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The Development Management Project

The Open University UK

6 months
2075 GBP/full
2075 GBP/full
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Development managers are often called upon to undertake investigations that contribute to changes in practice and policy. The Development Management Project from The Open University UK, the final, compulsory element of the MSc in Development Management, provides an opportunity to learn, develop and practise the skills required for such an undertaking. 


The Development Management Project from The Open University UK is individually chosen, the choice determined by your own passions and priorities. The process is guided by learning from previous modules of the masters degree. And the product is a report that makes the case for change in the understanding of, and/or the practice and policy related to, a significant development management problem.

You will choose a subject for your project that you can study from a development management perspective, using knowledge and understanding, concepts and theories, drawn from modules you have studied previously for your MSc. This gives you a wide choice. It may well be that your subject will relate to work you are involved in, though it doesn’t have to. Whatever your subject, it should be something that you can formulate in development management terms – and that you are confident will sustain your interest over the whole six-month period.  

As well as the substantive subject of your research project, this module is about the research process itself, and is structured in such a way as to guide you through that process. You will learn and practise a skill that is increasingly important in development management, the skill of doing research in a rigorous fashion to produce knowledge that can be trusted.

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will be responsible for monitoring your progress on the module, marking and commenting on your written work and whom you can contact for advice and guidance. Your tutor will maintain contact with you throughout the module. There is also an online forum, moderated by a tutor, for all students on this module.

Programme Structure

The module is divided into four blocks that support your project work and that are linked to the assignments and to the final project report.

  • Preparing your project proposal
  • Defining the problem
  • Designing and doing the research, dealing with the data
  • Writing your report

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 6 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This module is not available for standalone study. You will only be able to study it as the final module in the MSc in Development Management. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2075 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2075 GBP for the full programme during 6 months.
  • National

    2075 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2075 GBP for the full programme during 6 months.


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