University of Manchester

University of Manchester

Management and Implementation of Development Projects

This course provides students with: analytical capacities; knowledge and skills necessary to propose, plan, implement, manage and evaluate development projects; enhanced skills and knowledge in specialist functional areas such as infrastructure and social and economic development; an appreciation of the role of research in proposing, managing and evaluating projects; specific people management skills including group work, negotiation, conflict management and political skills; the course is intended for professionals and managers working in the field of programme and project management who may be involved with project design, monitoring and evaluation in the context of low income economies (engineers, sociologists, project managers of international or bilateral aid projects, NGO practitioners and policy makers of key ministries).

Entry requirements

A 1st degree (minimum 2.1), or equivalent; plus 3 years of relevant professional experience; candidates without a degree are considered if they have 8 to 10 years of relevant professional experience; all applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 7.0 in all skills), TOEFL 600 (paper-based, with a minimum of 4.5 in TWE), TOEFL 250 (computer-based, with a minimum of 4.5 in essay rating), or TOEFL 100 (internet-based, with a minimum of 25 in writing).

Course modules

Modules include: Financing projects, characteristics and skills of development practice, development practice; international contexts and worlds of action, planning and managing development. Optional modules: ICTs and socio-economic development; environmental impact assessment; managing projects; commercial management; civil society and public action; managing quality in development; infrastructure projects in developing countries.

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; bursarys and scholarships awarded by the School are usually advertised from January with a closing date of June.


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

Campus details

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

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