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Graduate Admissions

Course closed:

Development Studies is no longer accepting new applications.

The MPhil in Development Studies is a highly interdisciplinary course which gives its students a firm grounding in political economics relevant to the developing world, including the study of sociology, law, political science, management, economics and anthropology. The interdisciplinary approach is based on the recognition that together with the analytical rigour required of economists and other social scientists today, no important issue in development – poverty and inequality, population growth, the construction of the institutions of a market economy, war and human rights, democratisation – can be properly understood without an interdisciplinary perspective.

The MPhil in Development Studies is taught both in the Centre of Development Studies and in collaboration with the Centres of African Studies and Latin American Studies, the Faculty of Economics, the Departments of Land Economy, Geography, Politics and International Studies, Social Anthropology, and the Judge Business School. It therefore provides a framework within which students can construct a pathway suited to a wide range of differing interests and needs: those for whom the MPhil represents a one-year preparation for a career in development policy can select a broad interdisciplinary set of subjects, while those who wish to continue their studies at the doctoral level can select a more specialised set of options concentrating on the analytical tools of their subject, and discover which University department or faculty is most suited to their research plans. 

Learning Outcomes

The MPhil in Development Studies provides a framework within which students can construct a pathway suited to a wide range of differing interests and needs: those for whom the MPhil represents a one-year preparation for a career in development policy can select a broad interdisciplinary set of subjects, while those who wish to continue their studies at the doctoral level can select a more specialised set of options concentrating on the analytical tools of their subject, and discover which University department or faculty is most suited to their research plans.


Continuing

Several students annually continue to the PhD in Development Studies. For continuation on to the PhD candidates will have to achieve an average of 70 (high pass) for their overall mark in the MPhil course. They will also need an acceptable PhD proposal.

In recent years Development Studies students have also been accepted as PhD students by the Faculties of Education, Social and Political Sciences, and History, by the Departments of Social Anthropology, Geography, and Land Economy, by POLIS, and by the Judge Business School.

The PhD admissions criteria can be found on the Centre's website.


Departments

This course is advertised in the following departments:

Key Information


9 months full-time

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2017
Application deadline
March 29, 2018
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2018

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 4, 2018
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2017

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