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PG Cert NGO and Development Management by Distance Learning

Course Description

The PG Cert in NGO and Development Management via distance learning offers you the opportunity to examine the central issues facing developing countries in today’s globalised world and to learn practical skills to work in development.

This course not only addresses the theories of development, but also explores how development works at the grassroots.

This allows you to gain a unique set of skills in how development programmes and projects are designed, implemented and managed and it equips you with vital understanding of the role that NGOs can play in promoting social and economic progress.

It is increasingly important for those working in international development, policy makers and workers attached to NGOs to appreciate the relationship between poverty, inequality and international development processes.


The course consists of two modules: Development in the International Context and Project and Programme Design. This is a part-time course that is completed over two terms in one year.

You will learn about development management in the international context and the impact of globalisation.
Our Project and Programme Design module will give you insight into a range of approaches to development interventions, including design, implementation and management.

This introduces design methods used by NGOs and aid agencies as well as important issues sustainability and alternatives to the project approach.


We appreciate that our distance-learning students may have professional commitments and may be based internationally, so they need greater flexibility.

Because of the direction and support in the online materials, student/tutor interaction time via, for example, online discussions should be minimal so that it can fit around work schedules and commitments.

At the same time, dedicated support staff and academic tutors will be available through the Online Student Community and will address all queries in line with our student charter for distance learning.

You’ll have access to specialist teaching staff with expertise relating to a range of different contexts and NGOs.


This course has a strong focus on employability and is specifically designed to give you the skills you need to work for development agencies, NGOs and in the wider development sector.

You will gain the experience and knowledge either to further your career in NGO and development management or to use your skills within the area to enhance the role you are already playing.

If you have not been involved in NGOs or development management previously, the course will give you the knowledge and practical skills which are highly sought after by development agencies.

Visit the PG Cert NGO and Development Management by Distance Learning page on the University of East London website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a first class or second class honours degree. This degree should be in a relevant field of study. Applicants holding an honours degree in a field of study which is not of obvious relevance may also be considered. Applicants who are not graduates but who have relevant research or professional experience may also be considered. All applicants with appropriate qualifications will be invited for an interview. In the case of applicants whose first language is not English an IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.

Course Fees

Full-time: UK/EU Students £5,970. Part-time: £995 per 30 credit module

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