Global Development and Sustainability

BSc (Hons)

Undergraduate - single honours (cannot be combined)

Key facts

Award
BSc (Hons) Global Development and Sustainability
School
College of Liberal Arts
Campus
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full-time
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: LF81
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A level grades BCC - CCC with a Grade C in Geography, Sociology, Economics or Science.

View typical offers for more information.

 

Learn about the environmental, social, economic and geopolitical challenges facing the developed and developing world

  • Friendly, supportive team of lecturers, who are excellent teachers and active researchers
  • Opportunity to undertake various placements as well as overseas fieldwork, currently in Northern India
  • The grounding in geography enables development of practical skills, highly valued by employers

How we can live in a more sustainable way, with a good quality of life for all, without jeopardising the environment and the lives of future generations?

This course is for individuals with an interest in contemporary environmental and development challenges, and who may wish to pursue a related career. You’ll explore topics including development theories, sustainability in a variety of contexts, globalisation, food supply, inequality, environmental issues, natural hazards, education, and renewable energy options. Our broad curriculum enables you to specialise in areas of particular interest.

What you'll learn

Overview

Studying Development and Sustainability at Bath Spa University, you’ll examine relevant geographical concepts and apply geographical methods and techniques to real-world problems. You’ll learn principles in physical and human geography throughout your degree, which you’ll apply to the study and solving of development issues.

The course is designed so you can specialise in areas of particular interest, by choosing specific modules. There is a strong vocational focus to the course, with opportunities to undertake an extended work placement, a volunteer placement and an industry-relevant project.

Course structure

Year 1
The first year of this course introduces you to the theories and realities of development and sustainability issues globally. You’ll acquire the foundational geography skills to equip you to develop your interests and skills in these fields.

Beyond these compulsory elements, you’ll have a choice of modules covering a range of topics, which may include:

  • social and economic inequalities
  • development organisations and structures
  • migration
  • social exclusion
  • economics and globalisation
  • global food issues
  • activism
  • international education

Year 2
This year you acquire more specialist knowledge and skills in relevant topics and research methods relevant to professional practice.  Your research skills are developed through an extended research project where you will apply your growing mastery of your subject to real-world problems and issues.  You will also start to further explore career options and planning, with opportunities to do a work placement or volunteering overseas.

Optional topics include:

  • environmental hazards
  • climate change and society
  • the use of geotechnologies
  • migration and citizenship
  • education and development

The field trip to India offers a unique opportunity to explore development and sustainability themes in a real-world context. On this trip you will examine environmental hazards and development, wellbeing and social inequalities, and the legacy of colonialism.

Year 3
This year you’ll specialise your interests further. You’ll develop your skills as an independent scholar by undertaking primary research that will enable you to demonstrate the your academic and transferable skills. Alternatively you can undertake an extended work placement with a relevant research report. Optional topics include:

  • development and disasters
  • identities and inequalities in society
  • globalisation
  • environmental justice
  • business enterprise
  • managing sustainability
  • international education

An optional field trip to Barcelona examines urban regeneration, social inequalities and urban sustainability. There is also the opportunity to undertake a community placement and project as part of your studies.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll experience a variety of different assessment methods throughout your degree. These include essays, project reports, presentations, posters, video-clips, field-craft assessments, reflective items, time-constrained tests and examinations. These will give you a rich and diverse skills learning experience, be of real benefit in the search for a good career, and be useful in your professional activities.

How will I be taught?

Good teaching is important to us; our graduates highly rate the quality of teaching on the course. In our friendly department you’ll benefit from small classes, specialist expertise, and up-to-date technologies, including ArcGIS and GPS survey instruments. You’ll experience lectures and workshop or seminar-based teaching, with small groups to enable discussion about specific topics.

Opportunities

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study in a wide range of locations around the world. Our students have completed Erasmus+ and Exchange programmes in a variety of countries including Australia, Finland and the USA.

Field trips

“Field trip opportunities have been brilliant and a really valuable experience”
–Geography graduate, 2015

We’re committed to giving you a relevant, interesting and useful degree; fieldwork is integral to this. Fieldwork helps you to put your learning into practice and gives you experience of working in teams and in unfamiliar environments.

There are various field days during modules as well as residential fieldwork opportunities overseas, currently to Northern India, Zambia and Spain. Please note that you will have to make a financial contribution towards these residential study visits.

Work placements, industry links and internships

There are opportunities to undertake work placements in your second and third year – this is an excellent way to gain experience in the workplace.

Guest speakers from industry contribute to the learning experience throughout the course. This engagement with potential employers will help you make those all-important career decisions when you graduate.

Competitions/ awards

There are prizes awarded each year in recognition of excellence in the core modules. This culminates with the Excellence in Global Development and Sustainability Prize, recognising the best overall performance in the compulsory modules in the final year of study.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Newton Park Campus – ‘Natural Laboratory’
Our location at Newton Park, nestled in a parkland valley setting just outside Bath, is a beautiful and unique 'natural laboratory' in which to pursue environmental education and we make the most of the setting.

Newton Park Library

Commons

VLE

Resources

We have all the latest technologies and learning resources and GDS. You’ll have access to IT suites with geographical software including ArcGIS.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
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2018/19 Entry

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2019/20 Entry

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UK and EU students part time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £4625
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
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2019/20 Entry

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UK and EU students full time - sandwich

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £1850
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2018/19 Entry

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2019/20 Entry

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International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £12,500
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2019/20 Entry

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Islands students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9250
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
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2018/19 Entry

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2019/20 Entry

Course fees

Islands students part time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £4,625
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2018/19 Entry

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2019/20 Entry

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Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for enthusiastic and motivated students who are interested in understanding and finding solutions to the challenges facing the developed and developing world today.

You’ll need to have 260-300 UCAS points, with a grade C in geography or a related subject. We also welcome applications from mature students with an Access to HE qualification. If you have non-standard qualifications we will consider any prior learning and professional experience in your application.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - Grades BCC - CCC preferred with Grade C in Geography, Sociology Economics or Science
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) preferred in a related subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - A minimum score of 26 points required.
  • Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).
English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.
Course enquiries
For further information about the programme or other enquiries, please email us at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

How do I apply?

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Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Dr Rebecca Schaaf, Subject Leader for Geography
Email: r.schaaf@bathspa.ac.uk