What is Joint Honours?
A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.
You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.
Take your first steps towards a career that changes lives and communities in less developed parts of the world.
- Learn about capacity building, poverty alleviation and empowerment programmes
- Develop specialist skills in global development and community project management aimed at improving living conditions for impoverished people
- Gain real word experience and enhance your employability through work placement opportunities
- Explore your passion for global development with a variety of fieldwork, including an overseas fieldtrip
- Engage with experienced lecturers who are actively involved in research and consultancy in less developed countries
- Prepare for exciting careers with organisations such as aid agencies
If you’d like a career in global development and community project management, this course is for you. By combining Global Development with another subject, you’ll build a broad base of knowledge.
Learn skills, transform lives
You’ll learn more about the development gap between rich and poor countries, social justice, women’s rights, democratisation, environmental impacts and globalisation.
We will also deepen your understanding of the patterns of political, socio-economic, and environmental change in less developed countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Middle East.
In addition, you’ll evaluate tourism as a strategy for development and investigate alternative or sustainable tourism.
We give you an exciting opportunity to undertake overseas fieldwork to see how development theories relate to practical issues. You could, for instance, explore health and healthcare delivery or look at the role of education by visiting schools and other educational institutions.
Our past trips have enabled students to investigate the physical, social, cultural and economic factors supporting and constraining development in Senegal and The Gambia. Our current destination for overseas fieldwork is Morocco.
In your final year, you’ll develop further skills in managing projects effectively, including the chance to go on a work placement.
Explore our fieldtrips
Learn from the experts
Our lecturers are actively engaged in research and consultancy in less developed countries and have a wealth of expertise to share with you. It means you’ll learn the latest theory and can keep up to date with what is new in the field of global development.
These are some of our popular combinations:
What you will study
You can study Global Development as either a joint, major or minor subject. This will determine how many modules you’ll study at each stage. Please check your other subject to ensure it is possible to create your chosen combination.
The modules you study will depend on whether you select Global Development as a major, joint, or minor subject pathway as part of your joint honours course.
You'll study a selection of modules, such as:
- Principles of Global Development - This module defines the concept of development and considers the origins and major characteristics of underdevelopment in both developed and developing countries
- Culture, Place and Development - The module will put culture at the centre of development by linking development studies to cultural studies, studies of social movements, religion and the notion of ‘social suffering’
- Introduction to Human Geography - The module examines urbanization and offers an insight into the conflicts behind decisions affecting land use and the allocation of resources in urban and rural settings
- Environmental Hazards and Disasters - This module introduces natural environmental hazards and disasters in a global geographical and geological context, and looks at each of the major hazards affecting Earth’s surface, people and society
- Global Environmental Issues - This module will introduce the current environmental issues that provide the greatest challenges to today’s global society
- Theories and Concepts of Development - The module aims to provide an appreciation of a range of theories and approaches in the discipline of Development
- Project Design and Management in Global Development - This module aims to prepare students to design, manage and execute a development studies’ research project in a 'real-life' setting
- Social and Cultural Landscapes - The module explores the core concerns of contemporary social and cultural geography. It evaluates the role of space and place in the construction of social relations and cultural identities (class, gender, race and ethnicity, age, sexuality and disability)
- Sustainable Energy Resources - This module will review the current sources of conventional and renewable fuels used for energy production in the UK and globally
- Water: Resources and Hazard - This module aims to develop a holistic, interdisciplinary understanding of water through a rigorous examination of both geographical as well as a geological analysis
- Sustainable Cities - This module will introduce current discussions of sustainable cities highlighting the challenges and opportunities of the rapidly urbanisation taking place all across the world
- Development Management in the Voluntary Sector - By providing an insight into the theory, knowledge and practical skills necessary for good project management, this module has the potential to enhance employability for students who wish to work in the voluntary sector both at home and abroad
- Independent Study - This module is a continuation of the process of Personal Development Planning (PDP) initiated in level 4 and 5, to develop an advanced skill-set which will enhance the graduateness and employability of students
- Global Food Security and Food Futures - The overall aim of this module is to explore theoretical arguments and analysis of food security
- Environmental Management: Critical perspectives - This module will consider the role that environmental management plays in the reduction of waste and in the effective management of natural resources
- Migration and Displacement - This module aims to define the theories and concepts of migration worldwide and explore contemporary geographical approaches to understanding migration and integration processes and their history, interaction, challenges, and prospects
- Climate Change: Adaptation and Mitigation Perspectives - This module aims to develop a sound understanding of the nature and causes of climate change
- Vocational Module (Work Placement or Volunteering) - This module provides an opportunity for students to obtain and undertake a placement with a company, voluntary body, the University of Derby or a public establishment
An experienced teaching team
You’ll be taught by lecturers who are experienced and actively involved in research and consultancy in less developed countries. This means you’ll be learning all the latest theory and will be kept up-to-date with what’s new in this field. You’ll have the opportunity to go abroad to explore issues such as health and healthcare delivery, and look at the role of education by visiting schools and educational institutions.
The assessments for this course are challenging, stimulating and varied. Around 70% of the modules are assessed through coursework.
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||112* (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
At least a C in Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Physics, Politics, Psychology or Sociology at A-level (or equivalent qualification)
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DMM
- Access to HE Diploma - 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
The specialist skills you develop on this course – such as advocacy, community relations and project management – will serve you well in a wide range of careers. You could progress to roles with aid agencies, development organisations, public and voluntary bodies, or transnational corporations.
Recent Derby graduates are now working for the Department of International Development, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Voluntary Service Overseas project.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
† Additional information about your studies
You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.
Download programme specification
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Included in your fees
- Where a DBS is required for the purposes of a module or programme related placement, this is included in your fee if done via the University
- All-day trips plus any residential fieldtrips in prescribed modules; trips currently include a weekend trip in the UK in your first year and a residential overseas trip in your second year (currently to Morocco)
- Full access to Digimap online and a downloadable mapping service
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- You will need to purchase mandatory appropriate clothing and footwear for field trips - approximate cost is £100
Optional costs not included in your fees
- You may wish to purchase optional maps, textbooks or e-books to support your studies - costs for these are dependent on what you choose to purchase - cost may exceed £50
- An 80% contribution toward residential fieldwork where associated with an optional module you choose to do - cost is dependent on your module choice
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.