The Open University has unveiled its new postgraduate Development programme, successor to the popular and influential MSc in Development Management.
The new MSc in Global Development gives students an in-depth understanding of development theory, policy and practice, and equips them with the essential skills for a career in development and related areas.
Dr Dinar Kale, Senior Lecturer in International Development and Innovation in the OU’s Development Policy and Practice group, and Innogen researcher said the Global Development programme keeps the strengths of its predecessor intact while updating in core areas of course structure and teaching, and focusing on emerging new development challenges.
Many Innogen researchers at the OU were involved in the development of this course and some of their work has been included in the curriculum.
"The new MSc provides cutting-edge course materials and innovative pedagogy appropriate to a diverse set of professional and non-professional students,” Dinar said.
"It critically examines development theory, policy and practice across a range of issues, including environmental sustainability, socio-economic security, global migration, conflict, and the changing politics of development.
"This focus on a diverse set of challenges allows students build the capacity for critical and reflexive thinking, independent study and research, and collective dialogue and action."
Like all OU study, it is designed around the needs of students who may be in full-time employment, or frequently on the move.
The first courses begins in October and students can work towards different levels of postgraduate qualification: a Postgraduate Certificate, a Postgraduate Diploma, or the full Masters degree.