The PG Certificate is delivered part time via distance learning through a mix of online modes, including video lectures that draw upon expertise from across the University, study guides, self directed and guided reading, and a range of interactive online reflection and discussion activities. Assessments include written essays, reports, case study activities and presentations. The PG Certificate adopts an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on expertise from across and beyond the University. It offers a flexible approach to personal and professional development and can be studied around your other commitments, including full time work, from anywhere in the world with internet access.
The programme can be taken as a standalone Postgraduate Certificate or as part of the MSc in Global Challenges. (If you wish to complete the MSc, the entry is by means of the Postgraduate Certificate.) The programme can be taken on a part-time basis.
Global governance, social marginalisation, human rights, regional conflict and security, livelihoods, health and human migration, national economic reform, donor aid strategy, international project evaluation, public-private sector partnerships for development and sustainable development policies are examples of some of the major themes explored in this Certificate, situating global development challenges in a range of contexts.
The PG Certificate comprises three courses, each worth 20 credits. Students must satisfactorily complete all three prescribed courses in order to complete the 60-credit Certificate. This Certificate can be taken as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or as one of the three Certificates for the MSc Degree in Global Challenges.
This programme offers flexible study via distance learning and can be taken alongside a full-time job. It attracts students around the world with diverse interests, including those interested in working with - or already working with - governments, NGOs, international development and aid organisations, international health organisations, international environmental organisations, United Nations agencies, the private sector, charities, universities and other research institutions. The diverse group makes it an exciting network!
The Certificate will provide you with:
Global Development Challenges
Politics and Theories of International Development
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
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 B):
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.
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
UK Bachelor Honours degree with upper second class results (2.1), no references required.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.
IELTS minimum score
Other accepted tests and scores
This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)
StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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