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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

Year of entry: 2018

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Science
Duration
12 months (full-time); 27 months (part-time)
Entry requirements
Applicants should have a Bachelors degree with a minimum classification of Second Class Honours Upper Division (2:1) or its international equivalent.

Admission of candidates who do not meet this criterion may be approved if satisfactory evidence of postgraduate study, research or professional experience can be provided. Please contact the School's admissions office for further guidance.

At least one year's relevant work experience is normally required. Exceptionally, candidates without work experience but with a stated commitment to the sector may be admitted.

Please submit the following documents with your application:

  • Copies of official degree certificates and transcripts of your previous study, showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. If these documents are in languages other than English please provide official translations.
  • Two written references, signed by the referee and on official headed paper.
  • A personal statement detailing why you wish to study the course, your experiences, what you can bring to the course and any other information that you see as relevant to your application
  • Your CV
  • Copies of English Language Certification, e.g. IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson test score report.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
Approximately 150 applications are received each year and 20 new students registered.
How to apply

Apply online

Please note that due to the high volume of applications received this year, this course has now closed  postgraduate taught applications for 2018 entry to all international/non-EU students. Applications for 2019 will open in September 2018.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc Y Y N N

Course overview

  • You want a unique, multidisciplinary development management course featuring a wide range of expert insights
  • You would like to combine training in hard project management skills with soft skills in problem solving and managing people
  • You are looking to work with an international group of students - and share unique experiences during our 10-day field study

Open days

Postgraduate open days provide a great opportunity to take a look at the University and find out what Manchester has to offer you. For further information, please see: Open Days

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £11,000
    International students (per annum): £19,500
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £5,500
    International students (per annum): £9,750

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Scholarships/sponsorships

The School of Environment, Education and Development is offering a number of scholarships for 2018 entry. For further information please click here .

The Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a 1st and are progressing to a postgraduate taught masters course for September 2018 entry (terms and conditions apply - please contact us for further information).  

See also the University's postgraduate funding database for more funding opportunities.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Susan Harney
Telephone
+44 (0) 161 275 0969
Email
Website
http://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/
Academic department overview
See: The School .

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Applicants should have a Bachelors degree with a minimum classification of Second Class Honours Upper Division (2:1) or its international equivalent.

Admission of candidates who do not meet this criterion may be approved if satisfactory evidence of postgraduate study, research or professional experience can be provided. Please contact the School's admissions office for further guidance.

At least one year's relevant work experience is normally required. Exceptionally, candidates without work experience but with a stated commitment to the sector may be admitted.

Please submit the following documents with your application:

  • Copies of official degree certificates and transcripts of your previous study, showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. If these documents are in languages other than English please provide official translations.
  • Two written references, signed by the referee and on official headed paper.
  • A personal statement detailing why you wish to study the course, your experiences, what you can bring to the course and any other information that you see as relevant to your application
  • Your CV
  • Copies of English Language Certification, e.g. IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson test score report.

English language

 Applicants whose first language is not English should meet the following language requirements:  
  • IELTS overall score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the written section and 6 in the other subsections 
  • TOEFL internet-based test score of 90 or more overall, with a minimum writing score of 22 and no other subsection below 20
  • Pearson PTE overall score of  with a minimum score of 59 in the written section and 51 in all other subsections 
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) overall score of 176 or above, with 176 in writing and no sub-section below 169 -OR- Grade C if taken before January 2015

We will consider applicants who do not meet these scores but you may be required to attend a pre-sessional English language course at the University of Manchester, or to demonstrate an improvement in your language scores prior to the start of your course.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply online

Please note that due to the high volume of applications received this year, this course has now closed  postgraduate taught applications for 2018 entry to all international/non-EU students. Applications for 2019 will open in September 2018.

Re-applications

If you applied in a previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

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.

Aims

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

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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
Displaying 10 of 15 course units

Facilities

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: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

This course 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, consultants and project managers of international/bilateral aid projects and of NGOs, as well as policymakers in the state sector.