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The award
MSc

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 9000 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 12500 per year

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About International Development Management at Westminster Business School, London, University of Westminster

This course will give you a firm understanding of development theory in an international context, with a particular focus on how to bring theory into practice and build your practical expertise in range of development disciplines.

The course aims to enhance your capacity to critically evaluate economic, political and social factors that are affecting the development policy environment, on a national and international level. Throughout this Master's degree, you will develop management techniques and skills, and the ability to apply them in a development context.

Through empirical research and analysis, you will have the opportunity to develop specialist expertise in a particular aspect of development management.

The course is designed to prepare you for a career in development management with an international organisation, a non-governmental body or a government development agency.Our graduates are NGO programme officers, trade advisors, project managers, microfinance specialists and development consultants. Some of our graduates have also set up their own development charities or proceeded to PhD research and teaching. 

Our regular contributors to teaching and learning activities include experienced field practitioners drawn from international development organisations and NGOs.

Active and enquiry-led learning is a central learning method on the course. Learning is based studying on real-world case studies with official project materials and survey data from the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and other development agencies. 

As part of this course, you have the opportunity to obtain a PRINCE2 Foundation certification in project management. 

A highlight for many students is the field trips and social events organised throughout the course which provide an opportunity for networking and extending learning in new environments.

You will also benefit from free access to part of the material on the course reading list.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

Core modules

This module will track and highlight current issues within the field of international development, and challenge you to engage in critical analysis of their socio-economic impact. It will also strengthen your ability to appraise their policy implications and sharpen your capacity to proffer effective and sustainable solutions in addressing such issues.

By exploring the concepts and theories that have been developed and applied by economists to the study of the problems of developing countries, this module explores the implications for the framing of development policy.

This module introduces you to the key human resource management concepts at international and national levels.

This module will introduce new concepts in development financing techniques. You will acquire the skills to understand modern project financing techniques, enhancing your ability to effectively manage and complete development projects in the face of the ongoing global financial austerity threats.

This module will provide the necessary skills you will need to analyse and interpret development data, and to use those skills to enhance the decision-making process.

This module will provide the conceptual and practical skills you will need to evaluate various tools and techniques appropriate for managing development interventions at regional and global levels. Using appropriate case studies, it will also provide you with the skills to appraise and manage national and international NGO-sponsored, government-sponsored and privately sponsored projects.

An 8-10,000-word dissertation in the area of international development management.

You will acquire the skills necessary to complete your final year project. Essentially, this module will develop your competence in research design, information gathering and questionnaire structuring. It will also develop your understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods, and how they can be applied.

You can choose one option module from the University's postgraduate programme, subject to approval by the Course Leader. This gives the unique benefit of allowing you to choose according to your past academic studies, work experience or, perhaps, in line with your future career pathways or interests.

All students on our full-time business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme Reflective Practitioner Module. This is an 8 week unpaid accredited internship, which can be taken in addition to option modules and will help students to gain invaluable work experience. The internships, which are with London-based organisations, take place during the summer period. To apply, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV to the Business Experience Team; the team then shortlist from the applications and conduct group meetings with the applicants.

Ultimately it is up to our internship employers to decide whether they would like to interview the candidate(s) and offer him/her an internship. We have received very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

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Course Leader

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Dr Olasunkanmi Sholarin

Principal Lecturer

Ola is a highly proficient academic practitioner with over 22 years' experience in academic programme design, delivery and management. A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with outstanding achievements in areas of teaching, research and scholarly activities, he brings invaluable experience as a front-line consultant and researcher from a wide spectrum of development industry. Ola enriches his programme with regular visits to the United Nations, where his students get to interact face-to-face with experienced professionals and world-class field practitioners.

The stakes are very high and a good proportion of the students will secure employment well before their graduation. In the business of preparing future leaders equipped with the right tools and minds set to address tomorrow's challenges today, success comes at a price, and No pain; No gain!

Ola brings invaluable experience as a front-line consultant and researcher from a wide spectrum of development industry.

Course Team

Dr Olasunkanmi Sholarin - Principal Lecturer
Dr Vincent Rich - Head of School - Org. Econ. & Soc.
Dr Serena Masino - Lecturer
Dr Shujie Shen - Senior Lecturer
Dr Sheikh Selim - Senior Lecturer
Dr Rebeca Munoz-Torres - Senior Lecturer

Careers

The course will particularly suit those seeking to work within NGOs and the international development community (including the World Bank, IMF, central and development banks, and government economic planning directorates), as self-employed development specialists or consultants, or as trade attaché in foreign diplomatic offices.

Should you wish to complete the PRINCE2 project management qualification, this will also enable you to work with multinational corporations where, alongside good technical skills, an awareness of global development issues and challenges and the ability to think critically about the world are valued.

Graduates from the programme have worked as specialists advisers with top NGOs across the globe and as advisers with trade and economic departments in government offices. Others are currently working as development consultants, microfinance specialists and as advisors on United Nations-sponsored projects.

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you'll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9000 per yearInternational course feesGBP 12500 per year

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Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a first degree from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second Class Honours or international equivalent) and demonstrate interest and motivation in the subject area. Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years' relevant professional experience will also be considered.

Directly relevant degree disciplines include business studies, economics, geography, management, and operations research. However students with qualifications in other disciplines such as engineering, environmental sciences, the humanities and languages are also encouraged to apply. If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6 in each element.

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Applicants should normally hold a first degree from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second Class Honours or international equivalent) and demonstrate interest and motivation in the subject area. Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years' relevant professional experience will also be considered.

Directly relevant degree disciplines include business studies, economics, geography, management, and operations research. However students with qualifications in other disciplines such as engineering, environmental sciences, the humanities and languages are also encouraged to apply. If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6 in each element.

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