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Postgraduate Certificate in Global Development

Postgraduate Certificate in Global Development

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Study mode

Distance without attendance


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Development Politics

Course type


Course Summary

In this postgraduate certificate you'll explore historical and contemporary theories about development and discuss the impact of these theories and tools in making a difference on the ground. It will give you an understanding of global development and to encourage critical reflections on ways to engage with development issues from local through to global levels. Case studies are used that will enable you to see how they can work in challenging contexts, what they might do in practice, and what tools and techniques are appropriate and useful.

Key features of the course

  • Provides the knowledge and understanding of theories and concepts to make sense of global development issues.
  • Critically engage with the leading global agenda such as sustainable development goals.
  • Reflect on your standpoint, and that of others, with respect to global development debates through effective use of evidence, communication tools and collaborations
  • Use and consider your learning to achieve your personal and professional goals.


The new geographies of prosperity, poverty and inequality are creating complex challenges for development activists, practitioners and academics around the world. Meeting these challenges requires advanced understanding, innovative ideas and critical thinking. If you want to build these capacities, then this module is for you. This module enables you to more effectively understand and respond to development challenges, in whatever context you are working. You'll be able to reflect critically on dominant approaches to development and explore development alternatives, enhancing your capacities to negotiate development effectively and work towards more socially and environmentally sustainable futures.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

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Entry requirements

It is recommended that you hold a UK bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), or have had experience of working, in a paid or voluntary capacity, in a development agency (international or local) prior to embarking on this qualification. However, these requirements are not compulsory and you will not be required to provide any supporting documentary evidence.