King's College London

Course Introduction

The BA in International Development offers students a distinctive approach to the study of development by focusing specifically on the middle'income countries driving changes in the global economy. Students will examine how these 'emerging economies' are promoting growth and economic, social and political development in new and often innovative or non'orthodox ways.

Course Modules

In the Year 1 students take compulsory modules worth 120 credits: Introduction to development studies; history of the global economy; introduction to the emerging economies; emerging economies: contemporary debates. In Year 2 students take compulsory modules worth 90 credits: Development theory states; markets and institutions; emerging economies: contemporary debates. And 30 credits worth of modules from the international development institute, advanced topics in emerging markets: Latin America/South East Asia/BRIC countries/emerging Africa (subject to availability). In Year 3 students write an 8'10,000 word dissertation (compulsory) worth 30 credits and take a range of optional modules worth 90 credits: Advanced topics in emerging market policy: political economy of market reforms; advanced topics in emerging market policy: poverty, inequality and social policy; advanced topics in emerging market policy: national development strategies; advanced topics in emerging market policy: science, technology and innovation.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • SQA Higher
  • International Baccalaureate 35
  • GCE A-level AAB
  • SQA Advanced Higher AB
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma

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The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 77%

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