Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict and Development

The Open University

Programme Description

Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict and Development

The Open University

This certificate 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 course

  • 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 peace
  • Makes links between academic learning and professional practice, to the benefit of both

This certificate is part of a progressive programme of courses that also includes the Postgraduate Certificate in Development Management (C48), Postgraduate Certificate in Human Rights and Development Management (C96), Postgraduate Diploma in Development Management (D37) and MSc in Development Management (F11).

Entry 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 for 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 a minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four components: reading, writing, speaking and listening under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

How long it takes

Most students study this qualification in one year, by studying the two six-month modules in succession. The minimum time to complete is six months (by studying the two modules at the same time starting in November); we do not recommend this, but it might suit you if you have no other major time commitments during that period.

There is no maximum time to complete but we cannot guarantee that the same set of modules will continue to be available.

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 a 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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated February 17, 2018
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