Working in Development

This module will equip you with some of the core skills needed to work in development by giving you hands-on experience of applying some of the most commonly used tools in development programmes. We use real-world examples of development projects and programmes to bring the complex challenges of development in practice to life.

This module gives you the chance to join a study visit to a low- or middle-income country, such as Kenya, Ghana or India. This gives you the opportunity to meet and learn from a range of actors working in development, such as government officers, staff of donor agencies, NGOs and community representatives. The cost of this is included in the tuition fee.

Each week, you will learn and apply different tools to analyse, plan, manage and evaluate programmes. The module is structured around the programme life cycle, and will include: stakeholder analysis; political analysis; developing a theory of change; logframes; budgeting, programme monitoring; adaptive management; and different approaches to evaluation and learning.

Weekly lectures introduce and problematise these tools, and seminars involve group problem-solving exercises where you will apply these tools and consider their strengths and limitations in practice.

You will be required to keep a learning log/diary that you can apply to future work in development.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this module you should be able to:

  • Describe the complex social, political and administrative processes involved in designing and managing development projects and programmes.
  • Explain and apply key tools and approaches commonly used in the development sector.
  • Analyse the links between different tools and the effectiveness of development programming.
  • Evaluate the strengths and limitations of key tools for and approaches to managing development projects and programmes.


  • Oral presentation (25%)
  • One 3,000 word learning log/diary (75%)