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Development Management by distance learning MSc/PGDip


Course Description

The programme is designed for those who want to improve their knowledge and skills in development management, from a wide range of sectors, including central and local government, NGOs and donors, and at the same time to acquire an academic qualification.

It explores:

The nature and purpose of development management
The role and relationships of and between actors in development management (in government, civil society, the private sector, and donors)
The approaches to reforms in developing countries and their management, and appraising their impact on different society interests
Policy making
Public finance
How to adapt public administration concepts to a variety of economic, institutional, geographic and cultural settings
key concepts of democracy, human rights, access to justice and accountability to development management practice

Offered through distance learning, you study via a web-based learning environment, using textbooks and other printed materials, complemented by our extensive electronic library, and an online discussion board where you participate in guided discussion activities with other students and your tutor

The programme is taught by a team of multidisciplinary specialists who work closely with students to address their individual interests and concerns. MSc students have an individual dissertation supervisor.

As a distance learning degree, the MSc Development Management takes a minimum of two years to complete: 18 months for the six taught modules and six months for the dissertation.

The programme does not include any face-to-face element.

About the School of Government and Society

The School of Government and Society is one of the leading UK and International centres for governance, politics, international development, sociology, public management, Russian and European studies.

Established in 2008, the School comprises three Departments: Politics and International Studies (POLSIS); International Development (IDD) and Local Government Studies (INLOGOV).

POLSIS: The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS), one of the largest and most academically vibrant departments of Political Science and International Studies in the UK. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) Politics and International Studies at Birmingham was ranked the 6th best in the power rankings highlighting the large number of staff in POLSIS producing world-leading and internationally excellent research.

IDD: Be part of global effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Contribute to conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction. Help build capacity of nations and communities to adapt to climate change. Study with us to gain the skills and knowledge essential for working in international development in the 21st Century.

INLOGOV: The Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) is the leading academic centre for research and teaching on local governance and strategic public management. We enrich the world of local public service with research evidence and innovative ideas, making a positive difference.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Visit the Development Management by distance learning MSc/PGDip page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

Entry Requirements

MSc/PGDip:An upper second class Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university or an equivalent professional qualification in a relevant field (the equivalent US GPA is 3.0) orA lower second-class Honours degree from an approved university with relevant work experience.Adequate capacity in written and reading English. For those whose first language is not English, evidence of this capacity is required. Applicants should reach at least level 6.5 in the IELTS.Degrees from all disciplines are considered and a candidate’s work experience can be taken into consideration.

Course Fees

MSc: £11,790 (FT), £5,895 (PT), PG Diploma: £7,860 (FT), £3,930 (PT), PG Certificate: £3,930 (FT)


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