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If you are interested in the impact of globalisation on international development and how development and globalisation impact on the environment, then this is the degree for you. It will give you a broad understanding of challenging issues ranging across social and cultural geography, environment and development studies. The programme is ideal if you want a flexible evening course that allows you to explore and deepen your personal or professional interest in development and globalisation, without putting your life on hold. You will choose from a wide range of modules that respond to the demands of today’s workplace and are linked to the research interests of our staff. You also complete a piece of research or a literature review in an area of special interest to you. This programme gives you the opportunity to study with internationally recognised experts who are defining the field with their groundbreaking research. You will also benefit from our mix of classroom and field-based teaching allowing you to build social and professional networks, and to develop important skills in data collection and analysis. You will develop the social and technical skills you need for both academic research and the modern workplace. This programme is also available for part-time evening study over four years.
We offer multiple approaches to the study of societies and cultures, human geography, and sustainability, poverty and development, as well as community and citizenship, at local, regional and global levels. One of the unique strengths of our Department of Geography is the breadth of research interests of our staff. Subsequently, we offer a very wide range of courses that reflect the disciplinary breadth of development and globalisation, while also allowing you to engage with other disciplines, such as anthropology and sociology. You will be surrounded by committed fellow students from all cultures, backgrounds and career stages who are eager to share their experience and expertise with their peers. We have strong links with the London International Development Centre, which can enhance your employability. Ours is a vibrant research culture, powered by a shared passion for learning and intellectual engagement among our academics and students. We have a strong commitment to social justice, which informs and shapes much of our cutting-edge research.
You need a total of 360 credits to complete your undergraduate degree, which is split evenly into 120 credits a year. Modules are offered at Levels 4, 5 and 6. In Year 1, you take four compulsory modules that introduce you to fundamental aspects of how development, globalisation and communities function. In Year 2, you take two compulsory modules and choose 60 credits’ worth of option modules at Level 5. These modules are more specialised and you will also gain useful experience in data collection for your independent work in Year 3. In Year 3, you undertake a substantial piece of written work: either a 30-credit literature review or a 60-credit research project. You can also specialise further by choosing from a range of advanced option modules at Level 6, to make up your 120 credits. Our courses are supported by a range of exciting weekend field trips to destinations in the UK and beyond. We also offer a range of optional field trips.
CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY
Graduates can pursue careers in development NGOs, policy organisations, charities or corporate social responsibility. This degree may also be useful in becoming a social researcher, charity officer, human resources officer, higher education lecturer or policy adviser. We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.