Taught course

International Development

University of Bedfordshire · The Business School

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

The United Nations have developed a number of Millennium Development Goals, and this course will help you gain an understanding of them, and the skills to apply your knowledge in the workplace. The goals include the creation of a global partnership for development, the eradication of poverty and hunger, the promotion of universal education and gender equality, and the establishment of global environmental sustainability.

With a strong emphasis on contemporary examples and case studies, and the integration of practical projects, you will be fully supported and prepared for your future career

Key features

  • Learn to question, evaluate and analyse the various facets of international development.
  • Study the global forces that have created societies in which the wealth of the few requires the poverty of many.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the processes and intricacies of international development.
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of why we live in a world of ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ and how the UN’s Millennium Development Goals are helping to change thinking and perceptions.
  • Explore the work of different international development organisations, develop a practical understanding of the contribution they make, and gain real world knowledge and expertise.
  • Challenge yourself by learning how to help others acquire the skills and tools they need to work confidently and independently.
  • Benefit from a comprehensive guest speaker programme and practice-based visits to key organisations that will enhance your prospects of employment and success in this growing field.

Areas of study:

  • Capacity Building And Negotiation (EDC132-6) Compulsory
  • Citizenship And International Development: 21st Century Perspecitves (EDC133-6) Compulsory
  • Dissertation In International Development (EDC134-6) Compulsory
  • Education And International Development (EDC123-6) Compulsory
  • Gender Security And Peace Operations (MAR029-6) Compulsory
  • International Development: The Power Of Education (EDC135-6) Compulsory
  • International Development: Towards Sustainability (EDC136-6) Compulsory
  • Research Methods And Professional Development (EDC137-6) Compulsory

Career prospects

The course incorporates a variety of activities that will enable you to develop your employability. You will conduct an audit during the course to establish, articulate and reflect upon your evolving skill set. This will serve to support your personal and professional development, helping you define and prepare for your future career.

Specifically, you will refine essential and transferable skills in writing and analysis, oral and visual presentation, debating and use of IT. Through role play and simulations you will develop practitioner competence in high level communications, and approaches for multi-stakeholder negotiation, analysis and planning that will enable you to collaborate in teams and work with partners in multi-cultural contexts, across borders and religions and in the public or private sector. A 2-day practice skills workshop will further enable you to practise and develop reflexivity in approaches and methods of work with partner organisations.

The course integrates examples from practice, up to date case studies and projects focussed on particular development initiatives and organisations throughout. There will be flexibility for you to select those which most interest you for your career aspirations.

You will gain important insights into the realities of professional environments that will broaden and advance your understanding of the field, required skills and opportunities. The course includes lectures by guest speakers and visits to NGOs, government departments and development agencies, and provides opportunities for volunteering and shadowing. As a result of this, it is anticipated that you will have developed the skills required for employees in a range of fields related to international development. These would include roles in regional, national, and international organisations, in relation to policy formation, planning, project management, research and evaluation, marketing, fundraising, and field work.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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