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International Development BA

UCAS code: L900, L901 (with a year abroad)

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Duration:
Three years, or four years with a year abroad
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

The International Development BA offers you a distinctive approach to the study of development by concentrating on the middle-income countries responsible for driving changes in the global economy. You will examine how the 'emerging economies' are promoting economic, social and political development as well as growth in new and often innovative ways.

Key benefits

  • The interdisciplinary course offers a distinctive approach to the study of development by focusing on the 'emerging economies' and international development.
  • Located in the heart of London with excellent academic, social and cultural opportunities and wide-ranging access to library and archival resources nearby.
  • You can choose to study abroad for a full year and extend your education at King's over four years.
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The International Development BA has the perfect mix of social, political and economic modules.

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The Department of International Development is part of King’s School of Global Affairs and located in Bush House North East Wing as part of the Strand campus. It is within easy walking distance of the Maughan Library (close to the Royal Courts of Justice) and Senate House Library in Bloomsbury.

Course Aims

  • The International Development BA is a unique degree course, focusing on the development process in middle-income countries and the changing global economy.
  • Teaching draws on a range of important disciplines including political science, sociology, social anthropology, geography, development economics and management.
  • Your course comprises a mix of required and optional modules totalling 120 credits for the year.
  • You will explore the challenges facing rising economic powers such as India, China and Brazil as well as other countries which have recently experienced considerable economic growth and social and political change such as Indonesia, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Nigeria and South Africa. The course also considers what lessons these experiences offer for other countries and regions.
  • Students on the International Development with a Year Abroad BA will spend their third year studying abroad before returning to complete a final year with King's. Students on the three year course may transfer to the four year International Development with a Year Abroad BA. In both cases studying abroad will be dependent on levels of achievement in first and second year modules.

Base campuses

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

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Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Special features

Optional study abroad

On this programme, you will have the opportunity to apply for either a single semester or a full year abroad supported by the Study Abroad Tutor in your department and King’s Global Mobility Office. Together with partner organisations around the world, you will be supported in navigating your international, educational journey, developing new skills and competences and learning to apply different perspectives to your chosen discipline.

Find out more about Study Abroad
Optional internships

Students will be supported through innovative digital education tools to discover meaningful work experience for themselves, including internships, insight programmes, which you can undertake alongside your studies.

Find out more about internships

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
None.
Preferred subjects:
At least one social science subject.

A-Levels

Required grades:
AAA

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels.

At least one social science subject preferred.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

including three Higher Level subjects at 666. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. At least one social science subject preferred.

You will also need:

GCSEs: There are no GCSE requirements for this programme.

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

Application deadline: January 15th 2021

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

The course is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and independent study. You will be assigned a personal tutor to provide support for your studies. 

In Year 1 and Year 2 you will spend 14% of time in teaching and learning activities and 86% of time in guided independent study. In your final year you will spend 8% of time in teaching and learning activities and 92% in guided independent study.

 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Assessed Essays
  • Written Examinations
  • Individual & Group Presentations

Assessment methods will vary according to the modules you have selected to study. The primary methods of assessment for this course are coursework, assessed essays, written examinations and individual and group presentations. Informal assessments also form part of the course structure, and while not for credit, this type of evaluation is an essential component of the overall learning process that allows you to develop or question ideas and arguments. 

In Year 1 the percentage of assessment by written exams is 62.5% with the remaining time by coursework. In Year 2, 31% of assessment will be written exams and 69% coursework. In Year 3, 13% will be exams and 86% written coursework.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

This is a three-year degree course in which you will take a combination of required and optional modules to total 360 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

The emerging markets are the most dynamic economies and societies in the world today. Their economic growth rates may wax and wane and they face real challenges to continuing success. Nevertheless, their emergence is fundamentally changing the global political economy and they will continue to be dynamic and vital countries for the foreseeable future.

This course provides high quality training for students seeking employment related to the emerging economies, including the development sector in the UK, other OECD countries, and increasingly in ‘emerging economies’ too.

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is £20,790 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad web pages for details of the relevant partner universities. King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees. At present these are as follows: • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • EU students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year. • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • EU students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year. You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Society membership fees , Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies, Printing course handouts
  • Stationery
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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The Department of International Development is part of King’s School of Global Affairs and located in Bush House North East Wing as part of the Strand campus. It is within easy walking distance of the Maughan Library (close to the Royal Courts of Justice) and Senate House Library in Bloomsbury.

Course Aims

  • The International Development BA is a unique degree course, focusing on the development process in middle-income countries and the changing global economy.
  • Teaching draws on a range of important disciplines including political science, sociology, social anthropology, geography, development economics and management.
  • Your course comprises a mix of required and optional modules totalling 120 credits for the year.
  • You will explore the challenges facing rising economic powers such as India, China and Brazil as well as other countries which have recently experienced considerable economic growth and social and political change such as Indonesia, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Nigeria and South Africa. The course also considers what lessons these experiences offer for other countries and regions.
  • Students on the International Development with a Year Abroad BA will spend their third year studying abroad before returning to complete a final year with King's. Students on the three year course may transfer to the four year International Development with a Year Abroad BA. In both cases studying abroad will be dependent on levels of achievement in first and second year modules.

Base campuses

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Special features

Optional study abroad

On this programme, you will have the opportunity to apply for either a single semester or a full year abroad supported by the Study Abroad Tutor in your department and King’s Global Mobility Office. Together with partner organisations around the world, you will be supported in navigating your international, educational journey, developing new skills and competences and learning to apply different perspectives to your chosen discipline.

Find out more about Study Abroad
Optional internships

Students will be supported through innovative digital education tools to discover meaningful work experience for themselves, including internships, insight programmes, which you can undertake alongside your studies.

Find out more about internships

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
None.
Preferred subjects:
At least one social science subject.

A-Levels

Required grades:
AAA

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels.

At least one social science subject preferred.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

including three Higher Level subjects at 666. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. At least one social science subject preferred.

You will also need:

GCSEs: There are no GCSE requirements for this programme.

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

Application deadline: January 15th 2021

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

The course is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and independent study. You will be assigned a personal tutor to provide support for your studies. 

In Year 1 and Year 2 you will spend 14% of time in teaching and learning activities and 86% of time in guided independent study. In your final year you will spend 8% of time in teaching and learning activities and 92% in guided independent study.

 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

No URL has been set for this Kaltura video

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Assessed Essays
  • Written Examinations
  • Individual & Group Presentations

Assessment methods will vary according to the modules you have selected to study. The primary methods of assessment for this course are coursework, assessed essays, written examinations and individual and group presentations. Informal assessments also form part of the course structure, and while not for credit, this type of evaluation is an essential component of the overall learning process that allows you to develop or question ideas and arguments. 

In Year 1 the percentage of assessment by written exams is 62.5% with the remaining time by coursework. In Year 2, 31% of assessment will be written exams and 69% coursework. In Year 3, 13% will be exams and 86% written coursework.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

This is a three-year degree course in which you will take a combination of required and optional modules to total 360 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

The emerging markets are the most dynamic economies and societies in the world today. Their economic growth rates may wax and wane and they face real challenges to continuing success. Nevertheless, their emergence is fundamentally changing the global political economy and they will continue to be dynamic and vital countries for the foreseeable future.

This course provides high quality training for students seeking employment related to the emerging economies, including the development sector in the UK, other OECD countries, and increasingly in ‘emerging economies’ too.

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is £20,790 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad web pages for details of the relevant partner universities. King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees. At present these are as follows: • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • EU students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year. • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • EU students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year. You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Society membership fees , Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies, Printing course handouts
  • Stationery
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Duration:
Three years, or four years with a year abroad
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

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