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Postgraduate Certificate in Development Management

The postgraduate certificate course is part of our development management programme, which also offers a 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). This 60-credit qualification course 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.

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 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.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career relevance and employability

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 your 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.


For this postgraduate certificate you require:

60 credits from the following compulsory modules:

Postgraduate compulsory modules Credits Next start
Capacities for managing development (TU870)

This course provides development practitioners with a conceptual framework for analysing development management practice; and develops skills and capacities for analytical thinking and strategic action.

See full description.

30 May
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

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

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

  • To provide a grounding in the basic concepts and frameworks of development management.
  • To develop capabilities in the basic tools and skills of development management.
  • To enable students to reflect on and improve their own development practice.

Learning outcomes

The programme leading to this certificate provides opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas.

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of this certificate you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following:

  • the history of ideas leading to development management as a new field of study
  • current conceptions of and debates on development management
  • the strengths and limits of key development management tools
  • the nature of policy and policy change
  • the nature of strategy and strategic thinking for development.

Cognitive skills

On completion of this certificate you will be able to:

  • outline and assess key debates in development management
  • critically evaluate different approaches to development management
  • assess interventions and policies
  • make a case for particular courses of action
  • distinguish and apply different approaches to policy development.

Practical and/or professional skills

On completion of this certificate you will be able to:

  • critically use tools for project design and implementation, such as logical framework, participation analysis, stakeholder analysis, problem trees, etc
  • design project evaluations
  • make proposals for strategy development
  • critically appraise policy
  • choose appropriate investigative approaches for researching issues in development and policy.

Key skills

On completion of this certificate you will be able to:

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

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