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PGCert NGO and Development Management via Distance Learning

Course overview

Start date

September 2018

Subject area

Politics and International Development




Distance Learning

Course summary

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.

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International Outreach

The course has international outreach and offers you great flexibility.

Step up your career

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.

Active Academics

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.

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What we're researching

Our academic team are actively researching the key issues of today’s globalised world, such as fair trade and wellbeing, justice and natural resource extraction, comparative perspectives of urban deprivation and gender and development.

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.

Katie Wright

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

Below are some ideas on how to fund your postgraduate study:

There are a number of ways you can pay your fees to UEL

•    Online payment facilities
•    By telephone
•    In person at our Docklands or Stratford campus
•    Bank transfer Full information on making payments can be found here

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Tuition fees

Per 30 credit module

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.
Deposits and paying by instalments

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.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.


Tuition fees

Per 30 credit module

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.2 Honours in a Relevant Subject

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. 


(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

If you don’t quite meet the academic requirements for this course, you can apply with an additional foundation year. Read more about the International Foundation Programme.


Applicants must be able to demonstrate a clear commitment to engaging with the developing country contexts, issues and concerns.  Experience in NGO's within the UK or overseas at time of application is welcomed.

Overall IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll learn

The course consists of two modules: Development in the International Context and Project and Programme Design. 

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

This course has a strong focus on employability and is specifically designed to give you the skills you need to work for development agencies, NGOs and in the wider development sector.

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. 

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