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Capacities for managing development (T878) Credits from The Open University

Capacities for managing development (T878) Credits from The Open University

Key information

Qualification type

Credits from The Open University

Subject areas

Management (General) Management Education / Development

Course type


Course Summary

This course will have particular relevance for you if you are working, or want to work, in development-related fields in the UK or around the world. It will offer you the opportunity to share in learning that engages directly with professional practice, and that will enhance your effectiveness and employability as a development manager or as a professional (engineer/educationalist/health worker/agronomist/) who works in development contexts. Development management engages with the multiple challenges of development. This course sets out to help you build your capacities for managing those challenges. It rests on the assumption that management is a political and ethical process, a matter of the use of power to bring about desired goals in contexts characterised by conflicts of interests, values and agendas. The course teaches a range of skills you need to manage development well, skills of strategic thinking, research, advocacy, planning, policy making and evaluation. You will find it relevant whatever sector you are in, and whether your work is local or global.

Much of the material in this course relates to development in developing countries. But the module uses this material to identify, explore and help you develop capacities ? relating to concepts, frameworks, skill areas and techniques - that have a much wider application. These include: appreciating the history of development management, and recognising how the past shapes the present of development; creating institutional and conceptual frameworks for analysing development management; making cases for, planning, implementing and appraising projects; knowing how and when to use different investigative methods and processes; working with data, testing assumptions and making cases for intervention; monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment and learning for advocacy and strategic thinking. You will link these capacities to development management as a means of creating alternative strategies for development and bringing about social transformation. You will have a tutor who will be responsible for monitoring your progress on the course, marking and commenting on your written work and whom you can contact for advice and guidance. There will be a programme of online tutorials and face-to-face tutorials at one or two UK locations. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a separate online general discussion forum for all students on this module. You must use the online eTMA system to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs).

Different course options

Distance without attendance | Run at the client site in the region of United Kingdom | 6 months | MAY

Study mode

Distance without attendance


6 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


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

Students 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). If their particular interest is in international management, we recommend that they first study Development: context and practice (T877). It provides a wide-ranging introduction to international development, and will give them a solid grounding in contemporary development theory and practice.