BA International Development Management with a Year Abroad


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This course is about preparing you to achieve your goals in international development.

In it, you will be grounded in the management techniques and concepts needed to work effectively in the modern development sector. For example, you will learn what it takes to run an advocacy campaign, deliver a health services project, or manage a small charity or an evaluation team. You will demonstrate familiarity with and the ability to use key planning, management, monitoring, evaluation and communication tools.

The course will give you the opportunities to develop the skills and techniques you have learned in a real life setting through our development work placement module. Not only will this contextualize and ground what you have learned, it will also boost your employability and help you reflect on your own positioning within the sector.

Overview

Development as a sector is characterized by power relations and by often politically contested processes of change. Beyond the practical skills and experience, the course is also about equipping you with the critical skills needed to navigate the development sector. What does this mean for you? How should you position yourself?  

Lastly, you will be equipped a strong grounding in the skills of research and analysis, including the ability to look critically at development interventions, looking beyond the claims made to understand the power dynamics on which development is based.

Course Structure

Year 1

In your first year your three compulsory modules will introduce you to contemporary debates and issues in international development. You will also be grounded in key management, leadership and business skills enabling you to make a stronger career contribution to development through helping more people overcome injustice and poverty. You will in addition choose two optional modules. 

Year 2

In year 2, your two compulsory modules will help you pan out to reflect on the dynamics of development policy and theories on aid effectiveness, you to the broader aid landscape, the politics of development, and key features beyond aid and project-based support. You will also gain experience of different approaches to advocacy and campaign management, by partnering with an external organisation to work on a real world campaign to help influence public and/or corporate policy and practice. You may choose to do a Placement Year as an option. 

Year 3

You’ll spend your third studying abroad at one of our partner universities before returning to UEA for your final year. 

Year 4

In your final year, your compulsory modules will deepen your understanding of contemporary and emerging development practice debates. Building on your reflections of both your teaching and the practical experience, you will be helped to orient yourself towards a career in development, exploring the process of defining and developing development projects. You will be able to develop and deepen your own research capabilities through the compulsory dissertation, drawing on DEV’s range of expertise. You must also do a Development Work Placement.  

Optional Modules

In addition to the compulsory modules, you will also to tailor a specialism that suits your ambitions. This can be in a particular thematic expertise – anything from natural resource management to anthropology to navigating the complex politics of development; or it can be in a relevant regional specialisation or language – French or Spanish or Arabic; or it can be in specific expertise such as engaging the media. You will be able either to develop a single specialism, or experiment with different fields as your awareness of the sector evolves.   

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. You will gain development experience through a placement, which you will reflect on.  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, reflective essays and presentations on your placement experience, 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

You’ll spend your third year studying abroad before returning to UEA for your final year. You can choose from a broad range of partner universities across Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. 

Your time abroad gives you valuable insights and practical experience in a different country, as well the chance to develop the personal skills employers seek.  You will also 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 two to six months working abroad on a development project in your third year. Past students have worked with International Citizen Service in Kenya, Gruppo di Volontariato in Cambodia, British Red Cross in London, Otra Cosa in Peru, and Friends of the National Parks Foundation in Bali. 

During your placement you gain valuable insights and practical experience in a different country and culture. You also have the chance to develop the personal skills employers seek. 

After the course

The course is specifically oriented for you to develop your own mix of management skills, practical techniques, critical awareness, language ability, area knowledge and professional experience. You will be equipped a successful career in international development that meets your priorities and your ambitions.   After the course, you could dedicate your skills to an advocacy campaign, a development project, a humanitarian response or managing a development agency. Our graduates work in organisations like the United Nations, government agencies and the British Red Cross. 

Others transfer the skills gained for careers in business, the voluntary sector, community development, environment, and media.    

Career destinations

Career destinations related to your degree include: 

  • Charitable sector
  • Advocacy and campaigning organisations
  • Business  
  • Consultancy  
  • International organisations 
  • Government planning 

Course related costs

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

Course Modules 2021/2

Year 1U

Compulsory Modules ( 80 credits)

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
DEV-4010B INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT CW 20 SEM2
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 20-40 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-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

Options Range B

Students will select 0-20 credits from the following modules:

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
PPLB4* Any module beginning PPLB4

Year 2U

Compulsory Modules ( 40 credits)

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
DEV-5021A DEVELOPMENT POLICY AND MANAGEMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5023B

ADVOCACY AND CAMPAIGN MANAGEMENT

CW 20 SEM2

Options Range A

Students will select 10 credits from the following modules:

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
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-5003A EDUCATION AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5001A GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5010B GEOGRAPHIES OF DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5016B GEOGRAPHY FIELD COURSE PR 20 SEM2
DEV-5005B LATIN AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5014A METHODS IN HUMAN GEOGRAPHY CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5012A NATURAL RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT 2 CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5013B NATURAL RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT 3 WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5011A PEOPLE AND PLACE CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5002A QUANTITATIVE EVIDENCE IN DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5009B RESEARCH METHODS FOR SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY CW 20 SEM2
DEV-5004A SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5006B SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
Options Range B
Students can only take 20 credits at level 4 in the second year of study.
Students will select 0-20 credits from the following modules:
Module Description Assessment Credits Period
PPLB4* Any module beginning PPLB4
PPLB5* Any module beginning PPLB5

Year YU

Compulsory Modules (120 credits)

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
DEV-5014Y INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT YEAR ABROAD CW 120 YEAR

Year 3U

Compulsory Modules ( 80 credits)

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
DEV-6007Y DISSERTATION PR 40 YEAR
DEV-6017A DISSERTATION (WINTER SUBMISSION) PR 40 SEM1
DEV-6018B DISSERTATION (SPRING SUBMISSION) PR 40 SEM2
DEV-6009B DEVELOPMENT IN PRACTICE CW 20 SEM2
DEV-6005A DEVELOPMENT WORK PLACEMENT CW 20 SEM1

Options Range A
Students can only take 20 credits at level 5 in the second year of study.
Students will select 20-40 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-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-5012A NATURAL RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT 2 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-5016A ECONOMICS FOR DEVELOPMENT 2: Microeconomics CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5016B GEOGRAPHY FIELD COURSE PR 20 SEM2
DEV-5017B ECONOMICS FOR DEVELOPMENT 3: Macroeconomics 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-6006B GLOBALISATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
DEV-6008Y ENGAGING ANTHROPOLOGY IN DEVELOPMENT CW 20 YEAR
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 can only take 20 credits at level 5 in the second year of study.
Students will select 0-20 credits from the following modules:

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
PPLB5* Any module beginning PPLB5
PPLM6079B ACTIVIST CAMPAIGNING CW 20 SEM2

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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

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 5.5 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 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:

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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