This Capacities for Managing Development module at The Open University UK  sets out to help you build your capacities for managing those challenges. It rests on the assumption that management is a political and ethical process, a matter of the use of power to bring about desired goals in contexts characterised by conflicts of interests, values and agendas.
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Development management engages with the multiple challenges of development.  The Capacities for Managing Development programme delivered by The Open University UK module teaches a range of skills you need to manage development well, skills of strategic thinking, research, advocacy, planning, policy making and evaluation. .

Vocational relevance

The module will have particular relevance for you if you are working, or want to work, in development-related fields in the UK or around the world.

 It will offer you the opportunity to share in learning that engages directly with professional practice, and that will enhance your effectiveness and employability as a development manager or as a professional (engineer/educationalist/health worker/agronomist/) who works in development contexts.


This is a compulsory module in our:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Development Management
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Development Management
  • MSc in Development Management

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

  • Part 1 Discovering development management

Part 1 traces the evolution of development management in theory and in practice, recognising the significance in particular of colonialism, bureaucracy and neo-liberalism. It provides a conceptual and institutional framework for understanding development management that applies to both the North and South.

  • Part 2 Making a difference

Part 2 takes as its starting point, strategic thinking in the context of situations in which multiple actors are intervening. 

  • Part 3 Taking on development management

Part 3 explores a number of critical issues in development management, with a view to identifying ways in which development management can be challenged and improved. It considers evaluation, the process of making judgments about the value of development interventions and (possibly) learning from them.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

This module can be studied on its own or as a module of a postgraduate qualification.

You should normally hold a bachelors degree from a UK university (or equivalent), or have had experience of working, in a paid or voluntary capacity, in a development agency (local or international).

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    1920 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1920 GBP for the full programme and a duration of .
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