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    Find your career in international development


With a degree that combines the natural and social sciences and teaches you qualitative and quantitative methodological skills and understanding, you will have a competitive advantage in a sector that works on complex, multi-scale global problems.

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International development careers

This programme is ideal for a career in international development. It enables you to identify your skill set, develop your interests, and build up a portfolio of work, volunteering and overseas experience to enhance your employability and career options.

Our graduates typically find employment in a wide variety of environment and development settings, including aid agencies, charities, non-governmental organisations, and government departments. Your degree is also a solid foundation for postgraduate training in humanitarian relief, development studies and food security.

During our annual careers fairs, you'll have the opportunity to establish good contacts among potential employers, and we provide you with advice on CV writing and job application strategies to increase the changes of getting the job you want. In fact, many of our students graduate already having received job offers.

Play an important role in the future

Study of international development has never been more important. Complex global problems affect our lives and many parts of the world are experiencing rapid social, economic and environmental change. Meanwhile, the richest nations are committed to halving world poverty.

As an International Development graduate, you will have the opportunity to follow a career path and carry out work that is truly valued in today's society. You will also be in demand: skills in this sector are highly sought after.


In your second year, you'll have the opportunity to sign up for our Thrive career mentoring scheme, where you will be partnered with an alumnus. Our mentors are all successful professionals who create an environment where you can discuss your aspirations and test your ideas about graduate life.

Once you graduate, you have the opportunity to become part of our alumni community – a worldwide network of more than 107,000 people.

Being an alumnus of Reading gives you some great benefits, such as:

  • Alumni discounts for further study
  • One-to-one careers advice for a year and ongoing networking opportunities
  • Subscription to our annual Connected magazine and regular e-newsletters
  • Access to an online global community
  • Events and reunions
  • Library, sports and accommodation discounts.



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