Do you want to make a difference and understand how people and the planet are changing? This unique degree 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 our lives, many parts of the world are experiencing rapid change 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 the sustainability of the planet’s resources, food systems, and human population.
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. You can select modules from four pathways: Society and Planning; Economics and Business; Environment and Climate Change; and Food Systems and Security allowing you to tailor the course to your interests and your preferred career path.
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.
You even have the opportunity to study overseas for three weeks at a university in Uganda where you can see some of the challenges of international development first hand. This module is optional and there is an additional cost for this trip.
Many students are keen volunteers and take the Reading Employability 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.
This degree features a one-year work placement between years two and three. You could spend this year at an aid agency, charity, non-governmental organisations or relevant government department.
For those working in the international development sector it is typical to build up a portfolio of work, volunteering and overseas experience to enhance employability and career options. This is why we incorporate an excellent overseas study opportunity within the programme, encourage student volunteering and placements, and enable students to write a research dissertation based on a real world practical or policy issue.