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BA International Relations and Development
Undergraduate, Single Honours
How long it takes:
Undergraduate (3 years)
Distance learning/ Campus
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Newcastle Law School
- Politics of Development
- Global development challenges I/II
- Understanding International Relations
- Pathways to International Relations Research 1 and 2
- Global History
- Introduction to International Development
- Understanding development assistance
- Working in development
- International relations theory
Three second-year optional modules from IDD and POLSIS
- Economic perspectives on development (IDD)
- Governing states and societies (IDD)
|Public Choice Theory||International Political Economy||Diplomatic History post 1945|
|British Politics||International Relations Theory||International Security|
|International Politics & Security in Russia & Eurasia||Modern Political Thought||Analysing Political Worlds|
|International Relations of the Middle East||Feminist Political Ideas||Comparative Politics|
|Elections and Voting in Britain||America and the Middle East through Politics and Film||Understanding Foreign Policy|
Four final-year modules from below. A 50/50 split of credits between IDD and POLSIS.
- Development: The environmental challenge (IDD)
- Identity, inequality and inclusive development (IDD)
- African politics (IDD)
|Environment, Politics and Society A and B||War-Torn States and Post-Conflict Reconstruction in the South||Power in Britain|
|Contemporary US Foreign and Security Policy||Contemporary International Political Economy||Topics in British Politics|
|Democracy and Democratization in Contemporary Europe||Left Parties and Protest Movements||Gender in World Politics|
|Issues in US Domestic Politics||Global Capitalism and Migration||Law, Politics and the International System: Mediating Power beyond the State|
|Varieties of Capitalism and Welfare State Models||Russian Foreign Policy||Security in Europe: Actors, Crises and Threats|
|Strategy and Decision-Making||Conflict, Statehood and Sovereignty in World Politics||Politics of Migrants, Refugees, and Diasporas in the Middle East|
|Politics, Music and the Arts||Global Uprisings: Critique and Radical Politics||New Media, Social Media, and International Politics|
Applicants should normally have one of the following:
- A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
- A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
- An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level
If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.
If you intend to become a Solicitor
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements, see the SRA website. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. If you think you may have a character or suitability issue, you may wish to clarify with the SRA before proceeding with the GDL.
See further details of our English Language requirement
USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)
International students starting 2019/20 (per year)
You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.
All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.
A pathway to a career in international development
Globally, a huge range of organisations are working for inclusive development, opening up a variety of opportunities to pursue a career in the sector. This includes international agencies such as the United Nations, national aid agencies like the UK’s Department for International Development, and local civil society organisations operating all over the world.
Our degrees are carefully designed to provide the knowledge and skills these kinds of employers value – from critical thinking and problem-solving, to practical experience of frameworks for designing, monitoring and evaluating development. While our degrees are tailored for a career in development, these skills are also highly transferable to a range of government or non-governmental sectors.