Siri, a qualified nurse, says the programme not only improved her
knowledge in a range of topics including business, human rights law,
urban transition and intervention – it also changed the way she thinks
“It’s taught me to analyse how and why we deliver programmes in the way we do – and work out what we should be doing. The study allows a lot of capacity for reflection, which has brought me closer, clearer interaction with partners, donors and external stakeholders such as government departments...Everything I have studied has relevance to my work.
I started the course when I was in Chad, then continued when I went to Libya, and am completing it in Haiti. The online learning means I’ve taken part in tutorials with students from all over the world.
You learn by yourself but you never feel alone.”
Head of sub-office in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
MSc in Development Management enabled me to understand much better the
context in which I work, and to also understand better the motivations
and mentalities of many other non-engineering stakeholders who are
crucial to successful sustainable engineering. Although I work
particularly in a development context, I believe that many of these
skills and lessons can also be usefully transferred to sustainable
engineering in the developed world. I consider myself both
an Engineer and a Development Manager and I believe that the
combination of skills is needed to enable engineers to make a more
effective contribution to sustainable development in any context.”|
Head of Contracts Management, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), responsible for providing advice and direction on UNOPS construction contracts around the globe
cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoyed the MSc in Development
Management. I would recommend it to anyone and feel that I learned a
tremendous amount during my time with the OU. I was thoroughly
impressed by the content of the courses as well as the professionalism
and support with which they were delivered. |
My thesis was one of the best things I have ever done and taught me a great deal….What I loved most about TU874 (and in many ways the masters in general) was that I was given the flexibility and confidence to investigate what interested me most. I work for a solar energy company in Guatemala that provides electricity to rural communities without access to the grid. My original thoughts were to study a topic related to this work as it would have been a perfect fit. However, as I was able to apply this experience in other courses such as TU870 and TU872, I took the opportunity to investigate another area of interest to me - the link between human rights and development.
After its 36 year civil war, the relationship between human rights and development is an important one within Guatemala. After studying the masters course I felt capable of addressing this challenge as I was armed with a broad view of the many different perspectives of development management and how and why they had arisen. Within my study of this area I was also able to pull in learning and understanding from each module I had studied, including my options (TU875 and W822 within the faculty of law). I was able to reflect on what development management really meant to me and feel confident that I was viewing my research question in a holistic, reflective and investigative manner.
I want to thank you all very much for helping me to gain this understanding and confidence. I could not have asked for more from the OU or for more support throughout my masters. I feel very proud to say that I studied with you all and I will be forever grateful.”
firstly enrolled in a postgraduate certificate in conflict and
development and set off for a language course in Vietnam. Later, while
working remotely in the field for a foreign NGO in Bangladesh, it did
not take me long to think about upgrading my education to a
postgraduate diploma. Studying primarily for private enrichment proved
to be a good alternative to keep sane in a ‘never ending 24/7’
humanitarian and early-recovery work…|
During the course of the OU study I lost my father. Also (unlike a couple of people) I survived the cyclone Mahasin that swept over the parts of Bangladesh in late 2013. Despite all these inconveniences the OU enabled me to continue my study journey. Overall, I am grateful for the Open University development management program that simply followed me wherever I went.”
Monitoring Officer, Human Rights
European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM), Georgia
the last year or so, some of the stuff we've read with the OU has
rocked my world! Made me question myself, my job, my organisation...
not that I didn't question stuff before, but this time, to such an
extent that I feel 'opinion-less' sometimes until I work stuff out
again. I've been a front-line worker for nearly 20 years, but only ever
in poor northern UK communities - I've been called many things -
'Neighbourhood Worker', 'Community Organiser', 'Community Development
Officer (depending who's in power and who I'm working for) ... this MSC
has confirmed how much I don't know (in a good way!).” |
Quality of Life Manager
The Goodwin Trust, Hull, UK
Sharon’s employer adds:
“The OU MSc in Development Management has been a wonderful experience not only for Sharon, our Quality of Life manager, but for the organisation as a whole.
As an organisation we are committed to being able to improve the quality of life for our 5000-strong inner city community in Hull, however, this can occasionally lead to an overly tight operational focus on those very immediate problems that our community faces on a day to day basis. The MSc demanded that both Sharon and Goodwin get our collective heads up and engage with the wider context that those problems inhabit.
The MSc has clearly succeeded in providing an excellent professional development opportunity to a valued member of staff, however, it has also provided a wider opportunity for the whole organisation to reflect on both its strategic context and its operational practice. I would have no reservation in recommending the MSc as a challenging, creative and valuable opportunity for individuals and organisations alike working in the sector.”
CEO, The Goodwin Trust
Peterborough, UK, UK