Taught course

International Development

Northumbria University · Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Standard entry is normally with a 2:2 honours degree or international equivalent, or relevant equivalent experience.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This interdisciplinary course examines efforts to eradicate global poverty and promote development. It equips students with critical and up to date understanding of development policies, theories, strategies and practices, the operation of development organisations, and the ways individuals and communities experience and challenge poverty and marginalisation. Throughout the course, you will be introduced to key contemporary debates in international development, including around issues such as conflict and security, civil society and NGOs, the impacts of China’s and India’s rising economic power, gender, the environment and resource conflicts, advocacy and citizenship.

Designed to enhance your employability in international development practice and research, the course will enable you to understand and engage critically with key development tools, strategies and techniques, including around issues such as participatory methodologies, monitoring and evaluation, rights based approaches and conflict resolution. You will have a wide range of resources at your fingertips – access to cutting edge research, guest speakers, and bespoke careers guidance – giving you the specialist skills and knowledge you need to work in a range of careers across the development sector, including with NGOs, governments, and multilateral organisations.

Located within the Centre for International Development, and taught by a team of internationally-recognised lecturers with extensive experience in the international development sector, this course will give you access to a range of seminars and events, as well as networking and work experience opportunities, ensuring you have the edge in kick-starting your career in international development.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

Qualification and course duration


full time
12-16 months


part time
24-28 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 227 4444