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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Programme Overview

Usually undertaken full-time over three years, or part-time over six years, the PhD in International Development is a research degree in which students make an original contribution to knowledge by pursuing an extended and focused piece of research on a topic of interest to them.

Doctoral students in International Development become members of the Global Development Academy, which coordinates research and teaching on international development across the University. You will enjoy special opportunities to meet development policy makers, practitioners, diplomats, and internationally recognised academics visiting the Global Development Academy. In addition, you will be invited to join research workshops hosted by the Global Development Academy and regular open research seminars held by subject areas across the School of Social & Political Science.

Inter-disciplinary research is strongly encouraged. While based in the School of Social and Political Science, in the College of Humanities and Social Science, International Development doctoral students will have opportunities to draw from expertise across different schools and colleges for the purposes of supervision and research collaboration.

A wide range of training facilities are available to PhD students. The Graduate School provides a range of ESRC-recognised research training courses for social science students across the University. Students are encouraged to participate in taught Masters level courses to assist their intellectual development and support their research. The University’s Institute for Academic Development provides a range of courses and events to assist with methodological training and career development. Finally, doctoral students will participate with their peers in the bespoke course, International Development Exchanges and Advanced Skills, to improve their research abilities. These combine to enable our doctoral students to acquire a broad set of academic and transferable skills during their time with us.

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