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Conflict & Development

This certificate presents a framework for looking at the origins of all kinds of conflict – from civil wars to community disturbances – and introduces the theory, policy and practice of intervention. It explores the nature of development from an international perspective, and is relevant to work in a wide range of contexts, including humanitarian or military agencies, post-war support operations, and conflict resolution around gender, class or ethnicity.

Key features of the course
• Explores the complexity of 'development ' and the contexts in which it takes place, locally and globally

• Critically analyses development management

• Analyses the complex ways in which conflict is generated and the diverse forms it takes

• Develops the range of skills that contribute to conflict mitigation and the building of peac

• 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 Development Management (C48), 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 completion
On successful completion of the required modules you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict and Development entitling you to use the letters PG Cert Conf Dev (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.

Credit transfer
You cannot count credit for study you have already completed elsewhere towards this qualification.

Entry requirements

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.


Minimum - 6 months.

Most students study this qualification in one year, by studying the two six-month modules in succession. The minimum time to complete is six months (by studying the two modules at the same time starting in November); we do not recommend this, but it might suit you if you have no other major time commitments during that period.

Number of credits

60 credits

Careers or further progression

Career relevance
This qualification extends the competences of practitioners working in a variety of conflict situations, who are required to fashion interventions that at worst 'do no harm', at best contribute to a just and lasting resolution of the conflict and the establishment of good relations. It nurtures an awareness of the discipline, integrity and sensitivity required in such interventions.

The modules which make up this certificate offer an historical and interdisciplinary approach for understanding the roots of conflict and a set of skills to do with forming good judgments, making good decisions, building good relationships, negotiating good agreements. This certificate therefore offers lessons for managers working not just in overt conflict situations but in complex, contested contexts more generally.

Careers and Employability Services have more information on how OU study can improve your employability.

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught


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

Compulsory modules Credits
Development: context and practice (T877) 30
Conflict and development (T879) 30

Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules TU871, TU875, TUXX871, TUXX875

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

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.

We regularly review our curriculum; therefore, the qualification described on this page – including its availability, its structure, and available modules – may change over time.

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