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How you'll learn

You will study in an international environment where you'll be taught by a diverse community alongside students from across the globe.

Our International Development programme is a cross-University degree, capturing a wealth of multi-disciplinary expertise in geography, consumer studies, economics, politics and international relations, planning, business, agriculture, and food and nutritional sciences.

Through this unique, interdisciplinary grounding in core development subjects, you will explore critical issues relating to the sustainability of the planet's resources, climate change, food systems and population.

You will also have the flexibility to tailor your degree to your interests and career ambitions. You can do this through a series of optional modules, and you also have the option of specialising from a range of options according to your interests.

Get hands-on experience

In addition to their theory-based studies, our students are encouraged to develop work, volunteering and overseas experience to enhance employability and career options. This is why we incorporate excellent overseas study opportunities within the programme, encourage student volunteering and placements, and enable our students to write a research dissertation based on a real-world practical or policy issue.

We have strong links to non-governmental organisations, development agencies and charities to ensure you acquire experience across the industry.

We also host events and sessions with guest lecturers from the industry so that you have the opportunity to network directly with potential employers.

These links expose our students to a range of development issues and provide an immersive experience that combines a tailored lecture programme with the opportunity to interact directly with development organisations and local people.


We have a strong reputation for international development studies and our academics and researchers influence government policy, new innovation and product development.

Many of our lecturers are research associates of the internationally renowned Walker Institute for Climate System Research, Centre for Food Security (CFS), and the Centre for Developing Economies and Emerging Markets (DEEM). The CFS reflects Reading's reputation as a leading institute in the area of food security while the Walker Institute delivers world-leading research at the frontier of climate science. DEEM facilitates research and teaching excellence in the field of international development. 

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 98% of our research was found to be of international standing, and because our staff are actively engaged in world-class research, they tailor their teaching to reflect changing trends and emerging technologies within the sector.

When transferred to a teaching environment, our research excellence enables students to develop similarly excellent research skills that are highly regarded by employers.

Study in MODERN facilities

International Development is an interdisciplinary area of study, drawing on our century-long reputation in the study of agriculture and rural development. Based in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development building on our award-winning parkland campus, you will benefit from our substantial first-class teaching and learning resources, and within our research facilities you will be able to explore critical issues regarding the sustainability of the planet's resources, food systems, and human population.

Reading's ongoing investment in high-quality teaching and learning facilities includes extensive resources, from libraries and computing to laboratories and wireless networking.

Our modern building features lecture theatres with modern equipment and student PC rooms with printing facilities. In addition, you will have access to our undergraduate common room with study and social space and a café.

Located at the centre of our campus, the Library is open 24/7 during term time and contains more than a million volumes in addition to online databases and journals. It comprises a study area, group study rooms, PC suites, photocopying facilities and a café.

Across campus you will have 24-hour access to PC facilities and wireless internet use. Email, file storage and library access are provided to all students and many resources are available from anywhere, including via mobile devices, allowing you to study when and where it suits you. Interactive online tools, including our virtual learning environment, provide you with study resources and learning materials.


Consult the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development's module descriptions page to find out the detailed content of our modules.



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