This MSc is provided jointly by the Global Development Institute (GDI), Alliance Manchester Business School and the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE). The content combines the strength of the disciplinary excellence of each institution, exploring international development management focused on both infrastructure capacity and on social and economic development.
The course is designed to provide you with: -Analytical capacities, knowledge and skills necessary to propose, plan, implement, manage and evaluate development projects. -Enhanced competence in relevant functional areas of development management and the specialist roles of the development practitioner. -Appreciation of the core roles of diagnosing, monitoring and intervening when proposing, managing and evaluating projects. -Insight into and practice of specific people management skills of facilitation, emotional intelligence, conflict management and organisational politics.
The course usually includes a fieldtrip to a UK or overseas destination, giving you practical experience of the issues discussed in class. During the visit, you also have the opportunity to discuss course topics with specialists and professionals in the field. The cost of the fieldtrip is included in the course fee.
Teaching and learning
Part-time students complete the full-time programme over 27 months. There are no evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme, therefore if you are considering taking a programme on a part-time basis, you should discuss the requirements with the Programme Director and seek approval from your employer to have the relevant time off. Timetabling information is normally available from late August from the Programme Administrator and you will have the opportunity to discuss course unit choices during induction week with the Programme Director.
Coursework and assessment
The taught elements of the programme, carrying 120 credits overall is continuously assessed by a variety of methods (project based reports, essays), involving largely individual submissions, but also elements of group work.
Participants must also complete a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation on a topic of their choice approved by the Programme Directors. Students are encouraged to base their dissertations on topics of direct professional concern to themselves.
This course is intended for professionals and managers working in the field of programme and project management who may be involved with project design, monitoring and evaluation in the context of low-income economies. This would typically include engineers, sociologists, consultants and project managers of international/bilateral aid projects and of NGOs, as well as policymakers in the state sector.