New MBA links international development with key business skills for enhanced global impact

16 May 2017
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Rachel Roland“The CIDT team is excited to announce our new MBA (International Development). Our aim is to deliver a tailored MBA programme suited for both professionals and students working, or aspiring to work in, developing and emerging economies. This course will ensure that students develop cutting edge business and management skills, as well as gain a crucial understanding of the dynamic and complex landscape within which both global business and international development assistance operate and intersect.”
Rachel Roland, Course Leader, Deputy Head of CIDT


The University of Wolverhampton Business School and the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) have launched a new Masters of Business Administration (MBA) programme in International Development, commencing in September 2017.

This course aims to produce professionals with combined skills in business management and international development.

Two new international development modules

This degree is the first of its kind in the UK and, through the creation of two bespoke modules based on CIDT’s four decades of global capacity strengthening, consultancy and research, will engage students with core and topical issues in the landscape of international development and equip them with key skills to design and manage successful projects, development organisations and businesses within a developing country context.

Canford ChiroroDr Canford Chiroro is Module Leader for ‘Sustainable Development in Practice’,
“The module places students within the international development landscape, and through a critical review of key and emerging issues, challenges t business professionals, to use a new lens with which to understand the impact of business on global and local development, and the international development professional on how critical issues are linked, and could be addressed more effectually through better and just engagement with, the private sector.”

Lilla OliverLilla Oliver is Module Leader for ‘Project/Programme Management for International Development’,
“CIDT has been managing projects and programmes around the world for over 40 years. We have been able to condense this vast knowledge and experience into this module, which also gives students the opportunity to learn from, and even work on, real-life and ongoing projects.”


Four modules in Strategic Management, Marketing Management, Managing Financial Performance and Leadership and Human Resource Practice in Organisations, and a research project complete the course.

In this course students are exposed to how the global development system functions at the strategic level, with a key focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They will therefore be capable of making an impact at a strategic level, contributing to the realisation of global and national development targets.

Through the use of real-life case studies and through role play and interaction with visiting speakers, the course assesses various facets of the business environment and offers students opportunities to gain deep understanding of the global and local consequences of business behaviours and the way international development is carried out..

Significant career potential for graduates

Graduates from this course will be confident to lead in business or international development, and help address pressing global challenges like poverty, inequality and other challenges.
Our graduates will find opportunities as leaders in a number of sectors, including in private and public sector institutions as development consultants, project managers, board directors, academics and Non Governmental Organisational staff.v

Find out more and apply

The MBA (International Development) is now considering applications for full-time students for the September 2017 intake. Part time options are available from January 2018. To find out more about entry requirements and the application process, or perhaps ask questions about this exciting course, please visit the MBA (International Development) web page.