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Conflict and Development, Postgraduate Certificate

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    Application Deadline
  • 6 months
University rank #501 (WUR) Online
The Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict and Development from The Open University UK presents a framework for looking at the origins of all kinds of conflict – from civil wars to community disturbances – and explores the theory, policy and practice of intervention. 


You'll investigate the nature of development primarily from an international perspective. It is relevant to work in a wide range of contexts, including humanitarian or military agencies, post-war support operations, and conflict resolution around gender, class or ethnicity.

Key features of the Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict and Development course from The Open University UK 
  • Explores the complexity of ‘development ‘ and the contexts in which it takes place, locally and globally
  • Critically analyses development management 
  • Analyses the complex ways in which conflict is generated and the diverse forms it takes
  • Develops the range of skills that contribute to conflict mitigation and the building of peac
  • Makes links between academic learning and professional practice, to the benefit of both 
Career relevance

This qualification extends the competences of practitioners working in a variety of conflict situations, who are required to fashion interventions that at worst ‘do no harm’, at best contribute to a just and lasting resolution of the conflict and the establishment of good relations. It nurtures an awareness of the discipline, integrity and sensitivity required in such interventions.

The modules which make up this certificate offer an historical, interdisciplinary and international approach for understanding the roots of conflict and a set of skills to do with forming good judgments, making good decisions, building good relationships, negotiating good agreements. This certificate therefore offers lessons for managers working not just in overt conflict situations but in complex, contested contexts more generally.

Programme Structure

Compulsory modules:
  • Development: context and practice
  • Conflict and development

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Closing dates vary depending on the modules you choose.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 6 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
      Minimum – 6 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    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 experience in this field. If you are a non-graduate we suggest that you contact us for advice before registering on your first module.
  • 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). 

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

    3840 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3840 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3840 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3840 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
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