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MPhil in Development Studies

Administrative Contact


Miss Emma Cantú - Centre Administrator

Email:  Office Phone: 01223 (3)37158



The handbook can be downloaded here. For current and full paper reading lists, please check out Moodle


The timetable for Michaelmas Term 2018 can be found here.

The timetable for Lent Term 2019 can be found here.

Examination Criteria

The current marking scheme for the MPhil programme can be found here. The grading criteria for 2018-19 can be found here.

Word Count and Late Submission Penalties

Work which has been submitted that exceeds the set word count will not be accepted and returned to the student to adjust accordingly. Two marks daily will be removed from the final mark, so please ensure your word count matches what has been stated.

A two mark penalty will be issued for every day any coursework is submitted which exceeds the set deadline. If you feel there are circumstances which mean you may not hand in on time, please talk to your supervisor or Centre Administrator as soon as you are able. 

Code of Practice

The latest code of practice from the Board of Graduate Studies can be found here.


Plagiarism guidelines can be found in the programme's handbook. Students are required to sign submission coversheets to confirm the originality or their work. 

Data Retention Policy

This relates to how long we keep examination material before it is destroyed or anonymised, full details can be found here

Student Complaints Procedure

As of October 2017, a new student complaints procedure will be put in place. Should you wish to consult this procedure, please click here Professor James Mayall is our Responsible Officer, a neutral contact should you wish to talk to someone before proceeding with a complaint. He can be contacted on For exam review procedure information and complaints, please click here.

"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.