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Learn what it takes to be a leader in global development

MicroMasters® Program in
Leadership in Global Development

What you will 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.

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 provides the strong technical and management skills you need to tackle the most demanding and complex challenges in global development. This program certificate 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 program certificate in Leadership in Global Development.

Build on this program certificate and apply to one of UQ’s on-campus Postgraduate Programs in Global Development. More information about this program, including the other entry requirements, is available via UQ.

Expert instruction
5 graduate-level courses
11 months
9 - 11 hours per week

Courses in this program

  1. UQx's Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters® Program

  2. 10–12 hours per week, for 10 weeks

    Learn key leadership skills, concepts and theories needed to be a successful leader in development.

  3. 8–10 hours per week, for 11 weeks

    Learn the critical foundationsof sustainable development and how to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goalsthat aredeeplyinterconnected in the field.

  4. 10–12 hours per week, for 9 weeks

    Gain the skills to be an adaptive leader in development & learn how to uncover local solutions to complex problems in developing countries.

  5. 10–12 hours per week, for 10 weeks

    Gain insight into the different perspectives & trends facing development workers to lead more effectively across sectors & organizations.

  6. Started Jan 3, 2020
    2–4 hours per week, for 3 weeks
    Demonstrate the knowledge and skills acquired in the Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters program.
  7. What is a MicroMasters Program?
    MicroMasters programs are a series of graduate level courses from top universities designed to advance your career. MicroMasters program certificates showcase deep learning and in-demand skills to employers and can help you get started on a path toward completing an advanced degree.

    How to Earn a MicroMasters Program Certificate
    To earn the program certificate, learners must successfully complete and earn a verified certificate in all four courses and pass the final capstone assessment.

    From Program Certificate to a Master’s Degree
    MicroMasters programs are designed to offer learners a pathway to an advanced degree and can count as credit toward completing a Master’s degree program. Learners who successfully earn this MicroMasters program certificate may apply for admission to several Master’s programs, and if accepted, the MicroMasters program certificate will count towards the degree.

    Learners who have successfully earned the MicroMasters program certificate may be eligible to apply for the Master of Development Practice or one of a number of specialist Master’s programs in global development at The University of Queensland. If a learner successfully completes the MicroMasters program and is admitted to the Master of Development Practice, the MicroMasters program certificate will count as 8 credits toward the program. Students must apply to UQ and meet all entry requirements for their chosen program. The amount of credit points may vary for other eligible and selected Master programs. Please see the Future Students webpage for more information regarding UQ on-campus pathways.

    • 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.

Meet your instructors

from The University of Queensland (UQx)
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
Senior Lecturer
University of Massey
Nina Lansbury Hall
Researcher – Environmental Health Unit, School of Public Health
The University of Queensland
Saleem H. Ali
Adjunct Professor, Sustainable Minerals Institute
The University of Queensland
Jodie Curth-Bibb
Teaching and Research Fellow, Institute of Social Science Research
The University of Queensland
Sarah Glavey
Research Manager, Global Health Projects
Trinity College Dublin
Tim Grice
Honorary Senior Fellow, Sustainable Minerals Institute
The University of Queensland
Erin Lord-Lynch
Researcher and PhD Student
The University of Queensland

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Program endorsements

AECOM Pty Ltd.

I’m excited to see this innovative new credential; it fills an identified gap in the development education sphere and will positively contribute to the professionalisation of the industry. The high-quality suite of courses on offer are cutting-edge and highly relevant to current development challenges.

Mel Dunn , VP, International Development, AECOM Pty Ltd.

Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

At ODI we aim to inform global policy and practice leading to poverty reduction and sustainable development. We believe the world needs leaders who can draw on practical experience and applied research to tackle effectively the complex challenges of national and local development. With its unique blend of development and management theory and practice, the Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters provides future leaders with the skills they need to act constructively in different development contexts and help to bring about lasting progress.

David Booth , Principal Research Fellow, Politics and Governance Programme at Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London

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  • MicroMasters programs are a series of graduate level courses from top universities designed to advance your career. They provide deep learning in a specific career field and are recognized by employers for their real job relevance. Students may apply to the university offering credit for the MicroMasters certificate and, if accepted, can pursue an accelerated and less expensive Master’s Degree.

  • Gaining a Verified Certificate not only ensures that your achievement is recognised, but places you in a special cohort of learners who are taking the first step towards obtaining the Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters program certificate. Students must hold verified certificates in all four courses in order to sit the Capstone Assessment and gain the credential.

  • The program is specifically designed for mid-career managers and advanced professionals working in development or related fields, or have an interest in development, who desire to acquire the knowledge and skills to step up to leadership roles in this exciting and challenging discipline. Learners are expected to have experience in working on development programmes or in a related field, or a strong interest in development.

  • The four courses can be taken in any order, but we recommend beginning with LGDM1x: Leaders in Global Development. You may enrol in more than one course at the same time. LGDM2x: The Science and Practice of Sustainable Development, LGDM3x: Adaptive Leadership in Development, LGDM4x: Critical Development Perspectives.

  • The Capstone Assessment will be offered multiple times per year via edX.

  • The Capstone Assessment will test your knowledge from all four courses. It will consist of a comprehensive exam and written assessment. Learners must complete a Verified Certificate in all four courses before attempting the Capstone Assessment.

  • No. Successful completion of the Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters program will support your application to an UQ on-campus Postgraduate Programs in Global Development. It will not guarantee entry. For more information on eligibility requirements, please visit

  • Unfortunately, learners from one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this program: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this program in all locations. EdX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.

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