BA (Hons) Geography and International Development with a Placement Year
- Full Time
- Degree of Bachelor of Arts
- UCAS Course Code
- Entry Requirements
- Course Length
- 4 years
- Course Start Date
- September 2023
Why you should choose us
UEA is ranked in the UK top 30
Of graduates go on to work and/or study within 15 months after the course
UEA is ranked 23rd in the UK
Have you ever wondered why societies are so unequal? How processes of colonialism, globalisation, urbanisation, and (de)industrialisation have transformed people’s lives? Or considered how uneven development emerges at the global, regional, national, and local scales, and what we can do about it? What are the causes and consequences of social polarisation and inequalities between groups? How do people challenge, resist, and transform spatial difference and social injustice? And how can we understand the complex interactions between people, communities, and their wider environments in order to create a better future for everyone?
Learn to tackle these big questions – and many more – in our BA Geography with International Development with a Placement Year.
This innovative course combines a strong interdisciplinary foundation with a specialist geographical lens in the study of global development. You’ll take core human and social geography modules that seek to understand critical contemporary issues from a geographical perspective – including poverty, inequality, race, health, migration, and urbanisation – focusing specifically on the relationship between people and place, and transformative social justice. You will obtain key practical skills training, including Geographical Information Systems (GIS), qualitative and quantitative methods, alongside in-depth field experience. In fact, fieldwork and field courses are a vital part of this degree with local field trips embedded within core modules, where we partner with and learn from community-based organisations. We have several opportunities for residential trips both in the UK and overseas throughout the programme.
In addition to this geographical focus, you’ll gain a broad grounding in the key issues, agendas and practices of development, fusing insights from geography with those from across the social sciences, including anthropology, economics, environmental sciences, media, and politics. You can develop your understanding of particular regions in the world, through area modules relating to sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, or Latin America, and you can pursue your emerging interests through this unique blend of geography and development.
In your third year, you’ll have the opportunity to gain hands on experience through a Placement Year.
The result is an extremely flexible degree programme that you can tailor to suit your particular interests, and that allows you to combine an interdisciplinary foundation with your focused specialism.
By studying with us, you’ll join our close-knit academic community, made up of experts from across multiple disciplines, all housed within the School of International Development. As such, you will not only learn from our world-renowned geographers within the school, but you can benefit from a truly vibrant, interdisciplinary environment.
We are amongst the best in the world for researching, teaching, and practicing development. Come and study with us and help us to create a fairer world.
Placement Year and Study Abroad
In your third year, you’ll spend 9-12 months in a full-time development placement, before returning to your studies in the final year. You are expected to source your placement yourself, but support is available from the School staff and the Careers Service. Please note we cannot guarantee any student a work placement as this decision rests with potential employers. If you have not successfully secured a work placement by the end of your second year, you will be transferred onto one of the School’s three-year programmes.
Study and Modules
TEACHING AND LEARNING
When you come to the School, you’ll join a close-knit community where you can share your passion for creating a fairer planet with staff and students from around the world. Our teaching staff are actively researching real-world issues and bringing their experiences directly into the classroom. In your first year, teaching and learning takes place through a mixture of lectures, seminars and independent study. In your lectures our expert academics set out the state-of-the-art in their field; seminars are conducted in smaller groups that will allow you to engage in in-depth discussion with our academics and other students in the School. Independent study is a key element of learning on all the School’s degrees and you’ll be supported to learn how to do this effectively through your first year.
In Year 1, you’ll be assessed through a mixture of essays, course tests or and exams.
Throughout your degree, you’ll get valuable feedback on your work from staff and fellow students. This helps you identify areas for improvement, ensuring you get the most from your work.
TEACHING AND LEARNING
In Year 2, you’ll be assessed through a mixture of essays, field project reports, and presentations and exams, as well as quantitative-analytical reports and policy briefs.
BEGINNERS' LANGUAGE MODULES
You can select from a wide range of language modules. For more information, and for a full list of available module options, please visit our Language Options page.
TEACHING AND LEARNING
TEACHING AND LEARNING
In your final year, you’ll continue to learn through lectures, seminars and practical work. You’ll have the option to research and write a dissertation, a large individual project that requires you to exercise the independent learning skills that you will have developed in the School. If you would prefer to not write a dissertation, then you can take other modules based on lectures and seminars.
In Year 4, you’ll be assessed by similar methods as Years 1 and 2, and also by a dissertation.
Your dissertation contributes a significant amount to your final grade. It’s an important opportunity for you to develop and demonstrate your skills in interdisciplinary analysis in a self-motivated study.
BEGINNERS' LANGUAGE MODULES
You can select from a wide range of level 5 language modules. For more information, and for a full list of available module options, please visit our Language Options page.
- A Levels
- ABB or BBB with an A in the Extended Project
- T Levels
- Obtain an overall Pass including a B in the core of the T Level and a Distinction in the Occupational Specialism. Any subject is acceptable.
- DDM excluding BTEC Public Services, Uniformed Services and Business Administration
- Scottish Highers
- Scottish Advanced Highers
- Irish Leaving Certificate
- 3 subjects at H2, 3 subjects at H3
- Access to HE Diploma
- Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 30 credits at level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3
- International Baccalaureate
- 32 points
You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.
- English Foreign Language
Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):
IELTS: 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) for year 1 entry
IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in all components) for year 2 entry
We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.
INTO University of East Anglia
If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:
Most applicants will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some applicants an interview will be requested. Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a time.
- Deferred Entry
We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year. We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry on your UCAS application.
This course is open to UK and International applicants. The annual intake is in September each year.
Additional Information or Requirements
UEA are committed to ensuring that Higher Education is accessible to all, regardless of their background or experiences. One of the ways we do this is through our contextual admissions schemes.
We welcome and value a wide range of alternative qualifications. If you have a qualification which is not listed here, please contact us via Admissions Enquiries.
If you do not meet the academic requirements for direct entry, you may be interested in one of our Foundation Year programmes such as:
We accept many international qualifications for entry to this course. View our International Students pages for specific information about your country.
INTO UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA
If you do not meet the academic and/or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:
International Foundation in Pharmacy Health and Life Science (for Year 1 entry to UEA)
International Foundation in Mathematics and Actuarial Sciences (for Year 1 entry to UEA)
International Foundation in Physical Sciences and Engineering (for Year 1 entry to UEA)
International Foundation in Business Economics Society and Culture (for Year 1 entry to UEA)
International Foundation in Humanities and Law (for Year 1 entry to UEA)
International Year One in International Development with Media (for Year 2 entry to UEA)
Alternative Entry Requirements
UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.
Once enrolled onto your course at UEA, your progression and continuation (which may include your eligibility for study abroad, overseas experience, placement or year in industry opportunities) is contingent on meeting the assessment requirements which are relevant to the course on which you are enrolled.
Fees and Funding
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Scholarships and Bursaries
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Course Related Costs
How to Apply
Apply for this course through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS), using UCAS Hub.
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Once you submit your completed application, UCAS will process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.
The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14.
View our guide to applying through UCAS for useful tips, key dates and further information:
After the Course
You’ll graduate with knowledge and skills valued by a vast range of organisations related to geography and global development and many of our graduates go on to work in related roles in policy and advocacy. These include government agencies the United Nations, private sector companies, consultancy firms, and the many hundreds of large and small non-government organisations that focus on social and environmental issues and humanitarian work. Furthermore, geographers are renowned for being ‘systems-thinkers’, focusing on people and our relationships with the environment. Trained geographers contribute to advocating for liveable climates, influencing social policy, and managing resources.
Alternatively, you could use the academic and transferable skills gained from our degrees for careers in business, the voluntary and public sector, education, and academia. Geography provides an ideal set of skills and understandings for approaching a myriad of career choices.
A degree at UEA will prepare you for a wide variety of careers. We've been ranked 1st for Job Prospects by StudentCrowd in 2022.
Career destinations related to your degree include: