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Welcome to the Centre of Development Studies

The Centre of Development Studies was formally established in January 2012 as an independent centre within the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS). The Centre of Development Studies provides a focus for students wishing to undertake an MPhil or PhD in the area of development. We provide interdisciplinary training where content and style have kept abreast with the changing reality of the developing world.

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Cambridge Capability Conference 2017 - CALL FOR PAPERS

Cambridge has been home to many researchers working on the Capability Approach. In 2016 we launched a new series of annual capability conferences along similar lines as the early capability conferences that we initiated back in 2001. The main objective was to recreate the intimate intellectual atmosphere, in-depth discussions and time for exchanges, having one hour per paper and no parallel sessions. The results of last year's meeting were beyond our expectations in terms of academic interaction and outputs and a book with the best papers of last year's conference is forthcoming in 2017 with Cambridge University Press...

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Admissions to the Centre of Development Studies

Start your journey with us. The Centre of Development Studies offers two postgraduate course - the one year MPhil in Developments Studies, and the full time PhD in Development Studies. Each year the Centre welcomes around 15 PhD students, and 65 MPhil students. For those wishing to apply, you can find more information about the requirements and how to make your application by following the link below. The deadline to apply for 2015/16 entry is the end of March.

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Courses

Choose your path. The MPhil in Development Studies has five core papers and a number of option papers, covering a wide spectrum of subjects within the field of Development Studies. PhD students can also attend these papers, and in their first year are given research methods training. Further details of each course are available through the link below.

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We are delighted and proud to see that the Centre has gone from no.8 (2015) to no.6 (2016) to no.4 (2017) in the field of Development Studies in the QS Survey. This would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work from everyone within the Centre.

Message from the director: You will be pleased to know that we have moved up from 8 in 2015 to 6 this year in the QS world ranking for Development Studies. This is a remarkable result and a great tribute to the tremendous efforts of the whole team of teachers and administrators. It's a fantastic result! Professor Peter Nolan

Congratulations to PhD student Nungari Mwangi who was awarded the 2016 Andrew E Rice Award from the Society for International development!

Dr Fennell high level facilitator at WSIS 2016

We are pleased to announce that Dr Fennell has been appointed as High Level Track Facilitator at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum.