Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,750 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Development Studies focuses on international development and the challenges associated with political and economic change in the international system. The course considers the relationships between the global North and South, examining how colonialism and capitalism have shaped our contemporary world. You will explore global poverty and inequality and the impact of globalisation on different parts of the world, including Africa, Asia, the Middle East, China, India, Central Asia and Latin America.

The course provides a theoretical framework for understanding the international distribution of power at the global, regional and national levels, and we aim to enthuse and inspire you by building close links to government bodies and the policy world. A degree in Development Studies and International Relations will prepare you for professional life in a range of sectors, including the Civil Service, media, public policy, NGOs, teaching and further research.

Our teaching programme is structured to support your transition to higher education, with our first year designed to immerse you in the key concepts, issues and major themes in international relations and development.

In the second year you will be encouraged to think about the operation of the global economic system through an in-depth overview of international political economy. You will explore the contemporary challenges to developing states in the context of the world market, and explore the origins of capitalism through detailed case studies in different regional settings. More significantly, you will be encouraged to think about the impact of global economic forces on individual states, territories and regions in world politics.

In your third year, you will examine the regional constellations of development and how different regions of the world have been affected by developmental politics.

Teaching and learning includes small group work, problem-based tutorials, review sessions, workshops, symposia, debates, Q&A sessions, document analysis sessions, and structured role-plays.

A wide range of assessments includes essays, exams, policy reports, project work, individual and group presentations, blogs, posters, and debates. 

The teaching is offered within the Department of Politics and International Relations. We are in the centre of one of the world’s greatest cities and we use this vibrant, multicultural setting to ensure that our students discover innovative solutions to the problems facing our world. In 2016 the University of Westminster was named the most diverse university in the UK, representing 169 nationalities. As a department we also host the world-renowned Centre for the Study of Democracy. The Centre undertakes research across a range of critical challenges to the theory and practice of politics and international relations. We have an innovative initiative called the Democratic Education Network that facilitates dialogue and the sharing of knowledge between our students, international universities and diasporic communities in London.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include:

  • British Politics
  • Democracy in Crisis
  • Dilemmas of International Development
  • Global Governance and the State
  • Introduction to International Relations and Global Politics
  • Political Ideas in Action
  • The Global Politics of Migration

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Asia, Africa and Latin America; Dynamism and Change in the Global South
  • Democratic Innovations
  • Doing Political Research: Project Management in the Social Sciences
  • Environmental Politics
  • Global Political Economy
  • Internship
  • Middle East Politics
  • Political Economy of Development
  • Politics and Society in 21st Century America
  • Questioning Rights
  • Short Burst of Learning in an International Environment
  • The European Union as a Regional Power
  • The Politics of Killing
  • Theorising Politics and International Relations

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Advanced Readings in Contemporary Political Theory
  • American Power in a Multipolar World
  • Contested Sovereignty: Jurisdiction and Power in Contemporary International Relations
  • Digital Politics
  • Dissertation or Professional Report
  • Ethics, Morality and World Order(s)
  • Foreign Policy and Diplomacy in a Changing World
  • Gender and Politics
  • Humanitarian Intervention
  • Political Psychology
  • Radical Democracy
  • Security and the Surveillance State
  • Social and Political Movements in a Globalising World
  • Themes in Development: Comparative/Regional Perspectives

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives


As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

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Entry Requirements

Typical Offer

One of the following (or an equivalent qualification):

  • A levels – BBC
  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma– DDM in a humanities-related subject or National Diploma DM plus at least a Grade B in a humanities-related subject in one A Level
  • Access to HE Diploma -Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSEs – minimum grade 4 in Maths and English (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017)

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Typical Offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points

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International Foundation course

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation Certificate courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements.

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Pre-sessional English programmes

Need to improve your English before starting your course? We offer summer pre-sessional English programmes to help develop your English language skills.

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What our students say

Charlotte O'Brien

Charlotte O'Brien

International Relations and Development

The staff at Westminster are incredibly approachable, friendly and accommodating, and choosing to study this course turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life.

Keletso Kesupile

Keletso Kesupile

International Relations and Development

Though I could give you an endless list of why I enjoy my course so much, one thing that sticks out the most is the teachers. The academic staff create a friendly and comfortable environment for all the students. They not only push us to think outside the box and consider new things, but encourage us to see the uniqueness in all of us and celebrate our diversity.

Safa Nafi

Safa Nafi

International Relations and Development

The course has not only given me a broader understanding of global issues, but more importantly, it has given me the skills to think critically. Every module on the course has ensured that we, as students, are given a platform to learn about all global perspectives, not just dominant ideologies.

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It promotes social action and student engagement through local and international projects that solidify and enhance your experiences. It also provides numerous opportunities to transform your ideas into reality and make a real difference.

Participate every Thursday at our weekly meetings and check out our blog 'Inside Westminster'.

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

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As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.


The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

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International tuition fee: £12,750 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

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The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

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Course Location

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