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Development Management (D37) PGDip

Development Management (D37) PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Management (General) Management Education / Development

Course type


Course Summary

This course is ideal for you 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.

This diploma addresses the needs both of those who label themselves development managers, and those, such as engineers, health workers, educationists, agriculturalists, bankers, scientists, who need the capacity to manage development if they are to do their work effectively. Managing development gets ever more complex, as more agencies become involved, new goals emerge, complementing and confronting existing goals, and the right of ?beneficiaries? to participate in their own development is increasingly asserted. This diploma addresses the challenge of this complexity. The core modules give practitioners ? whether development managers or not ? the opportunity to strengthen their policy development and project management skills. They put inter-organisational relationships at the heart of development management, offering a framework for analysing existing relationships and for making strategic decisions about relationships that are required. They cover skills ? in particular mapping and modelling, negotiating and brokering ? that contribute to the building of relationships. The diploma thus equips practitioners to negotiate good change more effectively.

Different course options

Distance without attendance | Run at the client site in the region of United Kingdom | 2 years | APR

Study mode

Distance without attendance


2 years

Start date



This module analyses institutions, identifies their significance for development, examines how to build inter-organisational relationships, and explores the skills of mapping, modelling, negotiation and brokering. This online module focuses on institutions - key organisational players, rules and norms, values and meanings - that can both advance and hinder development. Development managers, in public and private sectors and non-governmental organisations need to understand the complex institutional landscapes they work in. They also need to work with others to use, adapt or create new institutions which can promote development. This in turn means building effective relationships between the many organisations involved. This module serves to enhance such capabilities. It brings together theory and practice and provides you with opportunities for interactive learning with participants from across the world.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Fees are paid per unit.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Not known

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You should normally hold a bachelors degree from a UK university (or equivalent), or have had experience of working, in a paid or voluntary capacity, in a development agency (local or international).