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Postgraduate Studies in Development Management

Welcome. You are already on the first step of your journey towards a postgraduate Development Management qualification with the UK's largest University.

We know committing to postgraduate studies is not a decision that is taken lightly. That's why we designed this site to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed choice that is right for you. In this video, three OU MSc Development Management Alumni, Teleri, Michael-Eric and Craig, will talk you through how studying with the OU has changed their lives:


On this site, you will find out how our Development Management qualifications will enrich your academic, professional and personal development. Learn more about our dynamic, passionate development community, have your questions answered - even take a look at some reading options to get a head start.

Our qualifications are grounded in theory from different disciplines, reflecting the complexity of development management.  No less importantly, they have been created with practice in mind.  In consequence, our qualifications will enable you to engage with challenging ideas concerning development whilst providing practical skills required to work effectively in the field of International development.

Key facts

  • Thousands of students, from former Presidents to country field workers, from over 100 countries have completed an OU Development Management qualification
  • We provide supported distance learning. For each module you take you will have  a dedicated tutor and access to a programme of tutorials and seminars both online and face-to-face
  • We offer certificates, diplomas and a full MSc so students can build towards a qualification depending on their work and time commitments
  • The Development Management team includes members of the Development Policy and Practice Group - the academics who teach and undertake research into development management - and the Associate Lecturers (ALs), the tutors who help guide the learning of all our students. Wherever you study you will be in the company of the team and our students worldwide, and can enjoy networking with fellow-students, development practitioners and academics



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