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About our courses

Are you interested in global issues related to poverty, equity and aid? How do people cope with disasters? What is the role of NGO's or the United Nations? Have you wondered why Fair Trade is important, or why education is linked to human development?

We address a range of interests with our International Development and Global Change programmes at ICE. Our courses look at human development from both theoretical and applied perspectives and examine these in light of global issues such as climate change, resource scarcities, financial transfers and population dynamics.

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Part-time University qualifications in International Development

These part-time courses are ideal for volunteers or professionals engaged with a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that operates overseas. They are also suitable for university students and staff members considering placements, careers in this field and/or further study; and for those with a general interest in international development.

Undergraduate Certificates

Certificate courses are taught at FHEQ Level 4, equivalent to first-year undergraduate level. The courses are open to all, and no prior knowledge or qualifications are required.

Undergraduate Certificate in International Development aims to provide students with an understanding of the manifestations of poverty and inequality, the theoretical underpinnings of International Development, and the strategies and structures that exist to deal with underdevelopment.

The Institute of Continuing Education also offers a Certificate in International Relations. This Certificate provides students with a broad overview of what International Relations is, how the international order has come about and how it is changing.

Undergraduate Diplomas

We offer two Diploma courses at ICE: Diploma I and Diploma II. These normally run in alternate years, and can be studied independently of each other and in any order. Diplomas are designed for those who have completed a Certificate in International Development or who have appropriate knowledge and/or experience in the field.

Undergraduate Diploma in International Development: Environment, Sustainability and Globalisation (2018/19) aims to give students an enhanced understanding of the role of globalisation and sustainable development, and the relationship of these processes to poverty reduction and reproduction.

Undergraduate Diploma in International Development: Economy, Society and Welfare (2017/18) provides students with the necessary knowledge to critically reflect on the value and limits of economic approaches and alternative theories that have been applied to International Development. It will take account of the diversity and evolution of human development approaches and social welfare issues and provide you with real life examples illustrating the range of research, policy and practice in this field.

Bursaries and student loans available

If you are new to higher education, you could be eligible for a bursary award. You will also be able to pay your fees in instalments, and you may also have access to part-time student loans.

How to apply for bursaries and loans

International Development and Global Change Tutors

Dr Alexandra Winkels

Alex Winkels is responsible for all courses in International Development and Global Change at ICE. She also teaches Migration & Development at the Centre for Development Studies and conducts research on mobility, human development and livelihood and vulnerability.


Courses in International Development at ICE are taught by tutors whose expertise is shaped by both theoretical knowledge and practical experience.

Dr Solava Ibrahim
Dr Ingrida Kerusauskaite
Dr Richard Sidebottom
Dr Regina Hansda (online courses)
Ms Madleina Daehnhardt

What our students say

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