Postgraduate Certificate in Development Management
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Made up of
The postgraduate certificate course 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 Management (C96), Postgraduate Diploma in Development Management (D37), and MSc in Development Management (F11). This 60-credit qualification course is available as recognition of postgraduate study. It will provide a foundation in development and development management for those who with to continue to the diploma and MSc.
This postgraduate certificate is for:
- Professionals in project management and those who have responsibility for development initiatives in government, non-governmental organisations, international and inter-governmental agencies and public and private enterprises.
- People who intend to work in those areas, or who have an interest in public action for development.
- Those who want to combine important elements of development and management.
- Those who want to expand their conceptual and practical skills by taking an international perspective on management.
Planning your studies
We strongly recommend that you hold a degree from a UK university (or the equivalent). If you are a non-graduate we suggest that you ask our Student Registration & Enquiry Service for advice before registering on your first module. Detailed advice about entry and preparation is given in the individual module descriptions and you can find further advice on the Development Management website.
You are not required to complete the certificate before studying the diploma. Graduates in development, or those with extensive experience in development can go directly to the diploma.
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 can take modules in any order, except that if you go on to complete the full MSc, the development management project must be your final module.
Because of demands that study of this programme will make on you we recommend that you take no more than 30 credits at any one time, particularly in your first year and that you study Development: context and practice (T877) first.
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 your 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 60 credits gained from this certificate can contribute towards the 120 credits you need for the Postgraduate Diploma in Development Management (D37).
The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
- Knowledge and understanding
- Cognitive skills
- Practical and professional skills
- Key skills
Read more detailed information about the learning outcomes, 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