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Development Management

This qualification addresses the needs of development managers as well as other professionals – such as engineers, health workers, educationalists, agriculturalists, bankers and scientists – who need the capacity to manage development and bring about change. You will be introduced to the theory, policy and practice of development management, and explore the nature of development from an international perspective. You will also gain a better understanding of the complex processes labelled ‘development’, with a view to managing those processes better.

Key features of the course
• Analyses the nature of development management, how it has evolved as a discipline and the contexts in which it takes place
• Enables you to examine and practise using key tools that contribute to development management practice
• Encourages you to make connections between your learning and your own involvement in development.

This certificate is part of a progressive programme of courses that also includes the 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).

Entry requirements

You should normally hold a bachelors degree from a UK university (or equivalent), or have had experience of working, in a paid or voluntary capacity, in a development agency (international or local).

If you are a non-graduate we suggest that you contact us 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.


Minimum – 6 months.

Most students study this qualification in one year. The minimum time to complete is six months (by studying the two modules at the same time): we do not recommend this, but it might suit you if you have no other major time commitments during that period. There is no maximum time to complete but we cannot guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available.

Number of credits

60 credits

Careers or further progression

Career relevance
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.

Further enquiries

Tel: (01) 678 5399
Fax: (01) 678 5442

Subjects taught

We recommend that you study Development: context and practice (T877) first, particularly if you are new to this subject.

To gain this qualification, you need 60 credits as follows:

Compulsory modules

Credits Next start
Development: context and practice (T877) 30 01 May 2017
Capacities for managing development (T878) 30 01 May 2017

Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules TU870, TU871, TUXX870, TUXX871

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.


On completion
On successful completion of the required modules you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Development Management entitling you to use the letters PG Cert (Dev Mgmt) (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).

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