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International Development – University of Reading

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  • Explore the world's most critical development issues

    Study International Development at Reading

International Development

The 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.

Prepare for a career in the international development sector

Understand the processes of global change as you explore critical contemporary issues: how to create a better life for people, the sustainability of the planet's resources, poverty reduction and food systems, and the challenges of inequality.

In addition to our unique, interdisciplinary grounding in core development subjects, you will also have the opportunity to specialise in topics of particular interest and relevance to your future employment opportunities.

If you're fascinated by people and places around the world and want to improve your understanding of international issues, this is the programme for you.

Our courses

In collaboration with the Department of Languages and Cultures we offer joint programmes in:

Looking for 2023/24 courses?

If you would like to start studying International Development at the University of Reading in 2023, please view our 2023/24 undergraduate courses.

Skills for employment

A degree in international development can lead to many different and rewarding careers – find out why Reading graduates are getting hired.

How you'll learn

You will develop a number of core skills and techniques through varied study methods and research work.

Experience a new culture while studying abroad

We offer an option to study abroad as part of your degree, giving you international experience.

Work experience while you study

We support and encourage our students to get industry experience as part of their degrees, which can give you a head start towards the perfect job.


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