Practical skills for International Development Practical skills for International Development

DEV Professional Skills Courses

Working in the international development sector requires not only academic knowledge but a wide range of professional and technical competencies and practical skills. The School of International Development (DEV) provides undergraduate and postgraduate DEV students the opportunity to participate in a range of practical workshops to develop skills useful for, and expected of, development practitioners. These are in addition to the applied skills taught in many of our courses.

These optional workshops last from one to five days. They are not compulsory and are not assessed. Rather, these sessions are an excellent opportunity to enhance your practical and employability skills as well as a valuable addition to your CV.

Practical skills training during the 2019/20 academic year:

  • Introduction to Fundraising and Communications
  • Filmmaking for Development
  • Introduction to Impact Evaluation
  • Introduction to Financial Management for Project Managers
  • Gender and Organisational Change
  • Mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Introduction to Humanitarian Practice
  • Branding for Development
  • Participatory Photography
  • Personal Communication Skills for Development



"I just wanted to take time from my dissertation research to send a note to thank the School of International Development for the opportunity to participate in the professional skills courses made available. They will form a valuable addition to my professional development. Not only did they provide us with professionally recognised valuable certificates, they gave us the opportunity to engage with respected development professionals. Thanks again and all the best."

Tricia Wilden - former MSc Climate Change and International Development student, School of International Development.