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Supervisors and Topics

Besides the training activities and academic opportunities discussed in the Programme Overview, doctoral students in International Development will receive regular one-to-one thesis supervision from two supervisors with expertise in their research areas.

The supervisors will offer expert advice through the entire research process, including the choice of research training courses, refining the research design, conducting field research, data analysis, writing up the thesis, publishing the findings and moving on to the next stage in the student's career. Students meet with their supervisors on a regular basis to discuss the progress of their thesis, but will also find support from the wider academic community and peers, who they will engage with at regular seminars. 

Focussed supervision in International Development is generally drawn from academic staff associated to the Centre of African Studies, Sociology, Social Anthropology, Social Policy, Politics and International Relations, and History. However, in line with the emphasis on interdisciplinary research, supervision teams may comprise faculty from across the University.

In addition to contacting the post-graduate advisor, prospective applicants are strongly advised to contact potential supervisors before submitting their application. If the University lacks staff who are able to supervise the applicant’s project, the application may be delined.

The research interests of staff in the School of Social and Political Sciences and the Global Development Academy should be examined carefully by applicants as the first stage in this process. Once you have completed your draft research proposal you are strongly advised to get in touch with the PGA, Andrew Bowman, to discuss your thoughts on potential supervisors from among the faculty. We strongly advise that you only submit the application once you have secure the agreement of at least one prospective supervisor. You must indicate in the appropriate section of the EUCLID application the name of any 'Proposed supervisor' who has agreed to the role. A well-developed research proposal is likely to help your initial engagement with a prospective supervisor. They might also ask you to provide them with written work from your Masters degree (for example, your MSc dissertation, or two long essays), in order to get a sense of your research potential). 

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