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Africa and International Development (Online Distance Learning) (PgCert)

Course Description

Programme description

This programme is designed for those with an interest in international development who wish to develop analytical and theoretical skills along with an in-depth knowledge of development issues in the African continent.

International development in Africa raises a complex set of issues. In this programme, you’ll draw on our Centre of African Studies’ long-standing reputation as a global hub of Africanist expertise to develop a deeper understanding of these issues.

Suitable for both students and professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds, the programme combines theory and practice in seeking to contextualise and analyse the processes that have shaped poverty and underdevelopment in Africa, and the many responses to these issues.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Development Academy.

Online learning

You will study three courses over nine months. The courses are taught using a range of innovative interactive teaching methods.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this programme you will:

know and understand development issues (with a specific African focus) and international development in comparative perspective
be able to critically evaluate the factors shaping particular development processes and their outcomes
be able to appropriately apply theories and insights from scholarly research to practical issues and problems of development policy and practice

Career opportunities

A qualification in Africa & International Development offers a multidisciplinary grasp of issues that will be of use when pursuing a career in development agencies, consultancy, the public sector and non-governmental organisations.

In addition, you will develop a range of transferable skills, such as communication and project management, which can be applied to roles in any field.

Visit the Africa and International Development (Online Distance Learning) (PgCert) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 undergraduate degree or its international equivalent.

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