How we can live in a more sustainable way, with a good quality of life for all, without jeopardising the environment and the lives of future generations?
This course is for individuals with an interest in contemporary environmental and development challenges, and who may wish to pursue a related career. You’ll explore topics including development theories, sustainability in a variety of contexts, globalisation, food supply, inequality, environmental issues, natural hazards, education, and renewable energy options. Our broad curriculum enables you to specialise in areas of particular interest.
Studying Development and Sustainability at Bath Spa University, you’ll examine relevant geographical concepts and apply geographical methods and techniques to real-world problems. You’ll learn principles in physical and human geography throughout your degree, which you’ll apply to the study and solving of development issues.
The course is designed so you can specialise in areas of particular interest, by choosing specific modules. There is a strong vocational focus to the course, with opportunities to undertake an extended work placement, a volunteer placement and an industry-relevant project.
Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants
260-300 UCAS tariff points with a minimum of 80 points in Geography or a related subject.
We welcome applications from mature students with an Access to HE qualification. If you have non-standard qualifications we will consider any prior learning and professional experience in your application.
The first year of this course introduces you to the theories and realities of development and sustainability issues globally. You’ll acquire the foundational geography skills to equip you to develop your interests and skills in these fields.
Beyond these compulsory elements, you’ll have a choice of modules covering a range of topics, which may include:
social and economic inequalities
development organisations and structures
economics and globalisation
global food issues
This year you acquire more specialist knowledge and skills in relevant topics and research methods relevant to professional practice. Your research skills are developed through an extended research project where you will apply your growing mastery of your subject to real-world problems and issues. You will also start to further explore career options and planning, with opportunities to do a work placement or volunteering overseas.
Optional topics include:
climate change and society
the use of geotechnologies
migration and citizenship
education and development
The field trip to India offers a unique opportunity to explore development and sustainability themes in a real-world context. On this trip you will examine environmental hazards and development, wellbeing and social inequalities, and the legacy of colonialism.
This year you’ll specialise your interests further. You’ll develop your skills as an independent scholar by undertaking primary research that will enable you to demonstrate the your academic and transferable skills. Alternatively you can undertake an extended work placement with a relevant research report. Optional topics include:
development and disasters
identities and inequalities in society
An optional field trip to Barcelona examines urban regeneration, social inequalities and urban sustainability. There is also the opportunity to undertake a community placement and project as part of your studies.
There are opportunities to undertake work placements in your second and third year – this is an excellent way to gain experience in the workplace.
Guest speakers from industry contribute to the learning experience throughout the course. This engagement with potential employers will help you make those all-important career decisions when you graduate.
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