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Development Management, Postgraduate Diploma

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #501 (WUR) Online
This Development Management from The Open University UK addresses the needs of development managers as well as other professionals – such as engineers, health workers, educationalists, agriculturalists, bankers, scientists – who work in development contexts, local and global, with a view to bringing about good change.

About

In this Development Management programme from The Open University UKm tou'll gain a better understanding of the complex processes labelled ‘development’, with a particular focus on dealing with conflict and on building the institutions that make development sustainable. 

Alongside this, the diploma helps you build a range of development management skills, and encourages both critical reflection on how development is managed at present and creative thinking on how it might be managed better. 

Key features of the course
  • Explores the complexity of ‘development’ locally and globally
  • Critically analyses development management, challenges conventional thinking, and encourages the creation of better approaches
  • Builds a range of understandings and skills – conceptual, professional, and practical – for managing development
  • Promotes competence in using key tools that contribute to development management practice
  • Makes links between academic learning and professional practice, to the benefit of both 

Career relevance

This diploma addresses the needs both of those who label themselves development managers, and those, such as engineers, health workers, educationists, agriculturalists, bankers, scientists, who need the capacity to manage development if they are to do their work effectively.

Managing development gets ever more complex, as more agencies become involved, new goals emerge, complementing and confronting existing goals, and the right of ‘beneficiaries’ to participate in their own development is increasingly asserted. This diploma addresses the challenge of this complexity. 

The core modules give practitioners – whether development managers or not – the opportunity to strengthen their policy development and project management skills. They put inter-organisational relationships at the heart of development management, offering a framework for analysing existing relationships and for making strategic decisions about relationships that are required. 

They cover skills – in particular mapping and modelling, negotiating and brokering – that contribute to the building of relationships. The diploma thus equips practitioners to negotiate good change more effectively.

Programme Structure

Compulsory modules:

  • Capacities for managing development 
  • Conflict and development 
  • Institutional development 
  • Business, human rights law and corporate responsibility
  • Development: context and practice 
  • Making environmental decisions 
  • Managing systemic change: inquiry, action, and interaction
  • Problem solving and improvement: quality and other approaches 
  • Project management 
  • Thinking strategically: systems tools for managing change

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 12 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
      1 – 2 years
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

You should normally hold a bachelors degree from a UK university (or equivalent), or have had experience of working, in a paid or voluntary capacity, in a development agency (international or local).

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7680 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7680 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7680 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7680 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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