Development Studies

Development Studies is a multidisciplinary social science subject. It has a particular focus on developing countries and issues relating to social and economic development. It incorporates aspects of the fields of anthropology, criminology, demography, ecology, economics, geography, history, international relations, philosophy, political science, public management and sociology. Development studies is a relatively new academic discipline and is often taught in combination with more traditional degree subjects.

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Development Studies

Campus
Institution Name
Country
Campus Style
Institution Size
Selectivity
Education Model
American University
USA
Our 91-acre campus is located in northwest of Washington DC
Medium Institution 5000-15,000
Selective (25-50% admitted)
Single Subject Focus (Joint degrees available), Liberal Arts and Science (Major/minor Model), Integrated or Thematic degrees, Researched Focused Institution, Teaching Focused Institution
Brussels School of Governance (Vesalius College)
Belgium
City Island Campus
Small Institution <5000
Somewhat Selective (50-75% admitted) - We adopt a holistic approach to admissions.
Liberal Arts and Science (Major/minor Model)
The University of Bath
UK
Suburban Campus
Large Institution 15,000-30,000
Selective (25-50% admitted). Selectiveness varies, with some courses being more competitive than others.
Researched Focused Institution
Brunel University London
UK
Suburban Campus
Medium Institution 5000-15,000
Selective (25-50% admitted) Admissions rate varies by subjects, with Medicine and Healthcare subjects extremely selective
Liberal Arts and Science (Major/minor Model), Integrated or Thematic degrees, Researched Focused Institution, Teaching Focused Institution
Central European University (CEU)
Austria
City Campus - The campus is easily accessible from across the city, with tram stops and metro stations nearby.
Small Institution <5000
Selective (25-50% admitted) All finalists are required to complete an academic interview with faculty.
Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinary, Liberal Arts
University of Florida
USA
Our campus is a community of scholars and open to everyone.
Very Large Institution >30,000
Selective (25-50% admitted)
Liberal Arts and Science (Major/minor Model), Researched Focused Institution, Teaching Focused Institution
Georgia Institute of Technology
USA
Georgia Tech’s main campus spans 400 wooded acres in the heart of Atlanta.
Large Institution 15,000-30,000
Highly Selective (10-25% admitted)
Technologically based education combined with experiential learning.
Leiden University
The Netherlands
Leiden University is located in both Leiden and The Hague.
Very Large Institution >30,000
Somewhat Selective (50-75% admitted) Selectivity depends on the programme.
Leiden University offers a mix of focused, inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary programmes.
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Common Degree/ Major Names

BA/BSc
Global Affairs
BA/BSc
Globalisation
BA/BSc
Social Sciences
BA/BSc
Global Challenges
BASc
Global Sustainable Development
BSc
Environment and Development
BSc
Global Sustainability Science
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Useful Skills

Idea Visualisation
ICT
Note Taking
Analytical
Data Manipulation
Staying Motivated / Working Hard
Teamwork
Aiming High
Staying Positive (Resilience)
Research
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