University of Manchester

University of Manchester

International Development (Development Management)

This programme focuses on the analysis of management, planning and policy-making aspects of the development process; it is designed for social science graduates or for those working in a variety of institutions including central and local government, parastatal organisations, non-governmental organisations and multilateral or bilateral aid agencies involved in the management of development activities in developing countries; it aims to blend theory and practice and seeks to explain policy behaviour through an integrated approach, drawing on a range of disciplinary perspectives.

Entry requirements

An Upper 2nd Class Honours degree in a relevant subject, or overseas equivalent; those whose 1st lanugage is not English require IELTS 7.0, or equivalent.

Course modules

Modules include: Perspectives on development; development research skills; planning and management development; public sector reform and management. Options include: Civil society and public action; social development: analysis and policy; ICTs and socio-economic development; critical issues in urban inequality; human resource practice one and two; microfinance; economic analysis of the public sector; urban development planning in cities of the south; conservation and development; comparative social policy; poverty, livelihoods and poverty reduction in context; politics and development; climate change, disasters and urban poverty; best practice case studies in urban development; dissertation.

Sponsorship information

Students at the Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) are often funded by their national governments or their employers, or are self-financing their studies; they also traditionally benefit from a number of additional funding options from the following sources: UK Department for International Development/Foreign and Commonwealth Office (including DfID/ACU Shared Scholarship Schemes); British Council; World Bank/International Development Agency; Bilateral aid agencies (SIDA, CIDA, GTZ, NORAD, FINNIDA, etc.); United Nations (UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO, FAO, etc.); European Union; church, educational and other trusts; regional development banks.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,800 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 12,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MA Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL North West

Key information

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