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 contact us 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.