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Postgraduate Studies in Development Management

With the exception of TU874 The Development Management Project, you can take each of our modules on its own and find great professional value. You can also study two modules to achieve one of the three Postgraduate Certificates we offer – in Development Management, in Conflict and Development, and Human Rights and Development Management – or four modules to achieve our Postgraduate Diploma in Development Management. If you want to work towards the MSc in Development Management, it is worthwhile giving some thought to the best pathway for you. 
There are two regulations you will need to follow:

1.    You must complete 3 core development management modules:
  • Capacities for managing development (T878)
  • Institutional development (TU872)
  • Conflict and development (T879)
2.    You must complete your MSc by taking a fourth core development management module:
  • The Development Management Project (TU874)
Within these regulations, there are various ways of attaining the MSc.

The ‘classic’ path to take is via the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Development Management. This pathway is particularly appropriate if your interest is in the broad terrain of international development.
PG Certificate in Development Management
T877 Development: Context and Practice
T878 Capacities for Managing Development 
PG Diploma in Development Management
TU872 Institutional Development
T879 Conflict and Development
MSc Development Management
Optional module
TU874 The Development Management Project
Alternatively, you can use the starting points provided by the other two Postgraduate Certificates to specialise in particular areas that interest you or are relevant to you professionally.

A Conflict and Development route where you can focus your TU874 project on a conflict topic and use your optional module for the MSc to study an appropriately-related subject. Examples might be one of the Systems Thinking in Practice modules such as Thinking strategically: systems tools for managing change (T811) or Managing systemic change: inquiry, action and interaction (TU812).
PG Certificate in Conflict and Development
T877 Development: Context and Practice
T879 Conflict and Development
PG Diploma in Development Management
T878 Capacities for Managing  Development
TU872 Institutional Development   
MSc Development Management
Optional module
TU874 The Development Management Project
Or a Human Rights and Development Management route where you can again focus your TU874 project on a human rights topic and use your optional module for the MSc to study an appropriately-related subject, perhaps from modules in Law (see: http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/qualifications/f64).
PG Diploma in Development Management
TU872 Institutional Development
T879 Conflict and Development 
MSc Development Management
Optional module
TU874 The Development Management Project
There is however an alternative Certificate in Human Rights and Development Management which precludes an option at Certificate stage, as outlined below and which you may need to think about before deciding which route to take to the MSc. This alternative enables you to take T877 Development: Context and Practice instead of T878 Capacities for Managing Development in the Certificate, but means you need to take T878 to gain both the Diploma and the MSc. Complicated but true!
PG Certificate in Human Rights & Development Management
T877 Development: Context and Practice
W822 Business, human rights law and corporate social responsibility 
PG Diploma in Development Management
T878 Capacities for Managing Development
TU872 Institutional Development
T879 Conflict and Development
MSc Development Management
TU874 The Development Management Project

Other ways to specialise within the MSc are to choose an optional module from the areas listed below and to focus your TU874 project on a topic that aligns with your professional interest in this area.
  • Health
  • Education
  • Systems
  • Environment
  • Business management
Please look at the list of recommended modules here: http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/qualifications/f11

Finally, you may find that you have other possibilities to specialise in an area that interests you if you have prior or current postgraduate study to transfer in from another institution. It might be possible to use this study as credit that would count (up to 60 points) towards your MSc.
If you are aiming to obtain credit transfer and are not sure which pathway to follow, please contact Richard Pinder for further advice: richard.pinder@open.ac.uk.