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Why study International Development at Bath?

There are lots of reasons to study at Bath. Here are our top picks.

Because you want to make a difference

See what inspires and drives our students as they study the challenges of global development on this degree course.


Go on a year-long work placement


Take advantage of our established links and partnerships with a wide variety of organisations.

The placement year is a great opportunity to try different careers and improve your employability. Our dedicated placements team is there to help you every step of the way.

Find out more about going on placement
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Great choice of units


On this interdisciplinary degree you'll study the economic, political and social aspects of development and be able to steer your degree to your interests.

'The course has just the right amount of analytical depth and a host of amazing lectures - an experience that will change your world view forever.' - Nabaa Zaynah, BSc International Development with Economics

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Join a vibrant department


You’ll be based in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences - one of the UK's leading centres for social sciences, currently ranked 4th in the UK for Research Quality in Social Policy in The Complete University Guide 2021.

You will be able to benefit from the research taking place within our Centre for Development Studies. This will allow you to engage with research informing international policy and practice.

Find out more about our research
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Great student experience


Be part of a diverse community in a great location.

The University of Bath campus is situated just on the edge of what is affectionately known as one of the most beautiful and one of the safest cities in the UK. As a student, you could be living here, surrounded by beautiful Georgian buildings and Roman history. There is a thriving café culture with plenty of restaurants, a great range of shops, music venues, museums, and a huge number of festivals planned throughout the year.

Most of the key locations are in walking distance of the centre or if you want to travel further afield, there are easy transport links to Bristol or London.

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