NGO and Development Management, M.Sc.

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  • 12 months
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The MSc in NGO and Development Management offers you the opportunity to examine the central issues facing developing countries in today’s globalised world and to learn practical skills that will enable you to work in development.


The MSc in NGO and Development Management offers you the opportunity to examine the central issues facing developing countries in todays globalised world and to learn practical skills that will enable you to work in development. This programme not only addresses the theories of development, but actively examines how development works practically in the field. It analyses in detail how development programmes and projects are designed, implemented and managed.

The Programme enables the learning of participatory approaches to development that are designed to mobilise people to actively take part in their own development. It equips the students with the understanding of the role that NGOs can play in promoting social and economic progress. We encourage students to work with NGOs on placements.

A central aim of the MSc is to teach you with practical skills that are used in development. These include methodologies of programme and project design such as:

  • The Logical Framework Approach
  • Participatory Methods
  • NGO Approaches to Development such as Advocacy and Networking
  • Project Evaluation and Impact Assessment

All of these are important transferable skills that are of practical use in development and which are in great demand at development agencies.

NGO and Development Management at UEL

  • Teaches you practical skills that will equip you for employment in the field of development
  • Promotes understanding of practical approaches to development in the field
  • Familiarises you with central themes in contemporary development, notably pertaining to how developing countries may progress in a globalising world
  • Critically examines the central strategies of development available in this context
  • Analyses how the poor may be mobilised to exit poverty
  • Connects you to a diverse group of other wonderful people interested in making the world a better place

Programme Structure

The programme consists of 4 modules and a dissertation. If you study full-time the programme takes one year to complete. If you study part-time it takes two years. You will take 2 modules in the Autumn Semester followed by 2 modules in the Spring Semester and the dissertation is completed over the summer. The MSc comprises 3 core modules designed to familiarise you with a broad range of skills that will help you to effectively carry out research in development and to play a role in practical development interventions.

Learning environment

The programme adopts a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, seminars, presentations, video documentaries, live discussions, role plays and group work.


Assessment takes the form of essays, reports, presentations, research proposals, and dissertations. The final award takes account of all modules marks.

Relevance to work/profession

The Programme has a strong employability focus. It equips students with transferable skills that are relevant to agencies in the development sector including NGOs. Projects, including the dissertation, may draw extensively on work experience.
The degree will help you work as a professional in:

  • Development Agencies,
  • Aid and Relief Organisations
  • Charities and the Voluntary Sector

The course will also provide a good foundation for postgraduate research towards M.Phil /Ph.D. Some students with this degree have set up their own NGOs.

Thesis/Dissertation/project work

Students have the opportunity to conduct fieldwork on an area of their choice for their dissertation. Dissertations provide the opportunity for focused independent research.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C): 180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

Applicants are normally required to have a good honours degree in a cognate area of study. Under special circumstances applicants without a relevant first degree but with substantial professional experience may be considered for admission, usually on the basis of an interview. If English is not your first language we require that you demonstrate your English language skills by achieving an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 11700 International


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