MPhil in Development Studies
The MPhil in Development Studies is a multi-disciplinary nine-month taught course which offers four core papers and a range of option papers. The core papers are the responsibility of the Centre of Development Studies. Most option papers are shared with other MPhil courses (Management; Financial Research; Planning, Growth and Regeneration; Social and Economic History; Politics, Environment, Society and Development; and Social Anthropological Analysis). Some option papers are full papers and some are half papers. Students take four full papers (or their equivalent in half papers) concurrently. At least two papers must be core papers. One (full) option paper may be replaced by a 12,000-word dissertation.
“Full term” means: the eight-week central portion of each of the three terms (Michaelmas, Lent and Easter), during which teaching takes place and students are expected to be in residence.
- Tuesday 1 October: Term begins
- Monday 7 October: Registration
- Tuesday 8 October: Full term begins
- Friday 6 December: Full term ends
- Thursday 19 December: Term ends
- Sunday 5 January: Term begins
- Tuesday 14 January: Full term begins
- Friday 14 March: Full term ends
- Monday 24 March: Term ends
- Thursday 17 April: Term begins
- Tuesday 22 April: Full term begins
- Friday 13 June: Full term ends
- Wednesday 25 June: Term ends
- Saturday 19 July
Academic staff leave
As members of a research-oriented institution, Cambridge University academic staff are entitled to sabbatical leave. As a result, it is possible that in any particular term or year one of the members of the academic staff may be away. The University always endeavours to make appropriate arrangements for substitute teaching, but occasionally one or another option may be suspended during a staff member's leave.