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UCAS code


Mode of Study

Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement


3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement

Start date

September 2023


Do you want to understand society on a global scale? On this International Development with Sociology degree, you'll analyse contemporary social issues and inequalities as you explore the major global challenges of our time.

You'll look at issues like poverty, hunger, education and health, from national and international perspectives. You'll gain multi-disciplinary skills as you work with lecturers from both the sociology and international development teams. 

When you complete the course successfully, you'll have the communication and analysis skills to enter contemporary graduate careers. You'll also be well placed for further study. 

The University of Portsmouth is ranked the number 1 modern university for research quality in Area Studies.

Research Excellence Framework (REF), 2021
Read more about our excellent research in Area Studies


overall student satisfaction for our BA (Hons) International Development course

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Entry requirements

To do this degree, you need to apply for the BA (Hons) International Development course. This is because it's a 'pathway' degree.

You’ll study International Development in depth and add Sociology as a complementary subject in years 2 and 3. You’ll graduate with a BA (Hons) International Development with Sociology degree when you finish the course.

These are the entry requirements for the BA (Hons) International Development course.

BA (Hons) International Development degree entry requirements

Typical offers

  • A levels – ABB–BBC
  • UCAS points – 112–128 points (calculate your UCAS points)
  • T levels – Merit
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 25

You may need to have studied specific subjects – See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

What you'll study

Modules currently being studied

Core modules in this year include:

  • Global Development – 20 credits
  • Introduction to Development Studies: Policy & Practice – 20 credits
  • Key Themes in International Relations – 20 credits
  • Performing Like a Pro: Skills for Professional & Academic Success – 40 credits
  • The Making of The Global South – 20 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Economics and Politics of Development – 20 credits
  • Global Environmental Issues and Concerns – 20 credits
  • International Development: Academic Enrichment Programme – 0 credits

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Analysing Foreign and Security Policy – 20 credits
  • Development Economics – 20 credits
  • Development and Democracy in Latin America – 20 credits
  • East Asian States and Societies – 20 credits
  • Empire and Its Afterlives – 20 credits
  • Gender in the Developing World – 20 credits
  • International Community Development – 20 credits
  • Introduction to Teaching – 20 credits
  • Learning from Experience – 20 credits
  • Managing Across Cultures – 20 credits
  • Modern Foreign Language (Institution-wide Language Programme) – 20 credits
  • Russian & Eurasian Politics – 20 credits
  • Study Abroad – 60 credits

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Dissertation / Major Project – 40 credits
  • International Development: Academic Enrichment Programme – 0 credits
  • Rethinking Aid and Development – 20 credits

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Africa Revisited: Nation Building and 'state Fragility' in Post-colonial Africa – 20 credits
  • China & East Asian Economies – 20 credits
  • Ethnicity Class & Culture in the Developing World – 20 credits
  • Global Capitalism: Past, Present and Future – 20 credits
  • Global Health – 20 credits
  • Independent Project – 20 credits
  • Learning from Experience – 20 credits
  • NGOs and Social Movements – 20 credits
  • Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates – 20 credits

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, course content is revised and regularly reviewed.  This may result in changes being made in order to reflect developments in research, learning from practice and changes in policy at both national and local levels.

Optional pathways

Not quite sure this course is right for you? Take a look at our other international development courses to compare your options.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £17,200 per year (subject to annual increase)

Tuition fees terms and conditions

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section show your accommodation options and highlight how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.


If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You'll need to pay additional costs anywhere between £50–£1,000 to cover travel, accommodation or subsistence if you take a placement abroad.

The amount you'll pay will vary, depending on the location and length of your stay. It will also depend on additional funding the UK Government makes available after Brexit and if the UK remains part of the Erasmus+ student mobility programme or not.

During your placement year or study abroad year, you’ll be eligible for a discounted rate on your tuition fees. Currently, this discount amounts to 90% of the year’s fees.

Tuition fees for that year are:

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £925 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £925 a year, including Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £1,800 a year (subject to annual increase)

The costs associated with your specific destination will be discussed during your second year, as well as possible sources of additional funding.


Start your application by following the link below.

How to apply

To start this course in 2023, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – L902
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

You need to choose BA (Hons) International Development when you apply for this course, because this is a ‘pathway’ course. This is where you study International Development in depth and add Sociology as a complementary subject in years 2 and 3. You’ll then graduate with a BA (Hons) International Development with Sociology degree when you complete the course. 

If you change your mind after you apply, you can choose not to study Sociology in years 2 and 3. You’ll then graduate with a BA (Hons) International Development degree when you complete the course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.