Global Development (K37) at Open University - UCAS

Open University

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Global Development (K37) (Taught)

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Course summary

The world is at a turning point, with humanity facing unprecedented global challenges. In this postgraduate certificate, you'll explore historical and contemporary theories about global development and critically examine their role in shaping development policy and practice, the opportunities and challenges humanity faces in tackling global challenges and bringing about positive change. It will provide you with an in-depth understanding of key development issues, such as migration, environmental sustainability and the global politics of development, and encourage you to reflect on ways to engage with development issues at different scales. You will be introduced to a conceptual framework to help analyse and understand global development in a multitude of contexts, drawing on a range of case study material. In the process, you will enhance your skills in critical thinking, working with evidence, and presenting arguments using a variety of techniques and media. Key features of the course

  • Provides knowledge and understanding of theories and concepts to make sense of global development issues.
  • Critically engages with the global development agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Encourages you to reflect on your standpoint, and that of others, with respect to global development debates.
  • Builds essential skills for a career in development and related areas.


To gain this qualification, you'll complete one module - 'Understanding global development'. This module introduces global approaches to contemporary development issues, equipping you with the analytical tools to critically examine and respond to these challenges.

Entry requirements

It is recommended that you hold a UK bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), or have had experience of working, in a paid or voluntary capacity, in a development-related agency (international or local) prior to embarking on this qualification. However, these requirements are not compulsory and you will not be required to provide any supporting documentary evidence. Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum overall score of 6 and minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four components: reading, writing, speaking and listening under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Fees and funding

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Additional fee information

As fees for individual modules can vary, the total cost you pay for your qualification depends on the modules you choose to study. For further information about fees, please refer to the course description on The Open University website.
Global Development (K37) at Open University - UCAS