This programme is provided jointly by IDPM and the School of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Civil Engineering (MACE), with additional contributions from Manchester Business School.
Its aims are to provide participants with:
* analytical capacities
* knowledge and skills necessary to propose, plan, implement, manage and evaluate development projects
* enhanced skills and knowledge in specialist functional areas such as infrastructure and social and economic development
* an appreciation of the role of research in proposing, managing and evaluating projects
* specific people management skills including groupwork, negotiation, conflict management and political skills
The programme is intended for professionals and managers working in the field of programme and project management who may be involved with project design, monitoring and evaluation in the context of low income economies. This would typically include engineers, sociologists, project managers of international or bilateral aid projects, NGO practitioners and policy makers of key ministries.
The programme incorporates a field study, usually to Cyprus, which offers an opportunity to apply conceptual understanding and techniques to organisations and issues in a society undergoing rapid cultural, political and economic change.
Special features An overseas field visit is an integral part of the programme. The cost of the visit is included in the programme fee. In addition, participants may undertake research visits to organisations applying information systems in practice in the UK. Fieldcourses may be scheduled at any point during the twelve-month period of the degree programme and this may include during University vacations. Successful applicants are expected to be available to attend
Students will study four compulsory core modules and four optional modules in two semesters of intensive coursework. The choice of options from a range of topics and perspectives enables participants to focus sharply on their particular areas of specialisation.
In addition, candidates complete a 12-15,000-word dissertation, which offers wide scope for individual focus.
Core course units typically include:
* Characteristics and Skills of Development Practice
* Development Practice: International Contexts and Worlds of Action
* Financing Projects
* Planning and Managing Development
Optional course units may include:
* Civil Society and Public Action
* Commercial Management
* Environmental Impact Assessment
* Gender and Development
* ICTs and Socio-Economic Development
* Infrastructure Projects in Developing Countries
* Managing Major Projects and Programmes
* Managing Projects
* Managing Quality in Development
* Organisational Behaviour
* Private Sector Management for Development
* Public Sector Reform and Management
* Risk Management
Availability of course units may vary from year to year.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.