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Global Development Challenges (Online Distance Learning) (PgCert)

Course Description

Programme description

This is a part-time, online programme taking a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the issues around international development and developing your capacity to address them.

Delivered through online distance learning, this Postgraduate Certificate programme – which can be combined to form an MSc degree – offers you an innovative route to gaining understanding and skills to address the complex, interrelated problems facing the world today.

The programme draws on the University’s best research and teaching to deliver a programme that is flexible, challenging and cutting edge in content, delivery and ambition.

You’ll examine a variety of case studies to shed light on strategies for addressing some of the most pressing global challenges of our time. Issues covered by this programme range from global governance, human rights and donor aid strategy, to global health challenges, climate change impacts and ecosystem management.

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

Online learning

You will learn through a mix of online methods, including video lectures, study guides, self-directed and guided reading, and a range of interactive online reflection and discussion activities. You will be part of a vibrant and supportive virtual community.

Programme structure

MSc Global Challenges:
After taking this programme, graduates can also take two further postgraduate certificates in Global Environment Challenges and Global Health Challenges. Completion of all three certificates leads to an MSc in Global Challenges.

Learning outcomes

When you have completed the Postgraduate Certificate you will:

understand development issues and international development in comparative global perspective
be able to critically evaluate the factors shaping particular development processes and their outcomes
be able to apply theories and insights from scholarly research to practical issues and problems of global development practice and policy

Career opportunities

This programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need for work with governments, NGOs, international aid organisations, United Nations agencies, the private sector, universities, other research institutions and elsewhere.

The transferable skills you gain in areas such as communication and research will give you an edge in the employment market, whatever your career.

Visit the Global Development Challenges (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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