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Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict and Development

This postgraduate certificate course is part of our development management programme, which also offers a Postgraduate Certificate in Development Management (C48), Postgraduate Certificate in Human Rights and Development (C96), Postgraduate Diploma in Development Management (D37) and MSc in Development Management (F11). This 60-credit postgraduate certificate course is available as recognition of postgraduate study for those who, for whatever reason, do not want to continue to the diploma or 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 expect to be outside interveners in civil wars or in post-war peace support operations, or have already done so. Most will be linked with a humanitarian or development organisation, an international institution, or a military body.
  • 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.

It will provide a grounding in development and conflict that will also benefit those who do continue to the diploma and MSc by continuing with the conflict pathway or other pathways such as environment or social policy.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career relevance and employability

This qualification promotes the development of practitioners working in complex emergencies (in the form of civil war), who are called upon to fashion interventions that at worst 'do no harm', at best contribute to a just and lasting peace. 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.The certificate thus offers lessons for managers working in any complex context.

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:

Postgraduate compulsory modules Credits Next start
Development: context and practice (TU871)

This foundation course for our MSc in Development Management gives a grounding in development studies and explores the meaning and challenge of international development today.

See full description.

30 May
War, intervention and development (TU875)

This course analyses the roots of violent conflicts, investigates the processes of peace-building and development, and helps develop the tools necessary for successful intervention.

See full description.

30 May

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

The 60 credits gained from this certificate can contribute towards the 120 credits you need for the Postgraduate Diploma in Development Management (D37).

Educational aims

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of the qualification you will have an understanding of:

  • the development contexts of war-related, armed conflicts
  • the dilemmas and complexities concerning intervention in conflicts where under-development is an underlying cause of such conflicts.

Cognitive skills

On completion of the qualification you will be able to:

  • describe, analyse and assess key debates that link armed conflict to under-development
  • critically evaluate policies, strategies and approaches for intervening in armed conflict.

Practical and/or professional skills

On completion of the qualification you will be able to use critically:

  • tools for assessing conflicts
  • options concerning conflict intervention and their development context.

Key skills

On completion of the qualification you will be able to:

  • use concepts correctly
  • structure an argument
  • use evidence to support an argument
  • structure and write essays/reports.

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