BSc International Development
Do you want to make a difference and understand how people and the planet are changing? Our BSc International Development course is a unique degree that offers expertise from across the University; you can specialise in the key areas that match your interests and work in careers with impact on a global scale.
The study of international development has never been more relevant or important. Complex global problems affect all our lives, as the world experiences rapid and uneven change. More people are moving out of poverty but inequalities are also growing.
Through this course you will explore critical issues relating to poverty and unequal development, the sustainability of the planet’s resources, the politics of aid, and the future of our food systems. Optional modules from across the University allow you to tailor the course to your interests and preferred career path.
You will be taught by experts from departments across the University. In addition to social scientists in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, these include experts from Geography, Economics, Politics and Henley Business School. Many of our lecturers are members of the Global Development Division and research associates of the internationally renowned Walker Institute for Climate System Research and the Centre for Food Security.
Many students are keen volunteers and take part in the Reading Experience and Development (RED) Award scheme. You also have the opportunity to study a language as part of your course.
If you are interested in promoting causes related to international development it will definitely be worth joining the International Development society. Run by our students, it's a place to discuss issues, watch documentaries and actually put your ideas into practise.
Our mini-placement module enables you to gain first-hand experience in the workplace and improve your networking skills.
Alternatively, you could undertake a placement year between your second and final year with our four-year BSc International Development with Placement Year course.
You could spend this year at an aid agency, charity, non-governmental organisation or relevant government department at home or abroad. The placement year provides first-hand experience in these fields, as well as transferable skills that provide a competitive advantage in your future career.
You are also encouraged to consider a study abroad experience as part of your degree. The University has a wide range of exchange partners in Europe and across the world in Australia, Canada and the USA (subject to availability).