This programme provides development managers with analytical and practical skills that lead to social and economic progress in developing and transitional countries.


Please note: this programme is not recruiting for 2019.

The programme is designed for those who want to improve their knowledge and skills in development management, from a wide range of sectors, including central and local government, NGOs and donors, and at the same time to acquire an academic qualification.

It explores:

  • The nature and purpose of development management
  • The role and relationships of and between actors in development management (in government, civil society, the private sector, and donors)
  • The approaches to reforms in developing countries and their management, and appraising their impact on different society interests
  • Policy making
  • Public finance
  • How to adapt public administration concepts to a variety of economic, institutional, geographic and cultural settings
  • key concepts of democracy, human rights, access to justice and accountability to development management practice 

Offered through distance learning, you study via a web-based learning environment, using textbooks and other printed materials, complemented by our extensive electronic library, and an online discussion board where you participate in guided discussion activities with other students and your tutor

The programme is taught by a team of multidisciplinary specialists who work closely with students to address their individual interests and concerns. MSc students have an individual dissertation supervisor.

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

MSc/PGDip Development Management

by distance learning

Course Level:

Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Distance learning




CODE P1081

How long it takes:

MSc: 2–4 years; Postgraduate Diploma: 18 months–4 years

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$22,500

Entry requirements

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Newcastle Law School

Each module is ten weeks and includes six weeks of guided discussions to complement the readings and is worth 20 credits. Module assessment is assignment based (with two assignments per module). There are no examinations.

The programme comprises the following assessed modules:

Compulsory 20 credit module

  • Development Management

A choice of 100 credits from the following 20 credit modules:

  • Conflict and Development
  • International Development (Distance Learning)
  • Development Politics
  • Disability and Development (Distance Learning)
  • Development Projects and Programmes (Distance Learning) 
  • Non-governmental Organisations and Development (Distance Learning) 
  • Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development
  • Rural Poverty and Development
  • Social Analysis of Poverty and Development

Dissertation (60 credits, MSc only) – pursue in-depth research with support from a dissertation supervisor. For distance learning students we recommend desk-based research.

The programme begins with a two week online induction module (non-accredited); and the dissertation work is preceded by a two week online research methods module (again, non-accredited).

Considering postgraduate study, but unsure whether you meet the entry requirements for a Masters-level degree? Postgraduate admissions guidelines vary by course and university, but can be quite flexible.

Your existing qualifications will be important, but you don’t necessarily need a great Bachelors degree to apply for a Masters. Your personal circumstances and experience may also be considered during the admissions process.

This guide explains the typical entry requirements for a Masters, which include:

      • An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject – Depending on the programme and institution, you may need a 2.1 in your Bachelors, but this isn’t always the case
      • Language proficiency – If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to display a certain ability level, usually through a language test
      • Professional experience – Some postgraduate programmes may require you to have some professional experience (this is usually the case for PGCEs and Masters in Social Work)
      • Entrance exams – These are only required in certain subject areas and qualifications, including some MBAs

Tuition fees for UK/EU students 2020/21

MSc:  Full-time £9,900. Part-time £4,950
Postgraduate Diploma:  Full-time £6,660. Part-time £3,300


Tuition fees for International students 2020/21

MSc: Full time £23,310
Postgraduate Diploma: Full-time £15,540


You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.


The programme is designed for recent graduates preparing to work in international development and for professionals working for NGOs, donor or government funded development programmes.



Currently more than 3,800 IDD alumni have taken their knowledge and experience to over 148 countries around the globe and are working in a variety of jobs in the public, private and voluntary sector.