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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.

You will have the opportunity to study a language, undertake a placement as part of your course, and apply to study abroad.

View our International Development brochure (PDF, 826 KB)


Our courses

The Department of International Development is part of the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, which is made up of five academic departments. Our departments work collaboratively to deliver teaching and research across the School.

BSc International Development

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.

BSc Environmental Management and Sustainability

You can tailor this degree to suit your interests with one of our two pathways – Landscape and Countryside Management, and Global Environmental Management – or choose your own route and select modules from each.

You will also benefit from the course's strong practical element, which includes an emphasis on field-based teaching and visits to environmental organisations.

Joint courses

In collaboration with the Department of Languages and Cultures we offer joint programmes in BA French and International Development and BA Spanish and International Development.

These degrees can give you an insight into fascinating societies, cultures and histories around the world. They provide an interdisciplinary grounding in development, addressing real world issues affecting people and planet, in conjunction with in-depth study of the French or Spanish language.

Fees and funding

There is a variety of funding support available to our undergraduates. You may be eligible for government loans, grants or bursaries.

Students from the UK can receive government loans to help towards tuition fees and living costs. They may also be eligible for grants and bursaries depending on their circumstances.

Undergraduate fees and funding


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 chances of getting the job you want. In fact, many of our students graduate already having received job offers.

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.


How you'll study

While your studies are theory-based, you'll be encouraged to undertake volunteering, overseas and placement opportunities as part of your degree. You can also attend sessions with guest lecturers from the global development community, and Department seminars given by our research active academics.

Why study with us?

Study in an international environment where you'll be taught by a diverse community. Benefit from the ability to tailor your degree, our strong links with the global development community and modern learning facilities. 

Life in the Department

Join a thriving community of students and staff from over 80 countries in our School of Agriculture, Policy and Development. Interact with students from a range of degrees in teaching sessions and our common room.