International Development Management

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 11 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 14.7 k / Year(s) Deadline: May 3, 2024
801–1000 place StudyQA ranking:1668 Duration:1 year

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How does speculative trading in consumable items by multinational institutions translate into unaffordable food prices, even among major exporters of agricultural produce? Given its potential to double annual food production in so many countries, what would it take to enhance gender equality across the globe and achieve improved living standards for all? In seeking self-reliance and balanced economic growth, is selective aid assistance a better option than free trade or aid for trade? With over $500 billion being remitted home by migrant workers from across the globe, where lies the balance between brain drain and brain gain? And given the ongoing global financial crisis and the costly environmental disasters that continue to ravage our planet, what is the optimal recipe for achieving sustainable growth and equitable development for all? This course gives you the opportunity to get involved in the discussion to find solutions to these and future challenges.

Our regular contributors to teaching and learning activities include experienced field practitioners drawn from international development organisations and NGOs. You will also have access to official project materials from the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and other development agencies for real-life simulation and group-based activities.

You will have the opportunity to enrol on the PRINCE2 foundation certificate (recognised in more than 150 countries worldwide) to gain an additional professional qualification in project management free of charge, and eligible students may also be able to take part in a field-based internship programme within or outside the UK during University vacations.

Core modules

Current Issues in International Development

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.

Development Economics and Policy

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.

Human Resources Strategies for the International Manager

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

International Development Finance

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.

Managing Data

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.

Managing Development Interventions

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.

Research Methods

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.

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 operation 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.

There are two ways for international students to apply for a postgraduate programme at Westminster:

  • online via apply online via UKPass
  • via apply via our overseas representatives

There is no official deadline for postgraduate applications, but we strongly recommend you apply early (by April for September start and October for January start), especially if you are interested in applying for a scholarship.

If you apply via UKPass, please make sure you include scanned copies of all the following documents:

  • a copy of your results transcript from your first degree (translated into English)
  • a copy of your English language qualification
  • your CV/resumé
  • two academic references (letters of recommendation)
  • a personal statement (statement of purpose/study plan) that explains:
    • why you are interested in the course(s)
    • why you would like to study at the University of Westminster
    • any relevant skills and experience that you have
    • your career plans

If you are applying by post please include photocopies of the above documents with your application form.

The University of Westminster is one of the few universities in the UK to offer full scholarships to postgraduate students and in 2015/16 we awarded scholarships to students from over 50 countries across the world.

Our scholarships are listed below under four categories; full scholarship, full tuition fee, half tuition fee and part tuition fee awards. On your application form, you will need to tell us honestly the two minimum levels of funding that you require and then your application will be assessed for all of the scholarships within that category.

Please note, our full scholarships and full tuition fee scholarships are not available to MBA applicants (who are only eligible to apply for the dedicated MBA Scholarships).

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.

Summary of course features

The key features of this programme are summarised below:

  • You will be provided with induction sessions in core aspects of the course to help you ease into the programme effortlessly before the course commences.
  • You will be offered an opportunity to complete a PRINCE2 project management qualification. 
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