The PG Cert in NGO and Development Management via distance learning offers you the opportunity to examine the central issues facing developing countries in today’s globalised world and to learn practical skills to work in development.
This course not only addresses the theories of development but explores how development works at the grassroots.
This allows you to gain a unique set of skills in how development programmes and projects are designed, implemented and managed and it equips you with important understanding of the role that NGOs can play in promoting social and economic progress.
The course has international outreach and offers you great flexibility.
There’s a strong focus on your future career and we will help you develop the practical skills to make you an informed and critical development practitioner.
Our staff are actively involved in development work and research around the world and we have an alumni network of former students who are working in NGOs or have set up NGOs themselves.
What we're researching
We are engaged in cutting-edge research in the area of post-human approaches to international relations, ‘the post-human way of war’, gender power systems of conflict and violence, psychosocial aspects of forced displacement, digital diasporas, social capital and integration.
Our staff also have regional expertise and excellent contacts in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and Western Balkans.
We have a number of research centres and groups in the area of global studies and run many research seminars and events. All of our postgraduate students are welcome to become part of our vibrant research community.
Making a difference
UEL is one of the UK’s leading modern research universities. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 17 per cent of our overall research submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ for its quality and impact – almost double our previous REF score. A further 45 per cent of our work was considered ‘internationally excellent’.
How you'll learn
We appreciate that our distance-learning students may have professional commitments and may be based overseas, so they need greater flexibility.
The direction and support that we provide through our online materials means that interaction with tutors through online discussion can be kept to a minimum to help you fit your studies around work schedules and commitments.
At the same time, dedicated support staff and academic tutors will be available through the Online Student Community and will address all queries in line with our student charter for distance learning.
You will have access to a specialist teaching team with expertise relating to a range of different contexts and NGOs.
NGO and Development Management Course Leader
It is increasingly important for those working in international development, policy-makers and workers attached to NGOs to appreciate the relationship between poverty, inequality and international development processes. This course is relevant to those who are working or have an interest in international development but require a more flexible form of delivery.
Fees and funding
£10,000 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme
Postgraduate Loans (PGL)
The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,000 to taught and research masters students. It will be paid to students as a contribution towards tuition fees, living costs and other course costs.
Applications are made directly through Student Finance England
Whether you qualify depends on:
• if you’ve studied on a postgraduate course before
• your course
• your age
• your nationality or residency status
Full eligibility can be found here
Please take a look at the Postgraduate Loans for an overview of the new funding.
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Per 30 credit module
International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here.
After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.
As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages (www.uel.ac.uk/isa) for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.
Per 30 credit module
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths.
What you'll learn
You will learn about development management in the international context and the impact of globalisation.
Our Project and Programme Design module will give you insight into a range of approaches to development interventions, including design, implementation and management.
This introduces design methods used by NGOs and aid agencies as well as important issues sustainability and alternatives to the project approach.
What you'll study and when
- Development Management in the International Context (core)
- Programme and Project Design (core)
How you'll be assessed
You’ll be assessed through marked essays and written reports, presentation and research proposals. Whilst much of your work will be individual, enabling you to set your own schedule, you will also be expected to participate in team work via group discussions or webinars, and to work together with other distance learning students as a group on a project.Course specification
Your future career
You will gain the experience and knowledge either to further your career in NGO and development management or to use your skills within the area to enhance the role you are already playing.
If you have not been involved in NGOs or development management previously, the course will give you the knowledge and practical skills which are highly sought after by development agencies.