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PhD in Development Studies

Administrative Contact

Ms Élise Lapaire - PhD Administrator

Email:  Office Phone: 01223 (3)34641


The handbook can be found here. We encourage all students to familiarise themselves with the handbook, as it contains important dates and crucially the structure of the course itself. It also provides information including child care, health and safety and wellbeing services offered by the University. 

Code of Practice

It is essential that students review the Code of Practice at the start of their study so a signature page has been introduced to the booklet to help encourage this. We will not be checking on students or their supervisor that this has been completed, but please note that if you do not sign the booklet 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 Term. These are conducted by Dr David Clark. Details will be provided to new students before the start of the academic year.

PhD Presentation Seminars

First years and registered PhD students are encouraged to present at the seminars which are held during term time on a weekly basis. These are currently held on Friday afternoons, and are on a voluntary basis. The aim is to gain experience in presenting research to peers, and receiving feedback from both fellow students and the Centre's academics. To sign up for a slot, please contact the PhD Administrator.


Further information regarding conducting fieldwork, applying for leave and gaining ethical approval can be found here. Do give it a good read, and should you have any questions please ask. 

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.