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    Application Deadline
  • 350 days

This Pre-Master Offers


Are you working in the development sector and looking to take the next step in your career?

International and community development aims to reduce poverty and improve the living standards, health and quality of life for those who need it most. As our world and the challenges we face becomes more complex, we need qualified and skilled professionals to lead across sectors and organizations.

Balancing theoretical knowledge with practical skills, the Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters Program from Edx in partnership with University of Queensland - UQx provides the strong technical and management skills you need to tackle the most demanding and complex challenges in global development. This credential will demonstrate that you have the advanced skills international development agencies are increasingly demanding from their leaders and managers.

Through each course, you will learn how to analyse and respond effectively to complicated problems in development, viewing them from a range of different perspectives, and how to be an adaptive leader. After gaining a verified certificate for each of the four prerequisite courses, pass the Capstone Assessment and be awarded the MicroMasters credential in Leadership in Global Development.

Job Outlook

  • Development industry representatives have expressed the need for professionals who have both the contextual knowledge and the leadership skills to manage increasingly complex problems.
  • The demand for development professionals in the private sector is also increasing.
  • This innovative and multidisciplinary credential will set you apart from an increasingly competitive job market.
  • Exciting career opportunities are available with multilateral and bilateral aid agencies, aid contractors, government departments, non-government organisations and mining and other private sector companies.

What You'll Learn:

  • An understanding of the prominent perspectives, trends, and challenges of leadership styles in development.
  • Critical knowledge of the science, practice and policy of sustainable pathways to development.
  • Skills in adaptive development practice, in finding local solutions to complex problems, and for scaling those solutions to improve policy.
  • The ability to apply critical reasoning to the analysis of development-related issues.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Leaders in Global Development
  • Adaptive Leadership in Development
  • Critical Development Perspectives
  • The Science and Practice of Sustainable Development


  • Mark Moran - Professor and Chair of Development Effectiveness, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland
  • Andre Taylor - Leadership Specialist, The International WaterCentre
  • Bernard McKenna - Associate Professor, The University of Queensland
  • Ali Intezari - Lecturer, The University of Queensland

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 350 days
    • Intensity 10 hrs/week
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description
      5 Courses in Program; 3-12 weeks per course
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1350 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1350 USD for the full programme and a duration of 350 days.
  • National

    1350 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1350 USD for the full programme and a duration of 350 days.
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