Postgraduate Certificate in Development Management
This postgraduate certificate is for anyone with an interest in development and a desire to bring about change as it introduces the theory, policy and practice of development management. You will also explore the nature of development from an international perspective. It addresses the needs of development managers as well as other professionals, such as engineers, health workers, educationalists, agriculturalists, bankers, scientists, who need the capacity to manage development if they are to do their work effectively. Completing this course will give you a worthwhile qualification in its own right, and a good foundation to continue to the diploma and MSc in development management.
This postgraduate certificate is designed for people in government, non-governmental organisations, international and inter-governmental agencies and public and private enterprises, who have responsibility for development interventions, programmes and policies. It is also of value for anyone wishing to move into these areas, or who for personal and/or professional reasons want to build up a better understanding of the complex processes labelled ‘development’, with a view to managing those processes better.
a wide-ranging exploration of the contexts in which development takes place
a critical review of how development management has evolved as a discipline
a critical analysis of the nature of development management
an opportunity to examine and practise the use of key tools that contribute to development management practice.
Like all our qualifications in development management, this certificate encourages you to make connections between your learning and your own involvement in development.
The certificate is part of our development management programme, which also offers a Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict and Development (C67), Postgraduate Certificate in Human Rights and Development (C96), Postgraduate Diploma in Development Management (D37), and MSc in Development Management (F11).
You can find additional information about postgraduate development management studies on the Development Policy and Practice website.
Planning your studies
You should normally hold a bachelors degree from a UK university (or equivalent), or have experience in this field. If you are a non-graduate we suggest that you ask our Student Registration & Enquiry Service for advice before registering on your first module.
The certificate is made up of two, 30-credit modules that each requires 12 to 15 study hours per week for six months. Because of the demands this study will make on you, we recommend that you study only one module at a time, and that you study Development: context and practice (T877) first, particularly if you are new to this subject.
You will also need an appropriate facility in English language, sufficient to be able to work effectively at postgraduate level; generally this means capability equivalent to an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.5. To assess your English language skills in relation to your proposed studies you can visit the IELTS website. If you are unsure whether your skill level in English is adequate you may find it helpful to look at our Skills for OU Study site.
There is no time limit for completing the qualifications in the development management programme, though we cannot guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available.
You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 20 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.
Career relevance and employability
Managers working in development contexts need the ability to appreciate the diversity and complexity of these contexts and the capacity to bring about good change. They also need the capacity to understand their own role and the roles of others in bringing about change that works. The modules making up this certificate provide an historical and interdisciplinary framework for analysing the contexts in which development interventions take place and a set of skills for planning, implementing and evaluating those interventions. They equip practitioners to make more effective contributions to the policy and practice of their organisations.
There is more information about how OU study can improve your employability in the OU’s Employability Statement from our Careers Advisory Service. You can also read or download our publication OU study and your career and look at our subject pages to find out about career opportunities.
For this postgraduate certificate you require:
60 credits from the following compulsory modules:
Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules TU871, TUXX870, TUXX871
The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
Read more detailed information about the learning outcomes
- Knowledge and understanding
- Cognitive skills
- Practical and professional skills
- Key skills
, and how they are acquired through teaching, learning and assessment methods.
Credit for previous study elsewhere
If you have already completed some successful study at postgraduate level at another institution you may be able to transfer credit for this study and count it towards this Open University qualification. If you wish to apply to transfer credit you must do so as soon as possible as it may affect your choice of OU modules. If you are awarded credit for study completed elsewhere, you may find that you need to study fewer OU modules to complete your qualification with us.
Visit our Credit Transfer site for more information and details of how to apply for credit transfer.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the following regulations:
These regulations are also available on our Essential Documents website.
How to register
If you want to study for this qualification, read the description and check you meet any specific requirements (for example, some of
our qualifications, require you to be working in a particular environment, or be sponsored by your employer). Then select the
module you wish to study first and ensure it is suitable for you before following the registration procedure for that module.
During the registration procedure you will be asked to declare which qualification you are studying towards.
See a full list of modules available for this qualification