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Development: Why Study with Us?

Studying with us will provide you with the analytical and pragmatic tools to address global challenges, issues of inequalities, violence, migration, health, justice and security. Our qualifications are grounded in theory from different disciplines but are practice-based, providing both ideas to challenge you and practical skills for working in international development. 

Our teaching

The Open University unveiled its new postgraduate Development programme in 2020, successor to the popular and influential MSc in Development Management, which was studied by people in over 100 countries. The MSc in Global Development will expand your understanding of development challenges and encourage you to reflect critically on the theories behind approaches to development and development alternatives, the kinds of policies needed to change conditions of social injustice, and the types of public and private action that can be taken.

When you study with us you’ll be connecting with students across the globe. Our teaching staff come from a range of fascinating backgrounds, including human rights law and leading international NGOs, with each bringing their own experiences to their teaching.

As well as the modules and qualifications we teach at postgraduate level, we also have an undergraduate module, International development, which contributes to a number of undergraduate qualifications.

Postgraduate Certificate in Global Development Management on FutureLearn

Building on our innovative pedagogical approach, students can now choose to begin their MSc journey via the FutureLearn platform. You can study for a postgraduate certificate in Global Development Management, which will strengthen your ability to bring about positive change in the areas of development where your interests lie, enhance your understanding of the development landscape and gain practical development management skills. If you choose to, you can continue your studies with The Open University and gain your full master's qualification.

Find out more about the postgraduate certificate in Global Development Management in this short video.


Our qualifications are designed for people working in development and professionals in related fields, such as engineers, health workers, scientists and educationalists, as well as people looking to move into development work. 

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