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International Development BA

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Overview

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.

Key information

UCAS code L900, L901 (with a year abroad)

Duration Three years, or four years with a year abroad

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Department of International Development

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Description

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.

Teaching

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. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

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. 

Location

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. Most seminars and lectures will take place at the Strand Campus.

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Structure

Year 1

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

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

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

 

Optional Modules

There are no optional modules in your first year.

Year 2

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Optional Modules

In addition, you are also required to take 30 credits from the following optional modules, which may typically include:

You are also required to take 45 credits worth of additional optional modules, to bring your total for the year to 120 credits. Optional modules may typically include:

Year 3

International Development BA 

If you are studying the three year BA, you will take the final year modules in your third year. 

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Optional Modules
In addition, you are required to take 90 credits worth of optional modules, to bring your total for the year to 120 credits. Optional modules may typically include:

International Development with a Year Abroad BA

If you are on the four year course, you will spend your third year studying abroad before returning to complete a final year with King's. This will depend on reaching a certain grade average and being accepted by a partner institution. Partner universities currently include:

  • Korea University
  • Monash University (includes campuses in South Africa and Malaysia)
  • 3 Campus Programme (students attend Keio, Yonsei and HKU)
  • University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
  • Yonsei University
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • University of California
  • Hong Kong University
  • National University of Singapore
  • Kyoto University
  • Ritsumeikan University 

For further information about studying abroad, please visit our Study Abroad webpage. 

Year 4

International Development with a Year Abroad BA

Students on the four year course will spend their third year studying abroad before returning to complete a final year with King’s.

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Optional Modules
In addition, you are also required to take six modules from the following optional modules, which may typically include:

Entry requirements

 

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. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) and three Higher Level subjects at 666

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 D3

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) will be considered

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

85% overall

Required grades

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

No compulsory subjects.

Preferred subjects

At least one social science subject.

Further information and other requirements

Entry requirements
A-Level  AAA 

At least one social science subject preferred.

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. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma 

D: 36 credits

M: 9 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to Humanities Diploma (or similar subject) with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. At least one social science subject preferred.

Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3

At least one social science subject preferred.

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA. At least one social science subject preferred.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA. At least one social science subject preferred.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAB at Highers

and

AA at Advanced Highers

At least one social science subject preferred.

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

International Baccalaureate 35 points

Including 6,6,6 at Higher Level. At least one social science subject at Higher Level is preferred. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. 

Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2020

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 (September 2020) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 academic year is £19,800 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.

 

Additional costs/expenses

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 webpages for details of the relevant partner universities. King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King’s tuition fees.

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.

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

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

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

 

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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 in the private, NGO and government sectors.

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