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Modules & Pathways

We offer a range of qualifications, each building towards a Masters programme.  This allows you to work in your own time and offers maximum flexibility.  Our modules mostly run twice a year and have been designed to be studied around your work and family life commitments.  You can pay in instalments using an Open University Student Budget Account, apply for a postgraduate loan or, if you have studied with us before, one of our OU bursary schemes.

A Postgraduate Certificate in Development Management (60 points) costs £2,666 for UK students and £3,758 for international students.

A Postgraduate Diploma in Development Management (120 points) costs £5,332 for UK students and £7,516 for international students.

An MSc in Development Management (180 points) costs between £7,998 and £10,998 for UK students and between £11,274 and £14,274 for international students.

Choose from the following modules plus an optional module from a wide choice which allows you to specialise:

T877: Development: Context and Practice

This module provides you with a solid grounding in contested notions of development using a range of case studies including those from Shanghai and Detroit to illustrate development in practice.

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T878: Capacities for managing development

Development management engages with the multiple challenges of ‘development’.  This module sets out to build up the basic capacities – the understandings and skills - for managing those challenges, making use of a specially designed conceptual framework and drawing on a range of case studies such as an international aid programmes in Cambodia and Philippines or by looking at water supply in Lagos.

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TU872: Institutional development

Institutions are critical for the success and sustainability of development processes.  Managers, whether in the public sector, the private sector, or civil society, need the capacity to analyse the institutional landscape, design appropriate institutions, and establish good inter-organisational relationships, and crucially negotiate the nature and terms of change.

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T879: Conflict and Development

Conflict is found in all societies and takes a variety of forms. Any development intervention must deal with both the causes of conflict and its consequences. Additionally, some development interventions themselves generate conflict within societies. This module addresses the multi-faceted nature of conflict the complex causes, the diverse impacts conflicts have on development, and the range of actions that can help mitigate conflicts.

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TU874: The Development Management Project

Development managers are often called upon to undertake investigations that contribute to changes in practice and policy.  The Development Management Project, the final, compulsory element of the MSc, provides an opportunity to learn, develop and practice the skills required for such an undertaking.

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The ‘classic’ path to take is via the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Development Management. This pathway is particularly appropriate if your interest is in the broad terrain of international development.

PG Certificate in Development Management

T877 Development: Context and Practice
T878 Capacities for Managing Development

PG Certificate in Development Management

TU872 Institutional Development
T879 Conflict and Development

MSc Development Management

Optional module
TU874 The Development Management Project

Alternatively, you can use the starting points provided by the other two Postgraduate Certificates to specialise in particular areas that interest you or are relevant to you professionally.

Optional modules include

W822 Business, human rights law and corporate responsibility
K827 Leading healthcare improvements
T891 Making environmental decisions
TU812 Managing systemic change: inquiry, action, and interaction

A Conflict and Development route where you can focus your TU874 project on a conflict topic and use your optional module for the MSc to study an appropriately-related subject. Examples might be one of the Systems Thinking in Practice modules such as Thinking strategically: systems tools for managing change (T811) or Managing systemic change: inquiry, action and interaction (TU812).

PG Certificate in Conflict and Development

T877 Development: Context and Practice
T879 Conflict and Development

PG Diploma in Development Management

T878 Capacities for Managing Development
TU872 Institutional Development

MSc Development Management

Optional module
TU874 The Development Management Project

Other ways to specialise within the MSc are to choose an optional module from the areas listed below and to focus your TU874 project on a topic that aligns with your professional interest in this area.

  • Health
  • Education
  • Systems
  • Environment
  • Business management

Please look at the list of recommended modules here: http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/qualifications/f11

Finally, you may find that you have other possibilities to specialise in an area that interests you if you have prior or current postgraduate study to transfer in from another institution. It might be possible to use this study as credit that would count (up to 60 points) towards your MSc.

If you are aiming to obtain credit transfer and are not sure which pathway to follow, please contact the team for further advice.

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