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Centre of Development Studies


PhD Administrator

Harriet Sturdy


Tel: 01223 (3)34641 


The handbook can be found on Moodle, which contains important dates and information about the PhD programme structure.

Code of Practice

It is essential that students review the Code of Practice at the start of their study. Please note that if you do not sign the Code of Practice, this does not mean that you will not be held against it.

Methods Course

First year PhDs are required to attend the Methods seminars in Michaelmas and Lent terms. The Methods course information can be found in the handbook and on Moodle.

PhD Presentations

During their PhD, students will present in the Development Studies Seminar series. The aim is to gain experience in presenting research to peers, and receiving feedback from both fellow students and the Centre's academics. 


For full information regarding Leave to Work Away, Risk Assessments and applying for Ethical Approval, please read the Ethics, Risk and Fieldwork (ERF) | Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) ( page for up-to-date information.

University Fieldwork Fund

The University Fieldwork Fund is available to PhD students who are undertaking fieldwork as part of their course. Information, application form and deadlines are found here. The application form and instructions are also posted on Moodle.

Centre Funding Grants

Registered PhD students are able to apply to the Centre's Fieldwork Funding Grant, and Conference Grant. Application forms and instructions are on Moodle

Colleges may also have funding available; check with your college tutor.

Student Complaints Procedure

Should you wish to consult this procedure, please click here Dr Pieter van Houten is our Responsible Officer 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.