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.
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
In addition, a significant number of postgraduate students choose to register for doctoral studies in a variety of specialised areas.
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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.
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- 24 months
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DisciplinesInternational Relations International Development View 72 other Masters in International Relations in United Kingdom
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- 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).
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International4150 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 8300 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.
National4150 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 8300 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.