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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 professional placement

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

This happens in Year 3 and 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

Explore the course units
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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.

The department is currently ranked in the top 10 in the UK for Social Work and Social Policy research in the Times Higher Education (THE) REF 2021 Rankings, and Research Quality in Social Policy in the Complete University Guide 2025.

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's campus is situated just on the edge of what is affectionately known as one of the most beautiful cities in the UK. Bath is also the 2nd safest university town or city in England and Wales.

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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