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PhD in Development Studies by Published Works

Make an Original academic contribution to development studies.

Key information

Study with the world leaders in development studies and realise your potential to transform the world with our PhD by Published Works in Development Studies.

The PhD is awarded to candidates who have already completed original and significant research in the field of development studies and have a coherent body of published works, but who have not had the opportunity to undertake a research programme leading to a PhD.

The portfolio of research you submit for this PhD will be of the same quality, rigour and volume as a typical PhD. The work might take the form of refereed articles, chapters, monographs and scholarly editions, as long as they are available or traceable in the public domain (and not self-published). A substantial proportion of these works will be peer-reviewed and a number will be solely authored by you. All works should ideally have been published not more than ten years before the date of submission.

You will work with two qualified supervisors to compose an accompanying 10,000-word dissertation, summarising and explaining your work’s contribution to the development field.

World leaders in development studies

Ranked first in the world for Development Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020) – the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) transforms the knowledge, action and leadership needed for more equitable and sustainable development globally, through our world-class research, learning and teaching.

You will join a thriving research community comprising more than 70 research staff and 50 postgraduate researchers. You will have access to research and teaching opportunities, as well as a substantial series of seminars presented by leading development professionals and practitioners.

Areas of study

We welcome submissions from researchers who share our commitment to:

  • upholding climate and environmental justice
  • reducing extreme inequities
  • fostering healthy and fulfilling lives
  • nurturing inclusive, democratic and accountable societies.

We are particularly interested in work that shows originality in addressing topics related to the work of our research fellows who work across our ten research clusters: business; cities; digital; governance; health; impact and policy; participation; power; resource politics; and rural futures.

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Studying at IDS can potentially transform your view of the world – you grow a lot learning from this very rich and diverse community.
- Jorge Adrian-Ortiz-Moreno, IDS PhD graduate
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Key information

Full time duration
One year
Part time duration
Two years
Home fees (UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands & Isle of Man)
Fees are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2021/22. Fees will become available once set by United Kingdom Research and Innovation.
Overseas (including EU)
£18,500 per year for full-time students
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Key contacts

We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described in this prospectus. However, we may need to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to Covid-19.