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Course closed:

Development Studies is no longer accepting new applications.

In the first year of the PhD programme there is a focus on training in research methods and transferable skills. The Centre of Development Studies runs its own Research Methods course and it is compulsory for all first year PhD students to attend this course. Students are also encouraged to attend a wide range of seminars and other events that are organised by the Centre of Development Studies and departments throughout the University.

The Centre runs weekly seminars and every 3rd and 7th sessions of the teaching term will be reserved for PhD students' presentations.  All PhD students are expected to present at least once each year over the duration of their course. This is a great opportunity to develop presentation skills and receive valuable feedback from both senior academics and peers.  Presentation of a paper at one of these seminars is a requirement of the PhD programme.

The essence of the Cambridge experience remains, however, the work with the PhD supervisor. He or she will help develop the thesis project through discussion and the review of draft materials presented by the candidate.

The process of working on the thesis will differ from candidate to candidate, depending on their project, their preferences and the style of supervision adopted. However, in general, it is expected that the first year will be devoted not only to completing the Research Methods modules, but also to the development of a detailed and well thought-through thesis outline. In particular, at the outset, the student should devote some time to considering how they will be making an original contribution to the field through their work.

The full-time PhD course lasts for a minimum of nine terms (three years), and up to a maximum of 12 terms (four years). Most of our PhD students spend their second year away from Cambridge, conducting their fieldwork for which some limited financial assistance is available.

 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, candidates will have acquired excellent skills, experience and knowledge to undertake postdoctoral work (research, teaching or both) or another profession related to the field of development studies. 


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3-4 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
Jan. 31, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

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