The Open University in England

Development Management (D37)

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Rank: 200 (UKEAS)

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Study mode distance learning

Degree: PG Diploma

Start Date: 2019/01/10

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Please note that the final enrolment date for this qualification will be in October 2019 after which it will no longer be available to new students. You must complete your study by 31 December 2021. If you would like to discuss your options with one of our advisers, please contact us.

This postgraduate diploma 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. You'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


Entry 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 (local or international).

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