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Development Management, Postgraduate Certificate

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 6 months
    Duration
University rank #501 (WUR) Online
This Postgraduate Certificate in 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

You'll gain a better understanding of the complex processes labelled ‘development’, particularly but not exclusively ‘international development'. You'll also explore the theory, policy and practice of development management, encouraging both critical reflection on how development is managed at present and creative thinking on how it might be managed better. Alongside this, the certificate helps build a range of development management skills.

Key features of the Postgraduate Certificate in Development Management course from The Open University UK:
  • 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

Managers working in development contexts need the ability to appreciate the diversity and complexity of these contexts and the capacity to bring about good change. They also need the capacity to understand their own role and the roles of others in bringing about change that works. The modules making up this certificate provide an historical, interdisciplinary and international framework for analysing the contexts in which development interventions take place and a set of skills for planning, implementing and evaluating those interventions. They equip practitioners to make more effective contributions to the policy and practice of their organisations.

Programme Structure

Compulsory modules:
  • Development: context and practice
  • Capacities for managing 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
      6 months - 1 year
  • Credits
    60 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).
  • 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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