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MSc Management and Implementation of Development Projects
Learn to plan, manage and evaluate development projects as well as skills in facilitation, conflict management and organisational politics.

MSc Management and Implementation of Development Projects / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course description

This MSc is provided jointly by the Global Development Institute (GDI), Alliance Manchester Business School and the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE). The content combines the strength of the disciplinary excellence of each institution, exploring international development management focused on both infrastructure capacity and on social and economic development.


The course is designed to provide you with:

  • Analytical capacities, knowledge and skills necessary to propose, plan, implement, manage and evaluate development projects.
  • Enhanced competence in relevant functional areas of development management and the specialist roles of the development practitioner.
  • Appreciation of the core roles of diagnosing, monitoring and intervening when proposing, managing and evaluating projects.
  • Insight into and practice of specific people management skills of facilitation, emotional intelligence, conflict management and organisational politics.

Special features

Anna Wanetschek, GDI

The course usually includes a fieldtrip to a UK or overseas destination, giving you practical experience of the issues discussed in class. During the visit, you also have the opportunity to discuss course topics with specialists and professionals in the field.

The cost of the fieldtrip is included in the course fee.

For an overview of the fieldwork experience from Anna Wanetschek, 2016-17 Programme Representative, watch the video.

Teaching and learning

Part-time Study

Part-time students complete the full-time programme over 27 months.  There are no evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme, therefore if you are considering taking a programme on a part-time basis, you should discuss the requirements with the Programme Director and seek approval from your employer to have the relevant time off.  Timetabling information is normally available from late August from the Programme Administrator and you will have the opportunity to discuss course unit choices during induction week with the Programme Director.

Coursework and assessment

The taught elements of the programme, carrying 120 credits overall is continuously assessed by a variety of methods (project based reports, essays), involving largely individual submissions, but also elements of group work.

Participants must also complete a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation on a topic of their choice approved by the Programme Directors.  Students are encouraged to base their dissertations on topics of direct professional concern to themselves.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Research Methods and Skills in Organisational Contexts MGDI77770 15 Mandatory
Strategic Project Organising BMAN70391(A) 15 Optional
Megaproject Leadership and Strategy BMAN72262 15 Optional
Public Sector Reform and Management MGDI60081 15 Optional
Civil Society & Public Action MGDI60521 15 Optional
Financing Projects MGDI61961 15 Optional
Organisational Behaviour MGDI70072 15 Optional
Organizational Psychology, Management and Change MGDI70081 15 Optional
Managing Quality in Development MGDI70472 15 Optional
Gender & Development MGDI70802 15 Optional
Planning and Managing Development MGDI70992 15 Optional
Risk Management MGDI71432 15 Optional
Development Practice: International Contexts and Worlds of Action MGDI71981 15 Optional
Characteristics and Skills of Development Practice MGDI71992 15 Optional
Environmental Impact Assessment PLAN60411 15 Optional
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The Arthur Lewis Building provides excellent resources including analytical laboratories, studio facilities, workshops, seminar rooms, an on-site cafe and dedicated computer clusters including GIS facilities.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: