'International Development', worthwhile degree?

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I am in my first year of A-levels doing Maths, Further Maths, Economics and Religious Studies.

My grades are pretty good I guess, I got 4 A*s, 7 As and 1 B in my GCSEs, but I still have no idea what I should do at university.. which kinda scares me :/

Although my A-levels are mainly just maths and economics, honestly I have realised that I'd really dislike doing a Maths degree or a pure Economics degree, I know I'd be miserable and totally uninterested in the course.

So as I'm pretty interested in development, sociology, politics, etc.. I was thinking about possibly applying for International Development at UEA (maybe 'International Development with Economics')

I never even knew this degree existed, so I have know idea if it's even worthwhile... does anyone know if there are even any jobs that this degree would prove useful for? Any advice would be great, thank you!
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(Original post by TomWeller)
I am in my first year of A-levels doing Maths, Further Maths, Economics and Religious Studies.

My grades are pretty good I guess, I got 4 A*s, 7 As and 1 B in my GCSEs, but I still have no idea what I should do at university.. which kinda scares me :/

Although my A-levels are mainly just maths and economics, honestly I have realised that I'd really dislike doing a Maths degree or a pure Economics degree, I know I'd be miserable and totally uninterested in the course.

So as I'm pretty interested in development, sociology, politics, etc.. I was thinking about possibly applying for International Development at UEA (maybe 'International Development with Economics')

I never even knew this degree existed, so I have know idea if it's even worthwhile... does anyone know if there are even any jobs that this degree would prove useful for? Any advice would be great, thank you!
Hey sounds like a good idea to do International Development since u think u like politics, sociology etc. I say go for it! I applied for geo and international development in UEA if u don't think Ur gonna enjoy doing maths or econ by themselves then do a joint honours degree


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Hey sounds like a good idea to do International Development since u think u like politics, sociology etc. I say go for it! I applied for geo and international development in UEA if u don't think Ur gonna enjoy doing maths or econ by themselves then do a joint honours degree


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Thank you

So are you doing/planning to do international development at uni too?
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Yeah no worries. Umm not too sure tbh. Haven't firmed or insured anything on UCAS!!! Everything is still up in the air :/


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I considered applying to do International Development but ended up going for Politics and International Relations as it's a bit broader, so you could always consider that or something like Politics/Sociology and Economics
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I had just gone to the open day at UEA. All International Development courses are flexible since the modules during the first year are the same. During the second year, say you were to do International development with economics, you would do economic modules but you also have the ability to chose other modules outside of economics, such as anthropology ,politics, geography and a language module.

I was pretty relieved upon hearing this since I'm also interested in politics and learning a language. Hope with helps
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(Original post by TomWeller)
I am in my first year of A-levels doing Maths, Further Maths, Economics and Religious Studies.

My grades are pretty good I guess, I got 4 A*s, 7 As and 1 B in my GCSEs, but I still have no idea what I should do at university.. which kinda scares me :/

Although my A-levels are mainly just maths and economics, honestly I have realised that I'd really dislike doing a Maths degree or a pure Economics degree, I know I'd be miserable and totally uninterested in the course.

So as I'm pretty interested in development, sociology, politics, etc.. I was thinking about possibly applying for International Development at UEA (maybe 'International Development with Economics')

I never even knew this degree existed, so I have know idea if it's even worthwhile... does anyone know if there are even any jobs that this degree would prove useful for? Any advice would be great, thank you!
International Development in comparison to more popular degrees is fairly young and as such isn't as well known. The content really varies from uni to uni so each International Development degree is different, some tend to focus more on NGOs and charities while others tend to focus more on Public Policy and Econ.
Here's a small list of other unis that offer ID or ID style degrees that you might be interested in:
KCL
Manchester
Reading
Birmingham
Sussex
SOAS

In terms of jobs there should be a number of choices from government jobs, banks, consultancy, journalism, and NGO projects.
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