BA (Hons) International Development and Education - Bath Spa University

International Development and Education

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

Key facts

BA (Hons) International Development and Education
School of Education
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full-time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: HH32 or HH33
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email with your specific details.

Experience development in the real world on our innovative International Development and Education degree.

  • Investigate the multi-faceted role of education and its intersectionality across all development goals.
  • Explore contemporary issues facing development contexts, for example, armed conflict, privatisation and gender.
  • Travel overseas in each year of your studies to put development theories into practice in real contexts.

2022/23 course postponement

Please note, this course will not be running in 2022/23. For more information please contact our Admissions service on +44 (0)1225 876 180 or

For the 2021-22 academic year we have made a number of changes to teaching and learning in order to enable blended learning during the ongoing uncertainty around the Covid-19 pandemic.

The courses below will have specific changes for 2021-22, indicated in the Programme Change Form. We will revert to our published curriculum as far as possible for 2022-23. We will continue to keep the situation under review in light of ongoing Government guidance. The Programme Document beneath the main image shows you the programme specification as normally delivered.

The International Development and Education course explores the different dimensions and forms of education internationally. You'll explore education-related challenges and opportunities in international development, such as international targets of education, foreign aid and the global market of education.

This course offers annual field trips and placements. Through these experiences, you'll critically explore the assumptions and beliefs behind the role of education in development and its attempt to break the cycle of poverty and inequality. The field trips and placements will give you the opportunity to make connections between real-world international education and the ideas explored in seminars and lectures.

You'll also benefit from research happening within the School of Education by attending research seminars and events. Our research centres include:

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What you'll learn


There is no established path into the development sector. This International Development and Education degree helps to bridge the gap between vocational aspirations and academic knowledge.

This course is designed to help you develop a critical awareness of the intersectional issues in international development and education. This offers a great opportunity for a number of career choices and a solid foundation for further experience and study in the sector. There's an opportunity for you to undertake a professional placement year between your second and third year of study, which is particularly relevant if you would like to gain more experience from the real world.

Annual options of placements and field trips offer you a wealth of experience to reflect on in your learning.

Course structure

Year one
We'll introduce you to the main development theories and approaches, and their history, and how these relate to the education sector. We'll explore the current donor and sector agendas, and how these reflect the different approaches. This will provide a good foundation and overview, enabling you to confidently move into your second year.

Year one will also include a core module with an overseas placement. We may, for example, travel to Catalonia to look at development issues around minority groups in a European context, giving you the opportunity to relate your field experience to module theory.

Year two
You'll continue to draw on your knowledge and understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of the field, applying them to some contemporary dilemmas, including the ongoing social inequalities and very topical and timely issue of peace and conflict.

An overseas visit is also planned for this year. We'll be going further afield, for example to Zambia, where we might explore the outcome of private agendas around school management in the copper belt, an area of increasing foreign investment and industrial activity. An alternative desk study approach can also be undertaken.

Optional placement year
If you're serious about getting more involved in the development sector, a placement year will be invaluable. Learning through hands-on experience, alongside colleagues with years of expertise in the field, will help you understand and consolidate what you've been learning on the course while introducing you to a network of inspirational people and programmes.

Year three
In your final year, you'll have the opportunity to dive deep into a subject that interests you by conducting a piece of independent research. Your dissertation will give you the chance to apply the knowledge and skills learned on the course as you seek to consolidate your thoughts and experiences, ready to confidently move into the next phase of your learning or career.

The planned annual trip this year will focus on research methodologies. You'll be able to explore educational responses to development issues through participation and observation. For example, you may visit a Non-governmental organization (NGO) in rural Nepal, to gain specific knowledge and experience of community education. Where a visit is not possible, an alternative desk study approach will be undertaken.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be assessed through coursework. There are no exams. Assessments could include essays, individual or group presentations, placement reports/journals, and, of course, your third year dissertation.

We’ll provide you with regular feedback on how well you're doing and give you regular guidance on how to improve your skills, knowledge and understanding.

How will I be taught?

You'll be taught through lectures and seminars, as well as personal and group tutorials.

Course modules

This International Development and Education degree offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Social Theory and Development, with reference to Education
  • Donor Logics and Actors in Development and Education
  • Formal, Non-formal and Informal Education in Developing Contexts
  • Introduction to International Education
  • Case Study of Catalonia: Education, Space and Society
  • Environment, People and Place

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Zambian Case Study: Donor Agendas and Private Interests in Education
  • Education, Social Inequalities and Social Justice
  • Peace and Conflict

You’ll also be able to choose optional modules:

  • Education and International Development
  • Literacy Learning in a Multimedia World
  • Supporting Learners with Additional Needs
  • Sociology of Education
  • Zambia: policy, power and ideology, with reference to education
  • Geomorphology and Environmental Hazards

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • International Development and Education Dissertation 1 – research methodology, design and ethics
  • International Development and Education Dissertation 2 – data collection, analysis and making it matter
  • A case-study of Nepal: Rural Education and Community Development

You’ll also be able to choose optional modules:

  • Global and International Education
  • Inequality, Education and Policy
  • Young People, Identities and Subcultures
  • Nepal: policy, power and ideology with reference to Education
  • International Perspectives of Early Childhood
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Community Engagement


Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study in a wide range of locations around the world. Our students have completed exchange programmes in a variety of countries including Spain, Sweden and the USA.

Work placements, industry links and internships

You'll be encouraged to study education and development in various international contexts, for example:

  • Cary Mufulira Community Partnership Trust, Mufilira, Zambia
  • Vic University, Catalonia, Spain
  • The Himanchal Educational Foundation, Nepal.

Further opportunities with locally-based partnerships can be developed as you continue your studies.


The experiences and knowledge gained on this course may lead to a variety of career opportunities, including:

  • Teaching, both in the UK and internationally (a PGCE or equivalent further qualifications will be required to gain Qualified Teacher Status).
  • Working in the Development sector, for example, the Department of International Development, UNICEF, VSO (the placement year is highly recommended, and further qualifications, such as a Master's, will require relevant experience).
  • Working within educational programmes in international contexts.
  • Educational work in charitable organisations. 
  • Working in Development Education, for example, educating school pupils on development issues.

Professional placement year


This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.


Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The International Development and Education course is taught on Newton Park campus. You'll have access to a range of excellent facilities including our Libraries and the Commons building which includes quiet study space and group collaboration pods.


You'll have access to Bath Spa University's:

You can also hire out equipment using SISO, Bath Spa University’s free equipment loan service. We provide a huge variety of equipment, from cameras to laptops.


Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

UK students full time

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

International students full time

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,910
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Travel costs

Additional travel costs

Please note that this course entails additional travel costs that are both significant and compulsory.

This course has the same level of tuition fees as all our standard undergraduate programmes. However, integral international trips form part of the programme of study and this cost is not included within the tuition fee.

Each year students will visit a different country which offers a rich context in which to understand international development and education.

As the country will vary each year, so will the costs. Costs are anticipated to be between £700 and £2,000 per year, however the exchange rate of the pound and the economics of developing countries are likely to affect the overall costs of trips.

Bath Spa University offers bursaries to students who are eligible for Home or EU student funding. Other funding opportunities may also be available.

Student funding

We can help you manage your finances and check that you're getting all the funding you're entitled to.

We have a number of funding options for UK and EU students and international students and we also offer support if you're having financial problems. Email: for more guidance.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We're looking for people who want to support development through a range of learning pathways and education.

You'll be curious about the world and its cultures and you'll want to make an impact. You'll also be a creative, critical thinker with a love of adventure and a strong sense of social and environmental responsibility.

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 including a Grade C in Geography, Sociology, History, Global Citizenship or related subject.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades from Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) to Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) in social sciences or a related subject.
  • T Levels – grade Merit-Pass (C+) preferred in a relevant subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 27 points are required. Applicants will need to show a keen interest in the subject in the personal statement.
  • Access to HE courses - 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). Applicants will need to show a keen interest in the subject in the personal statement.

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 entry requirements, please email us at

How do I apply?

This course will not be running in 2022/23. For more information please contact our Admissions service on +44 (0)1225 876 180 or

Course leader: Tingting Yuan

Three year course
With placement year

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