Make your mark on global affairs
If you’re passionate about making a positive contribution to global affairs, there’s no better start than a qualification in development studies or international relations from the UK.
Studying under some of the world’s leading thinkers in both fields, you’ll be given a thorough understanding of the critical social and political issues surrounding global organisations and governments today, along with the analytical skills you need to step into a career on the world stage.
What is development studies?
Development studies is a branch of social studies that focuses on international development and humanitarian action. It spans a wide range of complex and important global issues, including migration, conflict, political ecology and aid.
Students on development studies try to understand the nature of the world as it will soon be, tying to answer difficult challenges such as how conflict can be avoided, and how populations can be protected and developed.
What is international relations?
International relations is a specialist area of study within political science that looks at the ways that countries, NGOs and multinational companies coexist in an increasingly globalised way.
By examining the relationships between countries and the critical issues facing global development – such as human rights, conflict, and integration – you’ll develop the skills necessary to play a role in diplomatic and international relations around the world.
Why you should choose the UK
The UK is home to some of the best minds and the best courses in development studies and international relations anywhere in the world. Six of the QS top ten universities for development studies and three of the top ten for international relations are right here in the UK.
Whether you’re looking for an undergraduate or post-graduate level qualification, UK courses offer innovative, interdisciplinary teaching with the flexibility to hone your learning towards the career of your choice. The UK’s diverse multicultural atmosphere means you’ll also be exposed to a wide range of international perspectives from day one.