NGO and Development Management MSc

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  • MSc NGO and Development Management , home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 10800 per year
  • MSc NGO and Development Management , home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time, 2 years
    • Pound 1800 per 30 credit module
  • MSc NGO and Development Management , international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 15960 per year

What makes this course different

Academics who have real-world experience

Our staff are actively involved in development work and research around the world and we have an alumni network of former students who are working in NGOs or have set up NGOs themselves.

Opportunities for placements through our networks

Our wide-ranging contacts enable us to facilitate placement opportunities in development agencies and aid and relief organisations as well as in the voluntary sector.


Accredited by the IAC/EADI

The International Accreditation Council for Global Development Studies and Research is considered the gold standard in the quality of Global Development postgraduate training programmes.

Course modules

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

Your future career

This course has a strong focus on employability and is specifically designed to give you the skills to work for development agencies, NGOs and in the wider development sector.

The experience and contacts of our staff will help you set up placements in the UK, Africa, Asia or Latin America and gain more understanding of how the sector works. 

You will gain the experience and knowledge either to further your career in NGO and development management or to use your skills within the area to enhance the role you are already playing. 

Our students who have worked in the field before have found that after the course they are in a much better position to apply for more senior jobs across the development sector with the extra practical and critical thinking skills they have developed.

If you have not been involved in NGOs or development management previously, the course will give you the knowledge and practical skills which are highly sought after by development agencies.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

Micro finance project Bangladesh
Doing this master's course has enhanced my skills in project and programme design. It has broadened my understanding of development studies and development issues. I can now apply for jobs from a wider base and with the skills I gained, I can also apply for positions that I could not apply for before."
Dorothy Princess Nalule

MSc NGO and Development Management

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. Our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

Our dedicated and award-winning team provide you with careers and employability resources, including:

  • Online jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work.
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services 
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme which issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you’ve mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

Our Mental Wealth programme

We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship support 
  • We are ranked 6th for graduate start-ups 
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations 
  • Support in starting a new business, freelancing and self-employment 
  • London on our doorstep

What you'll learn

The course consists of four modules and a dissertation. The full-time MSc takes one year to complete and the part-time course is completed over two years. 

You will learn about development management in the international context and the impact of globalisation. We focus on public management and the role of aid agencies and NGOs in development and encourage you to gain general conceptual, critical and evaluative skills.

Our Project and Programme Design module will give you insight into a range of approaches to development interventions, including design, implementation and management.

The course introduces design methods used by NGOs and aid agencies as well as important issues such as sustainability and alternatives to the project approach.

We will also teach you how to examine rationales for research and a range of investigative techniques. This will help you prepare for your dissertation in which you will demonstrate your ability to use theories from earlier modules alongside your own research findings.

How you'll learn

Students on this course have varied backgrounds and experience in development and our academic team is committed to tailoring their teaching to your needs.

In addition to attending lectures and seminars, you will have access to specialist teaching staff with expertise relating to a range of different contexts and NGOs.

For example, Professor Massimo De Angelis is interested in the need to seek alternatives to current profit-driven processes because he believes they are ecologically unsustainable, while Dr Rob Ahearne's expertise and research specialism is in East Africa.

Dr  Meera Tiwari's regional specialism, within a multidimensional poverty lens, is South Asia, but in recent years she has extended her research to rural Ethiopia and Tanzania.

Dr  Susannah Pickering-Saqqa has extensive experience in project management and programme design and has recently researched Oxfam's UK Poverty  Programme.

Dr  Katie Wright specialises in Latin America while Dr Kathryn Kraft's regional expertise is in the Middle East, with a focus on faith-based organisations.

Our staff's range of contacts in NGOs and links with former students, some of whom have set up their own NGOs since graduating, will facilitate your work placement in the UK, Africa, Asia or Latin America.

"You will have access to advice from NGO and development experts even before you have decided to come to UEL," says Dr Tiwari.

"Our network of contacts in NGOs and our teaching will give you all the practical skills you need for a development role in the future."

How you will be assessed

We will assess you through a variety of ways including essays, briefing papers and report writing, collaborative and individual presentations, and unseen examination. You will be encouraged to conduct fieldwork on a particular topic of your choice for your dissertation, providing the opportunity for focused independent research.

Campus and facilities

Water Lane, Stratford