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International Development is a concept that denotes the idea that different countries and societies have different levels of economic and human development. It is a sub-discipline of Social Sciences that focuses on improving global wellbeing. International Development as an academic discipline is based on the idea if certain countries perform well in terms of development, the rest of the world will benefit. It is a multi-disciplinary approach that examines the issues affecting developed countries and emerging economies. It encompasses other disciplines like economics, politics, history, international relations, sociology, anthropology, and law.

International Development courses aim at finding sustainable and long-term solutions for problems faced by countries and communities around the world. Studying International Development helps students engage with pressing and relevant issues like global governance, international security, migration, human rights, poverty and inequality, technological advancements, environmental issues, and sustainability. Students are taught how to seek solutions and tackle problems like poverty, malnutrition, sanitation, education, healthcare, and human rights. They will analyze and investigate national and international policies in order to find solutions and help improve situations in developing countries. After completing the course, students will emerge as independent and critical thinkers through their coursework, volunteer work, and internships and go on to explore various successful career options.


Study level:


A number of Universities and Colleges offer International Development courses at different levels. These study levels include:

Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies
Bachelor of Business in International Studies
Bachelor of Arts in International Relations
Bachelor of Science in Public Health with emphasis on Global Health
Bachelor of Arts in International Development and Languages
Pre-bachelor Degree in Development and Globalisation
Graduate Certificate in International and Global Studies
Postgraduate Diploma in International Development
Postgraduate Certificate in International Development
Master Degree in International Development
Master of Science Degree in Sustainable Development
Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance and Crisis Management
Master Degree in Public Health
Master of Arts in International Affairs
Master of Science in International Health
Master of Science in Engaging Public Issues
Master Degree in International Trade, Finance and Development
Master Degree in Education, Development and International Cooperation
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in International Development
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in International Affairs
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Global Studies
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Society, Development and Planning.


The areas of specialization in International Development are:

International Economics
Global Sustainability
Environmental Science
Social Policy

Throwing Caps

Students can choose to specialize in areas like:

Global / Public Health
Gender Development
Education Development

Culture and Society
International Governance
Human Rights
Conflict and Disaster
Communication and Development



International Development graduates have access to a range of career opportunities. They can work with NGOs, charities, big businesses, government agencies, and global organizations like the United Nations.


    Job titles in International Development include:

    Community Worker
    Foreign Correspondent
    Foreign Service Officer
    Health Policy Planner
    Government Administrator
    Human Rights Advocate
    Immigration Officer
    Labour Relations Specialist


    Media Correspondent
    NGO Director
    Policy Researcher
    Population Studies Analyst
    Public Affairs Consultant
    Public Policy Analyst
    Outreach Worker in Community Services
    Research Associate
    Economic Development Program Representative
    Business Developer
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