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PhD in Development Studies

Administrative Contact

Annabel Sherwood


01223 (3)34641 (Please note, administrators are working from home due to Covid, and phone calls cannot be taken at this time)


The handbook can be found on Moodle. We encourage all students to familiarise themselves with the handbook, as it contains important dates and crucially the structure of the course itself.

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 and Lent terms. The Methods course information can be found in the handbook.

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. Students will be contacted at the start of term and are encouraged to sign up.


Further information regarding conducting fieldwork, applying for leave and gaining ethical approval can be found here. Please read this carefully, and should you have any questions please ask. 

Student Complaints Procedure

In October 2017, a new student complaints procedure was 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.