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Global Development

The Open University UK

24 months
4150 GBP/year
4150 GBP/year
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This Global Development postgraduate diploma at The Open University UK provides an advanced grounding in the key theories, approaches and issues that are shaping contemporary global development. 

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Drawing on important social science ideas, it introduces a conceptual framework for making sense of development and employs this in examining six major issues: migration, socio-economic security, environmental sustainability, technological innovation, the global politics of development, and the politics of doing development. You’ll also have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and understanding of the issue or issues of most interest to you by exploring them through four cross-cutting challenges: conflict, governance, justice, and transformation. The Global Development diploma at The Open University UK therefore enables you to identify and pursue your own interests in development while also enhancing your skills of critical thinking and independent learning and investigation.

Career relevance

Development scholars and practitioners are highly employable social scientists. They go on to a wide range of destinations after graduation, including:

  • Development managers
  • Aid workers
  • Government policy makers
  • Development consultants
  • Business managers
  • Environmental consultants
  • Data analysis and visualisation using development techniques
  • Transport planners
  • Commercial analysts
  • Financial services
  • Field centre instructors
  • Teachers 

In addition, a significant number of postgraduate students choose to register for doctoral studies in a variety of specialised areas.

Programme Structure

Key features of the course

  • Explore the global context and nature of contemporary development issues.
  • Gain an understanding of key concepts for critically examining development theories, approaches and issues.
  • Study with cutting-edge course materials that draw on the internationally recognised development teaching and research of our academics.
  • Tailor your learning around development issues of particular interest to you
  • Build essential skills for a career in development and related areas.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • We recommend that you hold a UK bachelors degree (or equivalent), or have had experience of working in a development-related agency (international or local), in either a paid or voluntary capacity, prior to starting this qualification. However, these requirements are not compulsory and you will not be required to provide any supporting documentary evidence. 
  • Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum overall score of 6 and minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four components: reading, writing, speaking and listening under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    4150 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8300 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    4150 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8300 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.


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