Taught course

Development Management

Open University · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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. Most of the modules that make up this diploma are 30-credit modules that each requires 12 to 15 study hours per week for six months. We recommend that you study Development: context and practice (T877) first, particularly if you are new to this subject. We also recommend that you study Capacities for managing development (T878) before Institutional development: conflicts, values and meanings (TU872) . There is no time limit for completing the qualifications in the development management programme, though we cannot guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available.

Months of entry

October, April, February

Course content

If you have responsibility for development projects, programmes or policies, are thinking about moving into development work, or are a professional - an engineer, health worker, educationalist, banker, for example - working in a development context, this diploma will enable you to develop skills that enhance your ability to bring about good change. Whatever the setting of your work - in a national, international or inter-governmental agency, a government or non-governmental organisation, a public or private enterprise - you will find yourself exploring matters that are key to that work, and reflecting critically on development management theory, policy and practice - including your own.

You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification. For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007), Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate. However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer. A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you register. Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.

The Open University is the world's leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you're at home, at work or on the move. As an OU student you'll be supported throughout your studies - your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

0300 303 5303