This three year course enables you to learn more about the environmental, social, economic and geopolitical issues and challenges facing the developed and developing world today.
The course includes the opportunity to undertake an extended work placement with a relevant organisation, a volunteer placement, and overseas fieldwork, currently in Northern India. These experiences will help you develop relevant skills and knowledge, to prepare you for a career in the sector.
The course approaches development and sustainability through the underpinning of geographical concepts and the application of geographical methods and techniques to the study and solving of real-world problems. During the course you will study theory and practice in the development field, with particular emphasis on third-world development and environmental sustainability. The curriculum is broad, exploring topics including development theories, sustainability in a variety of contexts, globalisation, food supply, inequality, environmental issues, natural hazards, education, and renewable energy options.
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.
During your degree, you will take a combination of compulsory and optional modules. The optional modules at all levels enable you to personalise your own degree and specialise further in areas in which you are particularly interested.
Here is a list of compulsory and optional modules for 2015-16. Please note that this list is indicative. Some modules may be replaced from year to year in response to, for instance, changes to staffing and expertise, vocational developments, national or university policy and student demand.
Level 4 modules (first year)
Environment, People and Place (Compulsory)
Global Development (Compulsory)
Sustainability in Life and Work
Investigating Earth Environments
Economics and Globalisation
Global Food Matters
Peace and Conflict
Introduction to International Education
Level 5 Modules
The Enterprising Geographer (Compulsory)
Climate Change and Sustainability (Compulsory)
Work Placement (Compulsory)
Education and Development
Level 6 Modules
Dissertation or Extended Work Placement (Compulsory)
Development and Disasters (Compulsory)
Advanced Geographical Fieldwork
Identities and Inequalities
Global Mobility, Risks and Environmental Justice
Globalisation and Work
Enterprise: Creating your Business
International Perspectives of Early Childhood
There is a strong vocational focus to the course, and it draws on expanding links to a network of related employers in the UK and overseas. These include Oxfam, African Initiatives, Our Future Planet, Soil Association, Wherever the Need, Send a Cow, and Concern Universal. Throughout the three year course, you will gain a range of skills, a wealth of knowledge, and experience of range of opportunities to put your skills and knowledge into practice in the field and in the workplace.
There are various career opportunities available to BSc GDS graduates from careers in the development charity sector, humanitarian relief, natural resource management, disaster management, development planning and public service provision, to careers in business, education, tourism, marketing, retail and further study. This course aims to give you the theoretical knowledge, practical training, and vocational and problem-based learning to give you the best chance of securing a good career.
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