University of East London

BA (Hons) International Development with NGO Management

Are you interested in finding out how social development is affecting the people who live in the world's poorest countries? Do you want to learn about globalisation and consider its impact on the people of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Europe?  Are you interested in the way NGOs work to address issues of poverty? Do you worry about the value of their work?

This course will give you the answers you seek - and much more. There has never been a more pressing time to study International Development with NGO Management. Globalisation continues to impact the world's poorest countries in the global South, and the reaction to globalisation  continues to manifest itself in the global North through Brexit and the election of populist leaders. Conflict, climate change, COVID-19 and humanitarian crises all demand a response from the world.

Our course equips you to find your place in this response. You will acquire the skills and knowledge to research and analyse complex problems, to develop your own and ideas and plans for a development project and how to fundraise for it, and ultimately to find a career that will give you job satisfaction - being part of changing the world for the better.

We use textbooks and real-world experience, encouraging you to step outside the classroom and study beyond the headlines. We offer you the chance to gain valuable work experience in an NGO, such as Save the Children UK or Otra Cosa (Peru), as a core part of your course. 

The extended course is perfect if you want a degree in International Development with NGO Management, but you don’t have the standard entry requirements. 

Entry Requirements


Without Foundation Year

 112 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects. Must include an art and design-related subject.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma.
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. All applicants are required to attend an interview and submit a portfolio of their work 
With Foundation Year

 64 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least one subject.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma.
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 24 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. All applicants are required to attend an interview and submit a portfolio of their work 

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).
If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

Alternative GCSE qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths,
  • Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and
  • Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Mature applicants and those with no formal qualifications

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Career Prospects

Having undertaken a work placement in an NGO, you'll have the knowledge and hands-on experience that employers seek. While there is no pressure on you to know your career path when you start the course, a range of exciting options will be open to you when you graduate.

From moving into communications within the not-for-profit sector to becoming a campaign in fundraising agencies, our graduates have taken on a variety of roles in the UK and abroad.

Others have established NGOs and charities of their own, including the Children of Congo Foundation, which provides education for street children, and the Otra Cosa Network, which supports communities in northern Peru through life-changing, affordable volunteering.

Your placement will give you the opportunity to meet and impress professionals in the field. You'll develop an invaluable network of contacts who will have seen your work at close quarters. Many of the students on this course find their first job after graduation through this route. We organise events each year to introduce you to development specialists and practitioners, including from our own alumni.

You may also choose to continue your studies at the University of East London by moving on to one of our postgraduate courses, which also offer the opportunity to conduct research in the field.

"There are many challenges facing our world today  - poverty, inequality, conflict, migration to name just a few.  Our BA International Development with NGO Management equips students to understand these challenges and teaches the skills to respond to them through innovative, creative, and critically engaging experiences that will enable our graduates to engage with transformational change, excellence and leadership.  Our students have gone on to set up their own social enterprises, work for government aid agencies, campaign for change..."
 Richard Harty,  Dean of School

Course Details

By studying international development, you'll be asking vitally important questions. What is poverty? What is the connection between a country's economy and the wellbeing of its people? How do issues such as inequality, conflict and faith relate to development? What is globalisation and how does it impact on all of our lives?

Our course gives special emphasis to the lived experience of people in the developing world. In doing so, it challenges the assumption that development is a purely economic phenomenon.

Your third-year work placement in an NGO, which we'll help you to arrange, will provide you with invaluable experience in the field, whether it's at the Vitality project in Bangladesh or working for the St Francis Hospice in the UK. You'll develop the skills that NGOs look for in people they employ.

In addition to studying theory, you'll learn about real-world issues in modules such as Human Mobility, Forced Migration and Social Change as well as The Politics of Global Powers and Imperialism Now: Economy, State and War.

Foundation Year


Knowledge, Skills, Practice and the Self: Mental Wealth
Exploring Communities as Social Scientists
Researching Changing Communities
Reimagining the Work of a Social Scientist


Crime, Justice and Surveillance
Reading the Body Psychosocially
Introduction to Digital Sociology
Globalisation and Society

Year 1

Mental Wealth 1: Knowledge, Skills, Practice and the Self
Introduction to Development Studies
Global Political Economy
Introduction to NGO Management
The Mess We Are In (And How We Got Here)
International Relations

Year 2


Alternative Approaches to Development
Space, Bodies and Power
Mental Wealth 2: Social Enterprise
Research Methods
Inequalities and Social Change


Global Governance
Human Mobility and Forced Migration

Year 3


Mental Wealth 3: Placement Reflections
Applied Research Project in Social Sciences


African Politics and Development
Conflict Intervention and Development
Gender, Power and Politics
Global Political Ecology
Constructions of 'Race' in Culture and Politics
Gender Studies
Culture, Media and Politics

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