Postgraduate Certificate in Human Rights and Development Management
This postgraduate certificate covers issues of human rights law and development in the context of business practices. It will enable you to engage actively with these issues and make a full contribution to assessing and finding solutions to complex situations arising in a business or institutional environment. The qualification will facilitate constructive and informed decision-making, giving you a thorough grounding in all areas of corporate social responsibility both in domestic and global international contexts. You will develop the skills needed for helping and encouraging companies to respect human rights, to avoid harm to people and environment, and maximise their positive contribution to sustainable development.
This postgraduate certificate will appeal to an international audience with an interest in human rights and in the responsiveness of companies and other organisations to the changing external environment. It will also appeal to people 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 critical examination of the concepts of corporate responsibility and human rights
an exploration of the changing external environment within which concern for corporate responsibility and human rights has to be expressed
how these concepts are applied in different business contexts
a critical analysis of the nature of development and development management.
The certificate is part of our development management programme, which also offers a Postgraduate Certificate in Development Management (C48) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict and Development (C67), a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Management (D37) and a MSc in Development Management (F11). Besides being of value in its own right as a postgraduate qualification this 60-credit certificate also provides a foundation in development and development management for those who wish to continue to the diploma and MSc.
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.
Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum overall score of 6 and minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four components: reading, writing, speaking and listening under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see the IELTS website for details.
The certificate is made up of two, 30-credit modules that each requires 12 to 15 study hours per week for six months. We recommend that you study Development: context and practice (T877) first, particularly if you are new to this subject.
If you are planning to continue your studies in development management, you will have two options.
1. If you choose to study Development: context and practice (T877):
2. If you opt to study Capacities for managing development (T878), which is compulsory in both the diploma and MSc, you can gain the diploma by completing two compulsory modules. You can then complete the MSc by studying an optional module and the final compulsory project module.
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
In the past decade, the social expectations from business actors and the social engagement of these actors have changed dramatically. There is also evidence of an increased demand for those skills and expertise that could help business organisations fulfil their re-defined social role. This certificate provides invaluable professional expertise required for influencing the decision making processes related to business engagement in society. The modules making up this certificate combine to give a good overview of the complex issues raised by such an engagement and to allow practitioners to make a full contribution to organisational strategy formulation.
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 60-credit postgraduate certificate you require:
30 credits from the following optional modules:
Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules TU871, TUXX870, TUXX871
And 30 credits from the following compulsory module:
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
For this qualification, we do not allow you to count credit for study you have already done elsewhere.
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