B HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT CW 20 SEM2
ECO-6002A DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS WW 20 SEM1
ENV-5002B ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY MAKING CW 20 SEM2
ENV-5003A CLIMATE CHANGE: SCIENCE AND POLICY CW 20 SEM1
ENV-6012B NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS CW 20 SEM2
ENV-6026B ENERGY AND PEOPLE CW 20 SEM2
PPLB5* Any module beginning PPLB5
PPLI5044A INTRODUCTION TO THE EUROPEAN UNION CW 20 SEM1
PPLI5161B POWER, WEALTH AND NATIONS: GLOBAL POLITICAL ECONOMY CW 20 SEM2

Options Range A


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

 

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In light of the current situation relating to Covid-19, we are in the process of reviewing all courses for 2020 entry with adjustments to course information being made where required to ensure the safety of students and staff, and to meet government guidance.

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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