Global Development (E86) PgDip
The Open University
Key Course Facts
This postgraduate diploma provides an advanced grounding in the key theories, approaches and issues that are shaping contemporary global development. Drawing on important social science ideas, it introduces a conceptual framework for making sense of development and employs this in examining six major issues: migration, socio-economic security, environmental sustainability, technological innovation, the global politics of development, and the politics of doing development. You’ll also have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and understanding of the issue or issues of most interest to you by exploring them through four cross-cutting challenges: conflict, governance, justice, and transformation. The diploma enables you to identify and pursue your own interests in development while also enhancing your skills of critical thinking and independent learning and investigation.
Key features of the course
Explore the global context and nature of contemporary development issues.
Gain an understanding of key concepts for critically examining development theories, approaches and issues.
Study with cutting-edge course materials that draw on the internationally-recognised development teaching and research of our academics.
Tailor your learning around development issues of particular interest to you.
Build essential skills for a career in development and related areas.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Global Development (E86), PgDip.
We recommend that you hold a UK bachelors degree (or equivalent), or have had experience of working in a development-related agency (international or local), in either a paid or voluntary capacity, prior to starting this qualification. However, these requirements are not compulsory and you will not be required to provide any supporting documentary evidence. Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum overall score of 6 and minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four components: reading, writing, speaking and listening under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Visa Requirements for International StudentsVisa requirement
All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.
International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.Permission to work while studying
The Open University is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.
Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)
After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.
Average student cost of living in UK
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
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About The Open University
The Open University was established in 1969 in Milton Keynes, and it’s the largest university in the UK for undergraduate education. The OU is among the most prestigious distance-learning institutions in the United Kingdom, enjoying numerous awards and accreditations, including Triple Crown status for their Business School.
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|Human Resource Management (International Development) MSc||The University of Manchester||-||-||-||£6750||£12500||-||Manchester||On campus Part-time|
|International Development: Public Policy and Management MSc||The University of Manchester||-||-||-||£12500||£24000||-||Manchester||On campus Full-time|
|International Development Management MSc||University of Westminster||-||-||-||-||-||-||London||On campus Full-time|
|International Development Management MSc||University of East Anglia||-||-||-||-||-||-||Norwich||On campus Full-time|
|Disaster Management and Sustainable Development MSc||Northumbria University||-||-||-||-||-||-||Newcastle||On campus Full-time|
|Sport Management, Politics and International Development MSc||Loughborough University of Technology||-||-||-||-||-||-||Loughborough||On campus Part-time|
|Sport Policy, Management and International Development MSc||The University of Edinburgh||-||-||-||-||-||-||Edinburgh||On campus Part-time|
|Construction Management and International Development MSc||University of Reading||-||-||-||£8840||£19715||-||Reading||On campus Part-time|
|Leadership for Sustainable Development MSc||Queen's University of Belfast||-||-||-||-||-||-||Belfast||On campus Full-time|
|International Development Management MA||University of Bradford||-||-||-||£7370||£17682||-||Bradford||On campus Full-time|