Postgraduate Certificate in Human Rights and Development Management
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This postgraduate certificate course 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 MSc in Development Management (F11). This 60-credit qualification 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.
The postgraduate certificate looks at issues of human rights law and development in the broader context of business practices. It will allow 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, enabling you a thorough grounding in all areas of corporate social responsibility both in domestic and global international contexts, developing 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.
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 this certificate before studying the diploma. Graduates in development, or those with extensive experience in development can go directly to the Postgraduate Diploma in Development Management (D37). You can also choose to do the Postgraduate Certificate in Development Management (C48) or the Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict and Development (C67).
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 60 credits at any one time, particularly in your first year.
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.
In common with other masters-level qualifications we recommend that students with English as a second language achieve the appropriate Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score before starting the certificate. Following the appropriate links from the Skills for OU Study website will provide you with details of the tests and the scores the Open University expects from prospective students.
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.
Those completing the certificate will be able to progress on to the MSc in Development Management (F11), a highly career-relevant qualification.
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 compulsory module:
And 30 credits from the following optional 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:
- 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
For this qualification, we do not allow you to count credit for study you have already done elsewhere.
On successful completion of the required modules, you can be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Human Rights and Development Management entitling you to use the letters PG Cert HRDM (Open) after your name.
You can continue your studies and add 60 credits to your postgraduate certificate to gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Management (D37) and a further 60 credits to obtain an MSc in Development Management (F11).
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