International Development Postgraduate Research - PhDs and Studentships

Full Time/ Part Time
PhD by Research, MPhil (Res)

The School of International Development (DEV) is renowned for its research on climate change, behavioural and experimental economics, environmental justice, social protection and wellbeing throughout the lifecourse.


The results of the Times Higher Education Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) rank us fourth in the country in International Development for overall research, with 74% of our research ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.  

We hold research funding from UK and international research councils, government departments, charities and NGOs, and multi and bilateral donors. 

As a postgraduate student, you will become an integral feature of the School’s teaching and research culture. Join our cohort of PhD students from 50 countries and all six continents, and immerse yourself in the culture that gives us our international reputation. 

Research in the School addresses contemporary challenges in developing economies via disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. Research is organised into three main areas each comprising of research themes, which are all underpinned by research funding, research students and active research collaboration both within and outside the School. 


– Climate Change 

– Global Environmental Justice 

– Water Security. 


– Behavioural and Experimental Economics 

– Impact Evaluation 

– Globalisation and Corporate Social Responsibility 

– The State, Governance and Conflict. 


– Gender 

– Education 

– Health and Disease 

– Life Course, Migration and Wellbeing. 

Sponsorship information 

Scholarships available for UK/EU and International students; these are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and for the duration of the period of study. 

Course Modules 2019/0

As a postgraduate research student, your research degree will not contain modules.   


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

To be accepted onto a doctoral degree, the standard minimum academic entry requirement is either at least a 2:1 from a UK undergraduate degree, a Master’s degree, or equivalent. Some research programmes might have higher requirements and the possibility of more specific requirements. Please take a look at our current PhD opportunities or our Faculty Graduate School and School pages to find out more.    

How to Apply

Please take a look at our information on how to apply.

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