Taught course

Global Development Challenges (Online Distance Learning)

University of Edinburgh · School of Social and Political Science

Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in any subject. We especially welcome applicants from a professional background with development experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate aims to unpick the complex processes and context that shape contemporary global patterns of development. In doing so it will locate issues of under- and over-development in multidisciplinary theory and practice in order to shed light on how to understand, engage with and manage our most pressing global issues and challenges.

The programme offers a grounded and multi-disciplinary grasp of global development issues, and is aimed at students interested in pursuing a career in development agencies, political institutions, the public sector or non-governmental organisations.

The Postgraduate Certificate comprises three courses:

  • Global Development Challenges
  • Politics and Theories of International Development
  • Analysing Development

The Certificate will provide you with:

  • The analytical and conceptual skills to enable critical evaluation and investigation of global development issues
  • Training in comparative and development policy analysis
  • In-depth knowledge of the drivers, processes and contexts that shape global development

Fees and funding

Visit Scholarships and Student Funding Services at http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/student-funding/postgraduate

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12-24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0) 131 651 1560