Postgraduate Diploma in Development Management

The Open University

Programme Description

Postgraduate Diploma in Development Management

The Open University

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 reflections 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 (international or local).

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 two years by studying the four six-month modules in succession, though some take a six-month break at some point in their studies.

The minimum time to complete is one year, by studying two modules at the same time for two six-month periods. 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 selection of modules will continue to be available. The exception to this is if note 1 in the 'Course details' applies to you, in which case you must complete your studies by 31 December 2019.

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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
The Open University

Last updated January 22, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Online
Start Date
Start date
Open Enrolment
Duration
Duration
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
Information
Deadline
Locations
United Kingdom - Milton Keynes, England
Start date: Open Enrolment
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Dates
Open Enrolment
United Kingdom - Milton Keynes, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info