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Welcome to the Centre of Development Studies

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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Study With Us

The Centre offers two postgraduate courses - the one year MPhil in Developments Studies, and the full time PhD in Development Studies. The application window for 2019-20 will open on the 3rd September 2018. For further information on applying, click Read more!

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Our Courses

The MPhil in Development Studies has four core papers for 2018-19, and ten option papers which covers a wide spectrum of subjects within the field of Development Studies. PhD students delve into research methods, fieldwork, and supplementary courses and modules offered by the University. Want to find out more?

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"It has been almost two years since the murder of Giulio Regeni in Cairo. As we approach this anniversary, we are no nearer to knowing the truth of what happened to this promising post-graduate, tortured and killed while pursuing wholly legitimate academic research... It has been especially troubling to note that, in the absence of apparent progress in investigations into Giulio’s death, attention has been turned to his doctoral supervisor, Dr Maha Abdelrahman – an honourable and distinguished scholar..." Stephen J Toope, Vice-Chancellor. To read the message in full, please go to our News page. The message can also be found on the University of Cambridge homepage.

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.