BA Media and International Development with a Placement Year


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You’ll study both media and international development on this innovative course, and the relationship between them. The media are important to all aspects of international development, from promoting mass mobilisation and political participation to facilitating the flow of information. At the same time, the media is central to encouraging charitable donations, promoting democracy and human rights, and delivering public health messages during emergencies.

This course will enable you to bring an international outlook to a career in media. You’ll also be able to bring an in depth understanding of media to a career in international development. You’ll graduate well prepared for careers in NGO communications, development journalism, humanitarian communication and media development.

Overview

This degree is unique in the UK in combining media and international development studies side by side. In both fields 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

In your first year, you’ll begin critically engaging with contemporary debates and issues in both media and international development. You’ll establish essential knowledge in modules such as Introduction to Development Studies and Media Power. In your final core module - Humanitarian Communication – you’ll critically review how journalists and international development actors communicate through the media. This module also contains workshops focused on relevant practical skills such as blogging. 

You’ll also have the opportunity to tailor your studies according to your own interests by choosing from a range of optional modules covering topics such as political communication, world cinema, human geography, environment, anthropology, and the economics or politics of development. 

Year 2

At this stage of your degree you’ll have the opportunity to develop further skills in research methods and choose modules about specific regions of the world. You’ll be able to choose further international development and optional modules relating to media. These cover issues such as media, globalisation and culture, politics and media, and gender and the media. 

You’ll also have the option of studying a range of foreign languages including Arabic, Chinese, French, German and Spanish. 

Communication for Development is this year’s sole compulsory module. Here you’ll explore the role of media and communications within development. How can media - both 'old' and 'new' - help mobilise citizens, change policy, modify behaviours and promote democracy, good governance and economic growth? Key topics include behaviour change communication, participatory communication, community media, press freedom, entertainment education and access to new communication technologies. 

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

In your final year you’ll write a dissertation on a subject of your choosing under the supervision of a relevant member of staff. You’ll continue to specialise, choosing from a range of optional modules, covering topics such as wars and humanitarian crises, development in practice, and politics and popular culture. 

The core module this year - Media Production for Development – will introduce you to the techniques for storytelling relevant to the field of international development and help you in developing your practical skills required to make a short film/documentary

Teaching and Learning

You’ll critically reflect on key issues in a variety of settings: lectures, workshops, and film screenings. At all times, you’ll benefit from cutting-edge academic materials. 

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

As the degree progresses there will be more emphasis on independent study, enabling you to pursue areas of learning tailored specifically to your needs and interests. Your final year dissertation is a significant opportunity for you to develop and demonstrate your self-motivated study skills. 

Assessment

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. 

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’ll graduate with knowledge and skills valued by a vast range of organisations related to international development. These include government agencies the United Nations, private sector companies, consultancy firms, and the many hundreds of large and small non-government organisations that focus on development and humanitarian work. 

Many of our alumni have also gone to work in the media. Recent graduates have become freelance film-makers, photographers and travel writers and even set up their own production companies. 

Our alumni include the director of Bend It Like Beckham (2002) and Bride and Prejudice (2004), the CEO of the Public Media Alliance, the Founding Director of the Rockhopper TV and the Senior Strategic Partner Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa at Google. 

You could pursue numerous career paths combining both media and international development such as NGO communications, development journalism, humanitarian communication and media development.  Or you could use the academic and transferable skills gained from our degrees for careers in business, the voluntary and public sector, education, and academia. 

Career destinations

Career destinations related to your degree include: 

  • NGO communications
  • Development journalism 
  • Humanitarian communication 
  • Film maker
  • Photographer 
  • Travel writer 

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
PPLM4054A MEDIA POWER CW 20 SEM1
DEV-4001A INTRODUCTION TO DEVELOPMENT STUDIES CW 40 SEM1
DEV-4008B HUMANITARIAN COMMUNICATION CW 20 SEM2

Options Range A

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
AMAM4035B WORLD CINEMAS CW 20 SEM2
PPLM4001B INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL COMMUNICATION CP 20 SEM2

Options Range B

Students will select 20 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-4009B INTRODUCTION TO THE POLITICS OF DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2

Year 2U

Core Modules ( 20 credits)

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
DEV-5015A COMMUNICATION FOR DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1

Options Range A

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
DEV-5002A QUANTITATIVE EVIDENCE IN DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5009B RESEARCH METHODS FOR SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY CW 20 SEM2
DEV-5014A METHODS IN HUMAN GEOGRAPHY CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5018A POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT 2: RESEARCH METHODS AND TOOLS CW 20 SEM1
PPLX5047A METHODS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH CW 20 SEM1

Options Range B

Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
AMAM5020A CONTEMPORARY MEDIASCAPES CW 20 SEM1
AMAM5031A GENDER AND THE MEDIA PR 20 SEM1
AMAM5035A RECEPTION STUDIES CP 20 SEM1
LDCC5013A THE WRITING OF JOURNALISM (AUT) PR 20 SEM1
LDCC5014B THE WRITING OF JOURNALISM (SPR) PR 20 SEM2
PPLB4* Any module beginning PPLB4
PPLB5* Any module beginning PPLB5
PPLM5003B MEDIA, GLOBALISATION AND CULTURE CW 20 SEM2
PPLM5005B LIES, ALGORITHMS AND CONCERTOS: UNDERSTANDING MEDIA AND CULTURAL POLICY CW 20 SEM2
PPLM5042B THE MEDIA AND IDENTITY CP 20 SEM2
PPLM5053A DIGITAL MEDIA AND SOCIETY CW 20 SEM1

Options Range C

Students will select 40 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-5010B GEOGRAPHIES OF DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5011A PEOPLE AND PLACE 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-5019B POLITICS, DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIETY WW 20 SEM2

Year YU

Compulsory Modules (120 credits)

Module Description Assessment Credits Period Sub-slot
DEV-5021Y

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLACEMENT YEAR

CW 120 YEAR
 

Year 3U

Compulsory Modules ( 60 credits)

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
DEV-6007Y DISSERTATION PR 40 YEAR
DEV-6013A MEDIA PRODUCTION FOR DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-6017A DISSERTATION (WINTER SUBMISSION) PR 40 SEM1

Options Range A
Students must not take more than 20 credits of Level 5 modules in their 3rd year.
Students will select 20-40 credits from the following modules:

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
DEV-6014A MIGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-6011B POLITICS, POLICY AND PRACTICE CW 20 SEM2
DEV-6010B URBAN GEOGRAPHIES CW 20 SEM2
DEV-6009B DEVELOPMENT IN PRACTICE CW 20 SEM2
DEV-6006B GLOBALISATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
DEV-6003A WARS AND HUMANITARIAN CRISES CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5019B POLITICS, DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIETY WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5017B ECONOMICS FOR DEVELOPMENT 3: Macroeconomics WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5016A ECONOMICS FOR DEVELOPMENT 2: Microeconomics CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5011A PEOPLE AND PLACE CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5010B GEOGRAPHIES OF DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5007B SOUTH ASIAN DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5006B SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5005B LATIN AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5004A SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5003A EDUCATION AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5001A GENDER 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 20-40 credits from the following modules:

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
AMAM5020A CONTEMPORARY MEDIASCAPES CW 20 SEM1
AMAM5031A GENDER AND THE MEDIA PR 20 SEM1
AMAM5035A RECEPTION STUDIES CP 20 SEM1
AMAM6024B GENDER AND GENRE PR 20 SEM2
AMAM6091B CELEBRITY CP 20 SEM2
AMAM6102A JAPANESE FILM: NATIONAL CINEMA AND BEYOND CW 20 SEM1
AMAM6109B INVESTIGATING AUDIENCES PR 20 SEM2
LDCC5013A THE WRITING OF JOURNALISM (AUT) PR 20 SEM1
LDCC5014B THE WRITING OF JOURNALISM (SPR) PR 20 SEM2
PPLM5003B MEDIA, GLOBALISATION AND CULTURE CW 20 SEM2
PPLM5005B LIES, ALGORITHMS AND CONCERTOS: UNDERSTANDING MEDIA AND CULTURAL POLICY CW 20 SEM2
PPLM5042B THE MEDIA AND IDENTITY CP 20 SEM2
PPLM5053A DIGITAL MEDIA AND SOCIETY CW 20 SEM1
PPLM6038A POLITICS AND POPULAR CULTURE CW 20 SEM1
PPLM6046B TOPICS IN PUBLIC OPINION CP 20 SEM2
PPLM6078A DIGITAL POLITICS CW 20 SEM1
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

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.

Special Entry Requirements

The annual intake is in September each year.

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. 

 

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