Taught course

Management and Implementation of Development Projects

The University of Manchester · School of Environment and Development

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good first degree (minimum 2:1 or equivalent), and three years' work experience in a relevant area. Applicants without a degree may still be considered if they have 8-10 years' work experience in a managerial or senior technical position.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is provided jointly by IDPM and the School of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Civil Engineering (MACE), with additional contributions from Manchester Business School.

Its aims are to provide participants with:

analytical capacities
knowledge and skills necessary to propose, plan, implement, manage and evaluate development projects
enhanced skills and knowledge in specialist functional areas such as infrastructure and social and economic development
an appreciation of the role of research in proposing, managing and evaluating projects
specific people management skills including groupwork, negotiation, conflict management and political skills
The programme is intended for professionals and managers working in the field of programme and project management who may be involved with project design, monitoring and evaluation in the context of low income economies. This would typically include engineers, sociologists, project managers of international or bilateral aid projects, NGO practitioners and policy makers of key ministries.

The programme incorporates a field study, usually to Cyprus, which offers an opportunity to apply conceptual understanding and techniques to organisations and issues in a society undergoing rapid cultural, political and economic change.

Information for international students

Normal standard entry requirements are IELTS 7.0, with minimum writing score 7; TOEFL 600, with 4.5 TWE; Computer-based TOEFL 200, with 4.5. TWE; NCUK PMP EAP Grade A.

Fees and funding

British Council, DfiD, employer, aid organisations, UN organisations, World Bank, self. For funding information see; http://www.manchester.ac.uk/idpm/postgraduate/about/funding.htm

Qualification and course duration


part time
27 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations33
Written coursework / continuous assessment34
Dissertation33 (12000 words)

Course contact details

Recruitment and Admissions Office: School of Environment and Development (SED)
+44 (0) 161 275 2814