This certificate addresses the needs of development managers as well as other professionals – such as engineers, health workers, educationalists, agriculturalists, bankers, scientists – who work in development contexts, local and global, with a view to bringing about good change. You'll gain a better understanding of the complex processes labelled 'development', particularly but not exclusively 'international development'. You'll also explore the theory, policy and practice of development management, encouraging both critical reflection on how development is managed at present and creative thinking on how it might be managed better. Alongside this, the certificate helps build a range of development management skills.
Key features of the course
• Explores the complexity of 'development' locally and globally
• Critically analyses development management, challenges conventional thinking, and encourages the creation of better approaches
• Builds a range of understandings and skills – conceptual, professional, and practical – for managing development
• Promotes competence in using key tools that contribute to development management practice
• Makes links between academic learning and professional practice, to the benefit of both
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 Management (C96), Postgraduate Diploma in Development Management (D37) and MSc in Development Management (F11).
Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment
The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
• Knowledge and understanding
• Cognitive skills
• Practical and professional skills
• Key skills
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).
Recognition in your country
If you intend to use your Open University qualifications to seek work or undertake further study outside the UK, we recommend checking whether your intended qualification will meet local requirements for your chosen career. Read recognition in my country.
You cannot count credit for study you have already completed elsewhere towards this qualification.