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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 has unveiled its new postgraduate Development programme, successor to the popular and influential MSc in Development Management, which was studied by people in over 100 countries. 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.

New courses

We are in the process of introducing two new qualifications. This year students will be able to start an MSc in Development Policy & Practice via the FutureLearn platform. This qualification will strengthen your ability to bring about good change in the areas of development where your interests lie, enhance your understanding of the development landscape and gain practical development management skills.

Then in October 2020 we will introduce an MSc in Global Development which 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.


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. Find out more about how we can support your career and see how previous students used their qualification.

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