Taught course

ICTs for Development

The University of Manchester · Institute for Development Policy and Management - IDPM

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good first degree (minimum 2:1 or equivalent) in a relevant discipline from an approved university, and would ideally have some work or placement experience. Admission of candidates who do not meet this criterion may be approved if satisfactory evidence of postgraduate study, research or professional experience can be provided.

Months of entry


Course content

In recent years there has been - and continues to be - a massive expansion in the number of information-and-communications-technology-for-development (ICT4D) projects (telecentres, ICT-enabled microenterprise, public service kiosks, e-government initiatives, e-health projects, ICT-in-education, etc) in developing and transitional economies.

Successful oversight of these projects requires "ICT4D champions" who possess a combination of technical competencies (e.g. information systems skills) and contextual competencies (e.g. development skills). Such a combination is, as yet, rarely found. This has resulted in a high project failure rate, and a recognition of training need.

This programme, therefore, aims to create the "ICT4D champions" who combine the necessary skills to see ICT4D projects through to sustainable delivery of development goals. At the end of the programme, participants will have been provided with:

conceptual frameworks to understand the process of socio-economic development and the role of information and of ICTs in the development process; and
new knowledge and skills to help in the effective planning, development, implementation and management of ICT4D initiatives
A range of optional modules provides an opportunity to satisfy specialist "ICT4D champion" knowledge and skill requirements.

Information for international students

IELTS - 6.5 overall TOEFL - 575. minimum of 4.5 in Written English TOEFL (Computer-based) - 232. minimum of 4.5 in essay. TOEFL - (Internet based) - 88. minimum writing score of 22. NCUK PMP EAP Grade B

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Recruitment and Admissions Office: School of Environment and Development (SED)
+44 (0) 161 275 0336